Afternoon Headshots: February 12th

Thomas Drance
February 12 2013 03:47PM

Luongo and Schneider compete in the hardest shot competition at Superskills.
Image via Clay Imoo

Jordan Bowman wants Jordan Schroeder to get a new number to replace the #45 Canucks sweater he's been wearing so far this season. He suggests that Jordan Schroeder should wear the number 18, which is what the diminutive centreman has worn as a Chicago Wolves forward the past couple of years. In college and for Team USA at the World Junior Championships, however, Schroeder wore the number 19. He can't wear the #19 on the Canucks for obvious reasons, so I think he should wait to make the team on a full-time basis and then go with the reciprocal and sport the number 91. [Legion of Blog]

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Strombabble: "You'd Be Surprised About the Number of Teams That Have Inquired About Our Goalies"

Thomas Drance
February 12 2013 12:41PM

On Tuesday it was announced that Rogers Sportsnet and the Canucks have agreed to a mammoth, ten year extension of their multi-platform broadcast agreement (you can read the press release from Sportsnet here). To talk about the deal and provide grist for the mill, Mike Gillis appeared on the HockeyCentral radio and television program with Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean and discussed, among other things: John Garrett's fondness for chicken wings, the evolution of Roberto Luongo, compliance buyouts and of course: the Canucks' goaltending situation.

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Afternoon Headshots: February 11th

Thomas Drance
February 11 2013 03:55PM

Via /r/Canucks redditer Eagle1388, a screenshot of some dude repping the Canucks hard on the Price is Right today

Speaking of prices, and whether or not those prices are "right"; on Friday Brad Ziemer got a Mike Gillis quote in which Vancouver's General Manager reiterated that whichever team wants to acquire Roberto Luongo, they're going to have a pay a fair price for the superstar goaltender. By the way, Roberto Luongo is starting for Vancouver tomorrow and here's my take on that decision: Vancouver is eager to demonstrate that their oft-stated, and scoffed at "we're happy keeping both of them" threat isn't an empty one. [The Vancouver Sun

Jason Botchford with a not particularly positive sounding update on David Booth, whose recovery from a groin injury sounds like it's behind schedule. That's bad news, but it could be an awful lot worse so let's spin this like Henrik Sedin. First of all, Booth is practicing (in a no-contact jersey) with the club, so at least he's on the ice even if he's not feeling one-hundred percent. Secondly, upon Booth's return one of Kassian, Booth, Raymond, Higgins, Hansen or Burrows will be bumped down to the fourth line - so at least Vancouver is deep at Booth's position. Thirdly, the Canucks are already three points clear of the Edmonton Oilers (and also have a game in hand) in the Northwest Division, and they'll be getting Ryan Kesler back very shortly (I still think that'll happen this week) so, yeah, Booth can take his time. [The White Towel]

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A Note on Manny Malhotra's Matchups

Thomas Drance
February 11 2013 01:40PM

Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images

The news out of Canucks practice today is that Manny Malhotra isn't taking part for whatever reason. I'd assume that it's nothing serious and that he's just getting a maintenance day, but I'm sure the Canucks will vaguely brief the media and partially his absence at some point on Monday afternoon. 

In the early going this season, Malhotra has delivered basically what is expected from him at this point. Obviously he isn't quite the dominant defensive force that he was in '10-11, and probably doesn't have a regular spot in a contending team's top-nine. But he's still a reliable face-off winner, he's still being trusted to soak up defensive zone starts, and he still plays Vancouver's toughest minutes among forwards when the team is short-handed. 

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On Impressions, the Percentages and Jordan Schroeder's Two-Way Play

Thomas Drance
February 11 2013 12:23PM

Photo Credit: Les Bazso, PNG Files

While Henrik Sedin closes in on Markus Naslund's all-time franchise points leader milestone, Jordan Schroeder is approaching his own milestone. It's one that barely warrants mention but is hugely impressive nonetheless: barring some unforseen catastrophe, the impressive Canucks rookie will play his one-hundredth minute at even-strength in the first period of Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Mild (TM @Socialassassin2).

Why is that impressive? Because in Jordan Schroeder's ninety-eight minutes and twenty-six seconds of even-strength ice-time so far this season, the Canucks have yet to surrender a goal against. Read on past the jump.

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