It’s well known that to get through the Western Conference is a test of endurance. It’s a physical affair and you don’t only have to beat your opponent on the score sheet but you have to physically out play them in order to win a series. For this reason we see the importance of blue-liners and the bottom six alike as the grit factor becomes (in some series, or on some nights) the deciding factor of a game. The Canucks in game one not only dominated the play of the game but they out hit the Kings en route to...Click here to read more.
Edler’s had an off year. There’s no hiding it, in the words of one Todd Bertuzzi – “It is what it is”. For the number of people that have thrown him under the bus, I don’t think a lot of people realize just why he’s having the slump this year. Edler can thank all that he was last year, and all that he’s going to be in the future to one player, Mattias Ohlund. Ohlund’s departure from the team left a huge hole on the blue line that was bigger than just one player as his influence on Edler is...Click here to read more.
The Canucks had 4 players considered potential Olympian members of Team Sweden’s national hockey team when the world comes to Vancouver for in 2010. Henrik and Daniel Sedin were locks for the team, Edler has emerged as a top defenceman in the NHL and was considered to be one of the blue liners for the yellow and blue, and Samuelsson who already has an Olympic Gold medal to his name was the fourth Canuck who was likely to represent Sweden in the Olympics. After Sweden announced their roster this morning Canuck nation was a little riled up that blonde haired,...Click here to read more.
According to Elliott Pap (Vancouver Sun), there’s good news on the Canucks injury front. First, on Alex Edler: “Eddie has gone from week-to-week to day-to-day but obviously not tomorrow,” Vigneault said after preparing his skaters for Friday’s date with the soaring Washington Capitals. Edler hurt his left shoulder Dec. 8 in Nashville when checked into the sideboards by Shea Weber. The hard-shooting Swede has been skating for five days so his conditioning is not an issue. He’s just concerned about the shoulder’s ability to withstand body contact. Second, on Michael Grabner: Meanwhile, rookie Michael Grabner is also close to returning,...Click here to read more.
From Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province): Alex Edler is expected to miss two weeks because of a left arm injury. Edler hurt his arm Tuesday in Nashville on a highlight-reel hit from Nashville’s Shea Weber. Edler left the game and did not return. To most, it looked like he injured his shoulder. For Thursday’s game against Atlanta, the Canucks will put Mathieu Schneider back into the lineup. Schneider has been a healthy scratch in the past four games. Just when Edler was starting to play much better too…Click here to read more.
Edler was under fire at the start of the season for lack of production and after going through a slump which I attribute to him missing Ohlund, he’s found his groove again and gone back to playing like we’ve come to expect of the native Swede. Edler who was taking bad shots, missing outlet passes and blowing routine blue line saves struggled to find his game early on and a very negative plus/minus had a lot of people scratching their heads. Edler’s play was clearly uncharacteristic and his lack of confidence at the time seemed to amplify the problem. Recently...Click here to read more.
As the bandwagon spills over the edges there are several things which were a bit worrisome in game 2, but there was one or two things to take away from the game. Luongo can now say he’s had his bad game. Get that out of the way, I’m positive he’ll come back stronger and make a statement on the road at the United Center in Chicago. What worries me the most is that with the loss of Salo the defence collapsed quickly. That being said, we’ve seen the Canucks play well during the long stretch he missed during the regular...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.
Ohlund would consider waiving no-trade clause, but expects to cash in on July 1 (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Plenty of trade deadline action in the offing (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Why mess with a winning team? (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Burrows repeats his plea to stay (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Canucks’ Edler playing with broken bone in his foot (Vancovuer Sun) Let’s make a deal (Vancouver Sun) March madness (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Devil’s in details for 2010 (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) They could be Canucks trade bait (Tim Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press) Time for the Canucks to wheel and...Click here to read more.
He’s one of the best left-wingers in Canucks history (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Blueshirts not low skill, low scoring (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Raymond out to dump funk (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Backup Sanford wants a start, sort of (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Edler’s ready for Rangers (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Markus Naslund skating under the radar for Rangers (Michael Obernauer, NY Daily News) Stingy Blueshirts getting by with D (Dan Martin, NY Post)Click here to read more.