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Written by Dani Toth | 13 January 2011

What? You haven't heard that THE CANUCKS ARE IN NEW YORK?

This was my feeling as my sick-at-home self felt when I visited the NHL.com website today. The Canucks hardly ever get any play on NHL.com normally, but today they have gone all out with the coverage since the team is playing the Rangers tonight. The fact that the team doesn't get much coverage on the NHL website doesn't really bother me as we get plenty of cover at home here with the local papers and multitudes of great blogs out there. But it is interesting to see the sudden increase in coverage on the team because of the game.

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  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail put together a list of the top defensive forwards at the mid-season mark. On his list of 30 players, four Vancouver Canucks make his list: Alex Burrows, Jannik Hansen, Ryan Kesler and Manny Malhotra.
  • With Sami Salo skating more and more these days, and the Canucks needing to clear up more cap space for his return (about $1.8 million), lots have talk is about whether Raffi Torres will be on the way out. Since my expectations of him were low to begin with, sure he was a surprise with regards to how well he has played, but can't say I would be upset it's because Salo is ready to play.
  • But how much would it suck to answer questions about how you would feel about being traded when no timetable has been given for Salo's return? It's one thing to not read the papers to get you down, but obviously you know what they are writing based on the questions they are asking you day-in and day-out
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Written by Dani Toth | 06 January 2011

There's something about having someone make you an omelette to order at the breakfast bar of your hotel that really just elevates your vacation to a whole new level. And having a fruit station of cut papaya's, white pineapples and passion fruits galore may just be resort heaven.

To put it into persepctive, I went to the store near my house when I got back and spent $4.56 on ONE papaya. And don't get me started on the passion fruits that are priced at $2.50 EACH. Clearly I still gave in a bought my one papaya...but had to pass on the passion fruit as I felt the grocery store was attempting to rob me of all my money. I'm happy to say that the papaya was well worth the $4.56 I paid as it helped me get through these last couple days of crappy rainy weather in Vancouver.

So that's where I was on my little blogging vacation away from hockey and the internet. I was on the beach with weather that I imagine that Tampa Bay has all year around, followed by some time spent with family back home. But I'm back now. all refreshed (I hope) and ready to get back into hockey. I've been home a few days now trying to get my grasp on all that has gone on in the world of the Canucks.

So I checked the standings...

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!!!!!

And our record is an unbelievable 16-1-2!!! It just seems like it's so much more unbelievable to come back from a vacation to hear stats like that. And then you wonder, what is Tony Gallagher writing about these days? Can he even write positive articles?

You may have read a version of this post on my Lightning Hockey Blog, apologies since I didn't want to be creative twice
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Written by Dani Toth | 13 December 2010

via Lightning Strikes, Cristodero's Lightning blog on the St. Petersburg Times, here is Mattias Ohlund on his standing ovation that he received in Vancouver on Saturday night:

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Written by Dani Toth | 06 December 2010

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Lately the Bieksa trade rumours have been cropping with more regularity. It seems each week we have a new rumoured team that Bieksa is being headed to. Last week it was Colorado, this week it seems it's Ottawa. It's getting a bit trying, non?

Don't get me wrong here, I love to make quips about Bieksa. It really is such great fun to blame everything on Bieksa, whether or not he was actually at fault for anything. If you don't do it yourself, you should really give it a go. Find some mistake he makes during the game, and then exclaim 'Bieksa!' in a tone of frustration, it really is pure joy some nights.

But let's get serious, Bieksa is not going to get traded in the next couple of weeks. It really isn't going to happen right now as he really is needed on our blue line. He'll probably get traded eventually as we just won't have the cap space to re-sign him for next year, but I just don't see the trade happening right now.

Sami Salo has only just begun to start skating again. I think I read somewhere today that he skated for like 15 minutes or something, which really doesn't put him at the point of being ready to return just yet. I think we are expecting him to be back maybe in the new year, but that depends on how well his recovery goes and how he ends up feeling on the ice. And what if, just for arguments sake, Sami Salo doesn't come back at the same level as before? Does Bieksa become more valuable to the team then? That's a question that you have to ask yourself.

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Written by Dani Toth | 06 December 2010

So it being Markus Naslund's jersey retirement ceremony at the end of the week, you know the next few days until Saturday night will filled with Naslund stories about how the city is gushing over him. Let's not forget that the city and it's critical fans is one of the reasons he was driven away from here...but ok we'll forget that while we think up our favorite memories of #19.

I was asked by a certain Canucks blogger about what my favorite Markus Naslund memory was for a blog post that they were putting together (link will be posted one their post goes up). And I spent the weekend digging through my memory of favorite on ice moment. I think of the Westcoast Express line when I think of Naslund's time here in Vancouver. I think of his leadership and all the stories of how really genuinely NICE he was to fans. But favorite on ice moment?


Fastforward to Ed Jovanovski going crazy in the penalty box when he sees that the Canucks have scored for some youtube joy. no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 04 December 2010

Via @CanucksHD


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Written by Dani Toth | 02 December 2010

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Even though we beat the Flames 7-2 on Wednesday night, the win, although it felt good after the game, was quick to disappear. The good feeling I mean, not the win. What I mean by that, is that because the Canucks had this Blackhawk game on the schedule for Friday night, the win against Calgary doesn't have that same emotion of confidence and joy that a win aginst Chicago could have.

Does this sound ridiculous?

Yes.

Two points are two points, but a game against Chicago has become a test every time it shows up in the schedule. Though it is in equal value to the game we played against Calgary, if we lose against the Blackhawks (AGAIN), the fans will be venting their rage on the TEAM 1040 and back to throwing the players/goalie/defencemen/coach under the bus. But that's what happens when a game against a team that a few years a ago meant so little has become a game against a team that has now reached mystical proportions in our perception. Of course they are the most recent Stanley Cup champions, so if there was a team to measure yourself up to, I guess it would have to be against them.

Obviously I want the Canucks to kick their ass like we did against the Flames, but a hard played game will do. Actually a win would be pretty fantastic but I think I would be content with a really well played game. I'm not looking for physical fights between players, as I don't think that really proves little to the fans anymore, just 60 minutes of well played hockey.

The good thing for the Canucks is that they're on a three game win streak having beaten the Avalanche, Sharks and the Flames. They are playing some of the best hockey they've played all season, and they've had scoring for all four of their lines. The combination of Kesler, Raymond and Tambellini is deadly with their speed and have really looked like they sparked the team. And who knew that dropping Samuelsson down to the third line would spark him?* In summation, the Canucks have played great hockey this week, and yes, tomorrow is a test. A big test.

Game time is at 5:30pm on TSN

Go Canucks Go

Enemy blog: Blackhawks Down Low

*Though maybe it didn't spark him but spread the talent out a bit more so that it's harder to contain? Have to think about that one some more. no comments