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Written by Dani Toth | 07 March 2010

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Actually I'm a week late with this post, but since this is what happened last Sunday on this blog's actual birthday:

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I think it's understandable that I didn't want to write a post about my blog's first anniversary when there was clearly bigger things happening, like Canada winning GOLD!

Once year ago, after many weeks of thought, I decided to begin blogging. After overwhelming and perhaps annoying my friends and family with my talk about hockey, I decided to channel my desire to talk about the sport through a blog. To read about the reason I started blogging you can read it at a contribution I did for CLS' Odd Woman Rush. Instead of being logical and starting just one blog, I started two: Vancity Canuck and The Hockey Bay. I figured that it would be fun and that if I hated it, I could just quit after a few posts. I didn't really care or have any expectations that anyone would actually read what I wrote.

After twelve months of writing and 487 posts later (between the two blogs), a lot of things have changed. The most obvious is that I have moved from my old home on blogspot over to join the Bloguin family here, moving both of my blogs over to the network. The Hockey Bay retained the same name, whereas Vancity Canuck got renamed Benched Whale.

One of the great things about being a hockey blogger is getting to know other bloggers through which, I have also been able to write at such fab sites like Cycle Like the Sedins, Raw Charge and most recently as a writer for the Olympic Hockey Blog.

And the most important, is that I got readers! Yes readers, and sometimes even commenters, which proves that it's more than just my  brother (and Sharks fan) reading what I'm writing. I'm sure my writing quality has gotten better over time, which you, dear reader, I'm sure is grateful for.

In the end my thanks goes out to the people that read my work. Thank you for visitng my site, sending me e-mails and leaving comments on my posts. Thank you for linking to my posts in your blogs, on twitter or forums. I do appreciate it. And a huge thank you to my flatmate who puts up with me spending so much time writing.

Here's to another year of blogging!

And again, thank you.

Vancity Canuck
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Written by Dani Toth | 06 March 2010

I could not recap last night, there was just no will to recap.

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Photo from AP

This morning, thoughts are the same, Luongo sucked shit.

It wasn't just Luongo, no I'm ok with ripping in to the whole team today. It was the Canucks against one of the best in the West, a statement game for the Canucks. Instead of being a great game of hockey, it was a game filled with garbage hockey and ridiculous penalties.

  • 37 seconds into the game and already 32 minutes of penalties had been handed out
  • 37 seconds into the game and the Canucks have to kill off a 5-3
  • Luongo was not his normal average self, instead was his alter ego where he let is dumb goals. He let in 5 goals on 14 shots.
  • Coach AV decided to take lessons from Bykov, the coach for Team Russia in the Olympics and continued to let Luongo be in goal. Luongo should have been pulled after that 4th goal, instead AV left him in goal where he let in another one to end the period. Raycroft started the 2nd where the score was 5-1 and too late for a comeback
  • Andrew Alberts sucked
  • Where were the Sedins? I haven't seen them since January

Quote from Luongo via The Province:

"I didn't want to be in there for a dozen, so you might as well take me out after the first,"

It has been very frustrating to watch Luongo play, as when he is on his game, he is average and still lets in a soft goal every couple of games. He looks to be having trouble handling the puck and not being able to just freeze the damn thing. And when Luongo is shit, he is really shit. Obviously other goalies are having trouble too, Fleury was just pulled against the Rangers the other night, but as my flatmate commented last night to me, Luongo hasn't had a game recently where he has legitimately stolen the game.

Other Canuck Stuff

  • Burrows did set a career record last night in goals with his 29th
  • Luongo says that he will donate the $20,000 that he receives for winning gold in the Olympics to charity. Some of it will go to Canuck Place and the rest to his private charity in Montreal
  • Shea Weber injured his left hand (re-aggravated) in the game against Detroit last night and left the game in the first period. He is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury. The Nashville Tennessean reports that he will be re-evaluated today so he might still play against Vancouver tomorrow
  • Tomorrow's game is at 12pm PST against Nashville

Update:

Shea Weber will not play tomorrow's game against the Canucks as per The Tennessean via On The Forechek

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Written by Dani Toth | 06 March 2010

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Dear Luongo,

You sucked sh-t tonight

That is all

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Written by Dani Toth | 04 March 2010

Just a few things:

Bernier has flown back to Vancouver on Wednesday to see an abdominal specialist next Tuesday about a possible sports hernia injury

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Bloguin's March NHL Power Rankings are up:

-The top 4 teams remain the Caps, Hawks, Sharks and Devils
-The Canucks come in at #5
-The Flames and Oilers dropped 7 spots and 10 spots respectively
Go check it out to see what the other Bloguin bloggers are saying about the teams going into the last 20 game stretch

The Canucks have 19 games left in the season and after thumping the Red Wings 6-3 (that was enjoyable to see the Wings lose, no?) Canucks had the day off today from hockey in Chicago. Last time the two teams played, some words were said in the media between Kesler and Andrew Ladd, expect that to be talked about in the media tomorrow. Even bigger than that, after just playing together on a line, Kesler will now have to play against Patrick Kane whom apparently became friends during the Olympics. Don't worry Kes, it's easy to hate on Kane, just give it about 5 minutes.

Gametime tomorrow is 5:30 PST on Sportsnet
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Written by Dani Toth | 04 March 2010

In short: Nothing happened

Well, I'm lying, the Canucks did acquire center Yan Stastny from the St. Louis Blues for Pierre-Cedric Labrie. PC Labrie was trending on twitter at one point, mostly because people where asking who the f-ck is PC Labrie? Well Vancouver fans, you don't need to know anymore since we've shipped him to wherever the Blues tuck away their AHL players that will never make it to the NHL. Yan Stastny is the son of Peter Stastny and his younger brother is Colorado's Paul Stastny. Yan Stasny is no Paul Stastny, that's all you need to know.

The Canucks did trade Mathieur Schneider from the Manitoba Moose to the Phoenix Coyotes for defenceman Sean Zimmerman and a 6th round conditional draft pick (2010). Gillis was correcting for the mistake of signing Schneider initially with this move, but it seems fitting for Schneider to moves to Phoenix, maybe he can scout out a retirement home there since I hear the weather's nice.

Then the Canucks acquired defenceman Andrew Alberts from the Carolina Hurricanes for a 3rd round draft pick (2010). He's 6'5" and 220 lbs and kinda like SOB, but cheaper at $800,000 this season and $1.3 million next season. I'm assuming that this will spell the end of SOB's time in Vancouver after this season.

So minor changes to the Canucks roster but nothing of what I was hoping for. With Willie Mitchell return being uncertain I was hoping for more of a solid top 4 defenceman instead what we ended up with is a 5th or 6th defenceman in Alberts and minor leaguer in Stastny. Good on Gillis for getting rid of Schneider for anything really as I hadn't even held out hope that any team would want Schneider.

All in all, it was a dissappointing day for the Canucks. If Gillis thinks we can go down the playoff stretch with this team he's out of his mind or is seeing something in Aaron Rome that clearly I am not. Of course I don't expect to build a team through trades, but fix them when long term injuries hit and I don't think Gillis did enough for the team. And one last thing, whoever compares trade deadline day to NHL Christmas is crazy, or got robbed out of a good Christmas. I'll compare July 1st (UFA day) to NHL Christamas, but trade deadline day since the cap was intruduced is a day with a lot of hype but very little substance, kind of like an overpriced new years eve event.

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Written by Dani Toth | 03 March 2010

The Canucks came back to after being down 2-0, to tie up the game with goals from Burrows and Demitra. CBJ then went ahead 3-2 and with just over 5 minutes left in the game Kyle Wellwood get's a goal to tie up the game. Hooray for Wellwood, but that's probably his 1 goal per month quota, so don't expect to see anything out of him until April. Ehrhoff ended the game in OT jumping up on the play and firing a wrist shot.

The Canucks came back with a lucky win here, maybe it's because the Blue Jackets played like sh-t. It goes to show you bad CBJ is when they can't beat the Canucks even with a lead in the game and with Raycroft in net. It was sorta disappointing watching regular hockey after you've just seen the Olympics, realizing that instead of Shea Weber on your D, you have Aaron Rome.

Brad Lukowich was put on waivers today for 'salary cap reasons', which means the Canucks may be clearing space for tomorrows trade deadline or if didn't acquire someone, they are saving pennies for the game that he was going to be a healthy scratch for.

With still no word on what Willie Mitchell's time frame back to the ice is or if he will be out for the rest of the season, will the Canucks try to acquire Dan Hamhuis from the Predators? He's a UFA on July 1st and could be a top 4 defenceman for the Canucks. More importantly, with Bieksa skating, that would mean a reduction in the minutes for Aaron Rome and right now Rome getting any minutes is what concerns me.

The Canucks are back playing tomorow night against Detroit. Oh and in case you've been living under a rock, it's trade deadline day tomorrow, live blogging over at the 6th Sens

 

 

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Written by Dani Toth | 02 March 2010

Hello Vancouver, how is our collective hangover doing today? Whether you are ready for it, the Canucks are back in action. There are 21 games in the next 41 days, which is like a game every other day.

Some numbers:

21 - Number of games left in the season

11 - Number of away games

10 - Number of home games

6 - Number of games against NW Division opponents

5 - Number of back to backs (so 10 total games)

3 - Number of games against the Sharks

Trade Deadline Day

For the most anticipated, but often a disappointingly quiet day (Jokinen was the highlight last year), here is what the plan is

  • For the NHL trade deadline I will be popping in on The 6th Sens' liveblog. I'll post up the link to it when it goes live on Wednesday morning, come join, I'm sure hilarity will ensue
  • Expect a recap of the transactions, or at least the ones (if any) to the Canucks after all the dust settles
  • Check out Cycle Like the Sedins for their annual trade deadline If You Were The GM Special, I'm both a writer AND an editor. Here are links for the NE Division, SE Division, NW Division, Central Division
  • For a look at the trade deadline, check out View From My Seats' NW Division Cheat Sheet
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