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Canucks Q&A with Roberto Luongo, Alex Edler, Andrew Alberts and Keith Ballard, transcripts.
UPDATE: Alain Vigneault video here, and transcription added at the bottom part of the post.
Transcripts of today’s Q&A’s with Manny Malhotra, Henrik Sedin, Alex Edler, Daniel Sedin, Christian Ehrhoff, and coach Alain Vigneault.
Q. Manny, can you end the suspense and tell us if you’re playing tonight?
MANNY MALHOTRA: It’s gone from day to day to game-time decision right now. I’m honestly not trying to send you guys on a wild goose chase. That’s just the nature of the situation right now.
Q. At this point in the day, do you feel healthy enough to play?
MANNY MALHOTRA: I feel really good, yeah. I felt good yesterday skating. Felt good this morning. So, again, hopefully I’ll continue throughout the day.
Q. Manny, what were you looking for from your game to give you an indication that you’re ready?
MANNY MALHOTRA: It’s tough to say. Obviously being good in the circle is going to be a big part of what I do. It’s always tough to say how your legs are going to be responding in a game. I felt good the last few days of skating as far as my wind goes.
I think early on, things we’re going to talk about if I go, is just simplicity, getting my feet moving, getting pucks in, making smart decisions with the pucks, keeping things real basic for right now.
From the CP via TSN:
[Manny Malhotra] appeared briefly at practice Saturday, but declined to talk to reporters on his way out of Rogers Arena.
“He came in to say hi to his teammates,” said Vigneault. “It was just a quick little visit and that was it.”
Great news to see Malhotra up and about, especially with no mention of his eyesight inhibiting him.
And in other news, the D might be a getting a precious infusion by the playoffs:
- Combine TSN’s Darren Dreger and the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch and what ultimately comes out of the wash is a trade rumor that flips Antoine Vermette and Matias Ohlund.
- Hate the hockey media? Hire Alex Edler for your next attack. With a flu-symptom-inspired quarantine, he needs to fly commercial plus get his own $500 a night hotel room upon arrival, but he’s worth it. Surrounded by reporters in NYC yesterday, the quote from assistant coach Rick Bowness in the Vancouver Sun was “Breathe on them all Alex. Breathe on them all.”
- The Canucks photographer Jeff Vinnick accompanied the Canucks on their road trip and snapped a bunch of photos of them in New York. There’s a full photo gallery here.
- Joe Pelletier has been remembering 1994 lately. And I liked his article, although reading such things when the Canucks are just hours away from a game at MSG strikes me as a bit masochistic. (*Joe even includes the YouTube footage of Bure’s missed penalty shot; you know, just in case you wanted to relive that fun time again…)
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the club has signed defenceman Alex Edler to a four-year contract extension through the 2012-13 NHL season. Edler enters his third season as a Vancouver Canuck.
“Alex is a gifted puck-moving defenceman who sees the ice extremely well for such a young player,” said Mike Gillis. “He has made great strides in his career and we look forward to further growth and development in his game.”
Edler has been a pleasant surprise from the first moment he put on a Canucks jersey and I’m glad to see him on the team long term. But I’d be curious to know the dollars of this deal, and even TSN hasn’t sniffed that out yet.
In other Canucks news, it’s possible the U.S. government has concerns about that Lukas Krajicek trade—he continues to languish in Vancouver waiting for someone to stamp his paperwork.
Update 10:35pm PT: According to Ben Kuzma at The Province, the Edler deal is for $13 million, with an annual cap hit of $3.25 million.
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.)
THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS SEASON ENDED WEEKS AGO…
YOUR HOCKEY POOL IS IN THE TOILET…
THE ENTRY DRAFT IS NOT UNTIL JUNE 20TH…AND FREE AGENCY DOES NOT ARRIVE FOR MORE THAN 2 MONTHS…
RIGHT NOW IT’S TOUGH FOR MOST HOCKEY FANS IN THIS CITY TO GET EXCITED ABOUT ANYTHING…
THAT’S ABOUT TO CHANGE…
The Pratt is excited about the upcoming World Championships, but points out that the only Canuck on any roster is Alex Edler for Sweden (no Sedins?! First I heard of it.) Anyway, message to Pratt: push down the caps-lock key again. Please. You’re killing me.
Meanwhile, if neither the Stanley Cup Playoffs nor the World Championships hold any excitement for you, there’s always “ESPN After Dark”—for the sultry (read: creepy) way to enjoy the fake-sports broadcasting ESPN has so perfected in hockey’s absence:
Members of The Hives, plus Daniel and Henrik Sedin, and Alex Edler*
We know damn well that Sweden’s Hives rule the live stage, but what about the ice rink?
February is a hockey fan’s worst headache—especially when their favorite team is on the bubble and experts start dispensing their wisdom.
Case in point, in Allan Muir’s mailbag on SI, a Canucks fan writes a panicked note:
I’ll admit it. I’m in full panic mode over my Canucks. I’m starting to think the playoffs are a longshot at best unless we add a big piece to the puzzle, and soon. What do you think of our chances?
—Steve Joe, Sacramento
A Canucks fan in a panic is hardly news (that’s just what we do) but Muir’s response seems pretty over-the-top:
It’s the Edler Hour or something this week, as Alexander Edler’s trip to the YoungStars Game has caught the attention of various reporters seeking to profile the latest Swedish Canuck. Sportnet.ca dropped some comments today, following broadcaster Jim Hughson’s remarks on the player’s unexpected rise on the NHL Network yesterday.
But it’s Iain MacIntyre who tells the full story of how Vancouver snatched Edler—a sleeper pick at #91—from under the nose of Detroit (via the National Post). Here are some of the details…
Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated offers a suggestion to boost Vancouver Canucks scoring needs:
GM Dave Nonis has to recognize that a window has opened up here that requires him to take a proactive approach. Sacrificing a piece of the future—defenseman Luc Bourdon appears expendable with the emergence of Alexander Edler—to add some bite to the forward unit is a must move. There’s no hurry, of course, but Nonis can’t be the one left looking for a chair when the music stops.
Bourdon might well be expendable to the Canucks, but—despite his likely future value—is any GM going to hand over a proven goal scorer for a rookie that’s yet to prove himself in any substantive way, and whose development has been constantly questioned? Bourdon’s trade value is difficult to predict, but Muir’s probably right assuming he’s up for grabs if the right deal came along.
Just no idea what that deal might be, and no good rumors either… where’s Spector when I need him?!