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MSM links for January 7, 2009

MSM links for January 7, 2009

‘I am ready': Sundin (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) It all adds up for ‘Math’ Sundin (Vancouver Sun) Mats Sundin ready to lace ’em up (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Welcome Mats? (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun) Wellwood: Who’s on first? (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Hansen demotion hard to figure (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Strudwick a first-star goal scorer (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Moose confidence not shaken (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun) Like this:Like Loading…

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Sometimes I have to pinch myself

Sometimes I have to pinch myself

Photo credit: TSN … because I still can’t believe Cody Hodgson is a Canuck. Team Canada won gold at the World Junior Hockey Championships for the fifth year in a row (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province; Don Campbell, Ottawa Citizen; Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail; Roy MacGregor, Globe and Mail) and Cody Hodgson was a big part of it. While John Tavares, PK Subban and Jordan Eberle were named by Team Canada officials as their top 3 players and Tavares was named the tournament MVP, Cody Hodgson quietly led the entire tournament with 16 points (IIHF scoring leaders in .pdf format)....

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MSM links for January 6, 2009

MSM links for January 6, 2009

Half way, half good for Canucks (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Sundin to travel to Edmonton with Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Sundin goes with team to Edmonton (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Sometimes, saviours end up on cross (Jason Brough and Mike Halford, Vancouver Province) Backups both excel at diplomacy (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Moose-bound Schneider glad for the big-league experience (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Too many men dilemma: Seeing Dany but thinking it’s Hank (Vancouver Province) Like this:Like Loading…

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Schneider, Hansen sent down

Schneider, Hansen sent down

Cory Schneider and Jannik Hansen are both headed back to the Manitoba Moose. The Schneider move wasn’t a surprise given last week’s acquisition of Jason LaBarbera and the return of Curtis Sanford. Schneider showed glimpses of how good he can be, but truth be told, he’s not quite ready for regular NHL duty just yet. He’s best served playing every night for the Moose than playing once a week with the Canucks. The Hansen move was a bit more surprising. With Sundin about to join the lineup, we knew the Canucks had to move a body. I’m just surprised it...

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MSM links for January 5, 2009

MSM links for January 5, 2009

Fan depreciation (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Canucks fail to show appreciation in 3-2 shootout loss (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Two-goal lead melts under Stars (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) LaBarbera gets point for Vancouver (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Dallas Stars stand up to test with 3-2 shootout win (Mike Heika, Dallas Morning News) Sundin’s Canuck debut depends on practice (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Sundin says he’s raring to go — but he wants to be careful (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Johnson’s foot OK, but finger slow to heal (Vancouver Province) Brutal scheduling shows it effects (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Here we...

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Playoff push: Halfway there

Playoff push: Halfway there

With the first half of the season officially over, it’s time to take a mathematical look at how the Canucks need to perform for the rest of the season. There was of course a lot of worry when Roberto Luongo injured his groin back in November. There was worry as to how the team would respond and if they would be able to keep pace in a competitive Western Conference. The team’s response? Points-wise anyway, the Canucks have done relatively-well since November 20 (Luongo’s last full game was on November 19 against the Rangers). [Table=1] The race is undoubtedly close,...

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Sunday morning couch surfing

Sunday morning couch surfing

Thanks to yesterday’s dump of snow and being homebound, I watched an unbelievable amount of sports. Some of the best moments have already made their way on YouTube: Jordan Eberle scores the tying goal with 5.4 seconds left in the 3rd period. Sidney Crosby proving he can drop the gloves as well. Alex Semin proving he can’t (or just shouldn’t). Like this:Like Loading…

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Ohlund out

Ohlund out

The Vancouver Canucks didn’t just lose a hockey game last night; they lost yet another top defenseman to injury. From Brad Ziemer (Vancouver Sun): Mum’s the word on Canuck defenceman Mattias Ohlund, who did not play the third period of Friday night’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Atlanta Thrashers. The Canucks were not divulging the nature of Ohlund’s injury, except to say it is an “upper-body” ailment. “He’s got an upper-body injury and is going to be re-evaluated when we get home and we’ll let everybody know on Sunday,” said tight-lipped Canuck coach Alain Vigneault. Ohlund wasn’t saying much more...

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A solid debut

A solid debut

Photo credit: canucks.com Jason LaBarbera won his first game in a Canucks uniform, stopping 31 of 32 Nashville shots. Needless to say, he did a lot to try and strip himself of the LOLBarbera monicker that some Kings fans had given him. (BTW… good to see the Burnaby J nickname catching on.) Some quick thoughts on his first game: Burnaby J is a big boy. Like Lui, he covers up a lot of net. I noticed he was well outside the crease on a few of his saves. For one game at least, he was confident challenging the shooter and...

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MSM links for January 2, 2009

MSM links for January 2, 2009

LaBarbera turns away Nashville with big debut for Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) LaBarbera shows the right stuff (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Chills, thrills for LaBarbera (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Luongo still a long away from returning to active duty (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Schneider finally strutting his stuff (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Plenty of fight on Jaffray line (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Predators again fail to find offense (John Glennon, The Tennessean) Tootoo wastes no time getting revenge (John Glennon, The Tennessean) Like this:Like Loading…

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