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from the Vancouver Province,
In one summation, Kevin Bieksa explains the elation of finally focussing on weight-bearing exercises to strengthen his surgically- repaired calf muscle.
In the next summation, the Vancouver Canucks defenceman admits there’s no timetable for his return from the laceration he suffered Nov. 1. And he doesn’t want to think about the prospect of not playing again until next fall.
“I’ll deal with that when I get there,” said Bieksa
Daniel Sedin pulls off the Savardian Spin!
Watch the video…
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
The Vancouver Canucks’ general manager has put another twist to the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore debacle, suggesting in court documents released today that Moore was not specifically targeted for revenge by then-Canucks coach Marc Crawford.
In an Aug. 23 depostion, Vancouver Canucks general manger Dave Nonis told lawyers: “I have heard that Crawford pointed to a number of players and said that they must—‘... they got to pay the price tonight.’
via the Vancouver Province,
Just compare the New Jersey Devils’ air (and bus) miles since Dec. 1 to the kilometres racked up by the Canucks.
- Canucks: Vancouver, St. Paul, Chicago, Nashville, Vancouver, Los Angeles/Anaheim, San Jose, Edmonton, Vancouver—13,705 kilometres;
- Devils: Newark, Manhattan, Washington, Boston, Newark—1,440 kilometres.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
The trick, then, is to change the philosophy, and that’s not as complicated as it sounds.
Instead of another reinterpretation of the rulebook, it is now incumbent on the NHL’s stewards to look beyond their narrow self-interests and embrace a new model for the game.
Owners have to hire GMs who favour an attacking style of hockey. GMs have to hire coaches who’ll play that game. Organizations then have to commit to this new brand.
from the Ice Hole,
So, it turns out a “coach’s hunch” is a rib contusion.
Good, now we know.
It was strange to everyone when Roberto Luongo didn’t address the media after the Penguins game Saturday. It was out of character and the first instinct of many was that Luongo was suffering some sort of injury.
The Canucks had made the decision to hide the injury and their commitment to that decision went from the odd to the ridiculous.
from the Vancouver Province,
It was acknowledged by team staff that Luongo was in the medical room but did not have an injury.
Given that NHL teams regularly play fast and loose with the truth regarding injuries, speculation swirled that Luongo had picked up an injury. Otherwise, why wouldn’t he have been available?
Luongo was seen by a member of the media sometime later as he was leaving GM Place, but he said he didn’t want to talk.
On Sunday, as the Canucks held an optional practice—attended by just five skaters and back-up goaltender Curtis Sanford—Luongo was still not available, but the team continued to maintain there was no injury to their franchise goalie.
from the Vancouver Province,
Forget the game, it was a head-to-head that people will be talking about for days, maybe years.
It was two of the best players in hockey, Vancouver’s stalwart netminder against Pittsburgh’s wunderkind forward in two head-to-head battles.
With the spotlight all to themselves, it was Sidney Crosby versus Roberto Luongo in overtime. And then again in a shootout.
I stayed up late last night and caught the whole game and I must say, one of the better games of the year.
Did anyone else catch the stare-down Luongo gave Crosby after stopping his shootout attempt? Watch for yourself (game highlights)...
Throughout this matter, the Canucks and their counsel have refrained from public comment, preferring to have this matter dealt with in the courts. The Canucks organization feels compelled at this time to respond to some of the inaccuracies in the media stories relating to court documents and the allegations made in the proposed Claim.
- Contrary to impressions made by some reports these allegations are not yet formally before a court and will require a court order before they are permitted to be made. The Ontario Superior Court will be considering whether to allow these amendments on January 21, 2008.
- We believe that many of the proposed allegations now being advanced on behalf of Mr. Moore against the Vancouver Canucks are inaccurate or speculative. The Vancouver Canucks believe they are intended to inflame the public and create further media interest in the case.
Roberto Luongo took part in an NHL tele-conference today.
Q. There was a drastic difference in play from October to November. Could you explain some of the changes that may have happened, some of the changes in mentality or in certain X’s and O’s that helped you turn things around a little bit.
ROBERTO LUONGO: Well, I think it’s a bit of both. First of all, we lost two of our top defensemen the first game in November when Kevin and Sami Salo went down. So I think that was pretty much rock bottom for us. As a team we really decided to regroup and realized that, if we’re going to win some games from now on, we’re going to have to work hard, but at the same time we’re going to have to work smart. We adjusted a couple things with our system as far as our forecheck and play in our own zone. Since then it’s really been going well for us.
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