Besides the decision on whether or not to re-sign the Sedins to a contract extension, I don’t think any other Canucks-related subject divides Canucks fans like the subject of whether or not to retire Markus Naslund’s number 19. From Larry Brooks (NY Post): Proud and classy to the apparent end, Markus Naslund has told his Rangers teammates he is retiring despite having one season at $3 million remaining on the two-year, $8 million free agent contract he signed last summer, The Post has learned. It is believed that the 35-year-old Naslund, who wore down dramatically as the season and then...Click here to read more.
Earlier in the season, I wrote this post about the media and how they treated Naslund. I was frustrated and can’t stand the way Iain MacIntyre would go on about him even after he’d left. I called THEN for the retirement of his number back when people were still going on about how he didn’t deserve a thing and the bandwagon thought it was fine to continue chewing him up and spitting him out. Naslund did on this team what no one else had done, and what no one else has replicated yet. There’s a reason he: • He played...Click here to read more.
Scoring early and often (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Burrowing in on Naslund (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) It was a strange and different night (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) The goal that wasn’t actually was (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Naslund’s night of frustration (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Naslund’s numbers state his case (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Miettinen a good fit in Minnesota (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Try to give Naslund his due (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) Nazzy deserves respect (Barry Macdonald, 24 Hours Vancouver) Lundqvist falls short in great goalie battle matchup (Lynn Zinser, NY Times) Henrik Lundqvist gets the hook...Click here to read more.
Alanah linked to this article from Jim Hughson (CBC): Markus Naslund’s last full shift as a Vancouver Canuck came late in the third period on April 5, 2008, the final day of the season. It was an anonymous shift in a 7-1 home loss to Calgary with linemates Byron Ritchie and Ryan Shannon. I remember it well because very few people noticed or pointed out it might be Naslund’s last shift. We were all pre-occupied. GM Place was in the midst of a Trevor Linden love-in as the iconic Vancouver winger played in what everyone sensed was his last NHL...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.
Wait and ‘C’ time for Ohlund (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Coach can always circle out the wagons by sending Johnson (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Time’s now to make a mark (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) New beginning, old concerns (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Clean sheet for Moose (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)Click here to read more.