Many saw it coming. The 4-day break between Canucks games giving us way too much time to ponder the Manny Malhotra loss and the aftermath. I think most of us can agree that it's a big blow to the team but that the Canucks can both rally for their fallen comrade and do a decent job filling in the void he left. Oh, and the #winitformanny Twitter hash tag is a win. Let's keep that one going!
9 games are all that remain and you hope and pray that the Canucks can stay healthy from here on out. In that regard I thought Associate Coach Rick Bowness said something great yesterday: "We love Manny. Manny's a huge part of our team and no one's ever going to deny that. But the fact of the matter is, you still have to play and you can't play cautiously. You can't be out there worrying about other things or you're going to get hurt. You've got to play the game instinctively and with emotion, and not worry about other things." (Vancouver Sun)
Of course, now the big question is: should visors be mandatory in the NHL? Eric Duhatschek from the Globe and Mail gives his thoughts. Given the way that safety is becoming more and more of an issue I wouldn't be surprised if full cages will be mandatory in the next 5-10 years. I still think it should be a choice. But I don't pay their contracts so..
Daniel Sedin and his wife welcomed a baby girl into the world on Monday night. There is a chance Dank could join the team in Detroit. Dankus is still 7 points up in Steven Stamkos for the Art Ross Race.
AROUND THE NHL
-Matt Cooke's suspension was harsh and deserved for his latest elbow. Suspended for the rest of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs. Are you in agreement with the verdict/punishment? Cooke offered an apology, saying that he understands now more than ever that he needs to change. No shit.
(-Some links from missy:
-A big reason for the recent success of the Capitals is that they never stopped believing in head coach Bruce Boudreau.
-Jack Adams Trophy watch: Is Jacques Lemaire the best coach of all-time? I’m more interested in how AV is on the list.)
-Calgary's 2-1 loss in the shootout Monday night wasn't good enough. Anaheim (8th, won 3 straight) and Dallas (9th, 2-2-1 in their last 5) both have 3 games in hand on the Flames and all 3 teams are tied at 85 points.
-I know most count the Leafs out already for a playoff spot, but tonight will or will not solidify that even further. The 8th place Sabres play in Montreal tonight and the 10th placed Leafs play in Minnesota. It's a good night for hackey! A Sabres loss in regulation and a Leafs win narrows the gap to 3 points, but of course, Carolina is right in between them.
-This is for Chuckles Canuckles:
-Alexander Ovechkin is out for 7-10 days with an undisclosed injury. I'd guess he has hurt feelings, with the lowest points total in his career so far. heh!
-OT: Rule#1: Don't pick on kids bigger than you. This little shit gets the Lesnar treatment: