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MSM links for January 31-February 1, 2009

MSM links for January 31-February 1, 2009

Canucks can’t finish scoring chances (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Sundin doing nothing to earn his keep (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Demitra close to returning from groin injury (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) The curse of Sundin bites again (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Wild’s final swing keeps rival Canucks on skids (Michael Russo, Star-Tribune) Tribalism is alive and well in Canucksland (Ian Hoysom, Victoria Times Colonist) Sundin a big bust so far (Mark Zwolinski, Toronto Star)

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The slump in numbers

The slump in numbers

I’ll admit that there were a lot of positives in the Canucks’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild last night. They played their best game since their 2-1 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks and they came back from a 2-goal deficit to take a point. They finished January 2009 with 7 points in 12 games (2-5-5), and maybe, the “comeback” is the baby step they need to get back to winning. The cold reality is, however, that the team’s losing streak has now 8 games. Their home losing streak is now 9 games. After a 3-2 overtime...

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Signs of life

Signs of life

Depending on who you talk to, yesterday’s flare-up between Mason Raymond, Willie Mitchell and Shane O’Brien was a positive or a negative sign. It’s a positive if you consider that the players are at least showing some emotion. It’s a negative if the bad blood carries into the dressing room and during games. Not too long ago, the players themselves were commenting on how truly tight-knit this group of Canucks are so I’m sure the former is true. I hope that’s still the case. Some coverage from the scrap: Canucks scrap at team’s skate (Hosea Cheung, 24 Hours Vancouver) Yowza!...

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MSM links for January 30, 2009

MSM links for January 30, 2009

Vigneault running out of time and chances (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Angry days for Canucks (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks’ Vigneault not concerned about his future, only the next game (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) How to fix the Canucks (Vancouver Sun) Canucks’ players leap to defence of embattled coach (Vancouver Province) PK woes killing the Canucks (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) When the going gets tough, the tough get… (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) A team in desperate need for a spark (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Fans sad, mad at bad Canucks (Ian Austin, Vancouver Province) Sundin searching for a line...

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The Crazy Canucks: Episode 72

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 72

It’s a roller coaster ride. There’s no other way to explain this season, and fans are jumping off the bus left and right. But don’t fret! The season isn’t over just yet, and you shouldn’t be getting out of your seats and leaving before the second intermission. There’s still plenty of Canucks hockey to be played, and we are doing our best to stay away from the complaints department. We won’t claim to know all the answers, but the situation frustrates us just as much as you probably are. Click here to listen to the episode.

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Too many questions, not a lot of games left to answer them

Too many questions, not a lot of games left to answer them

It’s been 3 weeks since the Canucks have won a game. It’s been a month since they’ve won a game at home. I realize that there are plenty more questions that need to be asked, but here are some for now: 1. If the Canucks can’t beat the 14th place Nashville Predators to bust this 7-game losing streak, a team they’ve already beaten 3 times this season, then who can they beat? 2. How can the Canucks blow 2-goal leads against teams like Columbus and Nashville? 3. How can the Canucks allow 5 goals against the 3rd lowest scoring team...

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MSM links for January 29, 2009

MSM links for January 29, 2009

Canucks continue home-ice slump losing 5-3 to Nashville (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) And the suffering continues (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Clouds of gloom gather at GM Place (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) ‘Good teams find ways to win’ (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Get-out-of-jail cards all used up (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) O’Brien fined for riding to the rescue but vows he’d do it again (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks still stuck in reverse (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Sundin likes to take it easy (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) Stars tickled pink over agreement with Moose (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)

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MSM links for January 28, 2009

MSM links for January 28, 2009

Time for Sundin to get big (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Power points display needed (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Sundin feels the pressure (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) No caution in this optimism (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Sedins central to uncertainty (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Let’s hope little rest helps a lot (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Everybody loves Raymond? (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks hit for bucks (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Grabner to lead Austria (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Brunnstrom assigned to Moose (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun) Preds to keep focus on hockey, not history (John Glennon, The Tennessean)

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Degrees of difficulty

Degrees of difficulty

Year after year, we complain about the Canucks’ schedule. So much so that Mike Gillis actually lobbied (perhaps successfully) to have the team’s travel schedule simplified next year. This year however, they enter the stretch drive with a schedule that might actually be their saving grace. At a quick glance anyway, it seems that the Canucks may have the more favourable schedule among the 8 teams vying for 4 playoff spots (i.e. Vancouver plus Phoenix, Edmonton, Columbus, Anaheim, Minnesota, Dallas and Colorado). I’m not a statistician so I don’t know how accurate this would be, but I put together a...

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Only a game, Richard.  Only a game.

Only a game, Richard. Only a game.

Richard’s story is almost a week old. I thought I’d ignore it, but it seems like I can’t. He was on TEAM 1040 yesterday afternoon and the Vancouver Province ran another piece on him this morning. Now, credit to Richard for realizing his actions weren’t cool and cutting off the source of his frustrations, but I still don’t understand why his story has garnered so much attention. Is he supposed to represent Canucks fans and 39 years of few successes? God I hope not. He snapped at his wife after his favorite sports team lost a game. I doubt many...

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