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This and That: O’Brien, Defensive Defensemen, Brodeur

December 2, 2009

So the Canucks begin December with a little eastern roadtrip starting off in New Jersey. It begins 15 games in 30 days for the month of December which includes one back to back game (on the road) and one 10:30am PT start time (in Carolina).

Wednesday’s game against the Devils will be on TSN, while Thursday’s game against the Flyers will be PPV. Strangely enough, two of the Christmas shopping days for ticket holders fall on those days where they have a game. It’s kind of lame of the Canucks to make us choose to either watch the game or take a photo with Santa Fin instead.

Anyways, links about Canuck related things:

  • O’Brien should get to play soon, either on Wednesday or Thursday because of the back to back games, with Schneider sitting out the game against the Flyers maybe? AV said to the press that O’Brien needs to play like Douglas Murray of the Sharks “There’s a guy who, when he was on the ice, our guys knew it. He was physical, he was hard to play against. He was a guy, who if something happens on the ice you know he’s going to be in there and he’s going to defend his teammates,” –AV to The Province
  • Mirtle put together a list of the top 25 defensive defencemen in the NHL so far (a little past the quarter mark of the season). Christian Ehrhoff and Willie Mitchell come in on that list at #22 and #25 respectively.
  • Brodeur was just named this past week’s NHL second star of the week. Tommorrow’s game could be great to watch for the goaltending alone. Brodeur and Luongo face each other in net on Wednesday for what is going to be the matchup of the starter and backup for Team Canada (with Fleury taking the 3rd goalie spot) (barring any crazy injuries or terrible play for either player).
  • Even though New Jersey had a coaching change this past summer, don’t expect their games to have gotten any more interesting to watch. Their new coach is former Wild coach Jacques Lemaire. Yes, the hated defensive style Minnesota coach. Does this help Brodeur look better in net? Oh maybe. Though what Brodeur has going for him on his resume that Luongo does not is Stanley Cups and lots and lots of playoff experience
  • Brodeur just became an American citizen, actually dual citizen, but don’t worry, he’ll still play for Team Canada
  • Jeff Vinnick is on the road with the Canucks to capture their Eastern roadtrip, check out his first set of photos here. I love the candid one of the Sedins having lunch (click to enlarge, photo from Canucks.com). Feel free to throw captions in the comments.

Pizza Shark Time

November 29, 2009

People eat pizza, but sharks eat people. Protect your pizza by shaping it like a shark.

Maybe if I shape a pizza like a whale, do you think that gives the Canucks better odds to win tonight? The photo is a screen cap of one of my favorite websites called F-ck Yeah Sharks, if you need some time to waste, do check them out. For your enemy blog needs, check out my friends over at Couchtarts for your Shark needs.

I don’t think there is a team that I fear more than the Sharks. I keep up with the Sharks quite a bit since I know the biggest Sharks fan in Vancouver. They win with efficiency, and in a way that is entertaining to watch (not like Detroit). When they lose, then tend to do it in blow out fashion, see last game against Chicago, but then they bounce back and look like they didn’t even miss a beat.

Of course, they haven’t had success in the postseason, which if you need to make fun of a Sharks fan is your fall back conversation ender.

If I was a hockey player, I think San Jose would be my choice of the team I would play for. They have a great fanbase, great weather, great looking jerseys (love the black armour) and have teal, black and white as their colours. The only thing that they have going against them is that they play the Ducks 6 times a year.

What will happen tonight? Me and Nate were talking last night and could agree that the final score would end up being 4-2, well 3-2 with an open net goal. Nate thinks the Canucks will win and I disagree and think the Sharks will take it (I’m just being a realist here). Last year they took 3 out of the 4 games that we played. Currently the team is the best of a ton of categories: best team in the league, goals, in the top 3 of the PP, the PK and my current favorite fantasy player leads the league in points, Joe Thornton.

This is the first time that Christian Ehrhoff will face his old team. And though I don’t think I’ve written about Ehrhoff yet, I love this guy on our team. Due to this years’ weird schedule, after this game, we won’t play them again until March, where we will face the Sharks 3 times in the last 24 days of the season.

On the San Jose team, the tandem of Thornton (set up guy) to Heatley (finish man) has been on fire, what a great trade for the Sharks for Heatley. Oh, and Cheechoo has how many goals these days? Yeah. Anyways, I can’t wait to see those two play on Team Canada (maybe together?). Patrick Marleau, who was stripped of his C during the summer (it was given to Blake who is currently out on the IR) is having a great year with the lowered amount on pressure on him. The Sharks also have great goaltending, who if you ever get a chance to see, give great interviews on SharksTV. The only thing the Sharks are lacking, to me, is a really good checking line.

Tonight will be a great test for the Canucks, who with Daniel back, are now healthier. Up against a great team, it will show us how good the Canucks really are (or aren’t).

Meet 2 Young Swedish Prospects..

November 26, 2009

…that will probably never crack the Canucks roster.

Meet Anton Rodin and Peter Andersson. They also don’t have the best interview skills, even when being interviewed in Swedish. Some answers of “Nope” and lots of “Yeah, me too”s in there. Their answer about contact with the Canucks training staff elicited a peculiar answer (see below), it makes me want to know what kind of e-mails Dave Gagner send them, sounds…um a little weird. Elaboration clearly is not their strong point, for their sake, I hope they are better at hockey.

How much contact do you have with the Canucks training staff and do they provide you with tips or advice on how to improve your game?

AR – I usually talk to Inge Hammarstrom because he lives almost where I live and I have also talked to Dave Gagner a few times too.

PA – Dave Gagner has sent me some emails.

This and That: Another Stupid Break

November 26, 2009

What is with these stupid breaks? Did whoever design this schedule not look what December looks like? One more sleep until the game tomorrow night against the Kings, oh and it’s PPV btw.

Since I don’t want to write stuff about how Demitra is still not better (though apparently wants to be able to play) or how we haven’t taken enough games to OT, so that if we lose we’ll still get a pity OT point, which would thus make us look better in the standings, I’ve decided show you a video that I think you may enjoy:

Miles Fisher’s (not Mike Fisher) music video for his cover of This Must Be The Place. If you have watched American Psycho, you’ll love it. If you haven’t, go watch the movie, it’s priceless.

-The video is NSFW

Mason Raymond Autograph Session

November 25, 2009

Want Raymond’s autograph on a Pharmasave Calender?

Sure you do. He’ll be at the Canucks Team Store tomorrow between 4-5pm, click here for, well not much more than what I have already told you.

This and That: Stuff from last week

November 23, 2009

Yes yes, most of this is old news, but some of you have missed it, so that’s why I’m posting this link dump.

  • Down Goal Brown identifies the 10 types of Leaf fans, and how to deal with them
  • Hockey Goal Celebration FAIL:

Burrows toughs out his injuries

November 19, 2009

Late story by Botchford on The Province website tonight about how Burrows has been playing through an injury. He was injured by Drew Doughty during the Kings game on October 29th, but since the Moose don’t really have any players left to call up, he’s been playing through a nagging groin and hip flexor injuries.

This is not an excuse for the lack of scoring or anything, just something interesting to note. With regards to the lack of scoring, well I think to evaluate that we’ll have to wait for the return of Daniel Sedin before we start calling out Burr. And while we’re on that topic, Daniel’s return has been pushed to Sunday against the Blackhawks.

Naslund comes out of retirement, will play for Modo

November 17, 2009

So, the rumor that I wrote about yesterday was true, Naslund will come out of retirement to play with Forsberg. The two have previously played four seasons together for Modo.

Interesting tidbit out of the story on TSN: “According to reports, Naslund and Forsberg have both turned down salaries with the team will play for free”

Forsberg to remain with Modo

November 17, 2009

Mike Gillis today ended speculation on whether Peter Forsberg would return to the NHL (this season).

From The Province:
“My understanding is Peter is going to stay and play in MoDo and he won’t return to the NHL this year,” Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said. “He made it [the decision] because it’s more of a day-to-day thing with his foot as opposed to a situation where he’s confident he can play.

“I think it’s a tribute to him that he didn’t want to put himself in a position where he’s taking a roster spot and not being an everyday player on an NHL team.”

Rumor has it that Naslund might come out of retirement to play with Forsberg as they have wanted to play together during the NHL…could this come to fruition? We’ll have to wait on and see on this one as it’s still a rumor, but they two did have dinner together on Thursday night at the NHLPA’s Goals and Dreams program…writing this I suddenly feel more like US Weekly…