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from Jason Botchord of the Vancouver Province,
The big change, and few saw this coming, is in how Gillis seems to have influenced head coach Alain Vigneault. How else can you explain the flipped script that has the Canucks at the top in scoring and near the bottom of the league in defence?
Despite Vigneault’s denials, the offensive screws, and their two years of rust, were unhinged in the season’s first month. The welcome result meant aggressive, pressuring, flowing, flying, careless, mistake-prone and oh-so entertaining hockey. And that is exactly what Gillis promised in the summer.
Where are the goals coming from? How about everywhere.
From Rebecca Bollwitt at NowPublic:
A few weeks ago the streets and Skytrain stations of Vancouver were plastered with posters to advertise the new Canucks season. The theme, “We are All Canucks”, and the unique twist is that they used photos of players in plain-clothes, fans on the concourse, and snapshots of hockey bloggers and podcasters.
Given how much negative attention has been brought to the issue of NHL teams and fan-media in recent weeks, I just wanted to point out that there are some teams working hard to find a balance on this issue. In my experience, the Canucks themselves (you can check out their FanZone) have come a long way in recent years.
from Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province,
Milan Lucic isn’t getting caught up in how much he seems to be catching on in the hockey world.
The burly Boston Bruins winger is hot off a hat trick Saturday. His glass-shattering check on Mike Van Ryn from Thursday is still on the minds of many, evidenced by the fact that, as of Monday afternoon, it had been viewed more than 500,000 times on YouTube.
And Lucic, 20, who leads the Bruins against the Canucks tonight in his first NHL game at GM Place, has marquee sportscasters and columnists stating that he’s the next big thing in Beantown.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators have been linked heavily to Vancouver D Mattias Ohlund, a potential unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. If he doesn’t sign an extension with the Canucks soon—and talk is there hasn’t been any discussions—then he could get moved.
more hockey talk…
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
On Friday, for example, Vigneault stepped out to go to the bank and everyone, it seemed, wanted to know what was ailing his team or was offering him advice.
“I had so many people asking what’s going on I was giving it the Reggie Dunlap line in the movie Slapshot,” Vigneault said with a laugh as he launched into his impersonation of Paul Newman’s character.
“‘Yeah, yeah yeah,’” Vigneault told the concerned citizenry at the bank. “‘We’re working on it right now.’”
From the St. Louis Blues:
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team claimed forward David Koci on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Lightning also waived Jason Ward today while claiming Matt Pettinger off re-entry waivers from Vancouver.
In other transaction news [TSN]:
Also, Vancouver’s Kyle Wellwood, Darren McCarty of Detroit and Sharks defenceman Lukas Kaspar all cleared the transaction wire, New York Rangers forward Patrick Rissmiller and Anaheim Ducks defenceman Ken Klee have been placed on waivers.
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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
The Vancouver Canucks hope to augment their injury-riddled lineup with Matt Pettinger and Kyle Wellwood, should the forwards not be claimed today on recallable waivers from the Manitoba Moose.
Should an NHL club claim either forward, the Canucks would be on the hook for half of their salaries - $500,000 US for Pettinger and $498,750 US for Wellwood - but they have plenty of salary cap space. Money is not the problem for general manager Mike Gillis. Healthy bodies are.
With Pavol Demitra (upper body), Rick Rypien (virus) and Darcy Hordichuk (knee) on the shelf following a 4-2 setback Monday in Chicago, the Canucks hope Pettinger and Wellwood clear so they can skate with the Canucks on Tuesday morning and play that night in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
To many Canucks fans in Vancouver, Roberto Luongo is Superman. If he is, October is his Kryptonite.
Luongo is Vancouver’s scene stealer, but he hasn’t stolen any games. He is the Canucks’ best player, their star, but that’s not the way it reads on the stat sheet.
There it claims Luongo is struggling. His 3.39 goals-against average and a .886 save percentage should be a source of frustration, and is assuredly an area of concern for fans.
from Mike Milbury at Blogs and Colums at CBC,
The twins are terrific players but they lack the leadership and explosiveness to be considered amongst the very elite of the game. The Canucks need a face that’s not behind a mask: a leader and an offensive powerhouse. And this is why, dollars aside, that Mats Sundin makes great sense for the Canucks and why you have to applaud Mike Gillis for his bold offer to Sundin. And if it isn’t Sundin, will it be Marian Gaborik? This is a big hole to fill and it will be a challenge to complete the task. Until they do, contender status is beyond reach.
more on Vancouver…
from Iain MacIntrye of the Vancouver Sun,
Winger Kyle Wellwood has been given a few days off. He cleared waivers this morning and is back in Vancouver waiting for the Canucks to find him a place to play in the minors….
The Canucks are trying to find another minor-league team with room for Wellwood, although Vancouver will be paying his NHL salary of $998,000 US.
Bieksa is eligible to come off the injured list today will likely play Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks. He strained his knee early in the Canucks’ victory in Calgary one week ago.
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