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Written by Dani Toth | 31 December 2011

This morning Scott Wedgewood is named as the starting goalie for tonight's game against the USA. He's earned the start with his play and now basically the job is his to lose. After two losses this game doesn't mean anything in the standings for Group B as Canada has now secured the bye to the semi-finals, but the Americans will still to play hard because well it's a game against Canada. And three losses in a row will just bring on more criticism for the players.

But what is an awesome side story is this story in The Province (originally in the Edmonton Journal) involving Wedgewood, a twitter follower and getting a new laptop.

Yeah that's right.

If you are too lazy to click on the link, here is the gist: After tweeting that his laptop is dying, a twitter follower of his tweeted back a sale that deal that Future Shop was having. Jokingly Wedgewood tweets "Want to buy it for me? #greatlyappreciated".

And the response was “Give me a shipping address,” “Consider it a playing for Canada gift although my 11 year old goalie son would love an autograph.”

The computer then showed up to the team hotel on December 29th.

Puck drop for this game is 4:30pm. Go Canada no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 24 December 2011

If you thought the Blackhawks Christmas video was good, well then you haven't seen the Sharks' Christmas video. Enjoy



That was a-mazing. And so well done. You have to admit that the acting talent of some of the Sharks is actually pretty decent.

Wish the Canucks would put out something like this no comments

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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