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Playing For Their Lives

Despite all optimism to the contrary, Sami Salo won’t be suiting up for tonight’s game 4 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo did not participate in the Canucks afternoon skate at United Center and was declared “out” by coach Alain Vigneault.

So, Ossi Vaananen returns. Incidentally, Salo’s explanation of his injury has been my favorite so far. Classic. (In related news, Vaananen is peeing just fine. Well, it doesn’t appear to be affecting his play, anyway.)

One more thing—assistant coach Ryan Walter provided this quote to Canadian Christianity.com today:

There is a “new intensity” in the playoffs, says Walter, “and it comes from an interesting place—a feeling that the end is near.” It would probably be very difficult to play at that level of intensity for a full 82-game season, he says. In that sense, hockey playoffs are like the last two minutes of a football game, when points are scored at four times the usual rate.

It’s a good comparison, though I wonder if I should worry when such a devoted Christian as Walter says things like “the end is near.” smile

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  Tags: ossi+vaananen, playoffs, ryan+walter, sami+salo

Vancouver Quotes, Innuendo and Lies

1. Markus Naslund: Money Doesn’t Matter (mostly)

On his decision to play at least one more season in the NHL:

“It was not a hard decision to make with a little distance to everything. I feel very motivated to continue playing in NHL.”

and more…

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  Tags: alain+vigneault, coaching, markus+naslund, mike+gillis, ryan+walter

Canucks Name Ryan Walter as an Assistant

via KETV:

The Vancouver Canucks padded their coaching ranks Tuesday, naming Ryan Walter an assistant.

The 50-year-old Walter joins head coach Alain Vigneault and associate coach Rick Bowness behind the Vancouver bench for the upcoming season.

Walter has worked on and off in media over recent years, covering hockey for Sportsnet and TSN among others. He has also been working as a motivational speaker and has a Masters Degree in Business. (And don’t forget an acting stint as a referee in the movie Miracle).

So, may I present the ‘top-secret’ video resume that got Ryan Walter the Canucks job:

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