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January 09 2015 07:00AM
World Junior gold, Phil Kessel exchange with reporter, Leafs fire Carlyle, 5 coaching candidates, Todd Nelson needs to go, Flames at the halfway mark, catching up with former Canucks and more in this week's Roundup.
January 09 2015 01:11AM
Frame the damn photo. pic.twitter.com/Cp4IwBJHK5— Mike Martignago (@MikeMartignago) January 9, 2015
It's probably a horrible cliche to describe Roberto Luongo's return to Vancouver as "storybook" for the goalie, but that's really how the night was. The man who once helped lead the home squad to their most successful seasons ever gave a vintage Luongo performance, stopping 32 of 33 shots and earning first star of the night honours to the honest cheers of a road crowd. The Canucks 3-1 loss almost seemed secondary tonight as the Vancouver crowd finally received their chance to send Luongo off the way he deserved.
Read past the jump for a recap of what became Luongo night at Rogers Arena.
January 08 2015 04:00PM
The Vancouver Canucks have placed now former prospect Henrik Tommernes on unconditional waivers in order to terminate his contract and allow him to return to Europe so he can continue to pursue his hockey career overseas. The move itself isn't all that significant, but it may have some interesting implications on what roster moves that Jim Benning can make going forward.
Read past the jump to see how this move could influence the Canucks in the short term.
January 08 2015 01:14PM
A mid-January home date against a middle-of-the pack former Southeast division opponent isn't exactly one that would be circled so boldly on the calendar for Canucks fans, especially not one against a team as inoffensive as the Florida Panthers. Tonight, however, is different. One of Vancouver's greatest heroes-turned-villain-turned-hero-once-again is back, as Roberto Luongo takes the crease in Vancouver for the first time since unceremoniously being shipped out at the 2014 trade deadline.
The game likely won't be as exciting as the reception for Vancouver's best goalie ever is sure to be, but read past the jump for a preview.
January 08 2015 09:30AM
Earlier this week, I took you for a ride down memory lane, looking at how Canucks of old are faring in their new environments. With the exception of Ryan Kesler, the list was comprised mainly of players that are best suited to the bottom-six. Seeing as the Canucks ice about three and a half third lines on any given night, I've little in the way of grievances.
I've since drawn a list of defencemen from that same time frame, which runs from the 2011-12 season to the one we're currently enjoying, to have a look at how they're doing too. This ought to be fun.