Alain Vigneault's Coin isn't Funny, But the Jokes Serve a Purpose

Thomas Drance
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.

Read on past the jump for more.

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Best of the Nation – 2.10.13

Jonathan Willis
February 10 2013 09:31AM

Lots of good stuff after the jump – trades and transactions, NHL expansion, Craig MacTavish on his old team in Vancouver, Olympic speculation and more. Plus – a special look at the (highly impressive) results of our Jets Nation casting call.

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Schroeder plays Flames off stage: 5-1 Canucks - Recap and Chance Data

Cam Charron
February 10 2013 12:00AM

Photo credit to Jeff Vinnick/NHLInteractive

I apologize in advance for any spelling mistakes. I spent pretty much the entire day on my couch eating jujubes and jellybeans and watching hockey. If I didn't contract Type-II diabetes, I'm probably in the middle of a fairly good sugar high.

Earlier, the Toronto Maple Leafs blasted Montreal on the road 6-0. In the late game, Vancouver blasted the Calgary Flames right out of their home building 5-1. It was really not an exciting night for the neutral viewer on Hockey Day in Canada, but given we have two or three or four Canuck fans who regularly read this site, maybe that second scoreline is a bit more appealing than it would be for the neutral viewer. Maybe next time the Flames play in Vancouver I won't have to sedate myself with sugar. 

Also, Jordan Schroeder got his first NHL goal and first multi-goal NHL game. With two career goals and two career game-winning goals, he's practically Captain Clutch.

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Game #11 Preview: Flames @ Canucks

Dimitri Filipovic
February 09 2013 01:04PM

Roberto Luongo has a sad. Cory Schneider gets the nod again, tonight.

Remember when there was mass panic following a shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on January 28th? Sure the Canucks were 2-2-2, but more important they had failed to play a well-rounded 60 minute game. It's safe to say that things have changed a little bit since then. 

The Canucks have won 4 games in a row, and are set to add much-needed reinforcements in the form of David Booth and Ryan Kesler in the coming days. As if there isn't already enough reason for excitement, let me give you one more: they're hosting the Calgary Flames in the third of 3 Hockey Day in Canada games today.

Read Past the Jump for More on the Game.

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Friday Evening Headshots: February 8th

Thomas Drance
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]

More links and other fun stuff after the jump.

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