August 18 2011 02:30PM
When it comes to goaltenders, the Canucks are stacked. The organization boasts Roberto Luongo - signed through the rest of this century, Cory Schneider - a bluechip young NHLer, and Eddie Lack - perhaps the best goalie in the AHL. So when Mike Gillis used his second draft pick at the 2010-11 NHL Draft to select 6,3 Czech netminder David Honzik, some fans were confused.
Last season, David Honzik was a QMJHL rookie with the Victoriaville Tigers. He struggled mightily with the transition and put up subar regular season stats. By seasons end, however, he'd won the starting job from veteran goaltender Antonio Masopietro and posted spectacular numbers in the QMJHL playoffs.
August 18 2011 12:18PM
Thanks to @bieksler for this touching and awesome Rick Rypien .gif.
Joining us on today's podcast is Richard Loat (@mozy19 on twitter). We talked Rypien and the word tradgedy got thrown around a lot... We discussed the Canucks wreteched luck over the past couple of seasons, we talked about Richard's FiveHoleForFood endeavors, and this years cross-country trip. Towards the end of the podcast, we even talked hockey for a bit!
August 18 2011 10:12AM
Editors Note: Jonatan Lindquist is a Swedish sports journalist working at Allehanda.se, an Ornskoldsvik based media site. He caught up with both Henrik and Daniel Sedin a few weeks ago, and provided us with an English translation of his interview with Henrik. I've made some minor formatting changes, and cleaned up the translation here and there, but the tweaks were minor. We're pleased to host his work here, and look forward to continuing to collaborate with him in the future:
The Canucks recordbreaking season in 2010/11 ended in disappointment for Henrik Sedin. Losing in the finals brought back twelve year old memories: “it’s like the finals in 1999 with Modo. They will always stay with you, until you win yourself,” says Henrik Sedin.
The similarity is striking. After a recordbreaking regular season the team advances all the way to the final. What seemed to be a sure victory ended with a loss. “You don’t think about it all the time, but when you watch a Stanley Cup- or SEL-final you look back on the chance you had. The loss stays somewhere in the back of your head. It pops up when you watch teams win finals, the memories comes back and they always will until you win something yourself.”
August 17 2011 02:49PM
Photo is from the make-shift Rypien memorial that has sprung up outside Rogers Arena. Sticktap to Maria Weisgarber for the photo.
Yesterday while compiling my head-shots post - I linked to the two Rypien tributes I'd had time to read while at work yesterday. Last night, however, when reading through the tremendous outpouring of emotion and support from the Canucks blogosphere - I realized I'd missed the mark. In place of our usual head-shots links, and in honour of Rick Rypien and the affection we all had for him, I'm going to curate some of the many wonderful Rypien tributes swirling around the hockey world, and the Canucks blogosphere in lieu of the usual schtick.
August 17 2011 07:57AM
Editors Note: One of the smartest Canucks bloggers around - before he became somewhat of a lapsed Canucks blogger - was Trevor Presiloski. I've bothered him for months to contribute a post to Canucksarmy - so when I saw him appear in my DMs yesterday evening I was overjoyed. The following post is his work:
By Trevor Presiloski
So this offseason has been quite a downer.
Both Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien passed away this offseason and both were noted NHL 'tough guys.' Boogaard, also known for making Bruce Boudreau look like a gobsmacked idiot, passed away as a result of alcohol and oxycodone overdosage. Charges are being filed against his brother Aaron for the role he played in his death and the whole situation is coming across as being incredibly ugly for all those involved, and for the sport in general. Prior to his death, Boogaard was also enrolled in the NHL substance abuse/mental health program. The incident paints a very dark portrait of what now seems to be a troubled man.