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Waiting For Stanley traded to Sports Blog Nation for a 7th round pick

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 20:19:00 +0000

I wasn't so sure this day was going to come, but it has. I will no longer be updating this site from this point forward. Several weeks ago, Mike, the Yankee Canuck asked me if I wanted to join him in covering the Canucks over at James Mirtle's SportsBlogs Nation. I was intrigued and hesitant about the idea at first. I have put a lot of work into this site since its inception in June 2006. But the chance to gain even more exposure at SBN is something that I want. It's a new challenge.So Mike and I will be covering the Canucks angrily, happily and faithfully on a site called NUCKS MISCONDUCT. The new site is officially live!It's going to be a blast. We are 2 insane Canuck fans who don't pull any punches when it comes to covering our team.SportsBlogs Nation has some great perks to it. Our site is very interactive. Fans can post stories or even pictures in our sidebar under headings called Fanposts and Fanshots.See you there.A big thanks to all who have supported and visited Waiting For Stanley over the past 2.5 years. Who knows, maybe one day I'll return here.T tags: Nucks+Misconduct new+blog Sports+Blog+Nation Vancouver+Canucks [...]



Canucks trade Mike Brown to Anaheim for Nathan McIver

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 00:18:00 +0000

From Canucks.com:
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have acquired defenceman Nathan McIver from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for right wing Mike Brown. McIver will report to Manitoba.

McIver, 24, has spent the 2008-09 season with the Anaheim Ducks. In 18 games played, McIver registered one assist, was +2 and recorded 36 penalty minutes. Prior to joining the Ducks, the Summerside, PEI native was a member of the Vancouver Canucks.

In 18 games played with Vancouver, McIver recorded 59 penalty minutes. He also played a key role for the Manitoba Moose over the span of three seasons. Since 2005-06, the 6’3”, 205-pound defenceman has played in 172 games, recording 16 points (5-11-16) and 402 penalty minutes for Vancouver’s AHL affiliate.

McIver was drafted 254th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Brown, 23, dressed for 20 games this season with the Canucks had one assist and 85 penalty minutes. The Northbrook, IL native was also drafted by the Canucks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, in the 5th round, 159th overall.
There is a hell of a lot of grit in McIver, that's for sure.

Here are some McIver fights at YouTube.

Anaheim had originally claimed McIver off waivers from the Canucks just prior to the season starting.






Canucks end losing skid

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 08:30:00 +0000

A 4-3 win over the Hurricanes! Has Vigneault found his meal ticket for a 2nd line in Sundin-Demitra-Kesler? MAYBE!
I'm not going to analyze this game. We damned well won it, and the losing streak is over. Sundin looked great out there. So did the whiner Demitra and of course the excellent Kesler, who finally got his promotion and didn't look out of place.
Jump back on the bandwagon you fools! :)
Nah, I'll leave you with a tune. End of fucking story..

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Canucks - Hurricanes Preview / O'Brien puckers up / Sundin

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 19:21:00 +0000

The Canes are fighting for their playoff lives and barely hold onto 8th spot. We're fighting for a spot too. There are no more excuses for Vancouver. This team is either going to snap its losing streak and turn it around, or they'll lose again and the barbaric fans and media will continue their verbal crucifixions. I have a good feeling about tonight's game. I think the team is going to come out playing hard this time. If they don't, they're dead. We'll see which players are quitting on Vigneault. I don't think there are that many.Demitra will play with Sundin and Kesler. I like the sound of that line.4-1 Canucks is my guess.EAT CROW, SHANE-OShane O'Brien has had some time to think about what he ranted about a couple of days ago and today he was the better man for apologizing. "Mike Gillis never told me I had to fight," O'Brien said after the team's game-day skate at General Motors Place. "He was just talking to me about playing physical. Maybe I took it the wrong way. As a frustrated player, you want to be in the lineup. No one likes losing and it's just a tough situation. I didn't help it by doing what I did and apologize to Mike Gillis and the Vancouver organization and fans. It was just a lot of frustration.""Mike is a good man, I was never trying to point the finger at him," O'Brien said. "He's got a job to do, AV (coach Alain Vigneault) has a job to do, there are lots of quality, good people in this organization. I am just frustrated at not being in the lineup and my career is not where I want it to be and my team is not where I want it to be. I made it about me and I apologize to my teammates. I was selfish, but like I said, I was frustrated."Well that's a lot better, Shane. I'm glad he did this. Like I said earlier, a slumping and frustrated team doesn't need players bad-mouthing the GM and coach at times like these, especially when the GM is backing the coach.His apology hasn't helped his situation though. He is still a healthy scratch for tonight's game. Rob Davison will play again. SUNDIN NEEDS TO RUSH THE PUCK UP THE ICEThis poster at CDC almost has the right idea. Sundin likes puck possession. I watched him for years in Toronto and one thing he really likes doing is circling around in the defensive zone, gaining speed, and then taking the pass from a D-man and rushing up the ice. With Sundin's size and hands he's awfully hard to contain when he plows into the offensive zone with that much speed. [...]



Gillis denies telling O'Brien to fight

Tue, 03 Feb 2009 06:50:00 +0000

From the Globe and Mail:
"In no uncertain terms was he told he had to fight," Gillis said last night. "How he ever got that message is unbeknownst to me. He clearly misinterpreted the message that we were trying to send, that each player has to be accountable and work hard individually."

Gillis said O'Brien was told he had to play more physically with and without the puck and not take as many minor penalties, but added "we don't ask players to fight."
Yep. That's what I thought. O'Brien isn't the sharpest tool in the shed.



O'Brien unhappy about benching and coaches' role for him

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 22:24:00 +0000

Just when I thought Demitra was the only doof to vocally rant about Vancouver management Shane O'Brien steps up to the plate. From the Vancouver Sun: O’Brien said he was told in a one-on-one meeting last week with general manager Mike Gillis that the team needed him to fight more.“I am a player,” O’Brien said. “I don’t want to be just considered a fighter.” O’Brien has been replaced on the Vancouver defence by Rob Davison and on Monday he skated as an extra in practice alongside benched forward Mason Raymond.“I am not happy with it,” O’Brien said. “I don’t want to take anything away from Davie (Davidson), because he can play. But I am at the point in my career where I think I need to play. If they don’t think I’m worth playing to see if I can develop, if they just want me to a fighter or whatever, maybe it’s not the right situation.”O’Brien said he has not asked for a trade and has not communicated his concerns to Gillis or head coach Alain Vigneault.“You don’t say much to the GM, he’s the boss,” O’Brien said. “Like I said, it was the first time he has said anything to me all season. It’s like any profession, sometimes you don’t want to hear what the boss has to say, but at least I know what he’s thinking.”O’Brien said he has never been reluctant to drop the gloves, but repeated that he doesn’t want to be labelled as just a fighter.“I’m not going to lie to you guys,” O’Brien said. “I am not going to sit here and say all the right things, like I’m just happy to be part of the team. I want to play, I want to improve as a player, I want to stay in the league as long as I can. You can’t do that from the press box.”And that's not all. There's more.Alain Vigneault is happy that O'Brien is unhappy. He hopes it will light a fire under the D-man. You can read more about that in the Sun as well. I thought Rob Davison struggled quite a bit with the puck on Saturday night. It's time for O'Brien to step back in. We'll see if he can draw the line between physical and disciplined. I don't think management just wants him to be a fighter. I think he's misunderstanding them a bit. However, if you look at O'Brien's career stats, he's been more of a goon than a scorer. I want to see him play super physical in his own zone and be reliable defensively. Guys like Ohlund, Salo, Bieksa, and Edler can do the scoring. If Shane-o-mac doesn't like that, he can hit the road. The team doesn't need whiners right now.***SPEAKING OF WHINERS***Mats Sundin was practicing on a line with Ryan Kesler and Pavol Demitra today. You know, that line may just work. Good to see Kesler get more of a scoring role. I don't see any problem with Ryan Johnson moving up to the checking line role in Kesler's place.T Tags: Shane+O'Brien+unhappy Canucks goon fighting+role [...]



Senators fire coach Craig Hartsburg

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 17:38:00 +0000

It took a lot of failures and second chances before Hartsburg was finally fired. The Senators have only won 17 of 48 games. They are 14 points out of a playoff spot in the East. A big damning stat for Ottawa is their road record, which is 6-16-3. Their home record is a decent 11-8-4. It is almost impossible to believe that the Sens rank last in the NHL in goals for. But their 116 goals for places them at the NHL basement. More Senators team stats here.The Binghampton Senators' coach Cory Clouston will take over as head coach of Ottawa. Clouston's profile can be found here.The Sens could also use a decent starting goaltender as well. Ever since Ray Emery left down under lousy terms the Sens never found a suitable replacement. Alex Auld and newbie Brian Elliot have been stellar at times, great sometimes, and shell-shocked due to poor team play on other nights. Murray was very patient with Hartsburg in order to let him stay that long and fall that far out of the playoff race. It's going to take a miracle for the Sens to make the post season now.T Tags: Senators+fire+head+coach+Craig+Hartsburg [...]



Mike Gillis' patience is running out

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 00:53:00 +0000

Does that picture break your heart or what? Sundin will get it going, mark my words. Unfortunately he doesn't seem to be able to lift the team out it's funk, and is being part of the problem. The references to Mark Messier are alive and well now, but I'm not biting. When the team does get rolling again, Sundin will play a positive role in it. I do believe that. On to Mike Gillis...Kudos to a poster at the CDC Forums for finding this Globe and Mail article that was circulating before the loss to the Wild yesterday, where Mike Gillis stated: "Your patience level is obviously determined by how you're playing," Gillis said. "My patience is at an end with the way this group has performed."The article leaves the possibilities open as to what Gillis may do to shake things up. Most fans want Alain Vigneault's head on a stick outside of GM Place on Pacific Drive, but I am not one of them. I think Gillis is standing by his coach, and I think the players are too, minus Demitra.I believe a trade is in order, and it could happen sooner rather than later. I've heard many people say that the Sedins should be traded, as they become free agents in the summer and a deal has not yet been reached with them. I say it is going to be difficult to move both of them at the same time. Hell it's going to be difficult to sign them both at the same time. But the brothers really aren't that bad. Sure they can make you want to stab your eyes out with a pencil sometimes the way they cycle and get no results. But then you look at their stats and they are the most consistent Canucks on the team. I would not trade them at all at this point. No way.Alex Burrows' name has been brought up in the article as he too becomes a free agent this summer. But I wouldn't part with a guy like that. I think he should remain as part of the core of the team for so many obvious reasons.Guys like Pyatt, Bernier and even Demitra should be the ones on the block, in my opinion. Demitra is a cancer I think. Pyatt and Bernier have not turned out like we had hoped as far as offensive production goes. Maybe Raymond and O'Brien are expendible too. You know that Vigneault and Gillis are in close conversation with who is or isn't working out on the ice and in the locker room. They have been preaching 'character' all year.We'll see what happens. We know there are some sellers out there already (Leafs, for example). That's why I was almost joking around earlier in the week that maybe Gillis and Burke were talking, as Burke said he was finally getting some serious offers recently. Hey, you never know.Trade talk is trade talk. I just hope this current squad pulls out of the funk, more importantly.OTHER SLUMPING TEAMS:Detroit has lost 5 straight.Montreal has lost 5 of their last 6 games.T Tags: Canucks Mike+Gillis+grows+impatient trades firing [...]



Canucks Super Skills Competition

Sun, 01 Feb 2009 21:02:00 +0000

Canucks.com is streaming the competition live right now (1:00 PST).-Mats Sundin is participating. But he's dressed up as Ronald McDonald. Suddenly I feel hungry.-A mini game between team blue and white saw Kyle Wellwood score the only goal for team blue. It was a roofer on Luongo. Team white had to do 20 pushups in the loss, according to Dan Murphy. Bieksa handled the pushups all on his own. His teammates just watched him.-PUCK CONTROL RELAY EVENT:Team white: Pyatt, Davison, KeslerTeam blue: Burrows, Edler, WellwoodWinner: Team Blue1 ON 1 PUCK CONTROL RELAYDank (White) vs Hank (Blue)Winner: Hank, Team BlueFASTEST SKATER COMPETITIONMike Brown (T Blue): 13.95 secondsHordichuk (T White): 14.171Hansen (Blue): 14.008 (DQ-went inside the cone)Raymond (White): 13.558Johnson (Blue): (no shot-blocking event, Ryan): 14.132Kesler (White): 14.175Hansen (Blue) gets another chance after his DQ: 14.423Overall Team White had the best scores with the kids, the Canucks, and the best average score to pick up 3 points.Overall score now is 3-3.HARDEST SHOT (Puck has to go into net to count)A kid for the White team shot a 66.7 mph shotO'Brien (Blue): 92.0 and 96.8 mphPyatt (White): 96.4 and 95.4 mphSalo (Blue): 101.4 and 102.6 mph! Yikes!Davison (White): 97.9 and 97.1 mphEdler (Blue): 103.0 and 101.8 mph. Wow. Reigning champ.Ohlund (White): 102.3 and 99.4 mphACCURACY SHOOTINGBernier (Blue): 4 for 8Raymond (White): 4 for 7Salo (Blue): 2 for 8Pyatt (White): 1 for 8Burrows (Blue): 3 for 8Dank Sedin (White): 2 for 8POWER PLAY COMPETITION (3 on 1)Team Blue: 1 goal vs Ohlund and LuongoTeam White: 0 goals vs O'Brien and LabarberaTeam Blue: 1 goal vs Davison and LuongoTeam White (Sundin participates): 2 goals vs Edler and LabarberaBREAKAWAY RELAYTeam Blue vs Luongo:O'Brien: scores 1Bernier: scores 2Hansen: stopped by LuongoTeam White vs Labarbera:Hordichuk: scored noneKesler: stoned by BarbieOhlund: no goalsTeam Blue Round 2Johnson: nottaEdler: scores 1Hank: nopeTeam White Round 2Bieksa: scores 1Raymond scores 2Pyatt scores 2Team Blue Round 3Salo: scores 1Burrows: scores 1Wellwood: puts on a show and scores 1. First attempt was a through the legs attemptTeam White Round 3Davison: scores 1Sundin: scores 1Dank: stopped twiceFINAL SCORETeam White 17Team Blue 16T Tags: Canucks+Super+Skills+Competition+2009 live+coverage results [...]



Demitra whining continues

Sun, 01 Feb 2009 20:22:00 +0000

This time it's about the ice GM Place causing his groin injury. A fan at CDC typed out an article in the Province at the forum: "In every building, year after year, the ice keeps getting worse and worse," Demitra said before the Canucks took on the Minnesota Wild on Saturday."There are so many things happening in the buildings now. You're not finding good ice any more. In 10 or 15 minutes there are so many holes out there. If you slip a skate, you pull it [groin] right away."Demitra said he injured the groin in the middle of the Canucks' 6-5 shootout loss to Columbus on Jan. 18 at the Garage."I tried to feed Mats [Sundin] and I cut in the middle and my skate hit something," said Demitra. Asked how the ice at GM Place - which has rated among the better surfaces in recent years - stacks up, Demitra said: "It's OK, but when you've got a lot of guys on the ice, you feel every single hole."Yeah, he pulls HIS groin. It's softer than a handful of Kleenex. He did say that he is looking forward to returning and playing with Mats Sundin though. But he'll play wherever the hell Alain Vigneault decides to play him. By default, he may end up with Sundin anyway because they seemed to have the best chemistry.I have nothing more to say about Demitra. I'll just let him continue to run his mouth and you all can form your own opinions.T Tags: Pavol+Demitra+complains+about+GM+Place+ice+causing+groin+injury [...]



Sundin's brief tenure

Sun, 01 Feb 2009 09:47:00 +0000

This clip kind of describes Sundin's brief tenure with the Canucks so far....
Or maybe it describes the Canucks when they went into overtime last night...

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Wild 4 Canucks 3: This ain't good, but it's getting better

Sun, 01 Feb 2009 03:41:00 +0000

PERIOD 1Turnovers.Fragility.Team tentativeness.Aggressive play but being penalized for it.Boo'd all over the ice.That was period 1, as the Wild lead 2-0.Kyle Clutterbuck got under the Canucks' skin. What a pain in the ass he is.You can see the difference between the 2 teams. The Wild lost to the Oilers last night, yet they waltz into GM Place and play a really confident and loose first period. The Canucks are forcing every play.I'd have to give the Sedin-Pyatt line some props in period 1. They were pretty solid.PERIOD 2Well, then Clutterbuck (I call him Clusterfuck) gets too aggressive and takes a boarding major on Alex Burrows. Game misconduct. The Canucks took over the momentum from that point. The Canucks had over 7 shots on the 5 minute PP but scored not.Ryan Kesler had to crash through Niklas Backstrom to cut the Wild lead to 2-1.When the Wild started putting on pressure, Luongo made a massive blocker save on Bouchard. That looked like Kiprussoff's save from yesterday. Wow.Canucks outshot the Wild 13-7 in that period. They looked a lot better.It's going to be tough to beat the Wild's trap. But it's not impossible.PERIOD 3 and OTThe Canucks just kept coming. They wouldn't let up on the Wild at all. Yet Minnesota played their trapping style and prevailed. But not by much. Kesler tied the game with 15 seconds left after roofing a shot over Backstrom. But a Dank Sedin received a marginal hooking call in OT and MA Bergeron made the Canucks pay. When I say marginal, I mean that Sedin was trying to poke the puck to his brother who was still in the Wild zone. The Wild player did a 180 while falling. Alain Vigneault called it a dive in his post game presser.Mike Milbury made a good point post game about the Canucks shooting low on Backstrom for most of the night. Backstrom will eat those up on most occasions. Gotta roof that puck more, boys!MISCAlain Vigneault sat Mats Sundin on the bench on the 6 on 4 for the Canucks near the end of the game. He stated post game that Sundin has to be better, and he is right. Sundin showed a few flashes tonight but was outplayed by nearly everybody. Eventually he is going to be better. Eventually.Yeah, the Canucks find ways to lose. I thought they lost this mostly in the first period. They were too tentative and the Wild made them pay, being up 2-0 after 1 period. The Canucks fought back but never had a lead. You can't go down 2-0 like that to the Wild.As much as Canuck life is stinky right now, I'll take the 1 point in the OT loss.The penalty kill needs a bit of work. It wasn't terrible, but just not quite there. The Wild scored 2 PP goals tonight. So did Ryan Kesler, actually.To all of you who bash the trap...I disagree with you. I saw Minny play it tonight and it's excellent. Just get a lead and trap, trap trap. The Wild forced turnovers while trapping and capitalized. Reminds me of how Vancouver played at one time....The Canucks are "on the cusp of turning it around" as Kelly Hrudey mentioned. It's just too bad that the next 2 games against Carolina and then Chicago are at home. It would be great for them to get out on the road. I'd like to point out that the GM Place crowd sounded a lot better tonight. They picked up the noise level as the Canucks picked up their intensity level. But still, that is a pressure cooker of a place to play in when the team struggles.We wanted the Canucks to shoot more and they did. 40 shots to the Wild's 27. Damn you, Backstrom!BOXSCORE and HIGHLIGHTST Tags: Canucks+Wild+game+review January+31+2009 Sundin+pressure slump+continues improvement [...]



Demitra unhappy with Vigneault's line juggling

Sat, 31 Jan 2009 20:39:00 +0000

Uh-oh. The coach-killing ensues. From the Province: Demitra, who is expected to miss his third straight game with a groin injury tonight, expressed his displeasure with the rotating lines."Noboby likes that," Demitra said. "When you play with different guys all the time, it's tough."This game, it's not easy to score goals anymore and everyone can play hockey so it's hard. When you play with the same guys all the time, it's a much easier game. When I had my best years, I played with the same two guys for like four or five years. I played with (Scott) Mellanby and (Keith) Tkachuk for like five years straight. "It's an easy game when you play with the same guys all the time."Demitra is hoping he will play with Mats Sundin again when he's healthy.Opinion #1I think most fans would agree with Pavol's displeasure. I think it's a double-edged sword. Vigneault gives playing minutes to those who EARN IT. That involves shuffling lines to bump players up and down. But hypocritically, he won't separate the Sedins, even if they stink it up for a few games. You can't have that double-standard. Opinion #2It's almost as if Vigneault is a knee-jerk kind of coach, and maybe needs a little more patience with his lines at times. He looks for instant chemistry. If he finds it he sticks with it. If he finds it and loses it he switches up, most of the time. Opinion #3Besides his defence, AV has obviously been the most content with the Sedins and Kesler and Burrows, and I suppose Hordichuk and Johnson. I think it's fair to say that those guys put out more consistently than the rest. But it gets pretty easy to question the work ethic and productivity of the rest. Let's start with the whistle-blower named Demitra. He is streaky at best. He can be a floater. He can be a defensive hazard. Then he can be brilliant. That isn't going to cut it with Vigneault. Pyatt, Bernier, Hansen, Wellwood and Raymond (Sundin gets a pass for now, but not for much longer), have all been great at times yet eventually turn into duds when given the chance with more minutes on a scoring line. Can we fairly blame Vigneault for that? How patient are we expecting AV to be? At what point can we say that those players currently lack the skill at the NHL level and are not top 6 forwards?Beyond the imbalance of favoritism shown towards the Twins, Kesler and Burrows, which is both fair and unfair at times, I support Vigneault's style. Work hard, get results and you get promoted. Opinion #4Now, look at who is doing the coach bashing...Demitra. The guy who isn't even playing right now because **big fucking surprise** he's injured AGAIN. The guy who kissed the ass of his former agent and now Canucks GM Mike Gillis to play here and play here under his own ideals on how the team should be coached. The guy who I should have punched in the mouth when I ran into him in Vancouver 2 months back, rather than slap him on the shoulder. Where is this media leak going to get Demitra? Is he truly speaking for the rest of the team or out of selfish intent? Is this going to make him a revolutionary? The players have already stated week that it isn't AV, it's them who are to step it up. This isn't what the team needed right now. Or, maybe I'm blind. Maybe this idiot is going to get Vigneault fired. Maybe he's going to talk his sorry ass out of town. Does Pavol have a no-trade clause? I don't know anymore. I work in management. If an employee pulled something like this on me there would be repercussions. I would flog this fucker right now. What is he contributing to this team in it's darkest hour? Lip service. And he's getting paid $4 million for it.It will be interesting to hear Vigneault's response. It will be even more i[...]



Canucks-Wild Preview: God help us all

Sat, 31 Jan 2009 07:08:00 +0000

So we know the various things that are wrong with this slumping Canucks team...-fragile confidence-lousy power play-lousy penalty kills-mental lapses-turnovers-panic attacks-not playing the coach's system-not playing a full 60 minutesSo there is isn't really much else to say except for what players will be playing and who won't.Pavol Demitra will not play against his former team. Mike Brown will play. We could use the grit.Kyle Wellwood will play on a line with Jannik Hansen and Steve Bernier.Mats Sundin will play with Kesler and Burrows, which I think is a great idea. Kesler and Burrows are basically line 2 players anyways.Mason Raymond is expected to sit out with Shane O'Brien. Strange how 2 of the 3 players involved in the scuffle at practice on Thursday sit out.Rob Davison will play in O'Brien's stead.The Wild lost a disappointing game to the Oilers tonight. They will be whipped and drilled by coach Jacques Lemaire's to win their game against Vancouver.It's tough to look at the Western Conference standings right now. The Canucks have 51 points and are 2 points from a playoff spot. A loss against the Wild will once again put heaps of pressure on the team. I really don't know what to expect from the Canucks at this point. They are trying to say all the right things in their 7 game slump, but it is all just lip service to me. These next 3 games will be crucial. All 3 are at home, where they are atrocious. They could very well lose all 3, as GM Place is not such a friendly place to play in lately. If they lose the next 3, Alain Vigneault could be fired, OR, the team will go on the road and turn it around. Doesn't that bother you that the team plays with so much fucking anxiety at GM Place? What does that say about the team? What does that say about the fans? Well, I've had a few drinks so I'll say this: Canucks fans can be the worst fans in the League. Pessimistic. Doomsayers. How about the fans get a little more into it more consistently and cheer the team on? The players can use all the help they can get.I know the Devils have been rolling lately, so their fans are optimistic. But when they were down with under a minute to go against the Penguins tonight you could hear the fans screaming "Let's go Devils" as the clock winded down. The Devils never quit, tied the game, won in OT, and sent Crosby home crying. Now THERE is a team that has their shit together. Confidence is everything. Jamie Langenbrunner is everything. Jesus, what a captain he is.To me, the Devils are the model team. They play Brent Sutter's system so well. Sure they got outshot by (I believe a 43-16 margin) yet they still win. They lose Brodeur long term and still win. When they had chances they made it count. Plus they got breaks. That's what happens to a team that is rolling and has confidence.Can someone please tell me how Sundin can start off so sluggish after a long layoff yet Brendan Shanahan can return after more time off than Mats, play 5 games, and have 3 goals and 1 assist? Shanahan turned 40 on January 23. He's so clutch. He also is playing with better talent and has a better shot. Anyways, I'm just ranting. I'm not losing faith in this Canucks team. Why? Because I believe that once they win a game they will turn it around. If they don't win any games, very soon Mike Gillis will do SOMETHING to change it up. All hope is not lost. T Tags: Canucks+Wild+game+preview slump Devils Shanahan Sundin answers[...]



Canuck players defend Vigneault / news links

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 22:18:00 +0000

You won't catch any players bad-mouthing Alain Vigneault's system in these tough times. When asked if AV was to blame Alex Burrows belted out:"I think it's completely, bull****," said Burrows."We've lost seven or eight in a row, but he's not the problem. We've been in some different games where we've had penalty trouble, some other games we haven't been able to score, some others we couldn't keep the puck out of our net. So he's not the problem. He's not why we're losing. We just have to go back to work just like we did today and . . . get ready for Saturday and have a good game against the Wild."Bernier chimed in:"We all know it's the players on the ice who are doing the job," said Bernier."It's a good system. We just need to follow it. If we do it, we'll be back to where we were before these struggles. It's not the coach's fault. Sometimes you try to do somebody's job, and that's where you get caught. It's the same system we were winning with at the start of the season."The anger from the fans and the rumors don't affect Ryan Kesler."I don't order the paper, I don't listen to the radio, and I don't watch TV, so it's not affecting me at all," said Kesler. More at the Province.Hey this coach-defending is cute and all, and I think the players are going to do their best to come together. But if they don't succeed, the coach usually gets the axe.Some arenas have questionable rules in regards to taking pictures. For example, you can snap pics at a Canucks game but you can't have a superzoom lens. I almost had my camera confiscated at a Prince George Cougars game because I wasn't allowed to take pictures AT ALL. Suckers.Earlier this month, a 17 year old volunteer at an Ontario arena was banned from the building after taking pictures of Don Cherry and talking to him. He is hoping Grapes will say something about it on Coach's Corner. Does Columbus' Mike Commodore know when to shut up? First he bad-mouths Mike Babcock and now Senator's GM Bryan Murray, who he played for in Ottawa. "Bryan Murray said some things to the media that he shouldn't have," Commodore told the Dispatch in Columbus. "I'd have a meeting with him and he'd end up saying things to the media that he wouldn't say to my face.I'm struggling, the team's struggling, and Bryan's telling the media that I'm a player with no hands and no ability. Then they'd come to me and I'd have to spin it somehow, or try to laugh it off."Oh, but there's more.Way to start burning bridges, you idiot.Old news: Unlike his bald buddy from Sweden, Peter Forsberg has made it clear that he will not play in the NHL this season due to his nagging foot injury. He will play for Modo instead. Actually, he signed there today.From the Toronto Sun:Several weeks ago, Brian Burke described the trade offers being presented to the Maple Leafs as "garbage."That is not the case any more.The Maple Leafs general manager admitted last night that talks are "heating up" as the March 4 trade deadline looms closer."I've had a couple of interesting calls in the past 48 hours," Burke said. "The talks are not boiling. And I would not say anything is imminent. But things definitely are heating up right now."I wonder if Mike Gillis is one of the guys doing some inquiring. He may as well bring in Antropov and Ponikarovsky so Sundin has linemates that he can gel with. Send Bernier and Bieksa the other way. Did I say hat out loud? I'm kidding. We don't need Antro-karovsky here.T Tags: Canucks+defend+Vigneault Mike+Commodore+bashes+Bryan+Murray jackass Brian+Burke Leafs+trade+talks Don+Cherry [...]



Put the Wii remote down

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 06:10:00 +0000

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Full-blown frustration sets in as Mitchell and Raymond square off at Canucks practice

Thu, 29 Jan 2009 21:20:00 +0000

From the Vancouver Sun:They can't win a game to save their lives, but the Vancouver Canucks have their game faces on at practice today at UBC.Losers of eight straight home games, the Canucks' tension and frustration boiled over with a practice altercation involving defenceman Willie Mitchell and winger Mason Raymond.Mitchell ran at Raymond during a drill and, when the speedy sophomore came back at the veteran in the corner, Mitchell punched Raymond in the head and cross-checked him hard on the shoulder. VIDEO OF THE INCIDENTThe fracas drew several players and coaches, and tough defenceman Shane O'Brien skated to Raymond's defence and challenged Mitchell to fight before tempers calmed.This only adds to speculations that team chemistry is in question, one of many problems that are plaguing the group.I don't have many further comments or opinions on this depressing mess right now. It's tough to be positive. It's also too bad they couldn't go on a massive road trip to get away from the pressure-packed GM Place. But they have to wait until February 10 for that to happen. In the meantime they play Minnesota, Carolina and Chicago at home.This could get ugly. At some point a change has to happen if this team cannot turn it around. I just hope that some kind of change happens before they get too far into the hole.The Sun article also mentions that Mats Sundin was assigned to the Kesler-Burrows checking line. That may just work. There hasn't been much chemistry between Sundin and anyone else lately, except maybe Pavol Demitra, who remains out with a sore groin.Below is a clip of several fights between teammates in the past. Remember the Probert-Primeau tilt in the Red Wings practice in 1994?**UPDATE**Here is some post-practice interviews. The players and coach like the aggression in practice and understand the frustration levels right now.It appears that Wellwood and O'Brien are going to sit out against the Wild, while Rob Davison and Pavol Demitra will draw back in.Image above from Vancouver ProvinceT Tags: Mitchell+Raymond+fight+video Canucks+fighting+at+practice Mason+Raymond Willie+Mitchell Shane O'Brien frustration [...]



Predators 5 Canucks 3

Thu, 29 Jan 2009 08:46:00 +0000

Yes, now the panic button is hit. It shouldn't quite be yet but it is. I watched a lot of the Calgary-Buffalo game and then the Canucks-Preds game and we fail in comparison to the intensity and consistency shown by the Flames. This loss to the Preds will only intensify the media and fans' pressure on the team and that was the last thing Vancouver needed. There is a lot of hockey left to play, but that is becoming less and less the point.Tonight so much went wrong. - Sundin did not perform the way we expected him to. He was useless out there.- I believe Mason Raymond was benched for the 3rd period or most of it. I say bench him and bring up Jason Jaffray. At least Jaffray has more heart and is more gritty.- A 3-1 lead blown. So much for the trap.- I have been a big supporter of Alain Vigneault, but it's ALMOST time for change, whether it be by trade or a coach's firing. This team is not to rebuild this season. It is meant to win.- I didn't see the desperation needed. - I hate Kevin Bieksa. He = Jovo 2.At some time today I'll digest the players and coaches' post game reactions, but keep in mind that I'm not going to sugar coat anything.This game was a step backward from the Sharks game, and that is not a good thing. Remember, there are no more excuses. This was a team that we had beaten 6 games in a row. We can't lose to teams like Nashville. We are supposed to be better than them. BOXSCORE AND HIGHLIGHTSF**k it. This is bull shit.It's times like these where I believe I picked the right name for this site over 2 years ago. Not only are the Canucks fans waiting for a Cup: they are waiting for a team that they cheer for to be consistent and be successful. There is nothing about this Canucks team right now that suggests that any waiting will soon be over. [...]



Canucks-Predators Preview: Updated all day

Wed, 28 Jan 2009 08:30:00 +0000

I think Elliot Papp from the Vancouver Sun summed up all of our thoughts on the potential post-All Star Break Canucks squad storyline: Mats Sundin is here. The all-star break is over. Roberto Luongo is back. The schedule isn't bad. The Canucks are almost completely healthy. I don't know about you but I can't find one itty-bitty excuse for this team if it continues its follies of the previous three weeks. The Canucks found every conceivable way in which to lose a game in the last six -- fall behind, catch up and then lose; fall behind and never catch up; take the lead and blow it; lose in regular time; lose in overtime; lose in a shootout. They lost to lousy road teams, lousy power-play teams, teams without their No. 1 goalie, teams with a rookie goalie and teams who pulled their goalie in the last minute. Hands up anyone out there who thought the Canucks would hang on and beat the Sharks last Tuesday. Maybe you hoped but did you really believe?? Let me answer the last 2 questions: I DID think the Canucks would hang on and beat the Sharks 1-0 in regulation and YES I really believed that. It was a game that saw an improved team effort. I've seen them play that kind of 'shutdown' hockey before and I was getting deja-vu.UPDATE 1So nearly the worst case scenario happened last night. The Blue Jackets, Wild, Ducks and even the Stars all won their games. That drops the Canucks down to 10th spot in the West I believe. My initial reaction is that this is almost like seeing Cameron Diaz with and then without makeup. But then I settled down and realized that the gap between the Canucks and 5th spot is not as big as Diaz's mouth.The Canucks will need to start winning right away. This is going to be a battle, and the team seems ready for it.I was reading somewhere that (the writer feels) that Alain Vigneault may bring back the trap, which is a method that has worked in the past. You saw it against the Sharks and it almost worked. I hope AV does do just that. The players can learn to play defence again and then open up. This team was drawing too many comparisons to the Leafs before the game against San Jose. That isn't a good thing.UPDATE 2The Canucks have beat the Predators 3 out of 3 games this season, outscoring them 9-2 in the process.-The Preds have lost 4 of their last 5 games and only scored 8 goals in the process. They are in the NHL basement in goals for per game.UPDATE 3: Sundin making stridesFrom the Vancouver Sun: At Tuesday’s practice, Mats Sundin didn’t tag along behind Daniel and Henrik Sedin on the first power play, but confidently ran a second unit. The day before, Sundin not only survived the practice-ending conditioning skate, but led it. He had terrific scoring chances the last two games and finished one of them.It's almost time for Sundin to contribute offensively at a more consistent rate. His time is near.UPDATE 4: Watch out for Steve SullivanFrom Canucks.com: Prior to suiting up for his first game of the season on January 10th against the Blackhawks, the 34-year old had not played a game since February 22, 2007 against the Montreal Canadiens when he suffered a back injury that kept him out for 687 days until his recent triumphant return to the lineup. He became only the third player in the post-World War II NHL history to miss over 600 days and then return to action – Jim Peplinski of the Calgary Flames and Mario Lemieux of the Pittsburgh Penguins being the others. Sharks forward Claude Lemieux has since become the fourth player to join that list. Stevie is not to be un[...]



Moose gain star power as Dallas sends Brunnstrom down to Manitoba

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 21:42:00 +0000

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Geez, I gotta say, I fell for the hype on Brunnstrom but he just hasn't lived up to it yet. And to think there was a big sweepstakes for Fabian's services last year, and Vancouver was in on it.
He had 10 goals and 4 assists and was a -8 in 31 games for the Stars this season. The Stars are trying to claw their way back into a playoff spot and can't settle for mediocrity.

**UPDATE**
Brunnstrom will play 2 games with the Moose and then rejoin the Stars when they play Columbus on Saturday. He is recovering from a high ankle sprain. So this is more of a conditioning stint.




Scoreboard watching on Tuesday night

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 17:31:00 +0000

The Canucks can find themselves out of a playoff spot before they even play Nashville on Wednesday if:-Minnesota beats Toronto on Tuesday night and the Ducks beat the Coyotes or lose in overtime. That would tie the Wild with Vancouver at 51 points with a game in hand. The Ducks would be 2 points ahead with a win or 1 point ahead with the OT loss. So you had better cheer for the Leafs and Coyotes on Tuesday night, or pray to the Almighty. Whatever floats your boat. C'mon...you can do it. It's for a good cause.MORE ON THE CANUCKSAlain Vigneault put the Nucks through somewhat of a rigorous practice on Monday, seeing that none of the guys played except for Luongo. Some of the guys were in Hawaii. Mats Sundin spent some time in Whistler with his fiancee. He didn't skate but worked out. AV talked about Mats yesterday: “Obviously this was probably a challenging moment in his career coming in midway through the season,” Vigneault said. “He’s been getting better every day, Today he stepped on the ice and I thought that’s the best he’s looked skating-wise and hands-wise. “He is a key to our success obviously. He’s a big component and we need him to play well and I think he’s going to rise to the occasion.”Damned rights he will.-Pavol Demitra is questionable for Wednesday's game with a sore groin. [...]



What did Luongo say to Ovechkin after the All Star Game?

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 21:53:00 +0000

As they shook hands after the All Star Game shootout, where Ovechkin made Luongo look silly, Roberto said something to Alexander. Ovechkin looked a little confused and awkwardly smiled and then skated away. What do you think Louie said? Use your imagination! No censorship here!(This is what happens when there is too much downtime from Canucks hockey. I get bored.)I'll start this off.Luongo: "They call me the Italian Stallion. What do they call you?"Ovechkin: "Horse killer!"Luongo: "Your teeth distracted me. I couldn't focus on your shootout attempt. Jesus, man, can't find a dentist?"Luongo: "I would have tried harder to stop your shootout attempt, but I didn't want to aggravate my groin."Ovechkin: "I aggravate your groin some other time then."Tech Tags: Luongo Ovechkin All+Star+Game caption+contest [...]



This is a different Kovalev

Mon, 26 Jan 2009 07:50:00 +0000

THIS Alexei Kovalev and THIS Alexei Kovalev:.....is a lot different than THIS Alexei Kovalev:And that folks, is a good thing. Even if he is a stinky Hab. It's good to see AK27 evolve to where he is today as far as integrity goes. Tech Tags: Alexei+Kovalev 2009+All+Star+Game+MVP evolution maturity Canadiens+hero [...]