Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com I’ll be going to training camp today so keep an eye out on my Twitter feed. In the meantime, here are some Canucks-related links on the Interweb: Joe Pelletier welcomes everyone to Terrace, Hockeyville. Move over Ryan Walter, the new Canucks have Stanley Cup rings too. Vigneault is looking for this season’s Kesler and Burrows. Tony Gallagher doesn’t want four more years of Vigneault. Mark Parrish got giddy when he got the call from the Canucks. Raymond and Wellwood need to watch their back. Taylor Pyatt is starting over in Phoenix.Click here to read more.
Canucks, Blackhawks series tied at 2-2 (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Canucks were within 3 minutes of a 3-1 series lead (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Nobody ever said this would be easy (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Blackhawks down Canucks 2-1 to tie series (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Canucks low shot tally costs in end (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Canucks let one slip away (Eric Duhatschek, Globe and Mail) Blackhawks are fit to be tied (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star) Supporting role suits Sundin (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star) After tragedy, solace in The Game (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star) Chicago hope (Terry Jones, Toronto...Click here to read more.
Vancouver Canucks comfortable in the role of ‘Canada’s Team’ (Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun) Vancouver Canucks slam Blackhawks with heavy defence (Vancouver Sun) Salo rejoins team, but does not practise with Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Pyatt plays every shift for Carly (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Rypien sees light after dark times (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Canucks get boosts from, gives boost to Pyatt (Eric Duhatschek, Globe and Mail) Early lesson in life (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun) Focus on Luongo something to behold (Rosie Dimanno, Toronto Star) Vigneault at loss to explain fast starts (Mike Spellman, Chicago Daily-Herald) Credit Canucks for...Click here to read more.
Through the game there were several names that people came with on Twitter instead of Byfuglien. I coined Byfuglidouche, there was B-Fug, DieFuglyOne, Buttfugly, and my personal favourite, (and no, I have no idea how you get the following nickname from Byfuglien) Barfing Lama. I’m sure there are a couple more out there. He’s starting to get on my nerves about as much as he’s bothering Luongo. All Byfuglien nonsense aside, with the game time scratch of Demitra, it was Raymond bumped to the second line and Pyatt inserted for the first time since he left to mourn the passing...Click here to read more.
With word that Demitra is a game time decision and the glass factory we acquired him from are not replacing him under warranty, word has it that if Demitra is out, Pyatt is in. Pyatt coming in bumps Raymond up to the second line and then it’s game on. We’re playing a team that is fast. Reality check, they’re faster than a lot of our team. So why is Pyatt slotted in? We certainly don’t need his size. If Mitchell and Bieksa along with the rest of the blue line can do their job, then size shouldn’t be an issue....Click here to read more.
The Canucks CAN win in Chicago. It’s not a matter of if they win. It’s a matter of how they win. The Canucks sit in a position in which they haven’t been in, well ever. They have depth. After Salo scored his power play goal in first period the defense imploded. That was the turning point in the game. The Canucks defense fell apart, they collapsed in on themselves and before you know it, Kane was walking in on Luongo and the game was out of the Canucks control at that point. During the season after games in which they...Click here to read more.
The Bulin Wall of Shame (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Cowan re-joins Canucks at practice but not expected to play against Blackhawks (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks claim bad third period merely a blip (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Kane’s puck luck inspires Canucks comments (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Pyatt unlikely to play tonight (National Post) Oft-injured Salo still battling for Holy Grail (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) From pudgy to prodigy (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun) Hawks wish they had the last two minutes to do over (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily-Herald) Rusty Canucks feeling fortunate (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily-Herald) Flu limited Toews...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.
Canucks to play Chicago in next round (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) How the Canucks and Blackhawks matched up this season (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Leave out Louie? (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Canucks will face Blackhawks in round two of playoffs (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Restless Canucks start ruckus in practice (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Anxious for round 2 action (Hosea Cheung, 24 Hours Vancouver) Hawks can beat Canucks (Tim Sassone, Chicago Daily-Herald)Click here to read more.
Pyatt skates with the Canucks (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Sundin may not be ready to play in round 2 (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Luongo’s suspect puck handling worked against Blues (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Sundin not certain of return (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Pyatt makes emotional return to Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Mitchell re-joins Canucks but leaves workout early (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canuck Johnson’s impact felt all the way to Coach’s Corner (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks-Flames would be a dream matchup (Eric Francis, Edmonton Sun) Moose seal the deal (Tim Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press) No doubt about...Click here to read more.