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from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Do we have to take another dozen years of this? Does Roberto Luongo?
In the first home start since his 12-year contract extension, Roberto Luongo was beaten on four straight shots and hooked after 25 minutes and 51 seconds. His goals-against average this season is 4.55, his save percentage .820 and his record 0-3.
Other than that, nothing is fine.
The Canucks lost 5-3 Monday to the Columbus Blue Jackets and are getting worse defensively by the game. Makes you wonder how bad things might be after four or five games.
added 10:05am, from Ray Ferraro of TSN,
My guess with the Canucks is that they expected a smooth start, and when they fell behind in all three games games, disbelief crippled their effort. A kick in the tail like this can quickly shock the system and help a slightly complacent group get back to work. The key is not to panic and try to do your own job and not everyone elses.
more plus other NHL topics as Ray begins blogging at TSN…
“We had a good practice yesterday and guys were jumping again today. But from everything you read in the paper, we better be jumping because it seems like every time we come into this building there’s a crisis and we end up in the middle of the damned crisis.”
“I wish it was just a normal time, just a normal game but we seem to come in here always when they’re trying to right their ship.
“This is three times in a row we’ve done this and we don’t want to be the brunt of it again.”
-Columbus Coach Ken Hitchcock talking about facing the Canucks tonight. More by Gordon McIntyre at the White Towel.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
It’s fine to pass around the praise, but Samuelsson made a smart play and he was acquired in free agency to contribute points and poise to the Canucks. Did he not take that from being in the Red Wings fold?
“That’s a good question,” said Samuelsson. “What did I take? I don’t know what I took, but it was a great atmosphere with a great structure and everybody knows what they are doing. What more can I say? They don’t expect anybody to sneak under the radar.
“If you’re not accountable, you’re not on the team. And that’s a good thing. It puts pressure on you, but if you can’t handle it, you shouldn’t be there anyway. They expect a lot.”
more on the Canucks…
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Put it this way. When you look at the calibre of player who failed to crack the Canucks’ lineup this season, you know something out of the ordinary was going on.
Maybe that means those players weren’t good enough.
Or maybe it means the Canucks’ lineup was too good for them and that would speak volumes about this team.
“There’s a reason you have training camp and that’s to give everyone the opportunity to show what they can do,” said head coach Alain Vigneault. “Can veterans assume a bigger role? Can the kids play here?
“We were able to answer a lot of those questions.”
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said his franchise would again talk to the NHL about an incident involving a Maple Leafs executive making comments about Vancouver players.
“We’ll talk to [the league] about it and see what their position is but this, in my mind, is another example of the Toronto Maple Leafs trying to upset our team,” Gillis said from Calgary, where the Canucks begin their season with a game against the Flames.
Vancouver’s latest complaint stems from a video on the Maple Leafs website, entitled Behind the Draft, where general manager Brian Burke discusses the possibility of trading up into the top five slots.
“Vancouver has made a major effort to get the second pick out of Tampa Bay,” Burke tells his scouts at a pre-draft meeting. “We heard they offered - again, this is all second-hand, so we’re not sure - [Alex] Burrows, [Kevin] Bieksa and their own pick. Those are two pretty good players.”
“I saw Mats in Vegas at the awards and he told me wasn’t going to come back. He had a great career and I really enjoyed my time with him. I thought he was a great guy and, obviously, we saw glimpses of what he could do at times.”
-Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo. More on Sundin from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun.
from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,
In a new special on Leafs TV called Behind the Draft 2009, Burke is essentially caught rumour mongering. In the documentary-styled, multi-chapter feature, which was filmed at June’s NHL Draft, the general manager, who has described members of the media as “maggots” and “scumbags,” makes an unsubstantiated, admittedly speculative claim, alleging the Canucks made a strong push for Victor Hedman. He is the Swedish defenceman who the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted second overall.
Burke is filmed in June at the beginning of the draft in the Leafs war room where he is seen addressing his scouting staff. “Vancouver has made a major effort to get the second pick out of Tampa Bay,” says Burke on Part 1 of the series which can be seen on the Leafs’ web site. “We heard they offered, again this is all second hand so we don’t know if it’s true. We heard they offered (Alex) Burrows, (Kevin) Bieksa and their own pick. Those are two pretty good players.”
He’s right. They are two pretty good players whose inclusion in the alleged deal make the rumour sound pretty outlandish.
It’s one thing for Burke to make the comment in his war room. That’s fair game. It’s another entirely to allow it to air.
from the CP via TSN,
Goaltender Cory Schneider and former first-round draft pick Michael Grabner were among the players the Vancouver Canucks sent to the AHL’s Manitoba Moose on Monday.
Schneider, 23, the AHL goaltender of the year last season with the Moose, had battled with veteran Andrew Raycroft for the backup job behind Roberto Luongo.
The NHL 2K10 hockey moms want answers, but Ryan Kesler is too busy playing video games.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
The good news is Jannik Hansen won the fight. The bad news is he could be lost for 4-6 weeks or longer with a broken hand.
The worst part is the regular season starts Thursday.
Hansen’s right hand was grotesquely misshapen after a fight with former Vancouver Giants’ junior Gilbert Brule during the Canucks’ 5-4 pre-season overtime loss Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.
“Obviously, it’s not very good timing,” Hansen said. “It’s very swollen. I’m not quite sure how bad it is.”
continued and watch the fight below…
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