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from the CP via TSN,
Goaltender Cory Schneider and former first-round draft pick Michael Grabner were among the players the Vancouver Canucks sent to the AHL’s Manitoba Moose on Monday.
Schneider, 23, the AHL goaltender of the year last season with the Moose, had battled with veteran Andrew Raycroft for the backup job behind Roberto Luongo.
The NHL 2K10 hockey moms want answers, but Ryan Kesler is too busy playing video games.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
The good news is Jannik Hansen won the fight. The bad news is he could be lost for 4-6 weeks or longer with a broken hand.
The worst part is the regular season starts Thursday.
Hansen’s right hand was grotesquely misshapen after a fight with former Vancouver Giants’ junior Gilbert Brule during the Canucks’ 5-4 pre-season overtime loss Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.
“Obviously, it’s not very good timing,” Hansen said. “It’s very swollen. I’m not quite sure how bad it is.”
continued and watch the fight below…
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Vancouver’s season ended earlier than it had hoped after recording one of the NHL’s best second-half records.
“I think those past experiences, from the regular season to the playoffs, are going to make our team better,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told ESPN.com. “We’re going to learn from those. There’s a few areas in our game that we feel we need to improve on, and if we’re able to do that we feel we’re going to be a better team.”
Here are 10 things you need to know about the Canucks heading into the new season:
1. Going for it
The Canucks believe they should have been in the Western Conference finals last season. They’re aiming higher in 2009-10.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
I think Canada has two legitimate shots at winning the Cup – the Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames – and a third team, the Montreal Canadiens, who are a wild card.
First, the Canucks.
The Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, have taken their game to a new level and were quite deserving of the long-term deals they signed with the team in the summer. I used to believe they ranked somewhere between low-end first-liners or high-end second-liners, but now I believe they are the type of players you can win with.
Beyond that, general manager Mike Gillis has done an excellent job of surrounding the twins with a quality supporting cast. The Canucks boast a lot of depth up front with the likes of Alex Burrows, Ryan Kessler, Pavol Demitra, Kyle Wellwood, Steve Bernier and defensive specialist Ryan Johnson.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
This is not your father’s locker room.In the middle of the oval chamber is captain Roberto Luongo, although you expect to find captain James T. Kirk.
Sure, all the seats face inward and the muted palette—grey and walnut brown, cream and smoky blue, accented by bands of brushed steel—are unlike the jelly-bean colours that splashed across the Star Trek set. But from the moment you walk through the sliding entry doors and into the high-tech, rounded main room, there is a sense you’ve arrived not at the centre of a National Hockey League team but on the bridge of the USS Enterprise.
The Vancouver Canucks’ newest star is their 8,000 square-foot locker room complex. The team believes it is the best in the NHL, which is what the Canucks want to be, too.
from Ben Kuzma of the White Towel at the Vancouver Province,
With Mathieu Schneider and Pavol Demitra going on long-term injury reserve, the Vancouver Canucks have found wiggle room under the salary cap ceiling.
Schneider confirmed Thursday morning that offseason shoulder surgery will keep the 40-year-old defenceman from opening the regular season on Oct. 1 at Calgary. Although he has been practising, Schneider has not been able to take contact. The news is worse for Demitra, who hasn’t even healed enough to practice. Offseason shoulder surgery could keep the winger sidelined until November.
Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that Head Coach Alain Vigneault has agreed to terms on a new contract that extends through the 2012.2013 season.
“This is a significant announcement for our hockey club,” said Mike Gillis. “Alain and his staff have done an excellent job leading our team to two Division titles in three years. I believe strongly in the partnership between management, coaches and players and we are all committed to building a championship team here in Vancouver.”
“This is an exciting day for me and my coaching staff,” said Alain Vigneault. “Having the opportunity to work with the Aquilini family, Mike and his staff and our players has been very rewarding. I love working and coaching in this tremendous hockey city and look forward to continuing to build on our previous success.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Monday night, Burrows lined up for his second preseason game in his accustomed spot with the Sedins, which is where he earned the lion’s share of his success last season.
Now, this is interesting because, for everything he accomplished over the final two months of the 2008-09 campaign, that spot hasn’t exactly been reserved for Burrows. Later this week, veteran Mikael Samuelsson will audition for the job. There is also some thought that training-camp sensation Sergei Shirokov will get a look there.
This, in turn, raises all manner of implications for both the Canucks and Burrows, and you can make the case it’s the most intriguing decision Alain Vigneault faces heading into the season. Right now, Burrows is saying all the right things when he’s asked about his situation, and you’d expect nothing less from the 28-year-old Montrealer.
You just wonder how he’d adjust to life in coach after flying first class for the last 30 games of last season.
“I like to get into some scrums in front of the net. I try to play a little gritty. I’m not tough or anything like that, but I try to play hard, go to the net and shoot a lot of pucks and stay for rebounds.”
-Mikael Samuelsson of the Vancouver Canucks. More on Samuelsson from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province.
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