April 11 2012 11:27AM
Ryan Kesler celebrates being awesome because he is.
(Photo by Ben Nelms/Reuters via Getty Imager)
Dear Ryan Kesler,
Congratulations! The season is now over and your team has come out on top, winning the Presidents Trophy for the second consecutive year. That must be a glorious feeling. I knew that you had the skill and ability to make it happen!
But frankly Ryan, I don’t care that the Canucks are back to back champions of the regular season. I want you to be champions of the post season. I’m tired of the Canucks being losers and I’m tired of all my bitter Canucks friends who have stopped believing in this team. This is the year to go out there and fight ten times as hard as you did in the playoffs last year, and finally be the last team standing so you can raise the Stanley Cup over your heads.
April 11 2012 10:09AM
Many, Darryl Sutter included, think the Canucks may be playing mind-games with Daniel Sedin's head-injury.
But does that square with the caution the team has shown in dealing with concussions this season?
It's the question on the lips of everyone in Canucks Nation this morning, 'Will Daniel Sedin return to the line-up tonight?" Whether Daniel Sedin dresses tonight, or not, isn't just an elephant in the room, it's a mastodon. So it's not a surprise that when Alain Vigneault refused to comment at length on the status of his team's leading-scorer, Vancouver media members were unimpressed (none more so than the columnist who has most transparently campaigned for the head-coaches replacement).
Daniel's relative presence at practice yesterday, he didn't skate with the team, but rather, joined the "Black Aces" in a post-practice skate, set off a wave of speculation: was it a setback? Gamesmanship?
This reaction seems odd doesn't it? Why is it that our first reaction as fans, observers or writers, is to instantly begin debating whether or not the team's handling of Daniel is another example of the Canucks playing politics with head injuries?
Read past the jump!
April 10 2012 09:40PM
Hi, remember how after every game, we'd post a game recap that would include a list of the scoring chance differential of every player? Well, throughout the year, we'd been counting them up, and we finally have some full numbers to share with you tonight.
April 10 2012 06:12PM
Love this Lord Stanley quote from the "origin of the Stanley Cup infograph" put together by Visual Capitalist.
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April 10 2012 12:17PM
Booth and Raymond work with Canucks skill coaches prior to today's practice.
Photo via David Ebner.
Yesterday, Daniel Sedin skated hard at Canucks practice, and it was revealed that he'd been skating in secret prior to that. That wasn't much of a surprise, if that had been Daniel's first exercise since being cleared to begin skating again, that would've been a massive violation of concussion protocol. It looks today, however, like Daniel Sedin has suffered yet another setback as he was absent from practice today.
Concussions are tricky, unpredictable things. Daniel's return to practice yesterday, and the pace he kept throughout the "zippy" hour long skate, had given us a sense of cautious optimism regarding his possibly prompt return to the lineup. With Daniel having suffered an apparent setback in the past twenty four hours, however, that optimism has quickly been replaced with the realization that, almost certainly, Daniel will miss at least the first game of the opening round series, and quite probably more.
With Daniel back out of the lineup, Vigneault has been forced to shuffle his top-six forward group: Mason Raymond has been bumped up to the top-line, and his role on the second line has been filled by Maxim Lapierre. Zack Kassian, who wore a grey "extras" jersey at yesterday's practice has slotted into Lapierre's spot on the fourth line alongside Byron Bitz and Manny Malhotra.
Click past the jump for a more thorough recap of the many mixed messages emanating out of today's Canucks practice.