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from Jason Brough of Orland Kurtenblog,
The Vancouver Canucks passed the halfway point of the schedule with Saturday’s 3-1 victory in Dallas. With 40 games to go, this week’s list features our keys to the rest of the regular season.
In October, Luongo’s save percentage was .902 and the Canucks went 7-7-0.
In December, Luongo’s save percentage was .932 and the Canucks went 10-4-1.
This is called a correlation.
Still, there remains a sense that Luongo hasn’t been the winning factor enough. Vancouver is just 12-13-1 in games decided by two goals or fewer and 13-3-0 in those decided by three or more. Naturally, goaltending comes under closer scrutiny in tight affairs.
The Vancouver Canucks received some awful news on the injury front Monday when they learned that they would be without defenceman Kevin Bieksa for up to three months with severed tendons in his left ankle.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Even just going where he is told, Mathieu Schneider is creating another problem for the Vancouver Canucks. He also stands to collect a $250,000 US bonus payment on Jan. 15.
The 40-year-old defenceman, who cleared waivers Wednesday after leaving the National Hockey League team, reported Sunday to the Canucks’ minor-league affiliate in Winnipeg. The re-assignment of Schneider, whom the Canucks were unable to trade or place with another organization, puts the Manitoba Moose one veteran over the American Hockey League limit of five and coach Scott Arniel will have to sit out a player to make room for the defenceman.
But by reporting, Schneider continues to collect his NHL base salary of $1.55 million, which includes a $1 million signing bonus divided over four payments.
from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,
Rick Rypien may have won the fight, but his team came out on the losing end of his scuffle with Blues Cam Janssen midway through the first period.
Rypien was given a five minute match penalty in addition to the coincidental fighting majors assessed to both players for the tape he had around his right wrist and thumb….
“We got put in a very tough position by that major penalty. In my opinion it was not the right call,” said Vigneault.
“The call clearly states that there has to be a cut. There was no cut. There’s a broken nose. The tape was on Ripper’s right hand, he threw punches with his left, got him good a couple of times, broke his nose, that’s not a cut. I thought the interpretation of that was wrong and it put us behind the eight-ball there.”
Rick Rypien and Cam Janssen battled tonight in the first period.
from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,
The Canucks are still trying to trade Mathieu Schneider even after he cleared waivers and even with what everyone expects will be a long-term injury to Kevin Bieksa.
With that in mind, until this is resolved, don’t expect anyone in the organization to speak out about what happened with Schneider. But when they finally do, expect to hear that the Canucks are extremely disappointed with the way Schneider conducted himself. The Province has learned his demand for more playing time was only part of the issue.
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.”
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.
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.’’
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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