October 21 2011 01:06PM
A lot can happen during 60 minutes of battle night in and night out, so every week Canucks Army will bring you a quick player assessment: who is are doing well enough that you should slap their names on the back of your $250 jersey, who's been so bad they should be jettisoned down to the Wolves before you reach the end of this sentence and the guys caught in the murky middle, giving you just enough good to make it palatable to ignore the bloody awful.
This week we celebrate two guys who had their own luxury suites in AV's doghouse last season while casting a shameful eye at a pair of slumping wingers (there's a more than slight chance you can guess who one of them is).
October 21 2011 09:52AM
Remember when we had goalies like this?
Unhappy with Roberto Luongo? Perhaps we should go back and remind ourselves first of where we've been. One of the best rugby coaches I've ever worked with, Kevin Elliott, has a great saying he tells his players which goes along the lines of 'perfection is impossible but excellence is achievable.' In other words, is this the best we can do? Well, let's have a look at non-Luongo Canucks goalies of the recent past...
October 21 2011 09:29AM
Bobby Lu, I got your back.
And I got a few tips for you to bring you to the promised land.
(Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
Far be it for me to give advice to an Olympic gold medalist, warrior-poet and perennial Vezina nominee, but I have a suggestion. You see, Vancouver is a goalie graveyard. It always has been and it probably always will be. There is a growing sentiment in this hockey-mad town that fans don't like you. They don't appreciate you. They don't value you. They don't want to see you as the Canucks #1 goaltender.
But you don't need to cave under the pressure. You don't need to ask for a trade. And you shouldn't pay any mind to the detractors.
To quote Colonel Ludlow, "Screw'm! Screw'm all!". My friend, there is only one solution:
Say it with me now, "Embrace the Hate."
October 20 2011 11:46PM
After a frustrating offensive performance against Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers, the Canucks got exactly what they needed: an early goal, and who better than the Sedins to get the team on the board. Buoyed by four first period goals from each Sedin, Dale Weise and Christopher Higgins, the Canucks cruised to a 5-1 victory over an insipid Nashville Predators club.
There’s nothing like a poor performance from an elite NHL goaltender to put things in perspective. And to be fair to Pekka Rinne, he was certainly the victim of bad bounces and a lackadaisical defensive unit. Sound familiar?
October 20 2011 02:46PM
Roberto Luongo's New Mask. I like it.
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