Jumat, 25 September 2009

Crib Notes - Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver Canucks
Finished 1st in the Northwest. Lost to Chicago in 6 games in the semis.
Signed former Red Wing Mikael Samuelsson via free agency
Signed Dman Brad Lukowish, Matthieu Schneider and Christian Ehrhoff
For some reason signed backup goalie Andrew Raycroft
Lost D Mattias Ohlund to Tampa via free agency
Let goalies Curtis Sanford and Jason LaBarbera go unsigned
Resigned both Sedins and Roberto Luongo
Did not resign Mats Sundin

Questions going into 2009-2010:
If Henrik blocks a shot to the ankle does Daniel fall over in pain just like Tomax and Xamot in G.I. Joe?
Have any of the Sedins ever blocked a shot?
How will Pavol Demitra bounce back after shoulder surgery?
Will the loss of Mattias Ohlund further expose a defense that got run out of Chicago last postseason?
If Luongo plays as well as he has in the past does anything else matter and won't the Canuck repeat as winner of the Northwest?

Poised for big season:
Whichever forward gets to play with the Sedun bros. If Alex Burrows sticks then he will top the 50 points he had last season.

If you had to buy one Vancouver sweater:
I saw a guy rocking a black Bure at a concert a few years back. It was 150 degrees in the club that night. I reacted like I had just seen a unicorn.

Sometimes Y:
Stan Smyl, Dana Murzyn, Jyrki Lumme and Dave Babych.

Old guys:
Sami Salo is 35
Pretty much all these guys are sub-30 except Salo, Mitchell, Ryan Johnson and Brad Lukowich.

Young guys:
2008 first rounder Cody Hogson is 19.

Tough guys:
Darcy Hordichuk fights everyone. Collectively the Canucks (ex Demitra & the Sedins) are badass.

Favorite old school Canuck:
For me there were so many iconic (I'm not sure if iconic is the right word) Canucks throughout the years I would have a hard time picking one. I'm sure the consensus choice is Trevor Linden who was a God in Vancouver and really an NHL beast but I may go with Sergio Momesso. It's a tough one here.

Some of those battles and playoff series with Calgary. Growing up in the NE it was a treat to get to watch a Vancouver/Calgary game or series and see Gino Odjick battle Ronnie Stern or Tim Hunter. It was like I knew that Boston and Buffalo don't like each other but the times Vancouver played Calgary it was truly nasty. Watching how vicious those games were made me love hockey.

Jersey that I'm buying Tony Shalhoub for Christmas:

Goaltending coach:
Ian Clark

Vancouver has an "Ice Team" that shovels the crease. For some reason they have guys on this team and the girls don't wear bikinis. What a waste.

The Tony Tanti story. 2:45 mark

NHL 94 players:
Pavel Bure, Cliff Ronning, and Geoff Courtnall up front.
Jyrki Lumme, Doug Lidster on D with Kirk McLean in net.

How much did Doug Lidster look like Jerry Seinfeld?

Playoffs for sure. With another defenseman on board this team could make a strong run at Detroit.

No butterfly bullshit here.

- Nemmy

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