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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
It’s not surprising that Brendan Morrison remembered where he was when the Pitt Meadows native won the hockey lottery.
“I remember the game clearly, the first time I played with these guys — it was in Detroit — and I was put into a phenomenal situation,” he said Monday of being aligned with Canucks teammates Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi on Jan. 9, 2002.
“We clicked, and we kind of rolled from there. It was kind of a dream scenario. At that time, I don’t know if there were two better players in their positions.”
The line would score twice in the first period and combine for six points in an overtime loss to the Red Wings on that fateful night.
It was only a tease of what would become the following season for the famed West Coast Express.
They all hit career highs as rivals hit the panic button trying to contain Naslund’s quick and accurate wrist shot, Morrison’s playmaking and Bertuzzi’s intimidating presence as the game’s premiere power forward.
Below, watch some highlights from the "West Coast Express"...
Todd Bertuzzi could not be in Vancouver for the Naslund Celebration, but did make a video tribute…
Also, watch a tribute video the Canucks did to honor Naslund below…
Naslund discusses his time with the Canucks before tonight’s ceremony.
from Matthew Seekers from The Globe and Mail’s Globe on Hockey:
Naslund becomes the third Canuck to have his sweater retired, joining Stan Smyl and Trevor Linden, and the third Swedish player to be so honoured by an NHL team, joining former Toronto Maple Leaf Borje Salming, and former Winnipeg Jet Thomas Steen.
Steen’s No. 25 was honoured in 1995, Salming’s No. 21 went into the ACC rafters in 2006.
Naslund said he was quite honoured to be in the company of those two greats from his homeland, but he also noted that he is simply the first from his generation of Swedes who will stand for such accolades in the coming years.
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“It’s going to be special and neat to have a chance to come back to the arena and I’m sure there will be a lot of memories going through my head and that I’ll be nervous too, but I’m really looking forward to it,”
-Markus Naslund on the Vancouver Canucks retiring his number. More from Derek Jory of Canucks.com.
Markus Naslund has decided to reunite with former teammate Peter Forsberg in their former club in Modo.
The former NHL player, who retired in early May, announced in a news release that he hopes to be able to skate with the team in a few weeks after he gets his conditioning up.
“I will do anything to get in shape and hope I can add something on the ice, but as everybody understands it’s not just to get on the ice and perform,” Naslund said in a statement. “I’m really looking forward to play with Modo again and the fact that Peter and I will do it together is of course something really special.”
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
Markus Naslund believes his long-time friend Peter Forsberg will continue his hockey career this season and should play for their hometown club in Sweden, Modo….
“There is definitely a chance that he might stay here and, in my opinion, it might be better for him,” Naslund said in a phone interview on Friday. “He could play regularly — there are less games here and that would mean less wear and tear on him than in the NHL.”
Naslund has no doubt that Forsberg, who is attempting a comeback after a chronic foot problem, will continue playing this season because he dearly wants to suit up for Sweden at the Vancouver Olympics. It’s now a matter of where, in Sweden or the NHL. The Canucks, Rangers, Flyers, Avalanche and Bruins are among the teams believed to be interested in signing the unrestricted free agent.
“I personally think he’s not going to retire,” Naslund said. “I feel he will play somewhere this year. But who knows where he is going to play.
“He’s still working on figuring everything out. He wants to make sure he’s 100 per cent fit before he can commit to anything. I know he’s getting closer to making his decision, but I honestly don’t know which way he’s leaning.”
“I would like to sincerely thank Glen Sather and the New York Rangers for giving me the opportunity this past season in New York. I would also like to thank the Vancouver Canucks and all of their fans for their support over the 11-plus seasons I was a part of their organization, as well as to the Pittsburgh Penguins where I began my NHL career.”
-Markus Naslund in his official retirement announcement. More at NewYorkRangers.com.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Proud and classy to the apparent end, Markus Naslund has told his Rangers teammates he is retiring despite having one season at $3 million remaining on the two-year, $8 million free agent contract he signed last summer, The Post has learned.
It is believed that the 35-year-old Naslund, who wore down dramatically as the season and then the seven-game series against the Caps progressed, notified GM Glen Sather of his decision at his exit interview on Thursday, though The Post has not been able to confirm that.
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
“I think he’s just let his game go,” said Rangers coach John Tortorella, who said he’s had some “heart-to-heart” talks with the former Vancouver Canucks captain. “When the staff first started, with him, there was a problem with the tempo, the speed we were trying to go, whether it was just confusion or what, all I know is that he’s skating better and I think he’s much more confident with the puck. And he’s playing well away from the puck, too.”
Asked to explain “let his game go,” Tortorella said: “Just relax and play, he’s a good player, he’s good with the puck, he can score goals, he has talent. I think he feels more comfortable in how we’re playing. I think he just said, ‘To hell with this, I need to play better’ and get some minutes.”
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
“You try to find something that relaxes you, “Naslund said. “Whether it’s watching a movie or listening to music or playing with the kids. I think you need the mental release from thinking about the game and what’s going wrong ... Now, I’m just trying to enjoy it more than anything, have fun and enjoy the moment. I always think it’s nice to get your mind off hockey. I don’t watch hockey when I’m at home, I try to get a breather.”
more on Markus Naslund…
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
New York’s defense is playing as a solid unit, Gomez is backchecking and, as demonstrated against the Devils on Monday, the Blueshirts can clog the middle with the best of them.
Right now, the Rangers are inspiring smiles on the mugs of their loyalists. Perhaps a win tonight will change the minds of skeptics such as my bud, Dave. Not that The Maven wants to be pushy or anything, but a red light or two from Naslund wouldn’t be the worst tonic in the world.
from Tony Gallagher of the Province,
As he looked back Thursday, Naslund admitted he wasn’t overly happy here last season and that the Todd Bertuzzi incident weighed heavily on him, given he and his former linemate are close and it was he who was, in a small way, part of the reason the whole thing took place. After all, it was Naslund who was originally nailed by Steve Moore in Denver….
“It still bothers me what Todd has had to go through over this and the way it’s dragged on and on over the years,” said Naslund.
“I still keep in close contact with him and it’s been tough on him. It’s taken its toll. There’s no question he was standing up for me and for his teammates when it happened, and it all went too far. All of the circumstances around it went the wrong way and got out of hand. It’s been a long road and he’s been through a lot. I feel bad for him and the way it’s worked out for everyone involved.”
more from Naslund as he talks about his days in Vancouver…
John Giannone of Game On talked with Marcus Naslund of the New York Rangers. One of the topics Naslund discusses is his thought process for signing with the Rangers.
Watch the video below…
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 the Vancouver Province,
Markus Naslund has a groin injury and is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Detroit.
Naslund missed Friday’s practice after tweaking his groin in Thursday’s win against Nashville. If he can’t play, Taylor Pyatt will move up to the top line.
“I think he’s been getting treatments for it but it got progressively tighter here,” Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault said.
from the Vancouver Province,
Naslund started Tuesday’s game against Dallas playing with Brad Isbister and Mason Raymond. That didn’t last long and by the end he had played with just about every forward on the team.
“I think his overall attitude has been real good,” Vigneault said.
“But I do think the fact I’ve tried him with so many guys, his morale has been challenged. Mentally, he has been challenged. Sometimes his effort slips a little bit and it happens, probably, without him knowing.”
Whether his harsh critics believe it or not, $6 million can buy a lot less than Naslund.
from the Vancouver Sun,
“In a way, I never doubted that I’d lost my scoring touch or something,” Naslund said. “I was just used to playing a certain way and playing with certain players. Maybe I’m more dependent on other players. I can only control my work ethic. I feel I’ve done my best. I haven’t scored lots, but I think the effort has been there all along.”...
His offensive renaissance has come since Vigneault consolidated the offence and moved Naslund on to the top unit, at even strength and on the power play, alongside Daniel and Henrik Sedin.