Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 03/15/08 at 03:48 PM ET
The Vancouver Canucks play the “gutless-pigs” tonight, and Alain Vigneault has a plan:
In: Trevor Linden, Jeff Cowan, Rick Rypien
Out: Brad Isbister, Byron Ritchie, Ryan Shannon
Yeah. That’ll solve everything.
Good to see Linden finally drawing in, but unimpressed to see Shannon & Isbister pushed out. Particularly Shannon—even in a bad game, at least he’s one of the few guys entertaining to watch.
Anyway, listening to the first part of Team 1040‘s Moj & Burns act today, I had the unexpected experience of hearing a surprising number of Vancouver call-in listeners sounding rational, thoughtful, unpanicked, and even (shock!) patient with the most recent two losses. (But then again, one of the show’s hosts managed to interject the perspective of “the Canucks are pu#$ies,” so I suppose my intelligent-hockey-radio experience still had its usual limitations…)
But they had some good stuff, too. A enjoyable interview with Alex Burrows recorded yesterday, etc, etc. Check out the Team’s podcasts when you can.
Other things to do and read before this 4pm (ie. “too early to watch while drunk”) game:
- Good article by Iain MacIntyre in yesterday’s Vancouver Sun: “Canuck Icons Nearing End”
- New Crazy Canucks podcast uploaded yesterday. Lots of Pronger ranting (who, by the way, received an 8 game suspension today) and excessive optimism in various irrational ways.
- Canucks/Stars Preview
If you need somewhere to hang out at game time, the Yankee Canuck is doing a liveblog. I might even be hanging out there myself…
Finally, the best line in Canucks blogging this week deserves a mention. Zanstorm at Waiting for Stanley tossed out this observation of Markus Naslund on Thursday night:
Did you see how Naslund acted after Jovo tagged Morrison? He stood in between the Canucks and Jovo and went into Jovo’s face like a ref would and told him to stop the roughing. That’s not cool. He should have popped him one. Nazzy is too passive. He reminds me of Jesus I think.
...which immediately reminded me of this image which has been floating around the net for years:
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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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