[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what's happening around the NHL.] It’s hard to imagine Bob Gainey laughing. A Google image search confirms even smiles are hard-fought, often-lost battles in the corners of his mouth. Yet Bob Gainey has a lot to smile and laugh about. This Montreal Canadiens team – a team he essentially re-built in the summer of 2009, then handed off to current GM Pierre Gauthier – is a pretty good one. Making things all-the-more sweet is that Gainey essentially built this team in the face...Click here to read more.
Tagged: Ryan Johnson
Where to start with this guy. I for one was his biggest fan to start the season, and still would gladly get a Johnson #10 jersey but the man’s stock has been falling and on a bottom six that is under the microscope of every arm chair GM and Canucks fan his play has stood out even more, for the wrong reasons. Granted due to his shot blocking antics he has missed games due to injury, there’s something else up with RyJo this season. I think simply put RyJo has lost some of his mojo. I’m not sure how else...Click here to read more.
In these playoffs it’s clear that the Canucks need to be firing on all cylinders. Everyone talks about the Sedins needing to step it up. They talk about Luongo needing to be on top of his game, but there’s one thing that can really be the X-Factor for this year’s Canucks playoff run and it is the play of 4 players. Particularly it is the 3rd line and Ryan Johnson. Coming off game three where the Canucks faced their biggest challenge in a first period throttling that saw them spend half the period on the penalty kill. That’s where the...Click here to read more.
Canucks reaching into broom closet (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) No Sundin, no problem (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Canucks tighten grip on Blues (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Sundin injury a reminder Canucks should sweep Blues away (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Is a nagging hip injury bothering Sundin (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Canucks’ special teams coming together at perfect time (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Canucks vault to 3-0 series lead (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Blues fading to black (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun) Blues reverting to early season form at worst time (Jeff Gordon, St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Blues must play statement game...Click here to read more.
Luongo feels ‘great’, takes shots at practice (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Luongo a big step closer to returning (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Bullish on Sundin (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Talent to burn, room to learn (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Johnson just can’t wait to get a handle on nagging finger injury (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Blues found a gem in Sweden’s Patrik Berglund (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) More help on the way for Moose (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)Click here to read more.
Luongo has company (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Schneider bides his time (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Smartened up by a dressing down (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) D-men jump up, so do their numbers (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Bieksa just about ready (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province) Team’s play, effort a welcome ray of sunshine (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) The groin heard around the world (Guts Mactavish, 24 Hours Vancouver) Moose makes the jump (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun)Click here to read more.
The Crazy Canucks podcast crew were guests of the Vancouver Canucks in suite 519 last night. Needless to say, it was an excellent experience and it gave John, Rebecca, Dave, Alanah and I all an opportunity to meet the team’s marketing group and brainstorm on potential partnerships this season. (Plus, the popcorn was damn good.) It also gave me a chance to form some first impressions on the Canucks. I don’t know if it’s the players or their system, but the Canucks looked faster in their first two preseason games. They made a lot of plays off the rush –...Click here to read more.