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The Sedin Twins Are Not Giving up

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It was just over three years ago -- on Nov. 1, 2013 -- that Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin signed matching four-year contract extensions with the Vancouver Canucks.

The did so with a clear, shared thought in mind: that by the time those contracts expired and the twins were 37 years old, they would have helped the next generation of core Canucks players take over the team and could each enjoy their last few years in supporting roles.

That certainly remains the plan, although I would argue the clock is ticking on said plan.

"That's what we're hoping for, it's what we've said all along," Henrik, the team's captain, told ESPN.com on Friday. "No one would be happier if someone came in and we were second-liners when this ended. That would be great, because that would mean we were a very competitive team. We're not going to give it to them. We're going to fight the best we can to be the leading guys [because] it's where we want to be and we feel like we still have it in us.''


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About The Nazem Kadri Hit On Daniel Sedin

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Look, I understand it’s hard to weigh in on this subject without sounding like a complete homer but, really, who cares at this point? The hit made contact with Sedin’s head. It also came from behind, it was late and it was delivered by a repeat offender.

In short, it satisfied any criteria for a dangerous play. And for the NHL to hide behind its interpretation of the rulebook and some precedent that’s unfamiliar to anyone outside the department of player safety is the worst kind of joke.

This is precisely the kind of hit the league has been trying to take out of the game for over a decade but, with this decision, they’ve sent the clear message that maybe it’s not that big a deal; that under some circumstances, you can track a player from behind, launch yourself at him and contact his head when he’s at his most vulnerable.


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Morning Line- Jason Botchford On The Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks came to Toronto the laughingstock of the NHL. It wasn’t just because they had been shut out four times in five games. It was because they looked like the Leafs did at the end of the Mats Sundin era....

The results were ugly, on the scoreboard and on the ice. The Leafs could have probably beat the 10-goal total Columbus put up on Montreal Friday night if they had any luck.

But they didn’t seem content to just run the Canucks out of the building with goals.

Yes, the Canucks scored. And more than once. What the Canucks lacked in structure, they made up for with goals.

But really, they were exposed for being too old, too slow and too injured, missing both Alex Edler and Chris Tanev.

-Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province after Vancouver lost to Toronto 6-3.  It was Vancouver's eighth straight loss too.  More on the Canucks from Botchford.

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Videos- Nazem Kadri Charging Major


06:42 Toronto Nazem Kadri - Fighting - 5 minutes
06:42 Vancouver Jannik Hansen - Fighting - 5 minutes
06:42 Vancouver Jannik Hansen - Misconduct - 10 minutes
06:42 Toronto Nazem Kadri - Charging Major - 5 minutes
06:42 Vancouver Jannik Hansen - Instigator - 2 minutes

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Mike Condon’s Debut With Ottawa Is Perfect With A 1-0 Shutout Over Vancouver

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

Mike Condon had no time for any bells and whistles before stepping into the net for the Ottawa Senators Thursday.

He was wearing a Brand X all-white mask, which looked like it might have been grabbed directly off the shelf of the local sporting goods store.

“We threw a couple of (Senators) stickers on there somewhere,” Condon says. “And my mask guy is on vacation for the next 10 days. I guess I’m going to have to find somebody else.”

In the big picture, it’s a tiny detail in the Senators ever-changing crease.

Condon, 26, certainly had other matters racing through his mind as he flew from Los Angeles to Ottawa Wednesday immediately after being traded here from the Penguins. Adjusting on the fly has quickly become part of the deal in the crazy career of the Princeton grad. Perhaps it only makes sense that he’s ambidextrous, given all the twists and turns and changes in direction he has experienced.

“You guys can look at my (resume) and see how many teams I’ve been on,” says Condon, who is blessed with a healthy sense of humour. “I’m used to the new locker room, the new systems. It’s nice being a goalie. You’ve got one job. It’s keeping the black circle from crossing the red line, so no difficult systems to learn there.”


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He Shoots, He Doesn’t Score Becoming The Description For The Vancouver Canucks

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Even when everything is going the Canucks way, it hurts to watch.

The Canucks don’t just look bad, they look helpless.

They had more than 40 shots. It felt like they could have had 400 and still lost.

They came here to start their longest road trip of the year and did almost everything they wanted. They controlled zone time. They drew penalties, probably had more power plays than they could have dreamed of.

And they shot the puck. Boy, did they ever, outshooting the Montreal Canadiens 42-21 in a 3-0 loss.


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Time To Play The Youth In Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

For the last two years the organization has clung to the illusion they can rebuild their team while staying competitive. This thinking led to signing, in no particular order, Ryan Miller, Radim Vrbata, Loui Eriksson and Philip Larsen. It also led to trades for Brandon Sutter, Derek Dorsett and, lest you forget, Brandon Prust.

And that’s left the team in the worst kind of limbo.

The organization has tried to serve two masters but it hasn’t worked. The only out for this team, in fact, is developing their young players, and that has to be their priority for the next 5 1/2 months.

That means Bo Horvat has to play in a feature role. That means Jake Virtanen has to play in the top nine every night. That means one of Troy Stecher and Nikita Tryamkhin have to be regulars, and it wouldn’t hurt if they’re both in the lineup.

That means Jacob Markstrom gets the bulk of the work in goal.

There will be pain and it won’t be short-lived. But it can’t be as painful as watching the current mishmash of fading stars, ne’er-do-wells and kids. Trevor Linden and Jim Benning were brought in to reform this franchise. Let that process begin.

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It All Starts With Connor McDavid

from Ian Macintyre of the Vancouver Sun,

After 10 years, six general managers, four coaches and zero playoff appearances, the putrification of the Edmonton Oilers appears to be over. Connor McDavid will do that for a team.

Actually, Milan Lucic will do that for you, and Kris Russell and Patrick Maroon and Adam Larsson and Cam Talbot — with McDavid’s help.

McDavid scored the only goal that mattered Friday, breaking a scoreless tie at 11:31 of the second period when he outskated the Vancouver Canucks’ backcheck, split their defence and squeezed the puck under goalie Ryan Miller, who appeared to have it covered until it appeared in the net behind him.

Yeah, Markus Granlund could have been better on the backcheck, defenceman Ben Hutton was caught a tad wide, Erik Gudbranson could have made a better read and Miller could have stopped the breakaway. But McDavid’s goal was one only a few players in the world could have generated. Think of Pavel Bure around 1994....

“He’s the fastest player I’ve ever played against,” Hutton said. “He knows when to fly the zone and once he gets going, he’s got that extra gear no one else has. He’s a remarkable player.”

Is there another National Hockey League player like McDavid?

“No, not even close,” Canuck captain Henrik Sedin said.

more on the game and McDavid...

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A Bland Brand Of Hockey In Vancouver

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Unless the Canucks are like a character in a John Woo movie and rip a mask off their face in December to reveal another identity, they’ve pretty much established who they are. The question is, can they pull this defence-and-goalie thing off for 5 1/2 months or are they fated for another slow descent in hockey hell?

So what’s it going to be, boys?

“You’re always concerned when you lose three in a row,” said winger Jannik Hansen, shortly after the Canucks’ 3-0 loss to Ottawa. “Yeah, we got off to a good start (with four straight wins) but, I don’t want to say we played mediocre teams, but they weren’t the same calibre we saw in California.

“It wasn’t good enough tonight.”

Tuesday night’s meeting with the Senators offered the worst and, er, less-worse aspects of the Canucks’ personality, but in the end, the lasting impression was a team which has started a downward spiral. The loss, their third straight, was one thing. But it’s the cumulative effect of those first seven games and the warts that have been revealed that is the real issue.

Where to begin?


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The Vancouver Canucks Are 3-0-0

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

After three games, the Canucks, incredibly, sport a 3-0 record with two overtime wins and one shootout victory, but please be aware elephants give birth with less effort. On Tuesday, the new-look Blues and the new-look Canucks hooked up in a 2 1/2-hour tractor pull that was straight out of the dead-puck era before, a) Horvat scored the tying goal with just under three minutes left and, b) Henrik Sedin was credited with the game-winner in extra time after combining on a nifty sequence with his brother and Chris Tanev.

OK, by overtime, most everyone had forgotten the protracted tedium to which the fans had been subjected. But any mystery about how the Canucks will approach this season should be removed by now, and if you were wondering, we’ll give you a hint.

Don’t expect a lot of 6-4 games.

“We’re not giving up near as many shots in the home-plate area (in front of their net) and we’re generating a lot more off our turnovers,” Horvat explained. “Structurally, we’re way better this season (and we know that means).


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