Apparently, the Canucks got together in Columbus to watch Team Canada win Olympic Gold against Team USA. Like countless other Canadians, Alain Vigneault was a nervous wreck. “Come on, Louie,” the Vancouver Canucks coach said for about the 100th time as overtime started in Sunday’s Olympic final between Canada and the United States. From about 5,000 kilometres away, Vigneault was doing everything he could to will his goaltender, Roberto Luongo, and the rest of Team Canada to a gold medal. And like every other Canadian, they celebrated when Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal in overtime. Check out the video...Click here to read more.
It’s no surprise that O’Brien’s been in the hot seat for most of his time in Vancouver. Be it for taking bad penalties, own goals or glaring errors that cost the Canucks. He’s probably the only person that gets more flak for going to the penalty box than Mats Sundin. That and the fact we had Schneider just sitting ready to go lead to O’Brien’s timeout in the press box. With that in mind it’s no surprise the Canucks have a couple of extra defenceman and I’m fairly sure it’s a no-brainer if you had to pick between O’Brien and...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.
The topic du jour is the Canucks’ depth on defense. With 10 defensemen on one-way contracts, the competition to be one of the top-6 or even top-8 is fierce. And plus, there’s some Cody Hodgson stuff. Alain Vigneault loves the internal competition. Brad Lukowich may be a victim of the numbers game. With Mathieu Schneider and Christian Ehrhoff, the Canucks added some power to their powerplay. Shane O’Brien wants to make it hard on the Canucks to cut him. It’s pronounced Hod-son; the ‘g’ is silent. Cody Hodgson is back skating with the big boys.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.
Season ends with 7-5 loss to Chicago (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Blackhawks trumped Canucks in all categories (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Future of Swedes in question after playoff elimination (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) No Canadian Cup champion as Canucks eliminated (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) The better team won, Daniel says (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Great game, but no happy face (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Canucks ousted (Tim Wharsby, Globe and Mail) Canucks KO’d in shootout (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun) Winning the Windy City rebirth (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun) Chicago’s Kane sends Canucks packing (Toronto Star) Blackhawks beat Canucks 7-5, win...Click here to read more.
Canucks hope brawn wins over brains in this series (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Tallon tales: Chicago GM reminisces about Canucks stint (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) ‘Lay off the layoff questions’ — Luongo (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Tsawwassen family faces true blue test of loyalty (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Mitchell prepared for a ‘battle’ (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Trash talk is cheap as game nears (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Double-standard for stars, tough guys: Hordichuk (Vancouver Province) Hawks a fortunate draw for the Canucks – right? (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province With friends like these, who needs enemies? (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province)...Click here to read more.
Sundin quietly makes way back into postseason (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Back-to-basic for playoff-bound Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Kidding aside, it’s about LA now (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Burrows bugged by $2500 fine for taking a shot at Edmonton’s Stortini from the bench (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) No changes planned for Canucks struggling blueline (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Canucks set high bar for themselves (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) A playoff checklist (Sam Craig, The Hockey News via Metro News Vancouver) Moose fall from first (Gary Lawless, Winnipeg Free Press)Click here to read more.
Canucks tickets still hot despite downturn (Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun) Bloody brawl leads to bonding (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Special place for Mitchell (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Rugged Rypien ready to go? (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Was White right? (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Luongo surprise candidate (Jason Botchford via Regina Leader Post) Hawks vow not to forget about Canucks’ hair-pulling ways (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily-Herald) Burns, Bouchard out for Tuesday (Brian Stensaas, Minneapolis Star-Tribune) Minnesota Wild deal with aches and pains down the stretch (Bruce Brothers, Pioneer Press)Click here to read more.
Canucks blank the Blackhawks in Chicago (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Sedin twins a tower of strength in clutch (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Luongo notches seventh shutout of the season (AP via Globe and Mail) Hawks offer good match for first round (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) Blackhawks should be wary of Canucks (Chris Kuc, Chicago Tribune) Vancouver now tied with Hawks for 4th in West (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily Herald) An empty netter (Len Ziehm, Chicago Sun-Times) Former Moose fighting through slump (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)Click here to read more.