Written by Dani Toth | 20 February 2012

I missed this on Saturday night because I was busy fussing around getting my game meal ready but this is a really touching interview that Elliotte Friedman did for HNIC's Inside Hockey segment with Wes Rypien, Rick Rypien's brother.

Let's not stop promoting the website that lives on in his legacy, visit mindcheck.ca if you haven't ever done so. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 17 February 2012


Via Aaron Portzline this afternoon, it is believed that Rick Nash has Vancouver as one of his team's on his list that he would waive his no trade clause for. The others are Boston, LA, New York Rangers, San Jose and Toronto.

Vancouver being on his list is not unexpected, but I wouldn't suggest you read that much into this putting us really in the running for him. We're on the list because we're a competitive team that Nash wouldn't mind being traded to. That's really all there is to it at this stage in the game. A similar argument could be made for the other teams on his projected list, or if not currently competitive they are a major market team that has the potential to be competitive.

So relax, his giant ass contract most likely has scared away Gillis from a potential trade that would ruin the team chemistry made this far into the season. But at the same time you have to expect that Gillis will look into what Howson wants for him. Doesn't mean that the Canucks would have to trade for him but Gillis still has to do his due diligence in looking into what it would cost to get such a potentially great winger. He would be foolish to not. Though it would seem very out of character for Gillis to make this large of a trade at the trade deadline. This seems more like a trade that GMMG would make in the off season if the Canucks royally screw up in the playoffs. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 03 February 2012

This is the Canadian version of the Budweiser commercial that will air this weekend. Even if you've never played rec hockey, it brings out all the warm and fuzzies after watching this:

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Written by Dani Toth | 03 February 2012


The Canucks has no business winning this game tonight. Their first and second period was all Detroit, the only reason they were still in it going into the third period was because of Luongo. Bitch all you want about him losing the shootout, but we wouldn't be in the overtime or the shootout if Luongo hasn't been huge tonight.

Question we are all asking ourselves: why was Mason Raymond in the shootout?

God I hate to play Detroit. They are just so damn good.

A bring spot for the Canucks were the two Michigan born players playing great tonight.

But how about Sam Gagner? Ridic.

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Written by Dani Toth | 16 January 2012

Now that the majority of my real life people all have twitter, I often assume that they are over the hockey news like I. So when I launch into a conversation about Penner and his pancake letter last week and there is a look of dumbfoundedness on the listener's face, well I realize that maybe not everyone seems to read the same things I do. And that's cool, that really is. Honest. That's why I have a blog.

Since I'll be at tomorrow's game with one of my season ticket buddies, I thought it would be fun to chat about the latest stupid things in hockey if say the Canucks played as lacklustre-ly as last night. So in prep for tomorrow, let's get started on an education of silly things in hockey, today's topic is Dustin Penner of the Kings. And for a bonus, I've also thrown in Ovechkin's guest spot in a rap video as well.


As you may or may not have heard, Penner was injured last week due back spasms caused when he was settling into eating pancakes. Yes, you read that right.

Here is Penner describing it via the LA Kings Insider:

“Not bad. Better than yesterday. I woke up fine, sat down to eat and it locked right up. It never happened to me before. I couldn’t stand up. I was probably at the third stage of evolution. So my wife helped me get dressed, and then I drove to the rink here, to hope they could do some magic and get it opened up. Kinger [trainer Chris Kingsley] just looked at me and said, `Go home.’ So I got some treatment and went home.

“Apparently it’s one of those mysterious things, where you can throw it out (from) sneezing. I just leaned over to dip into some delicious pancakes that my wife made. It’s just like it [the pain] wraps around you and squeezes. … So it was disappointing. Hopefully it’s just an isolated incident, and not something that’s going to become chronic.”

And then Penner decided to pen a hilarious reponse to the events which came via MayorsManor.com:

So it seems as though I need to address Pancakegate for those in the sports media world, as well as those following #pennercakes on twitter, in light of the recent phenomenon I've created.

Right off the bat, I'd like to clarify a few things.

For example, they were vegetarian pancakes. The injury happened as I was sitting down to eat, not mid-bite. And yes, I did finish them.

There has been some feedback from the media as a whole regarding the lack of transparency involving injuries. So, I decided to be candid.

Continue reading after the jump...

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Written by Dani Toth | 16 January 2012


Coming home after a four game roadtrip and then playing their first home game on a Sunday night against the Ducks, this game just looked like it was going to be a mess. The Canucks haven't played well since their win over Boston, they come home with two wins since then, but not very good games played. After giving up a lead to Tampa Bay and having to win it in the shootout, and having to play from behind against St. Louis and win in overtime, you would think with two days off the team would have found the jump to play tonight.

That was not the case...

Tonight's game was lacking energy and motivation to win. The Ducks came in with a 4-0-1 record in their last five games and just looked like they wanted it more. They outshot the Canucks 34 to 23, were more aggressive on the forecheck and were blessed with turnovers aplenty from Vancouver. I think I heard the name Bonino like 15 times tonight, which was 15 times too many. And then there was the hattrick of penalties taken by Bieksa.

I can see why fans left with seven minutes of the game. Sometimes, the product on the ice just isn't there to win.

It was nice to see David Booth back with the team. But like when he first got traded to the them he brought his speed and quick shot with him, but with no trailer of a player to put in his rebound, his effort was wasted. With his return to the lineup the Canucks sent down Mike Duco back to the Wolves.

With tonight's loss and Chicago's win over San Jose, the Blackhawks move up into 1st place in the Western Conference. Next game is Tuesday against the Kings. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 10 January 2012

As we all heard earlier today Brad Marchand was suspended 5 games for clipping Sami Salo on Saturday.

He was penalized for the illegal hit, the injury (concussion) that resulted from the play and his previous suspension history.

Whether you agree with the suspension or not (my friend doesn't think it was a clip), the suspension was given. So was this a hip check that just went wrong?

Yeah that's possible. But where I think Marchand went wrong is his argument that he was trying to protect himself from Salo to the press post-game. This hit doesn't look like he is trying to protect himself, it's either an attempt to injure Salo's knees that went wrong or it was a hip check that went wrong. If his argument had been that this was supposed to be a hip check that happened to go lower than intended, maybe he doesn't end up with this long of a suspension or any suspension.

But that wasn't the case. Instead Marchand argued that this was protecting his own safety and Shanahan outlined how this didn't fit what actually transpired. Shanahan points out the previous shoulder check that transpired just moments before between Salo and Marchand that resulted in no injury to either player.

Here is the Bruins' reaction to the suspension:

"While we respect the process that the Department of Player Safety took to reach their decision regarding Brad’s hit on Sami Salo, we are very disappointed by their ruling.

"While we understand that the Department of Safety is an evolving entity, it is frustrating that there are clear comparable situations that have not been penalized or sanctioned in the past.

"It is equally disappointing that Brad sought the counsel of the Department this past Fall for an explanation and clarification regarding this type of scenario so as to adjust his game if necessary. He was advised that such an incident was not sanctionable if he was protecting his own safety.  Given our feeling that Brad was indeed protecting himself and certainly did not clip the player as he contacted the player nowhere near the knee or quadricep, today’s ruling is not consistent with what the Department of Player Safety communicated to Brad."

And here is part of Marchand's blog today:

OK, the play with Sami Salo. It technically wasn’t a clip. Clipping is when you hit someone at the knees and I did not hit him at the knees. Anyone that has seen the video will see that I hit him in the upper thigh under the buttocks. They can call it a clipping, but they obviously don’t know the rules of hockey. I felt like I was trying to protect myself and get low and he went over me. It was very unfortunate that he was injured on the play. I know he has a concussion. There has been a lot of concussions going on this year. It’s a very fast game. A lot of guys are big and strong and physical. It’s very tough on the guys. It seems of late, a lot of guys are getting injured. Hopefully concussions can kind of start to drop off and we don’t see as many of them.

That was posted after the Shanahan video on the suspension is released.

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