January 25 2012 12:30PM
You can just tell that it's mid-winter in Vancouver. It may not snow in our fair city like it does in much of the rest of the country, but we have our own tell-tale signs that January is in the air, namely the complete absence of "goalie controversy" chatter. The Canucks incumbent starter, Roberto Luongo, is turning in another stellar month of puck-stopping. His routine brilliance in the first month of the year has yet again caused blue-chip back-up Cory Schneider to become stapled to the pine. Schneider may well have plenty of time to work on his commendable debating skills, because Alain Vigneault is likely to ride Luongo's piping hot-hand for much of the next four weeks following the all-star break.
January 24 2012 08:12PM
When asked about Tim Thomas' snub of President Obama, the Canucks popular, Massachusetts born back-up goaltender Cory Schneider took full advantage of his right to self-expression. As quoted by Elliot Pap of the Vancouver Sun:
January 24 2012 03:21PM
Aaron Rome is a massive bad-ass.
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January 24 2012 01:56PM
Hodgson is tearing it up in his rookie season, but is he a realistic Calder contender?
Yesterday Elliot Pap wrote a column that appeared in the National Post under the slightly misleading headline: "Canucks' Hodgson making case for Calder Trophy." Pap's piece wasn't exactly a full-throated piece of advocacy on behalf of the Canucks talented rookie, it was more about Hodgson's impressive play and continued improvement in his first full NHL season. Here's what we know for sure: Cody Hodgson is already a reasonably consistent difference maker at the NHL level, and headline writers at one of the country's biggest papers seem to believe that Cody Hodgson should be in the rookie of the year conversation. I'm sure most Canucks fans would agree.
January 24 2012 11:56AM
Here's the touching mindcheck.ca PSA, in which Bieksa talks about his departed friend: Rick Rypien
Rick Rypien's passing on August 15th 2011 was a massive emotional blow to the Canucks, and their fans. Today, in honour of Rypien and his legacy, the Canucks Fund for Kids in concert with Fraser Health and Provincial Health Services Authority, and BC Children’s Hospital launched an initiative to raise awareness about mental illness, and to provide young people affected with a resource to help them cope. You can read the full press release from Canucks.nhl.com here.
As I've previously written about at length, I lost a friend to suicide and mental illness as a teenager, so this is an issue that is extremely close to my heart. The way the team handled Rypien's illness when he was with the organization, the grace shown by Bieksa, Gillis and the entire team in the wake of Rypper's untimely death, and this latest endeavor to honour #37's memory in a positive, hopeful way makes me extremely proud to be a Canucks fan.