Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 05/07/08 at 08:28 PM ET
Just a few stories mildly related to Canuckish-type things:
Dave Nonis is being summoned for an interview in hell
Alex Edler made a not-so-endearing contribution to one very embarrassing Swedish team loss at the World Championships - a 10 minute game misconduct penalty
A company called Coleman Analytics has five NHL teams (and they’re looking to add Vancouver to their list of clients) that are paying them up to $100K a year for “basic” analytics services. Honestly, I bet plenty of obsessive & mathematically-inclined hockey fans would gladly kick those numbers out for free, or maybe a bit of swag. (I know, I know. I’m over-simplifying… but at least let The Forechecker bid for the job.)
And some non-stories…
- Matthew Sekeres, the usually-excellent Canucks writer for the Globe & Mail, wrote an Ode to TEAM 1040 late yesterday and I still have no idea why. (Perhaps the Globe won’t give him his hard-earned vacation time and this is his way of rebelling?)
- But there’s always Brad Ziemer at the Vancouver Sun yesterday, who managed to corner the Canucks’ CEO (and former Nike Bauer Hockey CEO) Chris Zimmerman on the golf course to ask him some serious questions on issues facing the team… (Err, no, not really. I lie. They actually talked golf. Nothing but golf. Geezus. I’d rather read that Ode to a Radio Station thing again…)
- And finally, the perpetual non-story (no link; it’s everywhere I turn) of “Will Luongo Stay or Go?” which continues to bore me to tears. Just fix the mess on the ice in front of him, and he’s not going anywhere. He has a contract. End of story.
Not much else going on— just waiting to hear that Alain Vigneault has been fired (or turned into Markus Naslund’s assistant coach/stick boy), and that maybe in about 6 weeks the Canucks have some sort of plan not to botch the draft and the free agency market.
Both dreams are probably pretty unrealistic.
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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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