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Bieksa Suffers Leg Cut

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

“I went to put pressure on it to skate back to the net and my ankle kind of gave out,” Bieksa said. “I thought maybe my skate blade was broken, but I kind of figured it out from there. It’s not my Achilles at all.”

Bieksa said he didn’t want to discuss any details about the injury until he knows more. But he leaned heavily on a crutch as he left the dressing room and will be going back to Vancouver today. The injury will probably be measured in weeks, possibly many of them, not days.

Asked the extent of it, coach Alain Vigneault said: “We’re not quite sure yet. He got a skate cut and we’re not sure of the severity of it, so we’ll know tomorrow after a MRI.”

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Does Anyone Want Mathieu Schneider?

from TSN,

It might be a sign that Mathieu Schneider’s playing days in the NHL are nearing an end.

On Tuesday, the Vancouver Canucks placed the 40-year old blueliner on waivers. Schneider is now eligible to be claimed by Noon et on Wednesday by any club, with the Canucks on the hook for half his remaining salary. If he clears waivers, the Canucks can opt to send him down to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.

In 17 games this season, Schneider has two goals and three assists.

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Lilja Has ‘Sammy’s” Back

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja doesn’t blame Mikael Samuelsson, his best friend and former teammate, for ripping Swedish Olympic officials for excluding him from the team.

Samuelsson told Vancouver reporters: “Probably going to get in trouble for this, but they (Team Sweden officials) can go (expletive) themselves.’‘

Lilja liked his reaction.

“I think it’s kind of nice when someone says what they really think instead of saying, ‘OK, it was their decision, nothing I can do about it,’ ‘’ Lilja said. “Nice that people show emotions because he’s (ticked off). I don’t blame him.’’

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  Tags: team+sweden

Strangest Goal Of The Night

Scrum along the boards, just outside the offensive blue line.  Mason Raymond of the Canucks finds the puck, lifts it about 40 feet in the air towards Miikka Kiprusoff who never sees the puck and it drops right into the net.

Vancouver up 4-1 after the 1st period against the Flames.

added 9:53pm, Watch the video…and actually, the play was from center ice, not the blue line like I stated earlier.

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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff

Not The Best Time Of The Year

from Jason Brough of Orland Kurtenblog,

This week’s list comes courtesy of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” In the words of Clark W. Griswold, let’s talk about the Vancouver Canucks.

“If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am right now.”

OK, so maybe Vancouver hockey fans aren’t exactly shocked the Canucks are failing to live up to expectations. (Sorry, Mike Gillis. Can’t help it. Years of failure. Many emotional scars. Innate sense of dread. The rain doesn’t help.) But it really wasn’t supposed to be like this - almost halfway through the season and out of a playoff spot. The Canucks (20-16-0) have simply failed to get points in enough of their games. After Sunday’s loss to the Blues, only Carolina, Montreal and Philadelphia had fallen more times in regulation. More reason for pessimism: Vancouver will play 25 of its remaining 46 games on the road, where its record (6-10-0) is about as attractive as Cousin Eddie’s RV in the driveway.

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How Could They Lose?

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

The Vancouver Canucks lost an unwinnable game. Really, the National Hockey League schedule-maker never gave them a chance on Sunday.

The St. Louis Blues were a last-place team. They were on the road. They play in the Central Division. And the Canucks were coming off a huge victory against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Friday.

Darn the NHL! How could the Canucks possibly compete amid these impossible circumstances?

The league – you know, it’s based in New York City and run by an American lawyer – surely knew an elite team like Vancouver, basking in the glory of Friday’s righteous win against Washington and busy planning a Stanley Cup, would be emotionally-spent and intellectually detached against the Blues.

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Celebrating The Holidays In Different Ways

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

National Hockey League dressing rooms are all melting pots. Players are players. Objectives and thinking are pretty uniform. There are no national flags on the jerseys.

If there were, the Canucks’ practice would resemble the United Nations General Assembly. Or at least NATO.

There are Canucks from Canada and the United States, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Austria and Slovakia.

But Christmas — and Hanukkah for American defenceman Mathieu Schneider — is one of the few times during the winter when the diversity of the Canucks, or any team, becomes a little more apparent.

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Can You Caption A Video?

Roberto Luongo and Alexander Semin meet face-to-face last night.

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  Tags: alexander+semin, roberto+luongo

Demitra Goes Home To Consult With Another Doctor

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

When Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault cryptically said Thursday Pavol Demitra was “on his own program,” he wasn’t kidding.

Demitra, still rehabbing a surgically repaired shoulder, has returned home to Slovakia to see a specialist he feels comfortable with.

TC Carling, the Canucks director of media relations, delivered news via his Twitter account — @TC_Carling — less than 24 hours after Vigneault chose not to disclose any information on Demitra’s whereabouts.

The Canucks claim there’s nothing to see here. Everything is on the up-and-up. It was Demitra’s decision to leave and it does not mean there has been a setback in his recovery.

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  Tags: pavol+demitra

Ovechkin Takes On Vancouver

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

A downtown department store in a major Canadian city is bound to be a madhouse during the holiday shopping season.

But it is nothing compared to a public appearance by Alexander Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals superstar and the worldwide face of hockey.

That much was proved yesterday at the Olympic boutique inside The Bay in downtown Vancouver, as roughly 1,000 people formed a circuitous queue 30 minutes before Ovechkin’s late-afternoon arrival. Autograph and picture seekers were forced to buy one of five items – the cheapest costing $89 – yet the line snaked around several displays, and ended outside the boutique, somewhere between clocks and cosmetics.

“Why not?” Ovechkin replied earlier in the day when asked why he would agree to two hours of sign and smile. “It’s good stuff for me. People are going to recognize me and shake my hand. It’s easy.”

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

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