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from Matt Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
Something lured Vancouver’s brass to Montreal to see a game between two teams below the playoff line. Some theories…
- In July 2008, one of Gillis’ first acts as Canucks GM was to sign St. Louis centre David Backes to a three-year, $7.5-million (all currencies U.S.) offer sheet. The Blues, grudgingly, matched.
Backes, 25, earns $2.5-million next season before becoming a free agent. He scored 31 goals a season ago, but has just 10 this year.
The Blues are six points out of a playoff spot, and have 16 games remaining before the Olympic break.
from Craig Simpson of CBC,
For years now, Henrik and twin brother Daniel have been very good players and by far the most productive Canucks, but until this season, they have yet to be recognized as superstar players league-wide. This season however, there is no disputing the fact that the Sedins are all that and more, and Henrik in particular, is well on his way to having a Hart Trophy worthy season.
It’s not unusual for much of the media attention to focus on the likes of Alex Ovechkin and Crosby (both are worthy recipients). Henrik Sedin, in this his ninth NHL season often flies under the radar. Maybe it’s the fact that he plays on the West Coast, or maybe it’s his quiet demeanour, but rarely does he get the respect that his play on the ice deserves.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
“I think it’s really quite unfair from your boy Ron MacLean to go after Alex the way he did tonight, and take the footage that he did tonight,” he said on the CBC’s After Hours program. “Ron MacLean should have had the footage of Auger and Burrows skating 31 seconds together prior to the game. That footage has never come out.
“You only see Auger and Burr talking to one another for about four seconds, but they did two full loops together and Stephane Auger and Alex Burrows agreed on everything that was said except for one thing.”
This is a two part video, the 2nd part can be watched below. The 2nd part also includes a conversation with Mike Murphy regarding the FSN Pittsburgh video issue.
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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
It’s been a long road to recovery for Demitra, who had one shoulder surgery in May to repair his rotator cuff. Then, another surgery in the fall because things weren’t healing. That was followed by an infection. It all left him questioning his career, and seriously considering the option to shut it down for the year.
“If you asked me 30 days ago, and I was honest with myself, I would have told you I was done, done for the year, at least,” Demitra said. “That’s where things were going….
The question isn’t what saved him, it’s who. Officially, Pavel Purdek is listed as a physiotherapist who works closely with the Slovak national soccer team. In Demitra’s book, he’s a Magic Man.
“He’s unbelievable. I don’t know, but it seems like he has magic in his hands,” Demitra said. “He’s amazing. Every time he sticks a needle in my shoulder I feel relief. It just feels good.”
via Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Joking he now has National Hockey League vice-president Colin Campbell on speed dial, Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said today he did not order Darcy Hordichuk or anyone else to fight in the third period of Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.
Wild heavyweight Derek Boogaard, who fought Hordichuk after a late faceoff, said after the game the Canuck told him his coach was making him fight.
Vigneault said he believes Hordichuk said what he did to get Boogaard to engage, and denied ever sending a player off his bench to fight.
“I can’t remember what I said,” Hordichuk said. “Guys talk sh—all the time. You just say stuff.”
Asked about the exchange, Vigneault said: “It must have been a real intellectual conversation.”
Campbell demanded an explanation from Vigneault and the coach said the league’s justice czar seemed satisfied with the answer.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
After the Wild took a 5-2 lead, two fights took place in 17 seconds. First Darcy Hordichuk fought Boogaard, although abiding by the code, Boogaard barely threw a punch because Hordichuk’s jersey was over his head. Hordichuk then got a 10-minute misconduct I believe for trying to go after Cal Clutterbuck. He did not get that for his jersey being tied down like some people tweeted me. That would have been a game misconduct. He got a 10.
According to Boogaard, before the faceoff, Hordichuk told him that “The coach is making US fight you guys.”
Who’s us? Alexandre Bolduc is us. Moments after the fight, Bolduc came up to John Scott and begged Scott to fight him. Huge mistake. Scott beat the living daylights out of him. Honestly, it was scary.
more and watch the fight below…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
...For practical purposes, the Canucks may also opt for the path of least resistance. Already now there are fears that Burrows’s public excoriation of a member in good standing of the NHL Officials’ Association will haunt the organization in the weeks and months to come – and is that good for business?
In the end, they may decide that building bridges, rather than burning them, is the way to go. If that turns out to be the case; and if Burrows clams up under orders, then the league will have swept the matter, cleanly and efficiently, under the rug.
Of course, by leaving so many questions frustratingly unanswered, the NHL risks alienating the ticket-buying public, some of whom have wondered – on chat boards all across the Internet these past 48 hours - that the trust they previously held in the game has been replaced by suspicion. That’s the sort of damage that cannot easily be repaired, no matter how bright a spin the NHL puts on the matter. Thank Alex Burrows for that.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail (Thursday edition),
After Monday’s game, in which Burrows was given a questionable penalty that resulted in the game-winning goal for the Nashville Predators, the Canucks’ forward made his accusation to the media.
And that, according to Stewart, violated one of hockey’s unofficial rules.
“It’s like that old expression, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” Stewart said. “You got an issue? Don’t take it to the press.”
Calgary Flames centre Craig Conroy agreed.
“It’s like a tattletale. No one likes a tattletale,” Conroy said of Burrows. “That’s kind of what it looked like to me.”
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