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.Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
Because I’m on the road, I missed the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. I’m not complaining (it was probably a good thing). Still, here are some random thoughts on what has transpired so far this week. On the injuries: It took all of two weeks before Sami Salo and Pavol Demitra suffered their first injuries of the season. Like Alanah said, only Kyle Wellwood benefits from those injuries. And maybe Jason Krog (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province). The scary thing is, the top part of the Canucks lineup is already becoming reminiscent of last year’s. Darcy Hordichuk...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
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)Click here to read more.