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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.
Vancouver Canucks’ winger Daniel Sedin has suffered a broken left foot and will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.
Sedin was hit on the foot with a shot in Wednesday’s 7-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
He has been fitted with a cast and is using crutches to get around.
via Jason Botchford of the White Towel at the Vancouver Province,
Daniel Sedin missed practice Friday because of a deep bruise on his heel. The bruising and swelling mean he’s not yet been able to get an MRI.
It’s premature to speculate whether there is a break or not. For that, the Canucks will have to wait until tomorrow or possibly Sunday. But a bone bruise is a sign the bone has been injured sufficiently to have inflammation within the bone itself. Some bone bruises may not require any treatment.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The cheeky monkeys at Spike TV have blasted away at the Olympic city, calling Vancouver Canucks fans the fifth-most annoying in all of sports, and the most regal butt-pains in the NHL.
Habs fans are ninth on account of infrequent bathing, and tormenting their star players (we’ll defer to French Immersion on both accounts). Mysteriously, Leafs fans don’t make the top 10.
Canuckleheads lose points for their arrogance in the face of “zero Stanley Cups, no Hall of Fame players,” and they rank ahead of English soccer hooli…fans, and the brainwashed disciples of Al Davis and Jerry Jones.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province via Canada.com,
“If there’s tampering going on, ultimately there are no secrets in this world. We will get to the bottom of it,” Bettman vowed in May 2008.“And I’m no fan of tampering. And when it happens, it gets punished severely.
“A team that meddles with an individual under contract could face heavy fines and the loss of draft picks. And an individual who talks to a team while he’s still under contract would face fines and a possible suspension.”
Seventeen months later, severe punishment has been reduced to a gag order. “Heavy fines” and the “loss of draft picks” have turned into $25,000 US. And Bettman’s call to arms has become a call to prayer. Because we should all pray that the Leafs aren’t allowed to operate above the law because of their power, friends and influence.
Here’s the kicker, even if the Canucks think the decision is a farce, they are not allowed to express it, by NHL order.
NEW YORK (October 7, 2009)—Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement which will serve as the League’s only comment regarding its findings relative to purported tampering allegations as between the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs’ organizations:
“I confirm the following:
“That Ron Wilson, Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, violated the provisions of NHL By-Law 15 relating to inappropriate public comments by speaking generally to his Club’s potential interest in negotiating with Daniel and Henrik Sedin prior to such time as those players’ existing contracts with Vancouver had expired. The League has imposed a fine on the Maple Leafs’ organization as a result;
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