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Canucks Unsure Of Mitchell’s Return

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

It has now been nearly four weeks since defenceman Willie Mitchell suffered his concussion and there’s still no word on how much longer he will be out.

It’s clear that Mitchell, who suffered the injury Jan. 18 when he was run into the end boards by Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, won’t be playing any hockey before the Olympic break.

Now you have to wonder if he’ll be ready to go after the Olympics. The Canucks clearly miss his presence, especially on their struggling penalty kill.

“From what I can understand he has been getting better by the day, but he is still not symptom-free,” said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. “That’s all I know.”

Asked Wednesday if he expected Mitchell to be ready to play post-Olympics, Vigneault said: “Who knows with concussions. We are all keeping our fingers crossed.”

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Slow Starts Hurting Canucks

from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

Lies, damned lies and statistics: Mark Twain made the remark popular as a list of the three kinds of falsehoods there are.

The Vancouver Canucks are starting to think the same as Twain as the numbers pile up.

Outscored 10-1 in the first period so far after five games of an eight-game road trip. No lead to brag about except for the final 2:04 of the opening road game at Toronto 11 days ago. Seven straight games in which the other team scored first and 12 of the past 14.

“You can’t think in your mind what the stats are,” Roberto Luongo said after the Canucks fell 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. “Thursday’s game [against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.] has nothing to do with the last 12 of 14.”

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Save Of the Night- Luongo Or Kiprusoff?

First Luongo and the Kiprusoff save can be viewed below.

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Demitra Leaves Canucks To Tend To Personal Matter

via Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Canucks forward Pavol Demitra has left the team and returned to Vancouver to deal with a personal matter.

“He has has a personal matter that he had to take care of so he flew back to Vancouver this afternoon,” coach Alain Vigneault said after his team’s practice here this afternoon.

Vigneault said he does not know whether Demitra will be back for any of the four remaining games of the Canucks’ current eight-game road trip. The team would not make any further comment on Demitra, who is scheduled to play for Slovakia at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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It Was Time For Ohlund To Move On

from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

...the Canucks certainly weren’t even on the same planet when it came to the $26.25-million, seven-year deal the Bolts threw at Ohlund the second his free agency set in.

“It was clearly time for me to move on, and for the organization as well,” Ohlund said.

Nothing exposed the weakness of his game more than last spring’s Stanley Cup series against Chicago, in which the Blackhawks’ young guns blew by him like he was a pinwheel.

A big pinwheel, mind you, but looking stationary by comparison.

By his own admission, Ohlund is having a subpar season with the Lightning, but when it comes to his strengths he’s as effective as ever, knocking Christopher Higgins head over heels on Saturday night, dislocating Henrik Zetterber’s shoulder with a crunching body check in December.

“He’s a guy that in close space is really good, like in the corners stopping the cycles,” Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said. “And he’s a good guy in the locker room.”

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Canucks GM Discusses The Hodgson/Gagner Situation

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

There is no rift between the Vancouver Canucks and Cody Hodgson and the elite prospect remains committed to playing for the National Hockey League club, general manager Mike Gillis insisted Saturday.

Gillis claimed there is a significant difference between perception and reality after newspaper reports Friday quoting Hodgson indicated the 19-year-old centre from Toronto was unhappy with the Canucks because he no longer planned to train under player-development guru Dave Gagner.

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Cody Hodgson Won’t Be Training With Canucks Director Of Player Development

from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

Cody Hodgson is back to playing hockey again, but he won’t be working with Vancouver Canucks director of player development Dave Gagner.

In a conference call, Hodgson — who assisted on two goals in his Brampton Battalion junior club’s 4-2 win over Erie on Thursday — said he felt great to be back after an emotional four months away from the game while he rehabbed an injured back.

But Hodgson, in his first public statements since the highly touted Canucks prospect was returned to junior on Sept. 28, said the Vancouver organization has had no input into the treatment of his ailing back since he was sent down. He added that he won’t be working further with Gagner, in whose training facility in London, Ont., Hodgson originally hurt his back last July.

While Hodgson said he didn’t want to dwell on the past, it confirms what many have suspected — that Hodgson and his camp were not happy with the Canucks and Gagner after the injury occurred.

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Leading By Example

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There’s certainly an element of satisfaction in quieting critics who say the Sedins can’t stand alone.

“I think so,” said Daniel. “We can’t do much about those kinds of things [what other people think], but it is good to know. For him to see he could play that kind of hockey, I think it was huge, and for myself, too.”

Henrik has also changed his game. Henrik has always been the passer, Daniel the shooter. But Henrik potted 10 goals while Daniel was out. Who knew?

“I don’t know if he shot the puck more, but he was finding the scoring areas,” Daniel said. “He really took it upon himself to do things out there and it was great to watch for myself. And for his confidence, it really helped. Once I was back, he just kept doing the same things. I think he got better as a hockey player.”...

“For a coach, you talk about low maintenance or no maintenance at all, he just goes out and does his job, prepares well,” Vigneault said of Henrik. “And he’s a real team guy. His focus is always on what the team needs.”

That’s what a leader does.

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Canucks Caught Diving

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

The Vancouver Canucks were assessed two diving penalties Tuesday, and neither was to Alex Burrows.

The Canucks actually seem to have benefitted from officiating since Burrows lit a powderkeg three weeks ago by accusing referee Stephane Auger. There was a dubious overtime penalty call against the Edmonton Oilers, a unique no-goal interpretation against the Buffalo Sabres, and the Canucks have had more power plays than penalty kills in seven of the last eight games.

But if Tuesday’s 3-2 Canuck loss to the Montreal Canadiens is any indication, the National Hockey League has adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards diving. It’s about time.

Neither Canuck called for flopping — Darcy Hordichuk and Ryan Kesler received unsportsmanlike conduct penalties early and late in the game — admitted embellishing. Both calls resulted in offsetting minors, as Marc-Andre Bergeron knocked down Hordichuk after a whistle, while Yannick Weber tripped Kesler.

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Luongo Is Better Than This

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

If it was a joke, it probably wasn’t funny.

Asked about the game-winning goal Tomas Plekanec scored 9:14 into the third, Luongo was both flippant and inaccurate.

“Unfortunately, on the last one, I stopped the first four (shots),” Luongo said. “I got a piece of the fifth one. But not enough.”

That’s not, however, what happened and Luongo knows it. Granted his defence didn’t have a good night, but it is still down two top-four starters.  And on the play in question, Luongo took himself out of the play and made just one save, not four.

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