Wednesday Morning Coffee: Back to hockey (we hope)


Let's try this again, shall we?  Apart from Alex Burrows speaking to the media for what the team states will be the last any of them say anything about Auger-gate, we expect that this situation is going to at last whither and die.  Not that it hasn't been fun.  It had a great effect on the team and it's supporters, and also saw a surprising response across North America by fans and reporters who understood what we did all along: This isn't about Alex Burrows.  And believe it or not, the focus actually gets to be back to playing games, as the Canucks take on the Oilers in Edmonton before returning home to face Dallas Thursday.  More after the jump...

And while we have to say it's a relief to have said our peace on the whole thing (repeatedly) some "reporters" seem to not want to let it die.  So much so that they're trying to manufacture new scandal to keep it alive.  Rory Boylen wants you to know that Alex Burrows' words should be taken seriously, except you can't take anything Alex Burrows says seriously, because he's a bad, bad man!!!  Sound familiar?  So imagine my shock when I discover that this writer for The Hockey News has a regular column called... ready for this?  A Ref's Life.  So of course it's a fair and objective piece.  He claims Burrows should not be given the benefit of the doubt because of a tussle after the recent loss to Minnesota that was so extraordinary, the NHL must have tried to cover it up, because the only mention of it I have found is in his column.  Pathetic...

On to the real news, the Canucks are heading into Rexall Place without Willie Mitchell, but Aaron Rome could be back tonight, as well as Ryan Johnson.  Ok, so that's not exactly reassuring, but the Canucks certainly don't seem to be taking the Oilers lightly, well aware of past efforts against cellar dwellers that have blown up in their faces.  The Oilers right now are looking as bad a team as I have seen in years.  Completely without confidence or desire, they seem to be just going through the motions, but that's no reason for the Canucks to not bring their A game.  As Tommy Larscheid says, "Never give a sucker an even break".  While I don't think a 6-0 stomping like the one they suffered at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche is in order, an effort that gets them two points and out of the game without any more injuries to the banged-up D-core would suffice.  Make sure and read all the pre-game goodness in Sean's preview, and come back for the game thread tonight.

The random breakfast muffin sampler plate...

Anyone else feel a little ripped off knowing Mitchell is out tonight yet Malkin got a hat trick last night?  That's more double standard of rule application than any kind of bias against the Canucks, but either way considering the last week the optics of that just stink... Just when it looked like the Leafs were gonna turn it around... they blew a 3 goal lead and lost to Atlanta.  No heroics from Kessel last night, and you have to wonder if they're gonna try and get Kaberle to waive his NMC and actually begin the rebuild...  Some are calling it a good move, but you have to know it still kind of stings to see Rod Brind'Amour have his captaincy taken away and given to Eric Staal.  Yes we know Rod's play has deteriorated in a big way, but he still led that team to a cup.  He will retain a 'A', but you have to think this will be his last year... An interesting article from Behind The Net shows we are getting into Overtime season,  I wonder if this season will skew those stats, as it seems there's been so many more ot/so games...

That's all I got for ya today (seriously low energy/tolerance for stupidity level at the moment) but any relevant news will be posted in the comments, and as always stick close by for breaking news at your home for Canucks news, Nucks Misconduct.

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