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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.
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.
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.
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.
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
Little wonder that a gleeful Raycroft took a mini-lap of the ice at the final buzzer, pumping his fist, or perhaps waving at the crowd – the same folks who jeered him so lustily in blue-and-white. He did the same when he replaced Luongo to start the second.
“I heard way more boos than that when I was here,’’ he deadpanned afterward in the triumphant dressing room. “That was nothing.’‘
As reporters crowded around his locker, a teammate told Raycroft: “Shove it up their ass, Razor.’‘
Figuratively, he’d done that already.
“I would have went all the way around if I could,’’ Raycroft said of his little victory jaunt. “I was excited. I didn’t really think about what I was doing. I couldn’t keep still.’‘
more and watch Raycroft enjoy the moment below…
via Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues were victimized last night. A 2-2 game, midway through the third period at Vancouver. Paul Kariya was sent off for two minutes for “slashing” Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin. There were only two problems with the call: (A) in an attempt to con the officials with an acting job, Sedin dramatically shook his left hand. Except that Kariya had actually “slashed” Sedin’s right hand. Still, it was very impressive the way Sedin thrashed that left hand around. He was in so much pain that he skated away from the puck — just abandoned the thing — during live action. Sedin was so good in conveying his near-death experience.
I wonder if the ref will have a pre-game chat with Henrik when the meet up again? On the other hand, I doubt it…
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
The next 20,743 kilometres (12,899 miles) will make or break the season in Vancouver.
Toronto. Montreal. Ottawa. Boston …
You never know what the turning point is until your season is over. Then, only when you look back, can you identify it as something that took the team north or south. Once hindsight kicks in.
But as the Vancouver Canucks step out for what is, technically, the longest road trip in National Hockey League history, it couldn’t possibly be in a better position to turn this Olympian road trip into a positive. With six straight wins the Canucks aren’t just leaving Vancouver today for Toronto on charter aircraft. It’s like they are being shot out of a cannon.
Tampa Bay. Florida. Columbus. Minnesota…
The only scary thing for Canucks fans however, is this:
Can it get any better for a team that has gone 17-4-2 since Dec. 10?
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
What started as a debate about Vancouver’s Alex Burrows’ integrity has now become a question of how to protect the integrity of broadcaster Ron MacLean, the CBC bingo caller who launched a one-sided takeout of the Canucks forward on the January 16 version of Hockey Night In Canada . Sources tell Usual Suspects that parties at both the Canucks and CBC now privately concede that MacLean was over the journalistic line for not allowing Burrows to defend himself on charges of diving and lying on his filibuster.
The question now is how does CBC placate the Canucks without publicly reprimanding its veteran host (something they are not offering to do at this moment)? Can it offer other concessions to satisfy the outrage in Vancouver?
I’d like to read your opinion on this topic. I would be a little biased if I commented on this, since I’ve let it be known by questioning if Burrows would have gone public if the Canucks would have won the game that seems so long ago…
I also have met Ron on a few occasions and think he is the best in the business.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The morning after Alex Burrows’ famous rant, a Globe colleague posed some constructive questions.
Is Burrows a brilliant reverse psychologist? And would his tirade against NHL referee Stephane Auger buy the Canucks the benefit of future whistles?
The latest returns: yes and yes.
Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff was in a huff Monday, after an indigestible defeat to the Canucks at GM Place. The Sabres looked to have tied the score 2-2 late in the second period, but referee Kerry Fraser made an early, decisive call to disallow a bang-bang goal.
At full speed, the goal looked fishy. Upon review, it looked legit.
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