A couple of weeks ago, I did a post on Mike Gillis’ and the Canucks’ options when Sami Salo returns from injury. The assumption then was that Salo would eventually rejoin the Canucks and that they would need to somehow, someway clear salary cap room for him. But maybe we jumped the gun a little bit. Since that post, Salo himself has come out and cooled some of the trade talk. “I’ve had so much more on my mind that worrying about the roster,” Salo said before travelling to San Jose from Denver, where the Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche...Click here to read more.
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The Canucks Team Store had their annual Boxing Day Sale today. Here are a few (unneeded) items they had available for sale: Jannik Hansen’s hands of stone – In the past 6 games since moving to the second line with Ryan Kesler and Jeff Tambellini, Hansen has 3 points (1 goal – 2 assists). I know it’s a modest 0.5 points per game average, but consider he had 7 points (2 goals – 5 assists) in the previous 28 games – a 0.25 points per game average. Tanner Glass’ plane ticket to Manitoba – The fourth line has seen a...Click here to read more.
Before the Blues game the other night, Alain Vigneault gave a quick update on Sami Salo. With Salo back on the ice – he’s been skating on his own for a couple of weeks now – AV estimates it’ll probably be a month before he can join the rest of his ‘mates in practice and probably another 3-4 weeks of practice before he can get back in game shape. Add another couple of weeks of conditioning (maybe with the Moose?) and we’re probably looking at a mid-March return. (Man, that’s a lot of “probablys” in that timeline.) The timeline is...Click here to read more.
This is Luongo’s BEAUTIFUL poetry that appeared on TSN in the intermission of last night’s game. He then shutout the Hawks in a mesmerizing performance. It brings a tear. Maybe he should write a whole book of poetry right before the playoffs. Maybe that’s what has been missing in the Canucks dressing room the past couple of seasons. The guys should have a poetry night before they hit the ice. Sami Salo: “Yearning for a titanium body” Alex Burrows: “1 Sedin 2 Sedin 3 Sedin GOAL!” Mikael Samuelsson: “G is for goalie F is for forward Y is for yonder...Click here to read more.
Great piece by Iain MacIntyre (Vancouver Sun) on the Canucks’ decision to cancel practice and attend Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial instead. Believing there are things more important than hockey – yes, even Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens – Canuck general manager Mike Gillis and coach Alain Vigneault have cancelled the usual morning skate in Ottawa and instead will walk with staff and players to the War Memorial to observe Remembrance Day. For once, these National Hockey League millionaires have no special privileges. They’ll merely gather in the hotel lobby, and walk solemnly with their...Click here to read more.
[Every Monday, Katie Maximick takes your questions and answers them in her own cantankerous style. If you have any questions about the Canucks, send it to her via Twitter (@canucksgirl44)] A day late but still entertaining, Katie responds to your questions on Bobby Lou’s first shutout of the season, Kirk McLean’s induction to the Canucks’ Ring of Honour, volunteering at Canuck Place, and Canucks movies, costumes, and goal songs. Stephanie (@axeguitar) asks: What do you think of the Canucks’ current goal song? If it were to change, what would you pick? And what movies would represent each Canuck player? Sedins,...Click here to read more.
With just one preseason game left tonight against the Anaheim Ducks, the Vancouver Canucks still have several personnel decisions to make about their opening night lineup. From Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province): The preseason means nothing. But it’s a lot easier to take when it’s about something. If not winning games, then winning jobs. If not answering questions, then narrowing them. At the least, you hope for unexpected moments or look for unheralded players. You want to see them force difficult decisions. But not because there’s an abundance of safe, mundane, low-rish play. You want gusto and accomplishment. Reach for the...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: Vancouver Sun I’m at the point now where I’m no longer surprised by news of a Sami Salo injury. At times, I don’t know whether to feel bad for the guy or laugh at his obvious bad luck. But anyway, in case you’re interested, Sami apparently suffered another injury in Finland not too long ago. If you can’t read Finnish, the piece reports that he tore an achilles tendon while playing hockey as part of his summer training regimen. It also reports that Sami will be out at least 4 months. Maybe it’s not quite time to throw...Click here to read more.
I suppose this was bound to happen. It seemed like a matter of time before Sami Salo, who had recently put in a decent stretch of games with the Canucks without injury, would return to the injury list. The good news is, Sami Salo, according to a tweet from Jason Botchford, did not rupture a testicle. The bad news is, a 100 mph shot in that, ummm, area, still hurts like a bitch. Remember last year when he joked around with the media after another injury? Sami Salo arrived in Chicago, practiced on Wednesday morning, and then faced a media...Click here to read more.