January 11 2016 10:53PM
It's been a long time since a Florida/Vancouver mid-season game was must watch television. Yes, last season when Luongo returned to Vancouver people tuned in, but once you got past the opening moments, the hockey didn't matter much. But there was a definite buzz in the city before this game, if not because of the Panthers 12 game winning streak they boasted coming into the game. Which was snapped thanks to stellar performances from Daniel Sedin and Jacob Markstrom, as well as a key goal from Jake Virtanen. Let's dive in.
January 11 2016 09:19PM
It appears as though the Vancouver Canucks will be placing Christopher Higgins on waivers, as soon as tomorrow morning.
In an interview with Dan Murphy at the first intermission, Trevor Linden broached on the Higgins situation and the market for his services. It sounded every bit as barren as one might reasonably expect, with Linden saying something to the effect of "there isn't a market for Higgins and we'll be taking the next steps by placing him on waivers tomorrow morning".
Paraphrasing, but there's very little room for interpretation here anyways.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 11 2016 06:50PM
iI'm not saying I want the Panthers to Luuuuuuuuuuuse, but you have to imagine this streak ends soon, no? Bobby Lu is doing some Vezina-quality net production and the Jagr-Barkov-Huberdeau line has been great, but the rest of the team bleeds away the puck in fascinating fashion.
I don't know if the Canucks are the team that brings them back to Earth, but it would be fun to see tonight. In the meantime, here are a couple of mailbag questions to get you prepped for puck drop!
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 11 2016 05:15PM
Photo Credit: Sarah Hobday
Curtis Valk might be the Vancouver Canucks' most popular prospect that isn't actually a Vancouver Canucks Prospect. He's appeared at his share of prospect camps, and, presumably through this Medicine Hat Tiger roots (four games with Willie!), has stayed connected with the team at the ECHL level. Today, he makes the next jump up, heading to the Utica Comets on a loan basis.
January 11 2016 04:44PM
Photo Credit: Segei Belski/USA TODAY Sports
It's a shame that Roberto Luongo has never won the Vezina Trophy. In the realm of overdue accolades it’s not quite on the level of ‘Leonardo Dicaprio has never won an Oscar’, but it isn’t too far off.
Voted on by NHL general managers, the Vezina is awarded annually to the goaltender “adjudged to be the best at this position". Luongo is a three-time finalist, but he has never taken home the hardware (he definitely should've won in 2004).
As the 2015-2016 campaign passes the halfway point this week, it’s beginning to look like this could be Luongo’s ‘The Revenant’ season even though Washington’s Braden Holtby is a strong candidate in his own right, probably even the pack favourite.
On Monday night, Luongo will face a Vancouver Canucks club that still pays roughly 15 percent of his salary at Rogers Arena. And he’ll enter Monday’s somewhat-more-meaningful-than-usual regular season contest on an insane roll.