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Random hump day thoughts

Random hump day thoughts

Before the Canucks/Kings game on Monday, I went on Jacked In With Jessica (Kelowna AM 1150) and noted the Kings’ very good powerplay and the Canucks’ very lousy penalty-kill. That night, of course, the Canucks allowed 2 powerplay goals against en route to a 3-2 loss. The loss itself didn’t bother me; after all, they had to lose at some point. Their special teams play, however, may be cause for concern. Lately, the Canucks have had a bad habit of letting in a PPGA or two or three. Since January 1st, they’ve allowed a PPGA in 20 of their 26...

MSM links for March 10, 2009

MSM links for March 10, 2009

Canucks win streak dies in LA (Vancouver Sun) A mother of a road trip (Yvonne Zacharias, Vancouver Sun) Royal return after trip (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks land hard in Lala land (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) No better sounding board than the mom who cheers you on (Vancouver Province) Are these guys for real? (Hosea Cheung, 24 Hours Vancouver) Kings show some grit in winning third in a row (Billy Witz, Los Angeles Times) Moose GM hopes to deal (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)

A word on Canucks ticket prices

A word on Canucks ticket prices

Right after the trade deadline, Bruce Constantineau (Vancouver Sun) wrote a piece about a raise in Canucks ticket prices for next season. The Vancouver Canucks will hike season ticket prices by an average of two per cent next season — joining a small minority of NHL teams so far who have announced price increases during a global recession. Canucks’ chief operating officer Victor de Bonis said prices on about 45 per cent of season tickets will be frozen, while increases on the remaining 55 per cent will range up to 3.3 per cent. He said ticket-price increases in recent years...

Ohlund’s number one

Ohlund’s number one

Not that his status as one of the best defensemen to ever wear a Canucks jersey was ever in doubt, but Mattias Ohlund reached a significant milestone on Saturday night. From Elliott Pap (Vancouver Sun): Canuck Mattias Ohlund earned another piece of franchise history Saturday when he collected the 321st point of his career. Ohlund is now tied with Jyrki Lumme and Dennis Kearns for most points by a blueliner. He has 18 games to set a new mark. “Eighteen more to go, you never know,” Ohlund said Sunday, smiling. “I guess [it’s possible]. I’m not too concerned about it....

MSM links for March 7, 2009

MSM links for March 7, 2009

Canucks go fishing for a big win (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Wellwood, Pyatt, humble, hopeful (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks will try to stop history repeating itself against Sharks (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) What is ailing the Sharks (David Pollak and Mark Emmons, Mercury News) Prospects make patience pay (Gary Lawless, Winnipeg Free Press)

A true test

A true test

The common theme today is how important tomorrow night’s game against the San Jose Sharks. It’s a big game and a benchmark game. It’s a chance to show they can hold their own against the Western Conference elite. The truth is, the Canucks haven’t had a lot of success against the West’s top four teams. They had a couple of nice wins against Detroit and Calgary early in the season and a come-from-behind shootout win against Calgary and blowout win against Chicago in the last month. Overall, however, they are an unimpressive 6-8-1 against the Sharks, Red Wings, Flames and...

MSM links for March 6, 2009

MSM links for March 6, 2009

Bieksa calm before storm (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Different team since last meeting (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Sometimes no news good news (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Wellwood breathes sigh of relief after trade deadline day (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Hordichuk’s mates poke fun at front-page photo (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) A tale of two managers (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Why isn’t leading Moose scorer moving up higher? (Randy Turner, Winnipeg Free Press)

MSM links for March 5, 2009

MSM links for March 5, 2009

Canucks stand pat at NHL trade deadline (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Attract with winning environment (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) O’Brien O’happy he’s still in Vancouver (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) One phone call was all it took Gillis (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) We’d like to show you the newest Canucks but there aren’t any (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) ‘Perfectly content’ GM doesn’t budge on trade day (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks sit on money from Sundin’s discounted salary (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Canucks stand pat on deadline day (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Canucks wrap (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Bouwmeester’s...

Sometimes the best move is no move at all

Sometimes the best move is no move at all

For most of the day, the Vancouver Canucks were rumored to be one of the front-runners to acquire Jay Bouwmeester from the Florida Panthers. They were also apparently after a 3rd line center. By the end of the day, Mike Gillis determined the price tags were too high and decided to pass on the action. Gillis is obviously happy with his team’s current make up and why wouldn’t he be? The Canucks sit in 5th place in the Western Conference, having won 11 of their last 13 games. They have 19 games left in the regular season and only 3...

Trade deadline day liveblog

Trade deadline day liveblog

Good morning boys and girls. It’s 5:19 AM and I just rolled out of bed and wife’s annoyed. We go through this same routine every trade deadline day. I set my alarm for 5:00 AM, I wake up, and she wonders why the heck I do this. No worries. I know she follows along at work. I hope you will too. But first, coffee. [update: 03/04/2009, 5:23 AM] From Bruce Garrioch via Hosea Cheung: League sources say the Canucks are offering D Kevin Bieksa, LW Mason Raymond and a No. 1 pick for Bouwmeester. That package is about what I...

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