The Elephant in the Room

Thomas Drance
August 17 2011 07:57AM

Editors Note: One of the smartest Canucks bloggers around - before he became somewhat of a lapsed Canucks blogger - was Trevor Presiloski. I've bothered him for months to contribute a post to Canucksarmy - so when I saw him appear in my DMs yesterday evening I was overjoyed. The following post is his work: 

By Trevor Presiloski

So this offseason has been quite a downer.

Both Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien passed away this offseason and both were noted NHL 'tough guys.' Boogaard, also known for making Bruce Boudreau look like a gobsmacked idiot, passed away as a result of alcohol and oxycodone overdosage. Charges are being filed against his brother Aaron for the role he played in his death and the whole situation is coming across as being incredibly ugly for all those involved, and for the sport in general. Prior to his death, Boogaard was also enrolled in the NHL substance abuse/mental health program. The incident paints a very dark portrait of what now seems to be a troubled man.

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HOCKEY REALITIES: GOOD AND BAD

Jason Gregor
August 16 2011 10:04PM

Yesterday we saw the distinct difference between sports and real life. It was a good day for hockey, but it was also an awful one.

Let's start with the good: The Hockey News picked the Oilers to finish last in the Western Conference.

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When a horrible contract is not that horrible

Cam Charron
August 16 2011 03:13PM

 

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There may not be a player in hockey whose positive on-ice performance is painted in such a negative due to his contract than Scott Gomez. Gomez is going to be 32 in December and makes a staggeringly Sather-esque $7.4M a season to be a serviceable two-way forward for the Montreal Canadiens. He scored just seven goals with 38 points this past season and was a minus-15. Yikes.

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Luongo Regrets Post-Game 5 Comment Criticizing Thomas

Thomas Drance
August 16 2011 02:07PM

Jean-Francois Chaumont of Radio-Canada.ca caught up with Roberto Luongo at the goaltender's celebrity golf-tournament in Anjou recently. The original French version of the article can be found here.

The piece contains some interesting insights into how the goaltender is coping with the Canucks close-but-no-cigar run to the Stanley Cup Finals this summer. Luongo japes that - because he lives in Florida in the summer - he's somewhat immune to much of the flack he's been taking in the Canadian Press. The most interesting part to me, however, is his admission that he got "caught up in the moment" after game five, and that he regrets criticizing Tim Thomas' goaltending style on Maxim Lapierre's game-winner in the fifth game.

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Mid-Day Headshots August 16th

Thomas Drance
August 16 2011 01:33PM

Mid-Day Headshots is a CanucksArmy feature where we round up today's freshest Canucks news including funny gifs, awesome videos, cool photos and interesting links. If you've written a Canucks blog-post and want it to be featured here, e-mail me at thom.drance@gmail.com.

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