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...Click here to read more.
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.
This team is not big, it’s not tough. It’s turned into a skilled team that needs to out skate and out work it’s opponents to win versus out thugging them. We don’t have a lot of grit but the grit we have does the job, which is why I can’t for the life of me figure out why Kesler’s game as of late has changed. If anyone’s noticed Kesler lately his play’s turned from skilled play-maker into skilled pest play-maker. He’s getting in places he’s not supposed to, and he’s even trying to start fights. The Canucks have a boat...Click here to read more.
It’s good to hear that the Canucks are now setting their sights on signing Ryan Kesler to a contract extension (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province; Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun). “Our intention was to begin speaking with [Kesler’s agent Kurt Overhardt] once we got some other business taken care of,” Canucks GM Mike Gillis said. “And now we have that business taken care of.” It was only a few months ago when Kesler talked about players signing less than market value contracts and give themselves a better chance at winning the Stanley Cup. “That’s what we need everybody to do,” Kesler told...Click here to read more.
Ryan Kesler continues to get recognition for his breakout season. Fresh from his first Selke nomination as the NHL’s best defensive forward, he was named today to Team USA’s orientation camp roster. Among the forwards, Kesler joins guys like Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Patrick Kane and Phil Kessel – not a bad group to be associated with. The rest of the roster is here. Incidentally, David Backes was named to the roster as well. Maybe Kes will get a chance to say “hi” to Kelly in person.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.
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.
The 10 day break was long and hard for fans and for the players. So much so that Bieksa and Kesler even got into it a little bit in practice. But that’s a good thing. It showed they still had their edge. First game against the Blackhawks was everything people expected and then some. A rollercoaster of emotion GM Place went from being louder than a jet engine, to being so quiet you could hear mice scurrying around in the rafters. The Canucks didn’t show an abundance of rust, and they didn’t show an a lot of over confidence either....Click here to read more.
It’s almost over. Canucks fans were in an unprecedented situation where they had time to watch the other series while their players were on a 10 day break thanks to a first round sweep of the Blues. After a thrilling first round which saw upsets and stunners, everything from the President Trophy winner getting ousted by the 8 seed in the west, to the Hurricanes stunning the Devils in the last minute of the third period. If the second round is anything like the first we’re in for a treat. The series is going to come down to the usual...Click here to read more.