Roberto Luongo Mocks @HockeyyInsiderr With New Twitter Avatar

Thomas Drance
October 30 2012 11:39PM

 
Luongo's new Twitter avatar.
Designed by @thestanchion.

 It's striking that Luongo's digital persona is recieved so differently by the public than his "real" life image as a professional athlete.

Despite a sparkling NHL resume and mountains of evidence to the contrary: Luongo been called a choker, a diver, emotionally frail, a basket case, a whiner, a guy who "can't win big games," oh, and in the sports column equivalent of a stroke: "weak sauce." 

In the digital space that Luongo occupies deftly on Twitter, however, it's a totally different story. For his Tweets, Luongo has been called innovative, brilliant, mysterious, "subversive" and "the most interesting athlete in hockey." 

Pictured above is the new Twitter avatar for @strombone1 the unconfirmed confirmed Roberto Luongo Twitter account. The image is simple but it's pretty much perfect, and it's worth breaking down why.

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Jannik Hansen Takes a Second European Vacation, Signs with Tappara of the SM-Liga

Thomas Drance
October 30 2012 08:32AM


Photo Credit: Nick Didlick/Getty Images North America

For the second time in as many years, Jannik Hansen is headed for a European vacation. I don't mean this literally of course but last season Jannik Hansen followed up on a breakout 2010-11 season that saw him morph into a playmaking, hard-hitting super pest with a listless, non-physical campaign in 2011-12. As a result the illustrious "#shap crew" coined the nickname "European vacation" for him, and that nickname was then popularized by Jason Botchford.

Well this time it's for real, as Jannik Hansen has agreed to a deal with Tappara of the SM-Liga (the Finnish elite league). Per the official Tappara Twitter feed:

In case you were wondering how they say "Canucks" in Finnish, wonder no more! "Canucksissa" it is. [Correction: via Eetu Huisman "Canucksissa" means "in (the) Canucks". We don't have prepositions in Finnish, we have suffixes."]

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Zack Kassian Leapfrogs Cody Hodgson in Young Player Rankings

Thomas Drance
October 29 2012 11:50AM


Tanev and Kassian celebrate their bright future.
Photo credit: Gerry Kahrmann, Vancouver Sun.

Since the Canucks traded Cody Hodgson (and Alexander Sulzer) for Zack Kassian (and Marc-Andre Gragnani), friend of the blog and ESPN and Hockey Prospectus prospect guru Corey Pronman has consistently stated that Buffalo "recieved the best player in the deal." That is until today, when he released his top-50 rankings for players under the age of 23. On that list (which, features two Canucks skaters in Zack Kassian and Chris Tanev) Zack Kassian has leapfrogged Cody Hodgson, who only appeared as an honorable mention.

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Cory Schneider Talks Playing in Europe, and Getting Frustrated with "Gary" on Toucher and Rich

Thomas Drance
October 25 2012 11:33AM

 
Photo Credit: Danny Moloshok, REUTERS

Cory Schneider has made eloquence a habit, and when he appears on Toucher and Rich - a Boston area Drive-Time Sports Radio Program - the results have historically been particularly entertaining. He was on their show again on Thursday morning, and unsurprisinngly he made some cogent points about the collective bargaining negotiations between the NHL and the NHLPA, the prospect of playing in Europe and getting fat during the lockout. 

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Headshots: October 22nd

Thomas Drance
October 22 2012 03:41PM


Zack Kassian impressed in Abbotsford this past weekend.

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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