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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
... While there have been spikes throughout the season, the Canucks are 9-13-5 since Nov. 3 while averaging just over two goals per game.
That’s bad enough. What’s worse, however, is this sense that they’re trapped in their current circumstance — that the faithful will be watching more of the same for the next three months — and the organization has to do something to change that picture.
Chris Higgins, Radim Vrbata, Yannick Weber, Burrows and Prust have all, to varying degrees, been productive NHL players throughout their careers, but right now they carry the weight of being yesterday’s men. Presumably some, or all, will be moved at the trade deadline for what they can fetch. But does it make any sense to keep playing Higgins when Brendan Gaunce has 18 points in 21 games in Utica and Hunter Shinkaruk has 25 in 26 games?
We understand we’re painting with broad strokes here, but consider the optics. The sense is the fans can live with the losses if they see the new faces and can see a Matthews or Puljujarvi down the road.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
The polarizing one was booed enthusiastically and relentlessly throughout the game while scoring the only Ducks' goal, catching Brandon Prust with a knee and taking a penalty in the third period. He celebrated his second-period goal with a prolonged celebration in front of the Canucks' net.
"Just savouring the moment," he said afterwards.
"He said before he was going to try to get everyone to hate and he did a great job of it," Bieksa said. "It's nice when he scores that goal and throws it right back at the fans."
And if you were waiting for him to break character after the game, well, you're still waiting.
"Obviously, they're still bothered by the whole thing," Kesler said. "My job's to play hockey. I've moved on and found a home in Anaheim."
And maybe the Ducks are finding something, even though you hope that's not the case.
The NHL's lowest-scoring team counted three measly goals in their three-game swing through western Canada and, incredibly, took five of six points. Kesler, while pausing to bite the head of a baby bird, said this is part of their new identity and promised more of the same in the second half of the season.
"We're going to run with it," he said.
more on the Canucks 2-1 shootout win over the Ducks
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NEW YORK -- Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
Henrik Sedin is dealing with enough — take your pick of a hip-flexor ailment or a back injury — and playing through pain is one thing. Being drilled early into the sideboards by Brayden McNabb on a hit that clearly targeted the captain’s head is something else. McNabb got a roughing minor and Alex Biega a double minor for roughing in challenging the Kings’ defenceman.
“I thought it was a flying elbow to the head,” said Sedin. “The ref said it was a clean hit and I haven’t seen it yet but you’ve got to trust they’re making the right call and if they’re not, the league has to look at it. For me, the only point of contact on me was my face.
“I was surprised nothing worse happened. The only mistake I made was not staying down longer (after being hit) but that’s on me.”
Said Biega: “I thought it was a high hit and it’s your best player and you never want to see those things. I don’t think it’s acceptable in this league. I’m not sure why it was only two minutes.”
Added Willie Desjardins: “I thought it was a tough hit and got him up high.”
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Vancouver Canucks president Trevor Linden sits down with Cassie Campbell-Pascall to talk about the Canucks thrilling overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers.
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Oh the on-ice microphone picks up everything.
from Frank Servalli of TSN,
Vancouver Canucks pest Alexandre Burrows apologized Thursday to former NHL player Patrick O’Sullivan for stepping over the line with an offensive on-ice comment from some “eight or 10 years ago.”
The incident came to light after O’Sullivan alleged on Twitter that Burrows was the only opponent to taunt him for the well-documented physical and emotional abuse O’Sullivan was subjected to as a child from his father.
“Burrows (was the) only guy who said he wanted to hurt me like my father did,” O’Sullivan tweeted on Thursday. “(That’s) why I can’t stand him.”...
Burrows owned up to the remarks after the Canucks’ loss to the Flyers.
“I apologize if I offended him back then. I did say some stuff that may now, looking back ... I could see how it would’ve offended him, like a lot of things I said back in the day,” Burrows said. “I read his story on The Player’s Tribune. It’s tough to see.”
Former National Hockey League forward Patrick O'Sullivan tweeted on Thursday that Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows mocked O'Sullivan's abusive relationship with his father during on-ice altercations.
O'Sullivan, 30, detailed his years of physical and emotional abuse under his father - a former minor-league hockey player himself - in Breaking Away, his memoir released in October, and again this month in an essay on The Players' Tribune.
In a discussion with his followers on Thursday morning about the place of fighting in hockey, O'Sullivan revealed his his interactions with Burrows.
I would like to hear from Burrows on this topic before passing judgment, but it sure does not sound good.
from Frank Servalli of TSN,
Here are five minutes with Prust on the Canucks’ struggles, how to right the ship, and his fight card this season:
TSN: How do you self-diagnose what’s been happening with the Canucks of late?
Prust: “It hasn’t been that easy to pinpoint. It’s kind of been a bunch of things. We’ve had some ups and downs. We’ve had some times we’ve looked great, where I think we look like a Stanley Cup contender. Then we’ve had slumps where we feel like a bottom-feeder. You know, we’re in one right now. It’s about getting out of slumps as fast as you can. We’re struggling to put the puck in the net. There’s a lot of games that we’ve been in. There’s been a lot of games we feel like we deserved to win, but we haven’t scored on our opportunities. (Tuesday night) that wasn’t the case at all. It was pretty lopsided. We have to rectify and realize what we’re doing wrong, getting our compete and battle level up.”
TSN: You’ve had a few games during this run where your team was almost never in it from the start of games. Can you put your finger on why? Is it a preparation issue?
Prust: “I think we’re well prepared. We’ve talked about getting off to a good start, something that every team focuses on, setting the tone. We just haven’t done that.”
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
This may be the end of civilization as we know it for the Vancouver Canucks. The National Hockey League team appears headed toward another stone age.
Goodbye smartphones and Starbucks, hello cave drawings and fire. Goodbye Range Rover, hello roving the range hunting and gathering. Goodbye playoffs, hello draft lotteries.
It’s not just that Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild was appallingly, humiliatingly, dishearteningly bad, it’s that we’ve seen glimpses of it several times already this season. And given that so many Canuck players seem too old or too young and this team’s long-delayed rebuild will not be quick, it is likely there will be more nights this season like this one.
After existing for most of the last 15 years among the NHL’s wealthy, successful first class, the Canucks are spiralling towards the franchise’s first dark era since the late 1990s.
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