Photo credit: The Hockey News Here’s some good news for Canucks fans who are anxiously waiting for Cody Hodgson to take part in some preseason action: Cody Hodgson skated Tuesday for the first time with one of the two “main” groups in a full practice. Until now he had been with the C group that had consisted of injured players (Schneider, Demitra). Hodgson has been cleared for contact and with the team having three games in three nights, heac coach Alain Vigneault says he’ll play in at least one of those games as soon as he says he’s ready.Click here to read more.
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....Click here to read more.
The accolades keep coming for Cody Hodgson. Today, the Canadian Hockey League named him The Hockey Company Player of the Year: Hodgson scored a career-high 43 goals and 49 assists for 92 points in 53 games with a plus-minus rating of plus-41 and 33 penalty minutes. The Battalion captain led the OHL with 11 game-winning goals and had a league-high point scoring streak of 23 games from November 21 to February 11. Hodgson recorded 26 multi-point games with four hat-tricks and one five-point game November 6 in an 8-4 win over the Plymouth Whalers. He won gold with Canada at...Click here to read more.
– It appears I’m jumping on the Penguins bandwagon for the rest of the playoffs. The Wings don’t need another Cup. As much as like a bunch of their players, as a whole team I just can’t get behind them. I’ve tried embracing this crush on the Blackhawks that the NHL keeps pimpin, but I can’t do it. They’re kind of whiney and I find I giggle too much when they do badly. The Canes are pretty cool actually. But I’m chillin with the Penguins because of two things 1) MALKIN. His hat trick last night, especially the third goal,...Click here to read more.
– 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 –...Click here to read more.
Ohlund classy to the end (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Sedin contract talks to move from back to front burner (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Why would they trade me? Luongo asks (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Players pause to reflect on past, future (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Sundin sits on fence again (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) How did it go so very wrong for the Canucks? (Jeff Patterson, Georgia Straight) Canucks’ exit should inspire Moose (Randy Turner, Winnipeg Free Press) Will layoff hurt and can Cody help? (Gary Lawless, Winnipeg Free Press)Click here to read more.
How do you lose a legacy? (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) The case for letting Luongo go (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) The hard truth: Canucks must deal Luongo (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Did the somebodies up there want Chicago to win? (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Vigneault’s future with Canucks rests in hands of management (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Time to tinker after playoff stinker? (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Why, howdy Hodgson (Tim Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press) Hodgson joins Moose for third round (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)Click here to read more.
Recent history adds intensity to Canucks-Blackhawks series (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Sedins get another shot at Sammy (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Memory serves Canucks well (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Mitchell back on ice, but doesn’t fully practice (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Kesler named Selke award finalist (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) For the Sedins, that was then, this is now (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Staying out of box will be the key (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Young versus the restless (Guts Mactavish, 24 Hours Vancouver) Passed over for Vezina, Luongo eyeing Stanley Cup (AP via USA Today) Hodgson OHL’s best...Click here to read more.
Cody Hodgson was just named OHL Player of the year. The other day someone asked, “If given the opportunity, would you trade Hodgson for the first round pick in the 2009 draft?” (Or work a trade that included Hodgson for the first round pick) As speculation goes there’s a snowballs chance in hell, or Patrick Stefan’s chance at scoring on an empty net breakaway, that John Tavares will not go first overall in the 2009 draft. If it’s not him, it will be Victor Hedman. Tavares amongst the class of 2009 is the standout. There’s likely no one that will...Click here to read more.
It’s been a good past few days for some Vancouver Canucks prospects. 2008 1st round wonderboy Cody Hodgson won a bunch of awards (batallionhockey.com with HT to ‘Nucks Misconduct): Cody Hodgson was a multiple winner as the Brampton Battalion presented its yearly awards Sunday. Centre Hodgson received the Ontario Hockey League team’s player of the year and most sportsmanlike player honours and also collected the Don (Hockey) Hadley Memorial Award, named for a longtime season ticketholder and presented by the Booster Brigade as the fans’ favourite player. Defenseman Yann Sauve won one (Nathan White, Telegraph-Journal): The Children’s Wish Foundation Fan...Click here to read more.