May 012010
 

The clock’s ticking down to game one on the 2010 battle between the Blackhawks and Canucks and while Canucks nation seems a little collectively quiet, this year it’s more anxiety than nervousness present in the air. Everyone knows things are different, it’s just a matter of proving it on the ice. If the result is the same as last year, one could argue that while the Canucks had a record year, they’ve made no progress. With that in mind there are five keys to the Canucks coming out of this series on top.

Luongo vs. Kane
The big story within this series is no doubt the Luongo vs. Kane battle. Kane victimized Luongo last year in that crucial game six for three goals and Luongo faltered in the biggest game of his career. Then came the Olympics and Luongo prevailed. Luongo 1, Kane 1. This is the rubber match. There’s no doubt that Kane is in Luongo’s head. After the Olympics though, there’s no doubt that Luongo is in Kane’s head. However, if you look at the single impact either player can have on the outcome of a game, Luongo is the one with the uphill battle. If Luongo can play like he did in the last two games of the first round, the Canucks will have nothing to worry about with their last line of defense.

Keeping Emotions in Check
It’s simple. The team that can take a punch and walk away is the one that’s going to win this series. The tensions between Kesler and Ladd are no secret. The Canucks haven’t been on particularly friendly terms with Dustin Byfuglien in a while, and Bieksa and Eager haven’t had any sleep overs since their big dance. Bottom line is, these two teams don’t like each other and while we know both teams are going to have no problem getting under each others’ skin, it’s going to be the team that can “be the bigger man” that’s going to walk away the winner, and likely with the man advantage.

Clearing the crease of Byfuglien and that guy named Alberts
Speaking of Byfuglien, it’s no surprise that his name is being brought up. He was a big reason the Blackhawks got to Luongo early and often last year and while he only had one goal against him, his presence in front of the net was his biggest asset to the Blackhawks. The Blackhawks moved Byfuglien up to forward not even a week ago so it’s no surprise that they plan to use that tactic again and if the Canucks have learned anything the four years they’ve had Luongo, it’s that if you clear his crease, he’ll do the rest. Cue Alberts. He was in the doghouse the first two games, rode pine for the next few, but since returning has got his discipline in check. Alberts is a big guy. He’s built like a train and he needs to use that. The Canucks don’t have a Willie Mitchell to patrol the crease and Alberts has to use his size in a disciplined manner to clear the ‘Hawks out of the paint. If he’s going to take a penalty doing it though, he might as well sit on the bench.

Alex Burrows and the X Factors
Burrows was the Canucks leading goal scorer during the regular season with 35 goals and he lead all Canucks in regular season series between the Blackhawks and Canucks with one goal and four assists for five points. He only had one goal in the first round (an empty netter) and he’s going to be a huge part of the Canucks getting through the Blackhawks. The Canucks received surprise help from playoff attendees Demitra and Bernier and if they can continue to contribute key goals to the offense, with the addition of Burrows this team’s depth will finally pay off.

Special Teams
It’s cliche, but special teams wins series. The Canucks would know, it almost lost them the first round. The Blackhawks have a potent offense and their special teams aren’t half bad either. With the return of Campbell to the Blackhawks blue line the Canucks can’t give Chicago’s power play as much time as they did LA’s and they certainly can’t respect the blue line in a similar fashion to last round. The Canucks power play looks to be okay so as long as they can maintain that they should be fine. The biggest loss to the Canucks PK in the first round was Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler. Two of the Canucks best regular season penalty killers were seemingly absent when down a man and they’re going to have to get back to form and shot blocking soon if they want to see this penalty kill remain successful and continue it’s improvement since game four of the first round.

Apr 022010
 

This is all you need to know about the Canucks’ 8-3 loss to the LA Kings last night (via Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province):

“I’m just going to make a statement and I’m not going to answer any questions,” Luongo said. “As a team, we should be embarrassed by the way we played. From the first guy, which is me, all the way out to the last guy, it’s unacceptable to play this way.

“We just have to get better. And that’s it.”

It was a horribly pathetic effort and the Canucks should be embarrased. With a single point against the Kings, who had lost 4 of their previous 5 games, the Canucks could have clinched a playoff spot. To quote Jerry Seinfeld, the Canucks instead folded faster than Superman on laundry day.

The defense were constantly out of position and gave the Kings all sorts of great scoring chances, and Luongo couldn’t come up with the great save to bail them out. Up front, it didn’t help that the Canucks didn’t have Daniel Sedin and lost Alex Burrows in the first period. It also didn’t help that Darcy Hordichuk did his darndest best to give the Kings the man-advantage.

On a more positive note…

Forced into a top-six role, Kyle Wellwood scored a couple of goals. Believe it or not, he’s within 3 points of matching last season’s point totals.

Somehow, Christian Ehrhoff managed a plus-2 rating in 23:54 minutes of ice-time. (6 of the Kings’ 8 goals were on even-strength.)

Alex Burrows sounded okay after the game. Here’s hoping he can make a speedy return to the lineup.

And maybe the rest of the team can get back to playing good hockey too.

Mar 112010
 

With most teams in the NHL you can point to one player on the team who is the face of the franchise. The Capitals belong to Ovechkin, the Penguins belong to Malkin, the Islanders are Tavares’ and the Kings are Kopitar’s. The list goes on but the point is most teams have one face, one super star that either makes or breaks the team based on how they play. With that concept in mind, these Canucks once were Luongos. The face of the 2006-07 franchise-record-49-Win Canucks, was Luongo. He won his first career playoff series single-handedly, and lost his second career playoff series single-handedly.

Since then this team has evolved around a core group of players that are a combination of to tier forwards, rock solid blue liners, a passionate goalie and a desire to win. That being said, this season has exemplified one thing in particular: The Canucks don’t have one leader, they play as a team. This year’s Canucks define exactly what a team should be and that’s been the story all year. I can remember just how many times over the years I’ve said, “We need secondary scoring, the top lines are in a slump”, and the Canucks haven’t had the depth or talent to pull it off.

When you look at this year’s team, secondary scoring was at one point the only reason we didn’t tank. Through the Canucks injury problems all year, through the slumps, and the highs and lows, there has always been someone to step in and take over. In one particular game it was Ryan Johnson and Tanner Glass against the Avalanche resulting in Johnson’s first multi-point game of his career, in another it was Mason Raymond who decided to go on a streak. When the Sedins came back and the Canucks needed to turn things around Burrows took over, but post Olympics it’s been Kesler who’s carried the team. With the Sedins in a pre-Olympic slump as a result of a snubbing Samuelsson has stepped his game up. What’s even more impressive is that Samuelsson has stepped his game up during the Canucks most critical point in the season.

Between Henrik’s offensive outburst, Burrows’ nose for the net, Samuelsson’s response to the snub, Raymond’s breakout year and Kesler’s ascent to the next tier of forwards, it’s no surprise that this team doesn’t have one singular face. This team has learned to find a way to win. What’s more important, and most important is they’ve found a way to win without having to rely on Luongo to perform near miracles on an almost nightly basis. The Canucks chemistry is at an all time high and with the number of players having career years what makes this year’s edition of the Vancouver Canucks unique is their ability to step up individually and carry this team when it needs someone to take the reigns. The most perfect example was Samuelsson and his second period hat trick against the Avalanche, but in the streaks various different Canucks players have thrown together it’s clear that when there is a hole in the offense or defense someone steps up.

On a blue line that has struggled from the get go and had to give more responsibility to the likes of everyone’s favourite Canuck Shane O’Brien, Christian Ehrhoff has come in and stepped up. The German Olympian who is having an outstanding year on the blue line has scored key goals for the Canucks on several occasions this season. Heck, even O’Brien has buttoned down and become a responsible defenceman. While he might have the odd defensive breakdown, he’s strayed from racking up the penalty minutes and he’s stepped up to the increased responsibility as the Canucks infirmary tries to spit players out as fast as they come in.

This year’s Canucks are not defined by one player but by many. They’re not defined by one success story, and the story around this year’s team has not been about individuals. It’s been about a team that’s had to come together over the adversity of injury, the obstacle of the NHL’s longest road trip, and the sportsmanship of a game which saw players go from teammates to rivals and back to teammates in the span of two weeks. This year’s Canucks are defined by their city, their fans, and their desire to win. This year’s Canucks are defined by a coach that’s on the verge of being a miracle worker, and players that buy into the team picture. This year’s Canucks are defined by players that step up when they have to, not when they’re called out to. This year’s Canucks define what it means to be a team.

Jan 182010
 

When you look at Burrows numbers there’s no denying that he’s been a huge success because of the Sedins. One can’t argue though that he’s not been partially responsible in helping get up the Sedins numbers to point per game averages that are the highest of their career. Burrows has been through a lot to get where he is and after working his way up through the Canucks system right from the ECHL I can guarantee you he never saw him self leading any NHL team in goals at any point in the season outside of perhaps game one of the season. Yet here we sit over 40 games into the season and the Canucks leading scorer is a tie between Henrik Sedin and none other than Alex Burrows.

To put things into further perspective Burrows not only leads the Canucks in goals this season, but he’s in the top 10 goal scorers in the NHL. That’s right. Little Alex Burrows the super pest turned super hero to Canucks fans in Vancouver is tied for the 8th most goals in the NHL. With that in mind, when you look at the fact that Mats Sundin was operating at about 1 goal for every million dollars paid, when you look at Alex’s contract, he’s scored so far, one goal for every $100,000 he’s been paid. With that said, that serves to go down as we still have over 30 games to play and you know Burrows is going to tear past that 30 goal plateau this season (knock on wood).

If you number a cruch a little you find out Burrows actual worth. Right now, over the 48 games the Canucks have played this season, Burrows is costing the Canucks $95,328 per goal and about $51,282 per point. When you compare it to all the players in the top ten for goals scored this season it looks like this:

PlayerGoalsPointsSalaryCost/GoalCost/Point
Patrick Marleau3251$6,300,000.00$196,875.00$123,529.41
Alex Ovechkin3064$9,538,462.00$317,948.73$149,038.47
Sidney Crosby3057$8,700,000.00$290,000.00$152,631.58
Marian Gaborik2957$7,500,000.00$258,620.69$131,578.95
Ilya Kovalchuk2853$6,400,000.00$228,571.43$120,754.72
Dany Heatley2753$7,500,000.00$277,777.78$141,509.43
Steven Stamkos2547$3,725,000.00$149,000.00$79,255.32
Michael Cammalleri2240$6,000,000.00$272,727.27$150,000.00
Henrik Sedin2167$6,000,000.00$285,714.29$89,552.24
Rick Nash2144$5,400,000.00$257,142.86$122,727.27
Jarome Iginla2143$7,000,000.00$333,333.33$162,790.70
Dustin Penner2141$4,250,000.00$202,380.95$103,658.54
Alexandre Burrows2139$2,000,000.00$95,238.10$51,282.05
Bobby Ryan2139$1,921,667.00$91,507.95$49,273.51
Patrick Kane2056$3,725,000.00$186,250.00$66,517.86
Zach Parise2047$3,125,000.00$156,250.00$66,489.36
Alexander Semin2043$4,600,000.00$230,000.00$106,976.74
Nicklas Backstrom1954$2,400,000.00$126,315.79$44,444.44
Corey Perry1947$5,325,000.00$280,263.16$113,297.87
Anze Kopitar1946$6,800,000.00$357,894.74$147,826.09
Loui Eriksson1945$1,600,000.00$84,210.53$35,555.56
Stephen Weiss1942$3,100,000.00$163,157.89$73,809.52
Mike Richards1940$5,750,000.00$302,631.58$143,750.00
Ryan Malone1938$4,500,000.00$236,842.11$118,421.05
James Neal1935$821,667.00$43,245.63$23,476.20
Patric Hornqvist1930$620,000.00$32,631.58$20,666.67

Burrows is producing well above his pay grade and am I complaining? Hell no. Just trying to make sure more people appreciate just what this guy is doing when compared to the names he’s sandwiched himself between in the points standings.

Jan 142010
 

Thank you again to everyone for their suggestions for a nickname for the Sedin, Sedin and Burrows line. There were lots of good and creative entries for sure, and our favorites are:

  • Richard picks “The BroBury Line” (suggested by Terri)
  • Alix picks “The Treadmill Line” (suggested by Archii)
  • I pick “The Trois Kronors” (suggested by Bryan)

Congratulations to Terri, Archii and Bryan – we’ll contact you by email and send you your Canucks 2009/2010 Yearbooks.

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Now, we mentioned in the last post that we’ve added a part 2 to this contest.

Richard, Alix and I here at Canucks Hockey Blog are excited to partner with canucks.com and ask you – our fellow fans – to give Henrik, Daniel and Alex their “official” nickname.

CDC is running a poll right now. You’ll see our picks – “The BroBury Line”, “The Treadmill Line” and “The Trois Kronor” – as well as “The Twin-Burr Line”, which was selected by Derek Jory from canucks.com.

Click here to go to the poll and vote for your favorite. We’ll randomly select one of you to win autographed photos of Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows.

(Note: You’ll need a canucks.com account to cast your vote.)

You have until Saturday night to vote. Let’s hear from you, Canucks Nation!

Jan 132010
 

After a long and thorough investigation – please note sarcasm here – the NHL issued their ruling on Burrows v. Auger last night.

After separate hearings on Tuesday, the NHL has decided not to punish referee Stephane Auger, but fined Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows $2,500 US for his accusations that the on-ice official was out to get him in a Canucks-Predators game on Monday.

Considering Burrows lambasted a league official publicly, the result was probably the best Burrows could have hoped for.

Certainly, the spectrum of reactions to this has been interesting. Cam Cole (Vancouver Sun) expands:

Everyone in hockey’s universe has an opinion on the incident, it turns out, and the reaction can be roughly divided into two camps:

1. Canuck faithful, who believe Auger should be run out of hockey, or banished for a very long time, for taking a personal vendetta into a game, and costing the Canucks an important two points in the standings. Of these, most agree that the ref’s alleged pre-advertisement of his intentions was among the dumbest acts ever — Auger should have just done the deed, and skated away, leaving Burrows to figure it out for himself.

2. Canuck haters, who think Burrows is a soccer player on skates, a well-known diver who made his bed and shouldn’t have been surprised when he had to sleep in it. Of these, most think he should have taken the hosing by Auger like a man, and kept his mouth shut.

All right, maybe there’s a third camp:

3. Those who think they should both pay. Yes, what Auger did was despicable and ham-handed and probably worthy of a suspension and temporarily banishment from playoff assignments, but on the other hand Burrows couldn’t possibly have thought that he could play his whole career the way he plays and never harvest the fallout from making officials look foolish.

But what I found most interesting was how else you could potentially divide who falls under camps 1 and 2; from what I’ve seen, most who subscribe to camp number 1 are fans and most who subscribe to camp number 2 are players or others who have an association with the NHL. Take for example the poll on TSN yesterday that showed most hockey fans believe Burrows. On the other end of things: Kelly Hrudey and Ray Ferraro both went on the air yesterday and suggested that Burrows shouldn’t have come out and said what he said, and today, Damien Cox called Canucks Nation a bunch of whiners. Even Craig Conroy called Burrows a tattle-tale.

I don’t know if the latter group are missing the point deliberately. In this case, Burrows’ reputation is irrelevant. The point is whether or not an NHL official – Stephane Auger – settled a personal vendetta and influenced the result of a game. The point is whether or not the official compromised the integrity of the game. It’s precisely why fans – and by fans, I’m not talking about Canucks fans but hockey fans – were up in arms about what happened. After all, for an NHL official to use his power in a manner that cost a team points in the standings is a serious matter and inexcusable. And for anyone to suggest that it’s simply a case of “making a mountain of a mole hill” is asinine.

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On a related note, did anyone catch this tidbit from Darren Dreger’s (TSN) column:

While his reputation of late is one of a gifted goal scorer, some inside the NHL’s head offices, at times, have seen a dark side, and a player whose on-ice motives haven’t always been pure.

Care to elaborate, Darren? Or is this just pure mudslinging?

Jan 122010
 

I started to write a post about how last night’s game was the worst officiated game I’ve seen in a long time, but then Alex Burrows spoke up:

These are serious allegations against Stephane Auger and I hope the NHL cares enough about the integrity of the game to at least look into it. Did an NHL referee settle a personal score on the ice that could have cost one team the game?

More on this later.

[update: 01/12/2010, 8:36 AM]

Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy) has a great take on this, including a list of some of Auger’s more dubious calls.

Now, Burrows has certainly earned his reputation as one of the NHL’s top pests. But that shouldn’t undermine the validity of his concerns, especially against a referee with a bit of a controversial past.

As the Kurtenbloggers pointed out on Twitter, Auger was party to that insane no-goal for the Detroit Red Wings earlier this year; had previously ejected Burrows on a controversial call last February; and, most infamously, was the referee who gave Shane Doan (notes) a 10-minute misconduct after a linesman accused him of making culturally insensitive comments to Auger, who is French-Canadian. Doan vehemently denied the charge.

[update: 01/12/2010, 9:04 AM]

Bob McKenzie (TSN) weighs in:

This Alexandre Burrows-Stephane Auger situation is going to get messy. It’s the proverbial can of worms for everyone involved – the league, the NHL Officials’ Association, referee Auger, player Burrows and the entire Vancouver Canucks’ organization – and it’s a story that is not likely to go away any time soon.

If the events of last night unfolded as Burrows has alleged – and there is plenty of evidence, circumstantial and otherwise – to suggest they did more or less, then the NHL will have no choice but to take some form of disciplinary action against Auger, be it a reprimand, a fine, a suspension or an evaluation that could go into his file and cost him playoff games and/or money along the line or maybe even his job.

And the NHLOA, the refs’ and linesmen’s union, will no doubt have no choice but to do everything possible to protect Auger, who by the way was the official who assessed Shane Doan a 10-minute misconduct that led to a major brouhaha over whether player uttered a cultural slur.

So you see where this is headed, eh? Nowhere good.

[update: 01/12/2010, 10:25 AM]

Mark Spector (Sportsnet) is reporting that the NHL is now investigating Burrows’ claims:

Referee Stephane Auger will likely face league discipline for his work in Vancouver Monday night, where he was accused by Alex Burrows of telling the Vancouver winger before the game “he was going to get me back tonight.”

NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell confirmed that a league investigation has begun, and a fellow referee said Tuesday morning that Auger will face serious questioning before being allowed back on the ice to work another game.

Jan 072010
 
Burrows celebrates 2nd consecutive hat trick

Photo credit: TSN

Earlier today, Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province) suggested the Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line was the second coming of the Westcoast Express line. Scratch that, he said that they are even better than the original.

The trio have played 57 games together going back to last winter. In those 57 games, the line has combined for 73 goals and 119 assists for 192 points. That’s 3.37 points a game and is a pace which outdistances the best line in Canucks history. At its peak in 2002-03, the West Coast Express put up 3.31 points a game.

And who can argue with him?

The Canucks just disposed of the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 to win four games in a row for the first time this season and at least catch the Northwest Division-leading Calgary Flames in points. Henrik Sedin had 3 assists to pass Joe Thornton in the NHL scoring race, Alex Burrows recorded his second hat trick in two games, and Roberto Luongo posted his 50th career shutout.

First, the Sedins and Burrows.

When Burrows signed his 4-year/$8 million, I admit I thought it would be a solid deal even if he simply produced 15 goals and 40 points; with 17 goals and 17 assists, he’s nearly cracked that mark and the season is barely over half a season old. It goes without saying that he is proving that I’m just a Canucks fan who set expectations ridiculously low so as not to be disappointed.

To add to what Botchford said, the Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line is on fire. Combined, they have 130 points (48 goals and 82 assists) this season. Only San Jose’s (Marleau, Thornton and Heatley – 64 goals and 86 assists) and Washington’s (Ovechkin, Backstrom and Semin – 60 goals and 76 assists) trios have combined for more. When you take into account that Daniel Sedin missed 18 games due to injury, it makes what the Sedins and Burrows have accomplished so far even more impressive.

Maybe they are the second coming of the Westcoast Express, but I’m not sure I like the nickname. Contest time: Suggest a nickname for the Sedin-Sedin-Burrows line and post it in the comments field. Richard, Alix and I will each pick one we like and we’ll send each winner a copy of the Vancouver Canucks 2009-2010 yearbook.

Next, Luongo.

Tonight’s shutout was his 3rd of the season and 50th of his career. He is now tied with Chris Osgood for 2nd most career shutouts among active goaltenders. He is 56 shutouts behind Martin Brodeur’s career mark, but as you know, Luongo just signed to play for 12 more years. In Luongo’s first 3 seasons with the Canucks, he’s averaged just under 7 shutouts per season.

Just sayin’.

[update: 01/12/2010, 11:06 AM]

Our apologies for not setting a closing date for this contest, but we’ll do it now.

We’ll take entries until 9:00 PM on Wednesday, January 13th. Richard, Alix and I will make our picks then and send the Canucks Yearbooks to the winners.

On a related note, we’re working with Canucks.com on a follow-up contest that has a tie-in with this one. More details will follow on a separate post, but let me tease you guys a bit – you want to make sure to submit your best suggestions to a line nickname for Sedin, Sedin and Burrows, and the prize for the follow-up contest are signed photos from all three players.

Jun 132009
 

So, it’s been a while, eh? This lovely summer weather hit and I turned into a total blogger slacker. I do apologize my lovelies.

- The Penguins win last night delighted me. There’s a lot of guys I like individually on the Wings but I just wanted it more for the Penguins. Tangers made me weep when he mentioned Luc Bourdon and winning it with him. That is why I wanted the Penguins to pull it off. Geno Malkin was ALL KINDS of adorable in his post game interview. Oh the broken English “Big day…my life…my friends happy…I happy” Ahhhhh. So precious. I want to skip down the street arm and arm with him and have him sing me songs. Max Talbot is a folk hero and I assume he is locked up long term in Pittsburgh but damn. He and Burrows would make one sexy, charming, French Canadian sammich. Next time I’m near a fountain I’m going to wish that so hard.

- Should we talk some Swedins? Lately I’ve been calling them the soft peepers thanks to a blog friend of mine. I kind of like it. It’s pretty cute. Now, if they want 7 million, I say that’s too much cabbage. We’ll have to say hejda (that’s goodbye in Swedish). But if it’s for less than 7 let’s get it done. We need those two crazy kids. With their complexions, they wouldn’t do well in Tampa or LA or other steamy locales. I think for their skins sakes they should stay in Vancouver. Just to do our part, we should try to do everything we can to get them to sign.

Write them haikus. If they were in Swedish and scented to give a little something extra that would be even better.

Send them for massages at the Swedish Touch Massage parlour. Offer to drive the bus. Also, spring a surprise stop at IKEA for meatballs and affordable furniture. If you are at all mechanical offer to put their newly purchased affordable furniture together for them.

Buy apples and carrots for their racehorses. Oh and suger cubes. Horses love that shit.

Wash their volvos.

- The poor little Moosies were eliminated last night. Don’t worry little babies, you’re still totally rad and got further than your parent team did by a long shot. Heh. There’s always next year. Those Bears will…go into hibernation next time.

- Rumour on the street is that the Canucks have signed Sergei Shirokov and he may be coming over for training camp in the fall. Oooooh. We haven’t had a Russian in a while. I always love when the Canucks get more international. This hasn’t been confirmed so we’ll just have to wait and see but there could be some fun competition at camp. Cody Hodgson will be putting shaving cream in Michael Grabner’s skates and Grabby will be shrinking Sergei Shirokov’s sweater. Heh.

- I’m going to be at the draft in Montreal and it will be an epically good time. There will be tons of cooing over the Canucks draft picks and lots of schenanigans around Montreal. If you hear of a girl getting arrested for dancing on a table with underage defence draft picks, it’s most likely me. Send bail money if you’re so inclined.

- There’s only 110 days until the regular season starts! The Canucks will be making us cry and hit the bottle in no time at all.

May 152009
 

- Cody Hodgson made his Moose debut tonight and scored his first pro point as the Moose took game one against the Aeros 2-1. That’s so exciting! If Canucks fans get what they’re hoping for, Cody won’t spend much time at all with the Moose, but it’s nice to see he’s fitting in so well. It sounds like Cory Scheider was great as well because the baby Canucks were outshot 32-18. It’s going to be good news for Gillis if guys like Cody, Cory, and Michael Grabner can step in for the big team next season. Game summary here

- The Canucks website is putting out specials about the mum’s trip and the players that brought their mummies and they are absolutely charming. So far we’ve learned that Willie Mitchell was in the shower when the Devils drafted him and asked his Grandma to take a message, Ryan Kesler was the only 8 year old that knew what backchecking was, Alex Burrows’ mummy asked him to speak to her class of students, and Mason Raymond knows how ride a horse and played hockey with his dog.

- Darcy Hordichuk wrote his last blog of the season and it is pretty delightful. It’s been fun learning a bit more about him behind the scenes and he really seemed to love playing in Vancouver this past year.

- Richard and J.J are doing a great job of covering the Canucks UFAs and the whole discussion over keeping Lui or not, so I figured I would do a little research about some of the baby draft picks the Canucks could possibly pick in June. I went to the draft last year and it was a total blast. These little babies in suits make me cooo. You just want them to do well. We’ve got to pass this off season somehow, so look for that in the next few days.

- My most favourite Swede and hockey boyfriend Matty Ohlund is really sounding like he’s leaving Vancouver. It makes me a sad panda but I guess all good things have to come to end eventually. He’s a classy gent and he understands and I’m sure he’ll be fab wherever he goes. But anyways, darlings, this means I’m going to be out a favourite player next season. Any thoughts on what Canuck I should line up for next season? I might do a series of posts on that later in the off season. It’s going to be jumping around here don’t you worry!

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