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Written by Dani Toth | 16 December 2011

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Really? More money? You didn't get enough?

So ok, I have no idea if he didn't receive full payment, and my reaction is from a bitter fan perspective. But tonight Darren Dreger mentioned in Inside Hockey that Mark Messier is pursing money that wasn't paid to him that was part of his contract. It's part of money that tied to increased value for while he was in Vancouver. According to Dreger, the money is of significant value and that he had filed a grievance about it a couple years ago but that an arbitrator is finally getting around to hear his claim.

Via The Province, the statement released by the Canucks is:

“The contractual situation involving Mark Messier and the hockey club is an on-going process and as a result Canucks Sports & Entertainment will respectfully defer further comment until the issue has been resolved.” no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 16 December 2011



One of these days Ballard, one of these days it will go in no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 08 December 2011

I know some fine nurses who work at BC Children's hospital, who every year get excited in December, since they know the Canucks are coming for a surprise visit sometime during the month. Obviously as a hockey fan, having the team show up at your work, well that's pretty cool but to see how it lifts up spirits of the kids at the hospital, I bet that's pretty amazing too.

Here are my favorite photos of the Jeff Vinnick and Rick Collins collection up at Canucks.com:

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Written by Dani Toth | 08 December 2011

Just when Booth was starting to play really, really well, we have another man down. In addition to losing Chris Higgins with a staph infection to his foot, Kesler lost another linemate as the Canucks announced via twitter today that Booth is out 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL.

The injury came from this knee on knee hit with Kevin Porter in last night's Avs game:



Brutal to watch happen.

Kevin Porter will have a hearing with Brendan Shanahan as per Bob McKenzie of the TSN panel during tonight's Oilers game

The only thing mildy funny to come out of that hit was this tweet from Ryan Kelser:

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Update:

Kevin Porter got suspended 4 games as per Shanahan


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Written by Dani Toth | 06 December 2011

So it's official, next season we're changing up the schedule, the division (no more), the conferences and the playoffs.

So if you have been ignoring all the re-alignment talk, here is the breakdown:

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And here is what those conference look like visually (map by my friend Cassie @dagmar27):
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The key points:
1. Instead of divisions and conferences, now we get 4 conferences. The conferences don't have names yet but we can refer to them based on geography for now) There are two 7 team conferences (Northeast and Atlantic) and two 8 team conferences (the Pacific and Central)
2. You will play a home and home game against every team not in your division, so that means you'll see every team at Rogers Arena at least once per season. Gone are the every odd year to see Crosby, Ovechkin and Stamkos in Vancouver
3. The rest of the games will be against teams in your own conference. In the conference with 7 teams, they'll play six games against each team in their conference. In our conference of 8 teams, we'll alternate playing some of the teams six times and year and some of the teams five times a year.

In the playoffs*:
1. The top 4 teams of each conference makes it into the playoffs. You will then play against your own division for the first two rounds, so to win, you'll have to play your way out of the conference
2. After winning the conference, the top 4 teams will be re-seeded according to points. So the semi-final and SCF could be against anyone in the other 3 conferences.

*The playoff re-seeding idea hasn't been finalized, but this seems like the way its heading. What this means is that the Canucks could end up playing against the Blackhawks for the SCF.

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Written by Dani Toth | 24 November 2011

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We should re-watch this amazing video of his Jannik Hansen impression on HNIC's after hours:



Congrats to Schneider for his first shutout this season and his second career shutout.
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Written by Dani Toth | 23 November 2011

This photo comes via Puck Daddy and it was originally posted in Pass it to Bulis.

Puck Daddy's description was:
Chris Higgins Ladies ...

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I think I've looked at it for way longer than I should. But there is something about it that just isn't really that attractive. Yeah, yeah, I get that we see his abs. Abs, duly noted. But it's just not doing it for me, maybe you gentle reader will think differently.

Put him in a good suit, and heyo, I would probably go for that. Or maybe it's the fact that he's wiping his nose with his jersey and the abs are the only thing redeeming about this photo.

Aside from all the abs photo staring that I've now made you do, go read Daniel Wagner's post that accompanies the photo on Chris Higgins, because it really does outline how hardworking and consistent he has been as a play for the Canucks. no comments