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On this current road trip, the Canucks have graciously invited and accommodated a group of players’ mothers for the journey. It’s a cozy, feel-good sort of thing during the game… quick camera shots of happy moms looking on as their successful spawn dance across the ice while getting the hell slapped out of them.
It’s beautiful; I can dig it. It’s nicely fun and sorta sweet. Furthermore, I’m sure they’re all lovely women, and I imagine it’s excellent inspiration for their sons, looking to show-off and showcase their skills while mom looks on.
That is, inspiration for most everyone involved except Kyle Wellwood.
January hasn’t been pretty for the Vancouver Canucks and I don’t have much to add to the dialogue of panic that’s been going on. My own kneejerk reaction was—and still is—to look hard at coach Alain Vigneault, but obviously the current slump is about more than any one man.
Looking around the whole team, I’d say it’s a perfect storm of crap.
Scott Rintoul at Canucks.com has some ideas about who should play the team’s “characters” in the movies. For example:
Kyle Wellwood – Toby McGuire
When you heard that McGuire was going to be Spiderman, you raised an eyebrow – until you saw the movie.
In much the same way, Wellwood has exceeded expectations and now the sky’s the limit.
McGuire’s ability to play Peter Parker is ideal for Wellwood’s unassuming persona off the ice, while his contrasting role as Spiderman makes him the ideal actor to showcase Wellwood’s superb skill on the rink.
McGuire is the epitome of the guy that doesn’t look like he plays hockey but lights the lamp on a nightly basis – the exact niche Wellwood is carving out in Vancouver.
Not sure if Wellwood should be offended or not, but I’m sold on the idea. You can check out the rest of the Hollywood Canucks here. Mats Sundin is even featured, oddly enough.
The All Star Ballots are up and ready—and Canucks fans will see some familiar names: Roberto Luongo, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin. All fine choices normally, though it’s a good thing voting doesn’t begin and end this week.
Meanwhile, may I be the first to suggest a write-in campaign for Kyle Wellwood?
C’mon… a Vote for the Wood! campaign has potential.
The Vancouver Canucks are pleased to announce the launch of the “7th Canuck” initiative to celebrate the passion of Canucks fans and their role in supporting the team over the years. Prior to each home game, one individual will act as an ambassador of Canucks fans and unveil the “7th Canuck” banner to symbolize the home-ice advantage Canucks fans provide to the team.
A great idea and a nice gesture—but there was still a bit of confusion out there.
Vancouver Canucks’ centre Pavol Demitra will be sidelined 3-4 weeks after an MRI discovered fractured cartilage in his ribs.
Demitra, who signed with the Canucks as a free agent this summer, is expected to see a specialist to deal with the injury.
Kyle Wellwood is expected to take Demitra’s place in the lineup.
Lordy. Demitra’s penchant for injury is astonishing. Possibly the luckiest day of Wellwood’s life, though…
Rather unexpectedly, Matt Pettinger and Kyle Wellwood have suddenly become guys the Canucks are desperate to hang onto. From Ben Kuzma at Canucks Nation:
The Vancouver Canucks hope to augment their injury-riddled lineup with Matt Pettinger and Kyle Wellwood, should the forwards not be claimed today on recallable waivers from the Manitoba Moose.
Should an NHL club claim either forward, the Canucks would be on the hook for half of their salaries — $500,000 US for Pettinger and $498,750 US for Wellwood — but they have plenty of salary cap space. Money is not the problem for general manager Mike Gillis. Healthy bodies are.
As Kuzma notes, Pavol Demitra, Rick Rypien, and Darcy Hordichuk are all out for Tuesday’s game against Columbus. It’s like a 2007 re-run, except in this year’s edition the team is decimating its forward corps.
(Well, except for Sami Salo—but I think we all had Sami Salo penciled-in for a pulled groin this week anyway…)
EA Sports is putting out NHL ‘09 on September 9th, and in anticipation they’ve released their player rankings for every team’s roster. Those rankings use a pile of criteria some of which appear more subjective than those determined by straight statistics.
For the details, you can click here and scroll down to see each player’s rankings on their team page. Sort of entertaining if you use them as a predictor of how the player will perform in real life.
Canucks claim Kyle Wellwood off waivers from the Leafs. Thoughts? He’s an RFA on July 1st. [TSN]
With Curtis Sanford still unsigned to warm Luongo’s bench for next season, Ben Kuzma at the Province (via the National Post) is pondering Alex Auld returning to Vancouver. (We did a poll on this subject a few weeks ago—60% of you liked the idea.)
Speaking of surplus goalies, Cory Schneider has been blogging the last few days, including the revelation that he doesn’t have a big sister—he just lied about that. (That’s part of what they call “team building” in Vancouver these days. Geez, I love it when players blog.)