August 18 2011 12:38PM
The NHL announced the games that'll be shown on Versus/NBC this year and the list is pretty bizarre. There are some teams with a ton of appearances that make sense. The four way tie for second place between Boston, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Washington sees them with 14 potential appearances each. They're all major ratings draws due to being in large American hockey markets, having recent success and/or having Crosby and Ovechkin.
In first place is the New York Rangers with 16 potential appearances which makes little to no sense. The Rangers will be mediocre again like they are every year and despite NYC being the largest US media market most people outside of New York hate NYC and the Rangers.
August 18 2011 12:18PM
Thanks to @bieksler for this touching and awesome Rick Rypien .gif.
Joining us on today's podcast is Richard Loat (@mozy19 on twitter). We talked Rypien and the word tradgedy got thrown around a lot... We discussed the Canucks wreteched luck over the past couple of seasons, we talked about Richard's FiveHoleForFood endeavors, and this years cross-country trip. Towards the end of the podcast, we even talked hockey for a bit!
August 18 2011 10:12AM
Editors Note: Jonatan Lindquist is a Swedish sports journalist working at Allehanda.se, an Ornskoldsvik based media site. He caught up with both Henrik and Daniel Sedin a few weeks ago, and provided us with an English translation of his interview with Henrik. I've made some minor formatting changes, and cleaned up the translation here and there, but the tweaks were minor. We're pleased to host his work here, and look forward to continuing to collaborate with him in the future:
The Canucks recordbreaking season in 2010/11 ended in disappointment for Henrik Sedin. Losing in the finals brought back twelve year old memories: “it’s like the finals in 1999 with Modo. They will always stay with you, until you win yourself,” says Henrik Sedin.
The similarity is striking. After a recordbreaking regular season the team advances all the way to the final. What seemed to be a sure victory ended with a loss. “You don’t think about it all the time, but when you watch a Stanley Cup- or SEL-final you look back on the chance you had. The loss stays somewhere in the back of your head. It pops up when you watch teams win finals, the memories comes back and they always will until you win something yourself.”
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.
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?