March 24 2010 10:58AM
Can I haz consistency, Bobbeh Lu? (Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
Robert Luongo looks to shake off last night's poor performance in Edmonton as he and the Vancouver Canucks return home as they face the Anaheim Ducks tonight at GM Place. Both teams are looking to rebound from losses, and both teams are playing the second half of back-to-back games.
James C Edgington
March 23 2010 03:57PM
Now that Ryan Kesler has been awarded a contract extension, the position of first and second line center will be filled for at least the next six years. So what about the role of third line centre, who could be the best candidate for that job? Kyle Wellwood currently fills that spot.
March 23 2010 09:53AM
The Vancouver Canucks are on a one-game road trip. And it's close by. Not quite the Olympic travel schedule they had for two months, so I'm sure the Canucks will take it. Vancouver is in Edmonton to take on the draft lottery-leading Oilers tonight at Rexall Place. The Oilers, long out of the playoff race, are on a two-game winning streak and have beat two of the hottest teams in the league.
March 22 2010 12:45PM
It's been said that the best kind of deals leave both sides unhappy in the end and I guess this can be applied to the Ryan Kesler signing. The Canucks most definitely wanted him to sign for less (what team wouldn't), somewhere in the $4 million range. Ryan Kesler (and his agent) probably wanted to hit the proverbial home run and get a contract approaching $6 million per season. The fans, of course side with the former, not out of any disrespect to Kesler, but merely remembering Kesler hinting at some kind of home town discount (a la Burrows) and dreaming of using any saved money to get one of those shiny, new unrestricted free agents on July 1st.
March 20 2010 02:21PM
It is a difficult thing to get over discouragement and anger. Seneca, the Roman statesman, spent his life trying to find ways to avoid becoming too angry and bitter. He noticed that our anger invariably lasts longer than the damage done to us. He thought we were fools to allow our tranquility and composure to be disrupted by minor set-backs. It is important, he said, to realize that many of the things we think are important short-term in fact are not, at least not in the grand scheme of things. So anytime we feel ourselves getting too angry or bitter about something, we should pause to consider its overall insignificance – something which helps us to nip our discouragement in the bud.
The Canucks have mastered this ability – an ability all elite teams, whatever sport they belong to, have.