Archive for the ‘Vancouver Canucks’ Category

Time For NHL to Treat All Players Like People, Regardless of Role

Over in New Jersey, Todd Fedoruk is trying to survive the pressures of addiction and an NHL comeback, as he works to catch on with the Canucks. Fedoruk is a 32-year-old enforcer who was out of hockey last season while he worked on some personal issues. Down in Tampa, Steven Stamkos is trying to establish […]

You’ll Never Get 3:45 for Tripping

One of the few nice things about a minor penalty, like a hooking call, is the duration is always a given. The hook could be a minor infraction or a bold water-skiing-like take down, and either way, the responsible party is always going to get two minutes. It’s simple, yet effective. There’s no judgement required. […]

Note to Luongo: Sometimes It Takes a Village of Goalies

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo shouldn’t be nervous about tonight’s game seven against the Chicago Blackhawks. He shouldn’t be embarrassed about earning tonight’s start because Cory Schneider, the backup who replaced him in game six is hurt (but feeling better). Everyone wants to be the goalie who dominates his way through the playoffs. Everyone wants […]

Vancouver Canucks Have to Mind the (Defensive) Gap

The Blackhawks have played their post-season perfectly. Shutout in game one, they lost two close games before turning on the heat in games four and five. Chicago lulled the Vancouver into a false sense of security. No one looks more surprised than Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, who wound up pulled in games four and five. […]

Blackhawks Advance on Canucks’ Generosity

Rick Morrissey’s column this morning is about how the Blackhawks finally re-discovered their killer instinct in beating Vancouver to move into the Western Conference finals. That’s certainly part of what helped Chicago move past Vancouver, but the Canucks also looked slightly out of sync during the series. Vancouver would control the puck for long stretches, […]

Canucks Do What They Do Best; Sharks See Winning as Optional

[picappgallerysingle id="8535182"] I loved the end of last night’s Vancouver-Los Angeles game because the final few minutes were a microcosm of the Canucks’ season. You had Mikael Samuelsson, an off-season acquisition, scoring in overtime, proving his playoff experience and ability to get into the slot made him a solid pick-up. You had Henrik Sedin setting […]

Deja Bertuzzi

So Todd Bertuzzi is back with the Wings. I understand the attraction to Bertuzzi. He’s big. He once had great hands. In a lot of ways, he’s the North American version of the prototypical Detroit forward. But to be more precise, he was the North American version of the prototypical Detroit forward. He’s six-years removed […]

Four Brothers

Four Brothers A lot of people don’t know that in addition to hockey blogging, I’m also a prolific children’s book author. I’ve written over 800 children’s books, and while I’ve yet to sell one, I have a very good feeling about my latest, which I’m happy to be able to share here. Four Brothers I […]

RealEstateBuzz

I’m thinking I need to get into real estate, since that seems to be the best way to track player movement. Some people say Jay Bouwmeester’s building a house in Edmonton is a clue he wants to play out west. Marian Gaborik’s buying a house in Vancouver seems to be a clue he’ll sign there […]

Isles: ‘Our Pick Is Your Pick’

Greg Logan has a great post on Michael Farber taking Islanders GM Garth Snow to task for letting fans vote on who the Islanders should draft with the first overall pick. First of all, I don’t think Snow is actually letting the fans decide. I look at it as more of a straw poll. But […]