First there was Dan Solo, now Booth Skywalker. My collection of Canucks/Star Wars characters is expanding. I'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments. Maybe Byron Bitz as Chewbacca?
Here are your links, images, bad Photoshops, out-of-context quotes and wild generalities for Wednesday, February 15, 2012.
Vancouver Canucks News & Notes
"When Chris got sick he was playing with Ryan and Dave and I thought that line was coming along," said Vigneault. "But I want to pace his minutes a little bit more here considering what he's gone through. He probably won't see a lot of penalty killing or power play time."
Tough break for Dale Weise. He was all set to return to the lineup, before taking a puck off the nose yesterday in practise while skating on the 4th defensive pairing with Alex Sulzer (you read that right). It's unclear whether he would have played anyway with the emergence of Byron Bitz this past week. [Vancouver Sun]
Thomas Drance talks about how good David Booth has been for the Canucks, and if the percentages are any indication, he's only going to get better. He's got more power moves than @DadBoner. [Canucks Army]
Also from the Legion, j.Bowman stumbled across a few of the Canucks' Valentine's Day cards:
The Official Canucks Donut. Oh em gee that looks good. [Fort Nucks]
NHL News & Notes
Steve Ott is in awe of the achievement, even though he hates being on the wrong end of it:
"It's incredible, it truly is...Twenty-one games in a row at home, let alone five in a row at home, is amazing. It's a tremendous accomplishment for their organization. It completely [stinks] to be on the other end of it watching them do it against our team. It's disappointing [and] disheartening, because we wanted to be the spoilers."
All of a sudden, Rick Nash is legitimate trade bait. How did this happen? [Puck Daddy]
Meanwhile, Andrew Hirsh believes it changes everything. [The Hockey Writers]
In a recent Sports Illustrated poll, Phil Kessel and the Sedin twins were amongst a few of the players voted easiest to intimidate. The Sedins have scored a lot of points for two guys who apparently can't stop shaking in their skates. [Backhand Shelf]
Over at DobberHockey, Jeff Angus reviews Behind the Moves by Jason Ferris. I've been wanting to read this book for a while.
Today in NHL History
[Feb 15, 1980] Wayne Gretzy assists on NHL-record-tying 7 goals.