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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Booth’s commitment to regain his powerful stride and balance after knee, ankle and groin injuries the last two years wasn’t just talk.
Before the Canucks departed on their last road trip on what was a travel day, Booth and Aidelbaum had a 7 a.m. skating session at Rogers Arena. During the four-game trip, teacher and pupil exchanged technical analysis, and when the club returned Wednesday, Booth and Aidelbaum had another session.
The results have been quick and quite remarkable.
Booth scored in successive games on the trip, but his bold move out of the corner and powerful cut to the net to bury a backhander on Nov. 30 at Madison Square Garden was an eye-opener. He looked more like that 30-goal scorer with the Florida Panthers in 2008-09 than someone who has struggled to score three times in 18 games this season and has been in the Tortorella doghouse.
That goal against the New York Rangers was beyond encouraging. It was an epiphany.
“That was technical,” Aidelbaum said Wednesday. “With the skills comes comfort, and with comfort comes confidence, and it works directly in that order. If the skating is sharp, the mind is sharp and they feel they can conquer the world.
During the recent Rangers/Canucks game, both Tortorella and Vigneault were mic'd up.
Boy, when AV gets loud, his voice gets higher...
via Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
The ideal Christmas gift for the Vancouver Canucks will be a healthy Alex Burrows.
The under-producing forward’s season took a turn for the worse Sunday, when teammate Chris Tanev hit Burrows in the face on a clearing attempt and broke his jaw during the second period of the Canucks’ 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. (Watch the injury at the 1:40 mark of the video above.)
Burrows’ agent, Paul Corbiel, confirmed to Vancouver radio station News 1130 that his client underwent successful jaw surgery Monday night in Dallas.
Watch the incident below...
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
If anyone is emotionally and contextually ready to write some hurtin’ lyrics for country music, it’s Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows. Alas, neither of his official languages has twang.
The 32-year-old from Quebec, where there are many cows but few cowboys, is hobbling under a 22-game goal-less slump that has gotten silly.
Burrows has no goals in 17 games this season, but at least has one save after guiding the puck off the Canucks’ goal-line to preserve Vancouver’s 3-2 win Sunday against the Carolina Hurricanes. His regular-season scoring famine extends to the final five games of last season.
In these 22 games, when Burrows has averaged 18 minutes a night and played largely on the first line beside former National Hockey League scoring champions Henrik and Daniel Sedin, the winger has fired 61 shots on target without scoring.
On the losing end of a 5-2 score to the New York Rangers, Bieksa fought Brian Boyle and Boyle's helmet too.
Both received 5 for fighting at the 20 minute mark of the 3rd period.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
As long as John Tortorella coaches the Vancouver Canucks and Alain Vigneault coaches the Rangers, the comparisons will be inevitable.
The Rangers under the calm, cool Vigneault are loose and enjoying themselves. Last week on a swing through the South, the Rangers celebrated victories in Dallas and Nashville; Vigneault joked about his Johnny Cash man-in-black suit; and the players’ fathers were along for part of the trip. In Vancouver under Tortorella, it was all business, serious business. He defiantly explained why he said his team “sucked” after a loss; had a closed-door meeting after a win with David Booth, a player in his doghouse; and talked about the young forward Zack Kassian’s deficiencies after benching him in another loss. In the Canucks’ dressing room, Kassian looked scared.
“They’re both very good, but just different styles of coaches,” said Mike Gillis, the Canucks’ general manager, who arranged what amounted to a Vigneault-for-Tortorella swap last spring with Glen Sather, the Rangers’ general manager. “Alain’s style is what works for him, and it worked for us. John’s style is just different. Technically they’re both extremely sound. They just give direction differently, I guess.”
from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
--Another Monday, another beginning of the week with some in the media endlessly suggesting the Leafs are lucky, or playing on borrowed time. It's like there's this desperate hope that Randy Carlyle's team can go on a losing streak to legitimize some popular mathematical model.
--Vancouver gets Los Angeles tonight, and the Canucks are finding it tough sledding in their new divisional alignment, just 1-7 so far against the California teams and Phoenix. They're struggling to score under John Tortorella just as they struggled to score last year under Alain Vigneault.
The only difference is there isn't a day-to-day goalie soap opera. The Canucks are going to have a tough time making post-season play in the ultra-tough west. And what would that mean to GM Mike Gillis who has really locked the Canucks into potentially difficult long-term contracts?
The Canucks are starting to look like the Leafs at the end of the Mats Sundin era, desperately still believing they can win a Cup with a roster that can't.
Will Vancouver be different?
a few more hockey notes...
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
Wednesday morning this will echo throughout the Lower Mainland:
“They lost the Florida freakin’ Panthers.”
As should: Where were the Sedins? Where is Ryan Kesler?
The Canucks played entitled, sloppy hockey and their coach let them have it in the intermissions and after the game.
“We sucked, it was easily our worst game of the year,” Tortorella said. “We didn’t deserve a point. I don’t think anyone played well.
“This clunker makes no sense. It was a total lack of respect (for the Panthers). This one kicks me in the side of the head.”
read on and below, watch Tortorella post-game.
Daniel Sedin called for goalie interference but no penalty.
What did John Tortorella think of the call? Watch below...
“I don’t go to the games, I don’t feel welcome there. I don’t question that. It’s people running a business and it’s been a very successful business.”
-Pat Quinn on the Vancouver Canucks organization. More from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province.
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