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From Chris Zelkovich at the Toronto Star,
The National Hockey League says it has no concerns that team broadcasters might be hiding incriminating video evidence. But Mike Murphy, the league’s senior vice-president of hockey operations, says the NHL is looking at ways of ensuring such a thing doesn’t happen.
The issue of accountability was raised following a game in Anaheim last Wednesday that saw Ducks defenceman Chris Pronger stomp on Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler’s leg. The original game broadcasts from Vancouver and Anaheim, watched in the NHL’s Toronto war room, failed to produce proof of the attack.
But Vancouver broadcasters discovered video proof the next day on a tape machine in the production unit used by Anaheim television.
from the Vancouver Province,
The Sedins, Markus Naslund and Taylor Pyatt have now gone 11 games without a goal. But it is the Sedins’ production that will be the focus in the days to come. The twins are arguably the most important players on the Canucks. Vancouver is now 2-13-5 when they are held scoreless. Though they haven’t scored, they have played many strong games in the past few weeks. Thursday was was not one of them.
more on the Canucks…
CKNW in Vancouver reports that Mattias Ohlund did not accompany the team on its trip to Phoenix and has flown back home where the club is expected to announce that he will have surgery to remove bone chips in his knee.
The bone chips caused swelling and Ohlund was playing through it and was treating it with anti-inflammatory drugs.
from the Vancouver Province via the National Post,
While Morrison hopes to play during a four-game road trip this week, he couldn’t commit to whether that would occur Monday in Los Angeles, Wednesday in Anaheim, Thursday in Phoenix or Saturday in Dallas.
It’s not that Morrison can’t manage pain. He struggled through a hip-flexor injury before needing off-season surgery in 2006 and needed an operation to cure a sports hernia last summer.
Morrison doesn’t want to just play, he wants to make a difference.
“Pain to me is not the issue - I can deal with pain,” he added. “I’m not going to feel 100 per cent and I understand that and the team understands that.
from the CP via Yahoo,
Aaron Miller missed practice to go to the hospital for shoulder X-rays after taking a hit along the boards from Jordin Tootoo late in Vancouver’s 6-2 victory over Nashville on Thursday.
Mattias Ohlund rode the bike a bit but he’s got bone chips in his left knee and is out indefinitely. The Canucks hope the swelling goes down in a few days, otherwise it could be season-ending surgery.
Kevin Bieksa, seven games back from a four-month, 46-game layoff to recover from a severely lacerated calf muscle, was also getting X-rayed. He hurt his wrist Thursday trading punches with Nashville’s Greg de Vries.
Then there’s Sami Salo. He was excused from Friday’s practice because of the flu.
Oh, and defensive forward Ryan Kesler was also being X-rayed Friday after blocking a shot Thursday night with his foot.
For those of you scoring at home, Salo is expected to play Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. Kesler and Bieksa will be game-day decisions. Ohlund and Miller are out.
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Miller left the game clutching his right shoulder after a big hit by Nashville forward Jordin Tootoo with just two minutes left in the game and the Canucks ahead 6-2. Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault was clearly upset by the timing of the Tootoo hit.
“I’m just trying to get the game over with,” said Vigneault. “I don’t know why things like that happen and why a player would run 100 feet with a game over.
“No respect for the game and no respect for the opposition. It’s unfortunate there are a few of that type in the league, hopefully the league will deal with it.”
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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Naslund might be a lot of things, but he’s also the Canucks’ captain, the leading scorer in franchise history and is in the discussion of the greatest Canuck of all time. When a player of his stature is about to enter unrestricted free agency, there is usually some sign from the organization that re-signing him is a priority; that a great deal of importance has been attached to securing his name on a contract.
To date, there has been no such sign from the Canucks and while that could change, it’s also difficult conceiving of a set of circumstances where Naslund returns to this team next season.
Let’s start with simple economics. Naslund makes front-line money—$6 million US—and has provided second-line production for two seasons now.
from Tony Gallagher at the Vancouver Province,
Nonis deserves a chance to balance this team this summer because this will be the first offseason since he took the job that he has had any kind of discretionary cap space with which to work. Since he took the job, he’s been working in a financial closet he inherited from the previous regime, albeit he was part of said regime. It’s taken that long to get free….
This summer is his chance to be proactive, to show he can be creative and restructure this team to the point where the offence is in the same ballpark as the defence. He needs to make it happen to continue in his present position.
from the Vancouver Sun,
Is it too late for a trade-deadline do-over?
Too bad, because the Vancouver Canucks are suddenly looking like a team that needs some big changes.
The Canucks have lost three straight games since general manager Dave Nonis virtually stood pat on deadline day.
from the Vancouver Province,
In a telephone conversation with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell following practice, the Vancouver Canucks winger was informed his pre-game incident with Detroit Red Wings pest Aaron Downey at centre ice Saturday at GM Place has not escaped closer scrutiny.
“I thought we had moved on from that incident and I don’t know how much [the fine] will be and I’ll probably get a letter,” said Burrows. “Hopefully, the next pay cheque will be in.”
When Burrows checked in for work Saturday, he and Downey sparked a brief scrum during the warm-up.
“He wanted to get his team going and he said he was going to take care of me,” recalled Burrows. “I was ready for him. I asked him how his potato farm was doing. He probably likes the french fries the most because he’s a little chubby.”
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