The Elephant in the Room

Thomas Drance
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.

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Luongo Regrets Post-Game 5 Comment Criticizing Thomas

Thomas Drance
August 16 2011 02:07PM

Jean-Francois Chaumont of Radio-Canada.ca caught up with Roberto Luongo at the goaltender's celebrity golf-tournament in Anjou recently. The original French version of the article can be found here.

The piece contains some interesting insights into how the goaltender is coping with the Canucks close-but-no-cigar run to the Stanley Cup Finals this summer. Luongo japes that - because he lives in Florida in the summer - he's somewhat immune to much of the flack he's been taking in the Canadian Press. The most interesting part to me, however, is his admission that he got "caught up in the moment" after game five, and that he regrets criticizing Tim Thomas' goaltending style on Maxim Lapierre's game-winner in the fifth game.

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Mid-Day Headshots August 16th

Thomas Drance
August 16 2011 01:33PM

Mid-Day Headshots is a CanucksArmy feature where we round up today's freshest Canucks news including funny gifs, awesome videos, cool photos and interesting links. If you've written a Canucks blog-post and want it to be featured here, e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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RIP #37

Thomas Drance
August 15 2011 07:42PM

James Mirtle tweeted the news this evening that Rick Rypien was found dead in his Alberta home today. The cause of death is not yet known, but we'll update this post as we get more information.

In his time with the Canucks, Rick Rypien was the definition of a warrior, and one of the best technical fighters I've ever seen on hockey-skates. His ability to fight larger guys (Rypien was a shade under 6 feet), and not just hold his own - but often win - won him a special place in the hearts of Vancouver Canucks fans. 

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Mid-Day Headshots August 15th

Thomas Drance
August 15 2011 01:28PM

Mid-Day Headshots is a CanucksArmy feature where we round up today's freshest Canucks news including funny gifs, awesome videos, cool photos and interesting links. If you've written a Canucks blog-post and want it to be featured here, e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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