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It Was Time For Ohlund To Move On

from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

...the Canucks certainly weren’t even on the same planet when it came to the $26.25-million, seven-year deal the Bolts threw at Ohlund the second his free agency set in.

“It was clearly time for me to move on, and for the organization as well,” Ohlund said.

Nothing exposed the weakness of his game more than last spring’s Stanley Cup series against Chicago, in which the Blackhawks’ young guns blew by him like he was a pinwheel.

A big pinwheel, mind you, but looking stationary by comparison.

By his own admission, Ohlund is having a subpar season with the Lightning, but when it comes to his strengths he’s as effective as ever, knocking Christopher Higgins head over heels on Saturday night, dislocating Henrik Zetterber’s shoulder with a crunching body check in December.

“He’s a guy that in close space is really good, like in the corners stopping the cycles,” Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet said. “And he’s a good guy in the locker room.”

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  Tags: mattias+ohlund

Canucks GM Discusses The Hodgson/Gagner Situation

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

There is no rift between the Vancouver Canucks and Cody Hodgson and the elite prospect remains committed to playing for the National Hockey League club, general manager Mike Gillis insisted Saturday.

Gillis claimed there is a significant difference between perception and reality after newspaper reports Friday quoting Hodgson indicated the 19-year-old centre from Toronto was unhappy with the Canucks because he no longer planned to train under player-development guru Dave Gagner.

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Cody Hodgson Won’t Be Training With Canucks Director Of Player Development

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.

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  Tags: cody+hodgson

Leading By Example

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.

much more...

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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

Canucks Caught Diving

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.

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Luongo Is Better Than This

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.

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  Tags: roberto+luongo

Andrew Raycroft Enjoys The Win Over The Leafs

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…

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Wrong Hand Henrik

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…

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  Tags: henrik+sedin, paul+kariya

The Canucks Hit The Road

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?

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Questioning Ron MacLean’s Integrity

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?

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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.

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  Tags: ron+maclean

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