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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
The three-year, $7.5-million contract he signed with the Canucks was $1 million a year more than what Detroit offered. Vancouver didn’t mind, even if Samuelsson’s high-water mark was 45 points. The Canucks believed they had a 60- to 70-point player who had been hidden batting eighth in Detroit’s lineup.
So far, it looks like they’re right.
“It’s up to you to say, but this is what I wanted when I came here,” says Samuelsson, who has so far artfully used the extra two minutes a game he’s getting in Vancouver to double his points-per-game from 0.5 to one. “I wanted a fair chance to prove I can be a big part of an offence.”
But investing in Samuelsson was based on more than potential point totals. His experience stands out in the Canucks dressing room like a funny joke on Jay Leno. Even the multimillion-dollar facelift couldn’t take care of the playoff skeletons in GM Place. Maybe Samuelsson can. He is one of the few Canucks who has actually won a big game. Or three.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
The agent for Ryan Kesler has laid the factual foundation for a contract extension. He hasn’t drawn any conclusions or drawn a line in the sand after two discussions with management, but he did suggest that the ball is now in the court of the Vancouver Canucks.
“Ryan is a warrior,” Kurt Overhardt said Thursday of his client who is earning $1.75 million US in the final year of his deal.
“I know he’s looking forward to the club acknowledging his value by stepping up and signing him to a contract extension. Ryan and his family would be honoured to remain in Vancouver for several more seasons.”...
According to Overhardt, the Canucks won 48.28 per cent of their games (12-13-4) when the Sedins had more ice time than Kesler.
They won 74.36 per cent of their games (26-10-3) when the twins had less time than Kesler.
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun via the National Post,
Toronto general manager Brian Burke says he sees no need to clear the air with Vancouver counterpart Mike Gillis over tampering allegations when the Canucks meet the Maple Leafs on Saturday at General Motors Place.
In fact, Burke isn’t even sure whether he and Gillis will speak at all this weekend.
“I know there was a lot of yapping going on in Vancouver the last little while, but you noticed none from Toronto,” Burke said in a phone interview Thursday when asked about the apparent bad blood between the two organizations. “I’m certainly not going to pour any gasoline on a fire that as far as I’m concerned doesn’t exist. When other organizations talk or complain about the Leafs, I ignore it by and large.”
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Hawks captain Jonathan Toews was crunched with an open-ice hit from Willie Mitchell in the third period and didn’t return. Defenseman Brent Seabrook also left the game with an injury as the Canucks won 3-2 at the United Center.
Coach Joel Quenneville said after the game both players would be evaluated Thursday.
Kyle Wellwood with a goal? Nope, final horn beat him last night.
friom Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via the Vancouver Sun,
In Alain Vigneault’s eyes, there is only one positive to Daniel Sedin being on the shelf with a broken foot.
“Now, when I see (the twin) Hank in this environment I know it’s him, and when I see Danny on crutches, well, I know who he is … first time since I’ve been here (four years) that I can say that,” chuckled the Vancouver Canucks’ head coach, who makes no bones about the fact he still can’t tell Daniel from Henrik, unless they’ve got numbers on their jerseys.
“Any time I crossed one of them I’d always say ‘How’s it going, Danny?’ I had a 50-50 chance. They would say yes or no. On the ice, when I’m looking at them (in practice), I’ve always said ‘which one are you?’ They’ll turn around to show me a number,” said Vigneault.
“Once again, we didn’t play close to 60 minutes tonight. We haven’t played 40 minutes this season and we’re lucky to be 2-4. It’s inexcusable. We’ve got to start grinding it out and playing with a little edge.
“We have a good lineup and a skillful lineup and it’s like we played too defensive in the first 40 minutes. We almost played scared. We can’t be doing that. We have to press and go on the offence.”
-Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks. More on the Vancouver loss to Calgary last night from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province.
The injury woes of the Vancouver Canucks continue to mount as the team learned Tuesday that they would be without defenceman Sami Salo for up to six weeks after the blueliner sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
via Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
“Obviously, it’s not getting better,” said Demitra.
“They’re going to decide what’s next for me and I’ll see the doctor on Tuesday. There’s a lot of pain in the shoulder.”
Canucks general manger Mike Gillis said the next step in rehab will be to see how the shoulder reacts “when it settles down.”
When that will be, nobody really seems to know.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
Head coach Alain Vigneault said Sunday that Demitra’s recovery from off-season shoulder surgery “is not going as well as we had planned.” Demitra was supposed to miss at least the first three weeks of the season, but it now sounds like he’ll be gone even longer.
“It’s not going as quick as he wanted,” Vigneault said.
The injuries to Sedin and Demitra have left the Canucks looking fairly impotent on paper. Steve Bernier and Mason Raymond, who started as third-line wingers, have been bumped into the top six.
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