February 11 2013 11:14AM
There were many revealing moments during Roberto Luongo's bangarang appearance on CBC's After Hours on Saturday night, immediately following the Canucks' five-one victory over the Flames. Luongo was in fine form cracking several wicked jokes, name dropping Smylosphere staples like the Stanchion and generating thousands of pageviews for indie blogs like this one by calling Scott Oake a "milt" on national television.
But one moment particularly stood out to me. During the interview, while the cameras were rolling live, Canucks headcoach Alain Vigneault approached the Roberto Luongo, Craig Simpson, Scott Oake threesome and made an off camera quip at his "backup" goaltender. According to Luongo, Vigneault told him to sing his coaches praises if he had any interesting in receiving playing time going forward. It was a light moment, and yet another instance of Alain Vigneault having altogether too much fun with his goaltending controversy and the breathless coverage of Vancouver's crowded crease.
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February 08 2013 07:00PM
Laughing forever at Zack Parise's decision to spend his prime playing for a Wild team three years away from contention.
Photo Credit: Carlos Gonzalez.
Rob the Hockey Guy, or RTHG as he prefers to be called of late, wonders if all hell would break loose were Luongo to refuse to waive his no trade clause (so he could spend at least this season with a contender). Interesting angle, but I'm not sure I see it. [Rob the Hockey Guy]
For the "Draft Moar Vancouver Giants" sea-to-sky boner crowd, Iain Macintyre breaks down the Canucks' revitalized efforts scouting Western Canada for homegrown, BC born talent. Yawn. Mike Gillis has been talking about drafting British Columbian players since he first arrived as Genearal Manager, and it hasn't really happened. This is because the Canucks wisely prefer to pick the player they believe is the "best available" remaining on the board. It hasn't always worked out for the current Canucks management team, but drafting based on a sense of regionalism isn't the answer. [The Vancouver Sun]
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February 08 2013 12:19PM
During the 2011-12 hockey season Craig MacTavish - the former Edmonton Oilers player and coach, and current Oilers front office executive - coached the Chicago Wolves who are the Vancouver Canucks' American Hockey League affiliate. He was modestly successful and the Wolves racked up wins during the regular season before falling short in the first round of the playoffs against Jakub Markstrom and the San Antonio Rampage.
On Thursday, Craig MacTavish appeared with radio host Bob Stauffer on "OilersNow" and in a portion of the interview discussed and critiqued Mike Gillis' "progressive" management style.
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February 07 2013 11:53PM
Mason Raymond ices the win in Vancouver's 4-1 loss over the Minnesota Mild (TM @SocialAssassin2).
Coming into Thursday night's convincing 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild, the Vancouver Canucks had been the only division leader in the league who had yet to really impress anybody. Maybe that sentiment is too negative, certainly the goaltending has been stellar (unsustainably stellar, actually), but it's fair to say that the majority of observers (fans, media, whatever) have found the club's conservative low-event stylings, the paralytic power-play, and the inability to hold two goal leads to be concerning.
I think the mood has shifted a bit following Vancouver's comeback win over the Oilers on Monday, and their blowout of the Wild on Thursday. These were supposed to be the two teams that were improved enough to challenge the Canucks' stranglehold on Northwest Division supremacy! At least they were supposed to be able to hang around in the standings until Ryan Kesler returned to Vancouver's lineup. But that hasn't been the case, as the Canucks have proven cagey enough - or perhaps it's that their goaltending has proven stingy enough - and the team has managed to pick up points even on off nights.
At long last on Thursday night in Minnesota, the Canucks brought it out of the gate and put away an inferior opponent early. This was not an off night for the club. Read on past the jump.
February 07 2013 04:18PM
Cool drawings of Roberto Luongo and Ryan Kesler by "Birdsong27"
We included Chloe Ezra's bad-ass (but super adorable) Canucks stickers in Headshots yesterday, and Fort Nucks has more on them today. Also you can actually order the stickers from Chloe's website now, which is pretty awesome. [Fort Nucks/Blue Soup]
Excellent stuff from Iain Macintyre on Keith Ballard, who "makes all the little plays," and has performed admirably for the Canucks in the early going this season. [Vancouver Sun]
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