At first I was worried that the 7 Canucks participating in the 2010 Olympics were going to come back to the regular season fatigued and unrested, but now that you look at the games and the roles each player representing their country has, it looks like the Olympics are catering to their individual needs in a funny kind of way. Luongo The one thing Luongo needed was rest. It’s clear at this point that Brodeur is going to take the games the rest of the way and after Luongo got his chance in front of the home town crowd and...Click here to read more.
With Demitra factoring back into the equation it looks like as far as forwards go we’re back at square one. The same problem we were going to have to deal with in game one of the season had we not been hit with that ridiculous number of simultaneous injuries. The interesting thing is now that we’re half way through the season the players have formed this chemistry that I for one wouldn’t want to tinker with. I know Vigneault’s a smart man and I have a feeling he isn’t going to tinker with things too much either. That means the...Click here to read more.
Welcome back Demo! I was starting to think he had run off and joined the circus. He seems like he would be a fetching lion tamer. Who knew Slovakian medical specialists could be such miracle workers? Maybe Sami Salo should see this dude as well. I believe Demo will play on the third line tonight with Hansen and Welly. Hansen will have to do all the dirty work but that gives them a little extra scoring punch. Hooray!Click here to read more.
There are a couple of Canucks trade rumors making the rounds today. Now, before you get giddy on the possibility of these trades actually happening, please do consider the source. The first rumor involves Pavol Demitra to the New York Rangers: Desperate to make the playoffs, the Rangers are beating the bushes for a top-six forward. While they’d prefer a centre, league sources told Sun Media yesterday that GM Glen Sather is so anxious for help up front, he’s looking at acquiring injured Canucks winger Pavol Demitra once he gets healthy. Demitra has scored 301 goals over a 15-year career,...Click here to read more.
As Hosea Cheung (Sun Media) pointed out this morning, Pavol Demitra will miss the start of the regular season while he continues to rehab his injured shoulder: Pavol Demitra will miss at least six more weeks after undergoing shoulder surgery at the end of last season. “The shoulder is not quite strong enough yet,” Demitra said yesterday at UBC, where he skated by himself in the morning. “I started skating the last two weeks back home in Slovakia and day by day it’s getting better.” The 34-year-old forward, who will make $4 million this season, had to get his left...Click here to read more.
Veteran core must dig deep (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks need offense to emerge – or else (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Maybe Mitchell’s ’03 experience can lead way to comeback (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Campbell evades Vancouver heavy hitters (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) So little power in powerplay (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Fret not, because it ain’t over until… (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Series a long way from over, insists Canuck Willie Mitchell (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Blackhawks pumped about chance to finish off Canucks at home (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Do or die time (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail)...Click here to read more.
Canucks confident in face of adversity (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Demitra off the ice and in the shop for some ‘maintenance’ (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Windy City scribe tries to rile Luongo (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Burish loves Hawks’ ‘pretty cool’ turnaround (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) No panic for Canucks as they prepare for Game 3 against Blackhawks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) ‘Hawks winger weighs in on series (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Ryan Kesler: A miracle worker? (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Byfuglien having huge impact on series (Eric Duhatschek, Globe and Mail) Beefy Byfuglien is unstoppable (Damien Cox, Toronto Star)...Click here to read more.
Canucks spin tires against Avalanche (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Lowly Avalanche bury Canucks (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks remind us how bad they can be at times (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Edler should be difference maker in playoffs (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Everybody’s loving Mason Raymond (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Canucks buried by Avalanche (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) How can the Canucks beat the best if they can’t beat the worst? (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks possess new range of scoring depth (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Home-ice advantage clearly a top priority (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) Wolski wings...Click here to read more.
If the injury to Pavol Demitra’s finger is more serious, then it could force the Canucks’ hand before Wednesday’s trade deadline. Or it could create an opportunity for Michael Grabner, the team’s 1st rounder . Is Grabner ready for prime-time? Now in his second year with the Manitoba Moose, Grabner still suffers from bouts of inconsistency. He showed some promise while appearing in the Canucks’ preseason, but was sent to the Moose. He started their season with 10 points (7G-3A) in 19 games in October and November, then put up 18 points (12G-6A) in 20 games in December and January....Click here to read more.