The Canucks just played game 42 against the Dallas on Saturday, which means we have just begun the second half of the season. Before we do that, I thought we should look at how the first half went, shall we?
Here are my mid-season thoughts:
Steve Bernier - Not much has changed for you this year, you still have those hands of stone. But you did get a nice haircut earlier this year, and since you are on the 3rd line, I'm not mad at your if you don't score on chances when you are parked in front of the net.
Alex Bolduc - Can't say that I even pay attention to you
Alex Burrows - I knew that you would come back into form after the Daniel Sedin returned from injury. Keep up whatever you are doing and maybe a shorthanded goal sometime soon? I miss those from you
Pavol Demitra - You've been injured all season which limits the ability for MG to trade you. How much longer? Will you even play this season?
Tanner Glass - You were a nice surprise to the Canucks roster. I had no idea who you were since you languished away in Florida for so long but it's been nice to have you here. Keep up the good work.
Jannik Hansen - I want you to be good, isn't that enough? I'm rooting for you but if you aren't better, you're gonna be squeezed out of the line-up soon.
Darcy Hordichuck - You suck. God I can't wait till we get rid of you. How did I think you were some force when you played for the Predators?no comments
Just a few things to kick off the year:
- According to the Winnipeg Free Press, Schneider will report to the Manitoba Moose today. He hasn't played for in a minor-league team in over 20 years but if he doesn't report to the Moose, he won't be paid his salary from the Canucks. This will push the Moose's maximum veteran player # over the max (which is 5) by 1, so we'll see what will happened in a few days with that (Baumgartner is our for another week with an injury, so no initial impact yet)
- Lukowich has cleared waiver's and will be the Canucks' 7th defenseman while Bieksa is out with injury
- Jordan Schroeder (Canucks 2009 draft pick) with 26 points and counting is now Team USA's all-time points leader in the WJHC (now ahead of Jeremy Roenick)
- It's ugly sweater night next Monday at GM Place when the Canucks take on Nashville
- The two teams (Philly and St. Louis) which fired their coach, both did so after losing to the Canucks
- CBJ has only won 1 in the last 10 games (1-6-3) and they play the Canucks tomorrow. Just sayin'.
And for an adorable story about our Kesler in The Province about when his mom called him to congratulate him about making Team USA, here's the quote:
“My mom called me in tears,” said the Livonia, Mich., native. “Her first words were, 'I can't believe I have a son as an Olympian.' She was pretty choked up and very proud of me. It's obviously very special for her and my dad [Mike] and I get kind of choked up thinking about it, too.”
It's going to be hard to hate Kesler when he plays for Team USA....no comments
This may be my last post before 2010 (unless something crazy hits the headlines tomorrow that necessitates something be written), so a few ending thoughts to close out the year.
- Last game of year tomorrow at 4pm against the St. Louis Blues.
- First game of the year will be at 11am on Saturday against Dallas. Yes 11am.
- Word on the street, well from Botchford of The Province at least, is that even if Bieksa is injured, Schneider will not play again for the Canucks. He says that that Schneider's demands for more ice time was only part of the issue. Botch says that NOBODY was happy with him.
- Ehrhoff is named to Team Germany
- Salo is named to Finnish Olympic Team
- Bieksa was expected to return home to Vancouver after the laceration to his leg. I can only imagine that the recovery time will be measured in weeks.
- 4 of the blueliners from Team Canada are from BC: Scott Niedermeyer, Shea Weber, Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith. Nice to see some local representation on the team.
The Canucks lost to the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2 tonight in a shootout, can't say it was the most thrilling game ever and I was reminded by how boring the 1st and 2nd was by Larscheid over and over and over again....guh, Larscheid....
- Schneider has been put on waivers in hopes that a team will pick him and his paycheck up. He was unhappy with the amount of ice time he was getting in Vancouver. His contract is for $1.5 million base pay plus $1.2 million in potential bonuses, if he clears waivers he will be assigned to the Moose.
- Dan Murphy's twitter said that Bieksa's injury was a laceration by a skate to the leg, no info on the severity of it yet
- Not to get ahead of anything here, this is just a personal thought: if Bieksa is injured for any length of time, maybe they would want to play Schneider now? I wonder how that conversation would go with him...
- Pavol Demitra has been named to the Slovakian Olympic Team
- Nice article on Pyatt in Phoenix. He had 5 goals in the last 12 games heading into tonight's game and his plus-minus stas was a plus 12
- Tonight's win for the Coyotes was a franchise record for 10 wins on home ice
- Ryan Johnson has a crack in the bone of his foot according to the Team 1040
- Did was all just hold our breath when Luongo was caught out of his net? Did we all yell at our TV's and tell him never to leave his crease again?
- Phoenix has a lot of good looking players. Pyatt, Upshall, Prucha, Lombardi....just sayin'
- Jovo has a little bit of a meltdown in the box, non?
- What was Shane O'Brien doing trying to pick a fight with Aucoin at the end of the game? WHAT?
- Ryan Kesler broke his stick as he went through the tunnel at the end of the game
This video is just worth watching just for the look on Sutter's face....no comments
The Canucks won last night, leapfrogged over the Flames to 7th in the West and Mason Raymond had a natural hat trick.... thoughts will come on that later today, but big quote from Samuelsson last night:
When asked about how he felt about being left off of Team Sweden last night after the game Samuelsson responded:
"Probably going to get in trouble for this, but they can go F-ck themselves,"
Well you can't fault him for not saying how he feels about not being selected...no comments
The Canucks left last night to Calgary after beating the Oilers 4-1 for Calgary for their 5pm PPV game tonight. Ryan Johnson did not leave with the Canucks, so he will not be playing tonight. The lineup should be the same as last night with Luongo back in goal.
- Sweden has released its provisional Olympic roster for Team Sweden and as expected Henrik and Daniel Sedin were named to the roster
- Alex Edler, Mikael Samuelsson was not named to the roster. Alex Edler is not surprising, since he has not played a good season, and with the injuries to the blue line, Sweden may still include him as a late addition. Samuelsson on the other hand was a bit of a surprise as being left out, as he was on the 2006 squad, but then again though he has had a good October has had a lackluster November and December.
- For the first time in what seems like forever, the Canucks have finally won over a team that they should have beat, a 15th place team in the West
- Last night on CBC they were saying that Schneider hasn't been playing because he doesn't feel that he has gotten enough ice time. Seriously? What did he expect? He's old and a little slow. I feel he should have been getting less time than he has received, and that he should only be playing on the powerplay. We'll have to see how this plays out, but now that we have a healthy blue line, perhaps an early retirement?
- And if you have wondered where the green men game from, check out ESPN for the story