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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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:
Tappara hankki toisenkin NHL-pelaaja. Tanskalainen Vancouver Canucksissa pelaava hyökkääjä Jannik Hansen tulee Tampereelle tänään.— Tamhockey Oy (@Tapparaofficial) October 30, 2012
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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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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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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October 22 2012 03:41PM
Zack Kassian impressed in Abbotsford this past weekend.
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