Mid-Day Headshots - Rypien Memorial Edition

Thomas Drance
August 17 2011 02:49PM

Photo is from the make-shift Rypien memorial that has sprung up outside Rogers Arena. Sticktap to Maria Weisgarber for the photo.

Yesterday while compiling my head-shots post - I linked to the two Rypien tributes I'd had time to read while at work yesterday. Last night, however, when reading through the tremendous outpouring of emotion and support from the Canucks blogosphere - I realized I'd missed the mark. In place of our usual head-shots links, and in honour of Rick Rypien and the affection we all had for him, I'm going to curate some of the many wonderful Rypien tributes swirling around the hockey world, and the Canucks blogosphere in lieu of the usual schtick.

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CA Prospect Profiles: Mike Duco

Cam Davie
August 17 2011 12:00PM


Mike Duco mixes it up with his now teammate, Maxim Lapierre,
and his former junior teammate, Yannick Weber, in a pre-season game last year.
(September 26, 2010 - Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

Mike Duco's very brief time in the Canucks organization has been interesting, to say the least. There was the trade that brought him to Vancouver, then there was his pre-trade comments about the Canucks on Twitter and the subsequent fallout once he arrived.

With the exodus of tough guys out of town, does Mike Duco have a spot waiting for him on the Canucks? Or will he literally have to fight his way into the lineup?

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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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