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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...

SOB apologizes, Gillis accepts

SOB apologizes, Gillis accepts

Like any good relationship who has just had a fight, they talked it over and cleared things up. And after the game-day skate yesterday, Shane O’Brien apologized. From Ben Kuzma (Vancouver Province): Instead of driving his career into the ditch, Shane O’Brien took the high road Tuesday. The Vancouver Canucks defenceman clarified his comments over the frustration of being a healthy scratch Saturday and not understanding the message that he must play tougher and not necessarily fight. O’Brien met with general manager Mike Gillis on Tuesday morning to map out the right route for his eventual return to the lineup....

MSM links for February 4, 2009

MSM links for February 4, 2009

Swede resurrection day for Canucks (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks weather Hurricane in 4-3 win (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) The body twitches… it has life! (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Sigh of relief follows winning goal (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Gillis gives Vigneault a vote of confidence (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) A good deal of improving to do (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Eight was enough (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Some kind of optimism (Guts Mactavish, 24 Hours Vancouver) Best game yet from Sundin (CP via Metro News Vancouver)

MSM links for February 3, 2009

MSM links for February 3, 2009

Not forever a Canuck, classy Ohlund plays on (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Coach has only good memories of Sundin (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) O’Brien comes out fighting – with words (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) O’Brien not happy with Canucks brass (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Father knows best when to keep mum (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Demitra ready for new mate (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Lack of scoring frustrates Sundin (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Ward saves his best (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) What’s wrong with them? (Hosea Cheung, 24 Hours Vancouver) Hodgson earns OHL weekly honour (Mike Hayakawa via YorkRegion.com)

SOB speaks out and some stats from the ‘D’

SOB speaks out and some stats from the ‘D’

My friends will attest that I’m a big Shane O’Brien fan. I think he’s a solid guy, considering his third-pairing role. I think he’s a tough guy that doesn’t hesitate to defend his teammates when he needs to. (Mason Raymond probably agrees with me as well.) Today though, one night after being a healthy scratch for the first time since being acquired by the Canucks, he spoke out about his role (Hosea Cheung, Canucks 24/7): After Monday’s practice, it was Shane O’Brien’s turn to speak out. “I’m not asking to be first unit powerplay, 25 minutes a night,” said the...

MSM links for February 2, 2009

MSM links for February 2, 2009

Canucks can’t buy a break (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) January cruel to Canucks (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks skills contest thrills crowd (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Canucks defend Sundin (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Can Canucks’ season be saved? (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver)

Don’t wait until it’s too late

Don’t wait until it’s too late

Despite the Canucks’ horrendous play this past month and 8-game losing streak, it’s crazy to think that they are still in playoff contention. A quick look at the standings this morning confirm that – with 52 points in 50 games, they sit in 11th place, but are only a single point from 8th and 3 points away from 5th. They have two games in hand over 5th place Anaheim (55 points in 52 games), but have played more games than Dallas (53 points in 48 games), Minnesota and Edmonton (both 53 points in 49 games). The Canucks should consider themselves...

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