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Captain Lou

Captain Lou

Photo credit: canucks.com Goaltender Roberto Luongo’s selection as captain of the Vancouver Canucks may have been unconventional but I think it’s still the right choice. No one can dispute that he is the Canucks’ best player. He makes his teammates better. He makes the team better. He is one of Canucks’ most vocal leaders, and really, they’ll go as far as Luongo takes them. By definition, he already was the team’s captain. And that’s just the on-ice stuff. One of the characteristics I’ve admired most in Canucks captains is their dedication to charities and involvement in the communities. Trevor Linden,...

MSM links for October 2, 2008

MSM links for October 2, 2008

Canucks make it five in a row with win over Flames (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Hansen makes case to stick (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Kesler hails Hansen after two-goal night (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Demolition of Flames ‘a lot of fun’ (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) One way for Luongo to wear captain’s ‘C’ (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) You can’t spell captain without a C (Gary Mason, Globe and Mail) Gendur earns shot he wanted (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Captain in cage makes for curious choice (Randy Sportak, Calgary Sun) ‘Nucks GM takes road less travelled (Bruce Dowbiggin, Calgary Herald) Rypien...

MSM links for October 1, 2008

MSM links for October 1, 2008

Canucks’ best will wear the ‘C’ (Vancouver Province) Players, coaches all laud Luongo’s choice as captain (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Luongo the first goalie in 41 years to be named captain (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Captaincy another step on right path (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Willie OK with wearing the ‘A’ (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Badge? We don’t need no stinkin’ badge (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Break from tradition (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Strange move makes sense as Canucks give Luongo the ‘C’ (Cam Cole, National Post) Canucks bend league rules, name Luongo team captain (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail)...

New Canucks captain to be announced

New Canucks captain to be announced

The Vancouver Canucks have scheduled a press conference at 11:30 this morning. Word from the rink is that the team will annouce its 12th captain in team history. The press conference will be streaned live from canucks.com.

MSM links for September 30, 2008

MSM links for September 30, 2008

Wellwood has weighty expectations (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Fit enough to play (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Wellwood wins battle of the bulge (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Not ready for prime time (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Grabner sent down to farm (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Rypien puts injury woes behind him (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) No more exhibition play for Schneider (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun)

MSM links for September 29, 2008

MSM links for September 29, 2008

Ducks shot down (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) No limits on new players, Gillis says (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Wellwood seizes chance to impress (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks still need a better second line (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Still learning to play with Sedins, OK on powerplay (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks turning heads (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver)

What to do with Wellwood

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...

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 64

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.

MSM links for September 26, 2008

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)

MSM links for September 25, 2008

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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