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October 8, 2013 – Saturday night’s NHL on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA broadcast set audience records, as 2.6 million Canadians watched the Prime East broadcast, making it the most viewed Fall Saturday night hockey premiere on record in the East! Across the country, audiences turned to CBC in record numbers as the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) followed by the Edmonton Oilers visiting the Vancouver Canucks at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT). Overall, more than 9.8 million Canadians, the equivalent to more than one in four Canadians, watched CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA programming on Saturday night.
“Hockey is clearly more than a game for Canadians, and they’re tuning-in in record numbers to CBC’s coverage of NHL hockey” said Neil McEneaney, interim executive vice-president, CBC English Services. “Year after year, we up our game, and Canadians are responding in kind with enthusiasm and passion that will be carried all the way through to the end of the season and Stanley Cup finals.”
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
The fact is through all the craziness of the past couple of years, Luongo and Schneider became and remain good friends. They still talk regularly.
“I am obviously keeping tabs on him and seeing how he is doing,” Schneider told reporters at Rexall Place, where the Devils met the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. “You don’t root for many guys outside your team, but he is a guy that I hope the best for just because of the kind of player and person he is. He is someone I think is easy to root for. Not on Tuesday night. But again, we are still friendly and we try to support each other.”
A little more than three months after the stunning draft-day deal that rocked his professional life, Schneider did not seem to be in the mood to do a lot of reminiscing about his time with the Canucks or talk about his emotions in the wake of that trade.
The message Schneider delivered on Monday, and one he will likely repeat when he meets with reporters before Tuesday night’s game in Vancouver, is that he has moved on. He was a Canuck, but now he’s a New Jersey Devil and is just fine with that.
In fact, Schneider tried to insist he really hasn’t given much thought to his return to Vancouver, when he will stare down the ice and see Luongo in front of the Canuck goal.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Yes, sometimes it is a simple game. And the Canucks made it look simple on Saturday night. Two games in and it’s now apparent the way of Torts isn’t especially complicated or ambiguous.
At one end, the object is to get as many pucks as humanly possible on the opposition’s net.
At the other, it’s to collapse around goalie Roberto Luongo and shut down every shooting angle between the puck and the Canucks’ goalie.
Now the latter strategy — as witnessed by Alex Burrows’ walking cast — will be the source of a continuing conversation around the Canucks this season. But Saturday night offered a graphic representation of the efficacy of the latter ploy and it seems the Orcans have become true believers in shoot first, ask questions later.
Seldom, in fact, have you seen a Canucks’ team that was so obsessed with shooting the puck on the net.
And it wasn’t just the volume of actual shots. It’s the 11 more which they missed the net. It’s the 19 shots which were blocked by the Oilers.
Add it up and the Canucks directed 74 shots at Dubnyk.
“I know you are probably going to ask about 15 questions about shot blocking. Alex Burrows made the right play and if he doesn’t make that play, he’d probably never play a 5-on-3 again here. So don’t turn it into that. It was the right play to be made, and injuries happen in a lot of different ways, so we’ll continue to try to play defense – not just shot block.”
-Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella to the media after mentioning Alex Burrows will miss a couple of weeks. More from Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
“You have to give credit where credit is due,” Vigneault said, the coach praising the Coyotes and goaltender Mike Smith’s puck-handling skills for negating the Blueshirts’ forecheck game. “Their goaltender handles the puck very well but we’re party responsible, too, because we have to put the puck in the corners, which we weren’t that efficient at doing.”
more on the Rangers losing to Phoenix
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
“We just didn’t play well enough,” the new Stars coach said after his team dropped a 4-2 season opener Thursday to Florida at American Airlines Center. “Maybe we thought it was going to be a little easier … that’s what I took from the game.”
more on the Stars losing to Florida
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
"I thought we had a really good start in the first 10 minutes playing the way we should," said new Canucks coach John Tortorella. "We turn a couple over after we score the [first] goal and they mounted on us there and surged and we lost the momentum. We played in spurts. Kind of a disjointed game with all the penalties.
"We have a lot to learn with tenacity and consistently being on pucks. Some good things and some teachable things. It's consistency."
more on the Canucks losing to the Sharks
CBC with a feature on John Tortorella,
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed right wing Jannik Hansen to a four-year extension.
Hansen, 27, collected 27 points (10-17-27) and 12 penalty minutes in 47 games for the Canucks during the 2012.13 season. The Herlev, Denmark native has recorded 131 points (50-81-131) and 131 penalty minutes over the course of 318 NHL games.
By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,
The Canucks, one of the most victorious teams over the last decade, enter 2013-14 in search of their sixth straight playoff appearance. Vancouver is also looking for its 14th consecutive winning season with an average ticket cost of $276, which is 24 percent higher than last year’s average of $223. There are many great games on the schedule, so you should get your Canucks tickets now for the following contests.
Hockey Night in Canada tops the list as the Canucks and Maple Leafs face off on Saturday, November 2. While the average ticket price is $551, you can get into Rogers Arena for $219 for this game.
from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,
What does Paul Holmgren have up his sleeve?
It doesn’t take a mathlete to understand that the Flyers are currently over the NHL’s $64.3 million salary cap with Chris Pronger on the roster.
Pronger will not play again, but the Flyers must retain his salary cap hit on their roster for the first day of the season before he can be move to the long-term injury list.
It’s important to note that the first day of the salary cap begins Monday afternoon - and the Flyers’ first game isn’t until Wednesday against Toronto. Meaning, many expected the Flyers to simply make a “paper transaction” and send waiver exempt forwards Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier to the Phantoms for the first day and re-call them on the second.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Everyone is going to be pushed outside of his comfort zone. Except Luongo — all the coach wants to see from his No. 1 goalie is that he gets back into his. Tortorella believes the goaltending circus finally left town when Cory Schneider was traded in July and has made it no secret that Luongo is now the most important player the Canucks have. As is true in every other NHL city, Tortorella’s success is inextricably linked to the performance of his top goalie.
But, despite the malaise that’s set in since Zdeno Chara hoisted the trophy at Rogers Arena, what still makes Vancouver a contender is its top-notch supporting cast. Ryan Kesler is healthy to start a season for the first time since 2010–11 and will be reunited with super pest Alex Burrows. Winger Zack Kassian will be asked to fill a bigger role, possibly as a linemate for the Sedins, while a solidly built blueline should benefit from a better overall commitment to team defence.
The Canucks could be a very good team; maybe even a great one. In that sense, nothing has changed.
And yet, with Tortorella around, everything has. As a result, it isn’t a stretch to say that the season hinges on the players’ ability to adapt to life with a new boss — and one who, even after guiding the New York Rangers to the Eastern Conference final in 2012 and the second round last season, was fired this summer amid whispers of a players’ revolt.
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