No Suspensions Coming for Edler, Sturm

Thomas Drance
October 02 2011 09:34PM


Edler Takes a hit from Josh Green in Saturday Night's Pre-Season Game Against the Oilers
Photo Credit: Ric Ernst PNG

According to TSN's Bob Mckenzie - the most reliable name in hockey news - Marco Sturm and Alex Edler will not suffer the wrath of Shanaban for their violations of Rule 48 in Saturday night's game against Edmonton. Again according to McKenzie, there is insufficient "evidence of "targeting" on either hit," and as a result both Edler and Sturm will be in the Canucks opening night line-up on Thursday.

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Canucks Close Out Preseason, Defeat Oilers 4-1.

Thomas Drance
October 02 2011 12:44AM


Photo Credit: Reuters

Tonight's preseason victory over the Edmonton Oilers featured some good news, and some bad-news. The good news? Luongo looked excellent, Hodgson scored twice and the next time the Canucks play hockey - the result will count. The bad news? They may start the season without Marco Sturm and Alex Edler, who were both penalized under rule 48, and may find themselves guest starring in Brendan Shanahan's popular new on-line reality show this week. If you'd told me before the game  to name a Canucks skater who was most likely to find themselves in hot-water with an ugly head-shot, I think I'd have listed off twenty names before I uttered "Marco Sturm," but there you go. 

The game itself was filled with emotion, featured some big hits and some nice skill moments. In short it was some entertaining hockey, especially considering it was a preseason game. Both teams took twenty-nine shots on net - with the Oilers outshooting the Canucks by a wide margin in the second period, and the Canucks comfortably controlling the third. Hodgson, Hansen and Samuelsson tallied with Khabibulin in net, and Hodgson added the empty netter in the games dying seconds. Paajarvi had the lone Oilers goal - a power-play marker in the second period.

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Edler Elbows Hall - Suspension Coming?

Thomas Drance
October 01 2011 10:01PM

Alex Edler tagged Taylor Hall with an errant elbow to the head late in the second period of Saturday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers.

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Kesler About Town

Thomas Drance
September 30 2011 06:47PM

While his teammates have trained all month in preparation for the season - Ryan Kesler, fresh off of hip-labrum surgery - has spent his time recovering, Keslurking himself, improving his twitter skills and having a nice time. It's actually been a pretty hilarious month for the Canucks ace-in-the-hole two-way dynamo, from agreeing to pose naked for ESPN's "The Body Issue" (how ironic is that name, I can't get over it) to challenging a Berserker to a Twitter duel, Kesler has been a god-send for hockey bloggers everywhere.

Recently, he's been about town and everyone on my facebook seems to have a Kesler picture, accompanied by an amusing story. Consider my friend Lindsay who attended the Kyprios concert at Joe's Apartment on Granville Street yesterday, where Kesler appeared on stage with the rapper (see the image above, courtesy @smash11).

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Undermanned Canucks Squad Loses Another Meaningless Game

Thomas Drance
September 30 2011 01:00AM


Photo Credit: Robert Galbraith, REUTERS

The Canucks dressed their third line, their third pairing, Cody Hodgson, Mikael Samuelsson and a bunch of empty sweaters on Thursday evening against the majority of the San Jose Sharks opening night line-up. Predictably they were trounced and shut-out by a score of 3-0. Pavelski, Boyle and McGinn tallied for San Jose and Thomas Greiss made twenty-five saves for the shutout.

The game was reasonably entertaining I thought - except for when three fights, two of them staged fights directly off of consecutive face-offs - decimated the game's pace. At issue - Keith Ballard's totally clean hip-checks, which, the Sharks took objection too in the playoffs last season, and continue to be irrationally annoyed by. It's worth noting that - if anything - Ballard's desire to throw submarining hip-checks increased in the third period, so San Jose's efforts to deter that type of hit were a total waste.

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