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Written by Dani Toth | 04 April 2010

According to THIS article by Jason Botchford in The Province, it doesn't sound like Shane O'Brien is out of the doghouse just yet.

Not unless he’s lost 13 pounds in three days and sufficiently repented for his off-ice sins, which, the Canucks inferred, suggest he does not care about the game or his team.

By all accounts, O’Brien has been working his tail off in exile. Sweating off pounds and guilt.

But before he can make a return, he still has to face some more tribunals. He has to meet with head coach Alain Vigneault, which could happen Sunday, and with GM Mike Gillis who isn’t scheduled to sit down with him until Monday. None of the meetings are expected to be warm and cuddly.

So based on what Botchford's article, it sounds like O'Brien won't be in the lineup tomorrow against Minnesota. It's too bad since watching Alberts on the ice makes me wish O'Brien was in the lineup instead, and that's saying a lot.

As much as I have a soft spot with O'Brien, being a repeat offender at what he has done is unacceptable as a pro hockey player. His job is to stay in shape, show up to practice on time and play hard every game. Gaining weight and showing up an hour late to work is unacceptable when you are being paid loads of money to play hockey as your job. Playing hockey is a dream job that really for his type calibre player at his age will not be around for that many more years. He's an RFA at the end of this season and antics like this certainly can't help his case for a new contract.

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Written by Dani Toth | 03 April 2010

Heyyyy! We clinched a spot in the playoffs! But last night, really was the Michael Grabner show.

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The boxscore says that he only played 13:37 last night, but he looked like he had his coming out night last night with his first career hat trick.

Since he was called up from the Moose, Grabner has had plenty of chances to get a goal but he just hasn't been able to bury them. With the return of Bernier and Samuelsson on the horizon, I was fearful of Grabner being squeezed out of the line up for his lack of production. Don't get me wrong, he still very may be scratched in favour of other players in the playoffs, but with last nights 3 goals he makes the decision a little more interesting.

Recap and videos after the jump

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Written by Dani Toth | 03 April 2010

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Woo!

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Written by Dani Toth | 30 March 2010

During the 1st period, Ryan Kesler hit Derek Morris into the boards earning him a 5 minute boarding major and a game misconduct. Did it warrant a major penalty or should just a 2 minute penalty been handed out? The hit was debatable whetherit should have been a 5 minute major, as it seems that it was a harsher penalty handed because of how Morris went into the boards

Here is the video:

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Written by Dani Toth | 29 March 2010

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Shane O'Brien is again the the doghouse. According to The Province and the Vancouver Sun, he arrive at an 11am practice at 10:55, and to send a message to O'Brien and the rest of the team really, O'Brien is being benched in tomorrow game against Phoenix. Alberts will be in the lineup in place of O'Brien.

The two papers are saying that he possibly slept in. Riiiight. If you slept in, which you shouldn't because you can clearly afford an alarm, you would call the Canucks office to say you were late then proceed to get you butt to practice. I won't excuse what he did, but neither will I make a big deal over it. He messed up and will be benched, let's move on. And to all those commenter's on the two newspapers, named 'anonymous' that are saying he was at the Roxy last night....get a life. You either need one because you were at country night at the Roxy on a Sunday or you need a life because you think it's funny to make dumb comments.

In other news:

  • The Canucks have signed another Schneider. This one, named Stefan Schneider, is a forward that plays in the WHL for the Portland Winterhawks. He's 20, 6'4", 206 pounds and is originally from Vernon. He had 23 points and 42 penalty minutes in 72 games played this season
  • The UFC event that was supposed to take place in Vancouver on June 12 is a no go as per Joe Ferraro of Sportsnet
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Written by Dani Toth | 28 March 2010

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In my recent memory of Canuck season, I can't remember a season where the Canucks hadn't been fighting for the NW Division lead or a playoff spot right till the bitter end. With only seven games to go, having a 5 point on the Avalanche, and only needing 3 more points to clinch a playoff spot, the Canucks are in a good spot.

This week we'll face the Coyotes on Tuesday followed by a road back to back game (but no huge travel requirement) on Thursday and Friday against Los Angeles and Anaheim respectively. The Canucks could, by end of  Thursday night, clinch a playoff spot. Next week's games are spread out evenly against the Wild, Avalanche, Sharks and the Flames to end the season.

With a 5 point lead over the Avalanche, the Canucks don't seem like they are going anywhere from the spot on top of the NW Division. Unless the Canucks have a complete meltdown, the Canucks may end up with some games at the end of the season to rest players or work on some nagging issues.

Before heading into the last four game stretch, do the Canucks think about resting Sami Salo? or perhaps Christian Ehrhoff? The second game of the back to back against Anaheim in particular is the one I'm thinking about. Both are key defencemen who both participated in the Olympics. After the Olympic break Ehrhoff in particular looked tired, and it was noticeable on the ice. He's back to his normal form now, but with no ETA for Willie Mitchell, I have concerns that the two will be worn down through the playoffs. Salo, dare I say it, has been healthy recently, shocking I know. But maybe we should give him some extra rest, just as say perhaps, a precaution?

All of this hypothetical thinking depends on how the Canucks do against Phoenix and LA first, but it's nice to be able to even have the thought of resting your players instead of playing for a shot in the playoffs.

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Written by Dani Toth | 28 March 2010

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In what was suppsed to be a bounce back game for Luongo, the second period just killed the Canucks. Actually the Canucks in the second period killed themselves. Luongo himself didn't actually play that badly, it was just mistakes made by the Canucks that cost them the game, **cough cough* Edler!

The Canucks were up 1-0 after the first from a weak goal that was let in by Nabokov, the type of weak goal that we've seen Luongo make far too often recently. In the second period, Dany Heatley faked a pass then rifled a shot over Luongo's shoulder, a pretty goal if you were a Sharks fan. The Sharks then gained energy, looked dangerous and Edler decided to help them out. Alex Edler, who was at the point wasn't able to contain the puck and instead sprung forward Marleau. Clearly he then scored because Luongo, although good in shootouts, not so good on breakaways. Looks of excitement on Marleau's face after he skate away from that goal.

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