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.
Photo credit: canucks.com At quick glance, Mason Raymond’s stats in the early part of this season look very similar to the early part of last’s. This season, he has 14 points (8 goals and 6 assists) in his first 23 games; last season, he had 12 points (6 goals and 6 assists) in the same number of games. The big difference is, Raymond started last season with 10 points in his first 13 games before going into an 8-game pointless streak. (He would also have a 10-game pointless streak and a 12-game one later in the season.) This season, he...Click here to read more.
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.
– 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 spin tires against Avalanche (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Lowly Avalanche bury Canucks (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks remind us how bad they can be at times (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Edler should be difference maker in playoffs (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Everybody’s loving Mason Raymond (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Canucks buried by Avalanche (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) How can the Canucks beat the best if they can’t beat the worst? (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks possess new range of scoring depth (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Home-ice advantage clearly a top priority (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) Wolski wings...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.
Canucks still flying with shutout of Blues (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Unheralded players contribute toward win (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Taking it one game at a time, sort of (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Canucks sting Blues for 11th straight home win (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Luongo strikes back at critics with shutout (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) It’s not always about the money (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Good time to get hot (Sam Craig, The Hockey News via Metro News Vancouver) Blues, Tkachuk go down (Michael Russo, Minneapolis Tribune via St. Louis Post-Dispatch)Click here to read more.
My mother-in-law is coming in from Abbotsford and my sister-in-law is coming in from Vernon today to watch the Canucks game with me and Tracy. Both are big Canucks fans, but for whatever reason, Tracy and I have never seen a live Canucks game with either one of them. Needless to say, we’re very much looking forward to tonight. ***** The Kings are as streaky a team as you’d find these days. They’ve won 3 in a row at home after losing 4 in a row on the road; but just before that, they lost 4 straight home games and...Click here to read more.
Canucks win streak dies in LA (Vancouver Sun) A mother of a road trip (Yvonne Zacharias, Vancouver Sun) Royal return after trip (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks land hard in Lala land (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) No better sounding board than the mom who cheers you on (Vancouver Province) Are these guys for real? (Hosea Cheung, 24 Hours Vancouver) Kings show some grit in winning third in a row (Billy Witz, Los Angeles Times) Moose GM hopes to deal (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)Click here to read more.
Canucks stand pat at NHL trade deadline (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Attract with winning environment (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) O’Brien O’happy he’s still in Vancouver (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) One phone call was all it took Gillis (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) We’d like to show you the newest Canucks but there aren’t any (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) ‘Perfectly content’ GM doesn’t budge on trade day (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks sit on money from Sundin’s discounted salary (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Canucks stand pat on deadline day (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Canucks wrap (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Bouwmeester’s...Click here to read more.