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From Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,
If Mattias Ohlund is suspended, it would happen before tomorrow because Vancouver has a game.
It’ll be an interesting decision. After seeing the replay again more closely well after game, one wonders if league disciplinarian Colin Campbell will take into account Ohlund was reacting to Koivu’s attempted elbow.
I would think he would want to suspend him to perhaps keep Wednesdays rematch more civil and to also keep Ohlund safe.
Also, ill tell you what, after looking at Marian Gaborik’s elbow on Ryan Kesler again, he’s lucky he didn’t get a major. It was a leap at Kesler’s head.
*More on this situation written by myself earlier today.
*Additional info on possible suspension time for Ohlund on Jason Botchford’s blog at The Province
from the Vancouver Sun,
He has a metal plate in his nose and another helping to hold together his cheekbone.
Soon, Sami Salo will be sporting a new facial feature—a visor….
“I want to protect my eyes,” Salo said before the Canucks met the Oilers at General Motors Place. “You can always fix noses and cheekbones, but you can’t fix your eyes. I don’t want to be in a vulnerable position if I don’t wear a visor and the puck hits my eye. I’m not worried about my face and nose.”
from the Calgary Sun,
Luc Bourdon has come to realize who his biggest enemy has been in the past.
“A couple of years ago, when I made a mistake, I was pretty much done for the whole game,” he admitted prior to facing the Calgary Flames last night. “Now, you know it’s what happens. It happens to the best and I know it’s gonna happen to me.
“That’s something I’ve had to work on.”
from the Vancouver Province,
They’re too defensive-minded. They’re not defensive-minded enough. Alain Vigneault is too hard on his players. He’s not hard enough. They rely on Roberto Luongo too much. They don’t rely on him enough.
But for all the powerful intellects who’ve attempted to unravel the Canucks’ conundrum, the most obvious answer seems to have escaped their notice.
Could it be the Canucks simply aren’t that good?
It’s a radical proposition, we know, but in light of recent events perhaps it merits further consideration.
from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,
...He can’t recall offhand, though, a season when the Canucks lost five of their first six home games, which Vancouver did last month at GM Place.
“It’s a place where you can go in the right direction or the wrong direction, and we’ve gone in the wrong direction,’ Linden said yesterday after a practice in which the Canucks worked on defensive assignments.
“You don’t want to let it snowball,” he added. “You want to fix things and get comfortable. The longer you struggle, you kind of build up that mental side of things. You want to break that down as soon as you can.”
from the Vancouver Province,
What the Vancouver Canucks tried to do this offseason was stand still.
Because he had virtually no other choice, GM Dave Nonis essentially did nothing in the offseason—at least nothing that could possibly have had any significant impact on the existing roster.
With $38 million of last year’s payroll already committed to this season and needing to sign 10 players to fill out the roster, he was left shopping the bargain basement for free agents like Byron Ritchie and Brad Isbister and making trades that involved such luminaries as Jason King and Ryan Shannon.
From the CP via the Globe & Mail,
Defenceman Willie Mitchell chose his words carefully but it was clear Monday he was annoyed by the public criticism directed at him by coach Alain Vigneault following the Vancouver Canucks’ loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
Some things should stay in the dressing room, Mitchell said.
“If people are unhappy with things, (as a) player you’d like to have that addressed,” he said. “You don’t like to hear about it through the media most of the time. That’s his way of motivating I guess.”
From Iain Macintyre at the Vancouver Sun,
Eleven years ago, when the Vancouver Canucks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in overtime, Trevor Linden got into Chris Chelios’s face after the winning goal and the pair tussled.
Chelios threw the first punch and, after the players were separated, accused Linden of covering up and refusing to fight. And that was the high point of their relationship. It has devolved the last two years as Chelios leads his crusade for justice within a National Hockey League Players’ Association that Linden, as the union’s former president, led through a labour war that scuttled the 2004-05 season.
Sunday, Linden seemed ready for the fight.
“It’s easy to pile on,” Linden said before facing Chelios and the Detroit Red Wings Sunday night at GM Place. “I will say this: I’m extremely proud of the decisions the [NHLPA] executive committee made. I think we made, in very difficult times, good decisions for the players.”
from the Vancouver Sun,
Vigneault suggested nothing figures to change until the team gets more production from its top forwards.
“Those are the guys who have been able to do it for us in the past and I firmly believe they want to do well,” Vigneault said. ” For some reason, just look at Daniel and Henrik tonight, they weren’t skating well at all and Mo and Nassie weren’t much better. We need those guys to pick their game up and be the front-runners of this team as far as offence and right now we’re not getting that.”
from the Columbus Dispatch,
The puck drops for the Blue Jackets against the Canucks today in Nationwide Arena.
But will it ever get past Luongo?
“I’ve played against him a lot of nights when it’s … well, it’s never impossible, but it seems like it,” said Blue Jackets left winger Fredrik Modin, who saw a lot of Luongo—too much, he might say—when Modin played for Tampa Bay and Luongo played for Florida two seasons ago.
“Guys get frustrated. What would be goals against other goalies, Luongo saves. So you feel like you have to be perfect to beat him, and it gets into your head.”
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