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A touching tribute

A touching tribute

Last night’s ceremony to honor Luc Bourdon was simple and touching. With the entire Canucks team surrounding them on the ice, members of the Canucks staff behind the benches and Canucks fans standing in their seats or watching on TV, Luc’s family stood on GM Place ice. They fought back tears while remembering the life of Luc, one that was too promising but too short. Alex Burrows and Roberto Luongo presented them with Luc’s last game-worn jersey and Tom Cochrane came out and played “Big League” alongside a video tribute showing highlights of Luc’s life. Like Chris Zimmerman promised, it...

MSM links for October 9, 2008

MSM links for October 9, 2008

Team photo only place to see Lu’s sweater C (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks roll out confidence (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Canucks look at talent, not contracts, in latest moves (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) It’s all theory until season starts (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Luc Bourdon’s spirit lives on (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Night to celebrate Luc’s life (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Far, far away a village mourns (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Cold shoulder for naysayers (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Demitra ‘outshone’ superstar teammates (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Mason right at home on the range (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Vengeance...

MSM links for October 8, 2008

MSM links for October 8, 2008

Luongo regains his calm, focus (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks add grit, hope goals will follow (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Canucks will bar the door (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Brown goes here, there and everywhere… (Vancouver Province) Brown, Wellwood survive (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Wellwood makes final cut (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) O’ Brien shakes off road rust in practice (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Hodgson has high hopes for next season (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Better picture on PPV, but higher price (Vancouver Sun) Home renovation (Guts Mctavish, vancouver.24hrs.ca) Sniper a good fit for Moose (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun) Bourdon...

Expectations of goodness

Expectations of goodness

There is a much higher sense of optimism in Canucks land these days, not just because they finished the preseason with a 6-0-1 record, but mostly because of a new kind of energy on the ice. The team looks reinvigorated. They look bigger and faster, and at least through the exhibition games, they seem more confident with the puck instead of playing hot potato with it like they did near the end of last season. Can they keep this up over 82 games? Perhaps, but really, their success comes down to how they respond to the following questions. Can the...

MSM links for October 7, 2008

MSM links for October 7, 2008

Canucks, Lightning complete four-player swap (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Not a Jovo Cop, more a Shane O’Cop (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Scorer Michel Ouellet in minors for now (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) GM rethinks final roster plans (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) An about face move for an in-your-face guy (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Prized first-round pick Hodgson sent back to junior for ‘a little bit of seasoning’ (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Luongo’s C could stand for many things (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) The C still has plenty of shine (Tim Wharsby, Globe and Mail) What to expect (24 Hours)

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 65

The Crazy Canucks: Episode 65

At this point, we’re undefeated. Sure, it’s the pre-season, but we’re not complaining about a 6-0 record thus far. New faces are impressing us, a new coaching style seems to be working well, and the new lines are producing better than anyone has really expected. We also got our answer about who will be captain this season, so there is something to be said about that. Rebecca is a not so healthy scratch for this one, but the rest of the crew gathers with their homework in tow on some new faces on our lineup. Click here to listen to...

MSM links for October 6, 2008

MSM links for October 6, 2008

Preseason success sorts out Canucks questions (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Canucks fall to Ducks in overtime (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Ducks end Canucks’ perfect run (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Raymond provides preseason thrills (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Wellwood makes a compelling case (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Hodgson signs on with Canucks for three years (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Coach, GM reckon Hodgson looks like money in the bank (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Dollars determine positional battles (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver)

MSM links for October 3, 2008

MSM links for October 3, 2008

Still undefeated (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Sanford goes back to backup (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Top guns back firing on all cylinders (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Healthy blueliners boost goals count (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Real tempting to get excited over preseason (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Spotlight on… Jannik Hansen (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Canucks try to ease travel burden (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) An extreme makeover (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) Entertainment vs. wins (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver)

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...

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