Canucks and Beyond
[note: transactions updated 4:25pm PT at bottom of post]
For once, the NHL’s disciplinary committee hit fast and (I think) pretty hard:
Philadelphia forward Jesse Boulerice was suspended 25 games by the NHL on Friday for cross-checking Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler across the face, matching the largest suspension in league history.
For a comparison to other major suspensions, check here.
Personally, I have no problem with the length of this, but I fully expect there will be plenty of impassioned opinions—that it’s either: (a) not enough, or (b) too much.
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The Vancouver Canucks made their final roster moves on Monday, setting their opening night roster of 24 players.
Heading down to the AHL’s Manitoba Moose are D Luc Bourdon, RW Mike Brown, RW Patrick Coulombe, RW Jannik Hansen, RW Michael Grabner, LW Jason Jaffray, and C Rick Rypien. Also on Monday, the Canucks released D Dan McGillis.
McGillis was with the team since mid-September for a professional tryout. Some of the others we can certainly expect to see again over the season. (And probably fairly soon, if the Canucks continue their recent pace of landing in the hospital…)
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Unlike many other fans who seem preoccupied and fascinated with the prospects reporting to camp over the past week, I’m afraid I have a really hard time caring. It all reminds me of the opening day of tryouts for any kids’ sports team, when every bozo is looking for a spot.
And while these are all talented hockey players and not bozos by any means, I struggle to find it interesting in the initial stages.
I actually found this pretty surprising. Wade Flaherty, largely a career AHLer and a reliable fixture on the Manitoba Moose in recent seasons, has elected not to retire this summer, but instead has signed with a new team. He joined the Chicago Blackhawks organization today. From the press release:
The 39-year old Flaherty played last season for the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League. Originally selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Flaherty had enjoyed NHL stints with San Jose, the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay, and Nashville. In 120 career games, Flaherty owns a 27-55-9 record with five shutouts and a 3.51 goals against average. He has also appeared in seven career playoff games (2-3, 4.93 GAA).Best of luck to a homegrown BC goalie who keeps defying the odds with a rich and healthy career going into his 20th season since being drafted into the NHL. You can read more about Flaherty on his Legends of Hockey profile. P.S. Prestin Ryan, a Moose player himself for the last two seasons, has also been signed by the Hawks today. Ryan played one game for Vancouver in the 2005-06 season.
Lee Goren says goodbye to North America to learn Swedish:
Lee Goren is going to Sweden, but this has nothing to do with a European vacation. Goren, a Winnipegger who spent much of the past three seasons playing for the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League, has signed a lucrative one-year deal with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Elite League. "I'm not going over there to retire by any means," Goren said in a telephone interview from his off-season cabin in Minnesota yesterday. "I feel like my best years are ahead of me. People say I can't skate and it's a skating game over there.
While Vancouverites goes about their hockey-less lives, some Vancouver-related players are fighting their way through the second round of the playoffs for the AHL's Calder Cup. The Manitoba Moose are currently trailing the best-of-7 series 2-3, and are heading into game #6 tonight. Exciting times in Manitoba, anyway. In other Moose news, rumors about Brad Moran's career are getting the Eurohockey.net overly excited:
Vancouver's playoff spot is assured, so now it's just a matter of positioning... specifically, whether can they win the Northwest Division title. Tonight's game against LA can guarantee them that title, if they win and Minnesota loses to Edmonton tonight, outright. (Though really, WHO ever loses outright to Edmonton anymore? The Wild may just stay in this race for another game...) But the title crown isn't the only thing at stake in the Western Conference today. Calgary has a chance to secure it's playoff spot with a win against its rival for the spot, the Colorado Avalanche. My dislike for both teams is intense and I honestly don't care which one dies a horrible death -- as long as both suffer as much as possible in the interim. Other News:
The game wasn't three minutes old when Canucks winger Alex Burrows rattled defenceman Nick Boynton with a heavy end-boards check. He responded by punching Burrows and then Cowan and Josh Gratton fought. Four minutes later, Burrows was levelled by a heavy check by Keith Ballard before winger Josh Green awkwardly collided with the Coyotes defenceman. Green suffered a second-degree right knee sprain while the Coyotes lost winger Owen Nolan to a second-period shoulder injury. "He [Ballard] kind of submarined me a bit and it was kind of a dangerous play and nothing good can come out of that," said Green, who will be sidelined four to six weeks.So who's coming up from the Manitoba Moose to replace him? So far no transactions have been filed with the AHL returning anybody to the Canucks.
About Canucks and Beyond
Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.
In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.
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