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MSM links for February 13, 2009

MSM links for February 13, 2009

Canucks come from behind to win against Coyotes (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Comeback kids not a desert mirage (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Burrows finds way to make his mark (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Struggling teams await Canucks (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Turco back on form (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Turco’s focus on Stars could lead to Team Canada (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Coyotes fall apart late in loss (Jim Gintonio, Arizona Republic)

That ever-elusive secondary scoring

That ever-elusive secondary scoring

When it was put together 3 games ago, the Demitra-Sundin-Kesler line was expected to provide some secondary scoring and take the heat off the Sedin line. It has, of course, done more than that, outscoring the Sedin line 22 (9G-13) – 6 (3G-3A) in 3 straight wins. The other thing I noticed is that Vigneault has taken to putting the Sundin line (with Bernier on the wing, and sometimes, Demitra on the point) out first on the powerplay. In fact, Demitra, Sundin and Kesler combined for 36:58 minutes of powerplay ice-time the last 3 games vs. Sedin, Sedin and Pyatt’s...

MSM links for February 11, 2009

MSM links for February 11, 2009

Canucks beat the Blues (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Canucks fight back for victory (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Ask, and ye shall receive (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Goal-surge is good, Luongo’s uneven play isn’t (Vancouver Province) Talented Perron worth the trouble (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Blues squander 3-1 lead in loss to Canucks (Norm Sanders, News-Democrat) Blues collapse, stay in cellar (Jeff Gordon, St. Louis Today)

MSM links for February 10, 2009

MSM links for February 10, 2009

On the road again. And again and again and again and again. (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Blues down but surely not out (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Case of Blues dogs Wellwood (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) More room for Sedins (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Net gain for Luongo (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Sundin to get taste of ‘real’ Canucks travel in next two weeks (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) ‘Bottom-feeding’ Blues still present a tough challenge (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks ready to hit road after win (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Lacking killer instinct (Hosea Cheung, 24 Hours Vancouver) McDonald’s healed ankle...

MSM links for February 9, 2009

MSM links for February 9, 2009

Three-game trip big test for Canucks (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Gillis preparing Canucks’ trade deadline strategy (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks walk the line (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Michael Buble proves able as Canucks colour man (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Thank Nonis for sticking with Kesler (Scott Rintou, Metro News Vancouver)

MSM links for February 6, 2009

MSM links for February 6, 2009

Defensive specialist Kesler adds some offensive stimulus (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Coach Vigneault concerned about Canucks penalty-kill (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) An offensive awakening for Kesler (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) PK a pain in the Canucks’ neck (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Burr sticks by making impact (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Despite slump, Canucks still in it (Sam Craig, Metro News Vancouver)

MSM links for February 5, 2009

MSM links for February 5, 2009

GM goes back, back, back (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) A rusty Luongo will come around: Gillis (Vancouver Province) O’Brien provides welcome distraction (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) For the time being at least, Sedins’ man is no agent of change (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) How I got Sundin moving (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) A turning point? (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) McIver back on blue line (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 73

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 73

The losing skid has been broken, we cover the Mats Sundin topic once again, try to figure out why the seats in the lower bowl have a variety of noticeable lack of bodies lately, wonder why our PK is lacking, and try to answer the question of why we just traded Mike Brown away to Anaheim in order to get Nathan McIver back (not that there is anything wrong with that). Click here to listen to the episode.

McIver’s back, Brown’s going to Disneyland

McIver’s back, Brown’s going to Disneyland

From canucks.com: Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have acquired defenceman Nathan McIver from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for right wing Mike Brown. McIver will report to Manitoba. I’ll post more of my thoughts on this trade tonight. [update: 02/04/2009, 6:54 PM] Earlier this season, the Canucks waived Matt Pettinger because Mike Gillis was worried that someone would claim Mike Brown if he was waived instead. At the time, I wasn’t sure if it was a money issue or an assets management issue. I mentioned that Pettinger was a decent NHL’er capable of putting...

The new streak is at 1

The new streak is at 1

Finally, the slump is over. Or is it? Alex Burrows, right after he scored the shorthanded game-winning goal on a breakaway, celebrated by trying to break his stick on his knee presumably to symbolize the team finally breaking out of their 8-game losing slump. Burrows tried twice; the stick didn’t break. I hope that’s not a bad omen. At any rate, the Canucks were good last night, but they were also lucky. First the good. On my Twitter feed the other day, I commented that I didn’t like the idea of splitting up Burrows and Ryan Kesler, who has been...

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