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What to do with Wellwood 20

What to do with Wellwood

When Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis was first handed the top job, he stated 3 traits he wanted from his players – hockey intelligence, character and integrity. When Kyle Wellwood reported to training camp out of NHL shape, it called into question whether he possessed any of those traits. Guys in Toronto called him lazy. Fans called him fat. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault called him out: “His commitment to conditioning and being a professional athlete probably wasn’t where it needed to be for him to have success,” said Vigneault. “His test results showed from early July [to training camp] significant...

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The Crazy Canucks: Episode 64 0

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 64

We’re still in the pre-season swing of things, but the Canucks (yes, the organization themselves) invited us to the first, home game at GM Place as a bit of thanks for the promotional material they asked us to be apart of. Who are we to say no? Click here to listen to the episode.

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MSM links for September 26, 2008 0

MSM links for September 26, 2008

Wait and ‘C’ time for Ohlund (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Coach can always circle out the wagons by sending Johnson (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Time’s now to make a mark (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) New beginning, old concerns (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Clean sheet for Moose (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)

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MSM links for September 25, 2008 0

MSM links for September 25, 2008

Centres of attention (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Lines are drawn (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Bernier latest to see double (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) ‘This will be a good line’ (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) A smaller, righty version of a Sedin (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Ohlund’s contract status another hot potato for GM Gillis (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Forwards show they’re ready to put their countries on the hockey map (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) All’s not well in Wellwood’s world (Barry Macdonald, 24 Hours)

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First impressions 3

First impressions

The Crazy Canucks podcast crew were guests of the Vancouver Canucks in suite 519 last night. Needless to say, it was an excellent experience and it gave John, Rebecca, Dave, Alanah and I all an opportunity to meet the team’s marketing group and brainstorm on potential partnerships this season. (Plus, the popcorn was damn good.) It also gave me a chance to form some first impressions on the Canucks. I don’t know if it’s the players or their system, but the Canucks looked faster in their first two preseason games. They made a lot of plays off the rush –...

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MSM links for September 24, 2008 0

MSM links for September 24, 2008

Preseason perfection (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Sanford perfect 10 in relief (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Hodgson set to impress in his NHL debut (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Hodgson looks just fine in NHL debut (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks’ Bernier off to shining start (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Kesler better on third line (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Walter is home at last (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)

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MSM links for September 23, 2008 0

MSM links for September 23, 2008

Shootout success (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Healthy Salo promises a ‘slap-happy’ return (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Schneider shows he’s top prospect (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Taylor made for another new role (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Team to cash in on Edler offence (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Spotlight on Kyle Wellwood: He has his ups and downs, but some promise is there (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Canucks’ Wellwood still living in the past (Wayne Scanlan via National Post) 70-game workload for Luongo (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Dogs defenseman to see ice time for Vancouver (Kevin Barrett, Telegraph-Journal) Canucks like Cody...

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MSM links for September 22, 2008 0

MSM links for September 22, 2008

Canuck players define team culture (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Gillis says youth will be served (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Canucks reckon great Dane Hansen’s made of steel, not marzipan (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) All’s simply not Wellwood (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Hodgson’s choice of newcomers (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Wellwood’s condition gives coach fits (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) GM stays home, D moves forward (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Canucks put Wellwood on notice (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Vigneault blasts Wellwood (Scott Rintoul, Metro News)

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MSM links for September 20-21, 2008 0

MSM links for September 20-21, 2008

Fitness testing a yuck ritual for Canucks (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Bernier not playing with twins as camp opens in Whistler (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) A meeting of the minds (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) No Naz? No problem in search for ‘C’ (Vancouver Province) Sedins pleading for offensive help (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Youngsters have golden opportunity to make team: Vigneault (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Salo relishing feeling fit (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Davison looks to fill a defensive niche (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Holding his own against vets (Vancouver Province) Taking care of below the belt (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver...

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Gillis’ sales job 12

Gillis’ sales job

It’s no secret that the Vancouver Canucks need more offense, but as training camp starts today with no Mats Sundin in sight, Mike Gillis has started selling Canucks fans with a youth movement. Increasingly over the last little while, Gillis, in his interviews, has started repeating the same message. Listen closely. You’ll hear how he thinks the Keslers, Raymonds and Bieksas are ready to take on more responsibility and how he thinks the Grabners and Hodgsons are ready to take the next step in their development. You’ll hear how he thinks they should be given this opportunity because, after all,...

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