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from Stan Fischler at Game On,
The curious thing about the Canucks is that their beat writers believe they are a better team than they showed on the ice in Uniondale. On Game Day, both Vancouver papers treated the Islanders game as a virtual exhibition in preparation for the real test at MSG. And for a short while, they appeared to know something that The Maven didn’t know. But Scott Gordon’s Isles, if nothing else, compete. They overcame an early (MacDonald’s fault) goal, scraped together a tying counter and extended the Canucks to the shootout where Luongo faltered and MacDonald did not.
Playing once again without Scott Gomez – it’s futile to guess how long he’ll be sidelined, so why not figure another week and get it over with? – the Renney-gades still should be able to handle Vancouver, Sedin Twins or not.
from Matt Higgins of the New York Times,
One wears No. 22, the other No. 33. One has 394 career points, the other 393. The similarities can seem endless between the identical twins and Vancouver Canucks linemates Daniel and Henrik Sedin.
Even their contracts have been the same during their eight-year N.H.L. careers, a trend that Vancouver’s first-year general manager, Mike Gillis, would like to continue by re-signing them before they become unrestricted free agents in July.
“That is clearly a completely different dynamic than an individual player,” Gillis said about dealing with hockey’s most enduring one-two combination as a single entity. “However, because they are so highly thought of, it does not present any issue whatsoever.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators could be stepping up their pursuit of defenceman Mattias Ohuld (Ohlund).
Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis and assistant Lawrence Gilman were on the list of scouts for last night’s Senators-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden and GM Bryan Murray hasn’t made any secret of the fact he’s looking for a puck-moving defenceman.
While the Gillis’ Canucks were playing across town on Long Island, it’s believed contract talks with Ohlund have been fruitless and if they continue to go nowhere, he might be asked to waive his no-movement clause to accept a deal elsewhere.
read on plus more Ottawa notes…
From Pierre Le Brun’s ESPN blog:
At this point Vancouver, in our mind, remains the heavyweight since the Canucks not only have the most cap space and most money available to spend on Sundin, but they also are playing some decent hockey right now. Should Sundin sign the $20-million, two-year deal that’s apparently still on the table from last July, then one of the perks will be the Winter Olympics, which will be held in Vancouver in 15 months.
Still, the Canucks are far from a lock.
read on for more on Sundin plus some goalie speculation
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
Do you see what goalie Roberto Luongo has been doing lately and feel cheated? You should. If it makes you angry to read those sentences, it’s because you hate being reminded of what can’t be forgotten — that the Panthers gave away Luongo to Vancouver in June 2006.
Regardless of whether you agree with the trade, they should have received more in return. What they now have instead of Luongo are defenseman Bryan Allen and AHL center Shawn Matthias, a prospect they got when they traded their key acquisition in the Luongo deal, Todd Bertuzzi, to Detroit.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
Thirty years later as the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, Gillis intends to make sure that no Canucks player feels as he did during the transition period from amateur to professional. No matter how unconventional the method — a goaltender as captain, individual nutrition programs, biorhythm bracelets to measure sleep patterns — the former player and player agent is consumed with putting players into the optimal position to succeed….
Because the Canucks travel extensively, Gillis commissioned a military sleep expert and had the players wear biorhythm bracelets to measure their waking and slumbering hours during an early-season trip. With the bracelet feedback, the team will know which players sleep after games, who sleeps on the plane, and how long they sleep. Ultimately, the data may be used to determine roommate pairings, practice times on the road, and the optimal times to fly into and out of cities.
from the Vancouver Sun,
You’ve spoken - more than 2,200 of you - on whether Vancouver Canucks star goalie Roberto Luongo should be allowed to wear the captain’s C on his jersey during NHL games.
The Vancouver Sun will present this petition to National Hockey League headquarters in New York next Tuesday.
from the Vancouver Sun,
There was an elephant in the Vancouver Canuck dressing room Tuesday that Roberto Luongo’s teammates were doing their best to tip-toe around.
“I think it is probably in the back of everyone’s mind now because you guys are bringing a little attention to it,” said defenceman Willie Mitchell.
“You don’t want to jinx him, eh,” added Canuck winger Alex Burrows. “So you don’t really want to talk about it.”
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Memo to boss: You know that chart you wanted done, the one that was going to document just where Roberto Luongo was getting beaten for all those goals? Well, unless you are a huge fan of white space, I think we may want to put that project on hold.
Although come to think of it, every picture does tell a story and a blank canvas would tell us pretty much all we need to know about the Canuck goalie these days.
Luongo is stopping everything, or at least he has for the last 201 minutes and eight seconds he’s been on the ice.
from Russo’s Rants,
Lemaire thinks of the Vancouver media with about as high a regard as Alex Burrows thinks of Bouchard (if it makes you feel better, I like you fellas).
“You notice there in the third, they’ve got five guys at their blue line and [their media’s] talking about our trap?” Lemaire said. “That’s a new trap.”
The Canucks media often interrogate Lemaire on the Wild’s style, which Lemaire abhors.
more on the Canucks/Wild game and Luongo’s 3rd consecutive shutout (he hasn’t been scored upon since Brodeur went down, coincidence?)...
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