Mid-Day Headshots August 8th

Thomas Drance
August 08 2011 01:55PM

Mid-Day Headshots is a CanucksArmy feature where we round up today's freshest Canucks news including funny gifs, awesome videos, cool photos and interesting links. If you've written a Canucks blog-post and want it to be featured here, e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

New Blackhawk Dan Carcillo demonstrates his toughness willingness to pander by calling out Maxim Lapierre and ex-Canucks Tanner Glass and Raffi Torres. Maxim Lapierre + Dan Carcillo = a lot of douche, and a finger related controversy just waiting to happen.

HeadtotheNet has a funny take on Carcillo's comments that is worth your time: "Calling out players who aren’t even on the roster seems like the easy way out to me."

Nucksmisconduct has the goal locations chart up for the Stanley Cup Final - I wouldn't call it ugly, I'd just call it Dan Carcillo (but not to its face).

Passittobulis has a post featuring every goal Manny Malhotra scored last season.

Finally, here's a link to an interview Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler gave to Swedish Paper zport.se that features a delightful picture of Edler sitting on a picnic bench. @Alexbreadler got the original author Simon Gunnholt to translate for us (it's better than google-translate). So a big thanks to them. Here's the translated interview in full:

The war against Boston was lost in the final battle. More than four weeks later Zport.se met up with still war damaged Alexander Edler. A conversation about a particularly tough final series, the hours before the decisive seventh game, the riots after the loss and being at home in Ostersund.
A city like Vancouver where hockey is not a sport but more of a religion... you don't forget a seventh game for the Stanley Cup. Neither does Alexander Edler. He is reminded of it every day.
- The first finger was broken by a slash, the second i broke going after a puck, both in the sixth game against Boston, says the 25-year-old and shows off his braces.  The fingers are still broken. The back is healed, but my fingers heal more slowly.
What affect did it have on your play it in the seventh game?
- It affected [my play] a lot. I found it hard to even hold the stick. But there was never any doubt that i would not try to play. But I found it hard to take shots. I tried but had no power. Had it been a match in the regular season, i wouldn't have played.
The final Round against Boston was mean straight through.
- It was incredibly tough from the outset and often not quite nice, so to speak. But so it is in the playoffs.
The games in Boston got away quickly, why?
- Hard to say. We had trouble getting back into games when they got the first goal. We did not play as good as we could, while their goalkeeper (Tim Thomas) was fiendishly good. He stopped almost everything.
The last and decisive game was played on a summer evening in Vancouver. The city had put out big screens in several parks. A party was about to get started.
- Hours before the game i was nervous. I remember that i felt you just wanted it to start. You wanted to make your first shift.
When the sun went down in the beautiful town a few hours later, the Boston Bruins carved their squad into Lord Stanley's dent. Vancouver had lost yet another Stanley Cup final.
- I was really depressed after the final whistle. I did not really know what to do. It just felt an incredible emptiness.
Over 100 games and it all comes to the end of a match...
-Yes, exactly. But that's the way it is.
The scenes that took place during the night have been cabled out around the world. Just like 1994, many "fans" went berserk downtown. They fought, stole and looted shops. What did you feel when you saw it?
- What I've been told there were many people from outside the city, who were participating in the riot. And even if there were a number of guys with our shirts, it was not any of our most loyal fans. The whole thing is just sad.  But what feels good is that there were many fans who came up to you afterwards, in restaurants and places like that. And when that have ocurred the response were only positive. Overall, we have very good fans. Of course it is also easy to get caught up at a decisive seventh game.
In fact, both Vancouver and Edler had a great season. Ostersund native produced most of all Ds on the team until his back injury in January.
- It felt good. You everyday life now feels more safe, when u got a secure spot in the team. I feel fortunate that i ended up in Vancouver.
And now your building up for next season?
- I have a program from the Canucks that i follow. I've trained with Kristoffer Jonsson for two years now, who is from Ostersund and play in Oskarshamn. He is at least as well trained as me, so he is a perfect training partner.
Good to be back home in Ostersund?
- Yes, really good. This is the place i have spent most of my life, so it's really nice to spend some time with family and friends.
Your friends by the way. I know you had them over in Vancouver during the season?
- Yes, it was really fun. I have tried to organize it every year now. To me it means a lot to be able to show my friends in Sweden how i live over here. We've gone out on the town, and they have seen a few matches. I think they appreciate it.
Finally, when do you return to Vancouver?
- On august 7. I like to come back a little earlier to run some exercises with our fitness coach. And also because the city is very beautiful in summer.
Alexander Edler on:
The Sedin brothers - They're good at absolutely everything. We usually play table tennis at times and i lose every time. They have an incredible ball talent.
Who is responsible for the team's practical jokes: - It's very different. I'm probably not the one who starts things, but i am there on some corner.
The movies on the roadtrips: - Very different. What comes out. The last one was probably "True Grit". It was really good.
Next year's squad: - It's probably just three or four players who signed with other teams, that we have to replace. Otherwise we are the same gang. We aim to do as Pittsburgh did and win the Stanley Cup finals the year after a loss.
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Thomas Drance lives in Toronto, eats spicy food and writes about hockey. He is an NHL News Editor at theScore, the ex-managing editor of CanucksArmy.com and an opinionated blowhard to boot. You can follow him on twitter @thomasdrance.
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