Whether you're feeling the effects of a big win and the celebration that followed, or you're just crushing as much caffeine as you can to make it through the day, everyone needs a good buzz in the morning. Here are your links, images, bad Photoshops, out-of-context quotes and wild generalities for Tuesday, February 21, 2012.
Vancouver Canucks News & Notes
CBC preview's tonight's match against the Preds. [CBC]
"Some teams change their style of play, maybe get pucks deep, do this, do that. We play the exact same way at home and on the road...and I think beyond that we're a pretty mentally strong team. I don't think a whole lot fazes us. Regardless of what the polls say, we don't get intimidated, we don't shy away from things, we just go out and go about our business and do our jobs."
Ah, the misunderstood Manny Malhotra. Great piece by Cam. This is the kind of analysis and rational thinking that Canucks Army excels at. Hopefully it changes the way some fans view the roles of certain players. I know it has for me. [Canucks Army]
A Q&A with Byron Bitz, he of the sore hip flexor. [The Province]
Exciting news: Dr. Recchi has some out of retirement and signed on with The Province's Legion of Blog. He'll be great to have around to help diagnos those mysterious playoff injuries.
Canucks staff writer Derek Jory recounts the team's trip from Edmonton to Nashville. [Fort Nucks]
NHL News & Notes
The Predators have extended GM David Poile's contract until the end of the 2014-15 season. Now he's free to drop the ball on Suter and Weber. I kid, I kid. [NHL]
Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts for this week. Always a must-read. [CBC]
It appears the Phoenix Coyotes won't be trading anyonoe off their roster at the deadline. Hard to blame them since they're right in the thick of the playoff hunt. Still, Ray Whitney would have been a dream fit for the Canucks IMO. [PHT]
Despite the tragedies over the summer and the continued assurance from pundits everywhere that it is on its way out, it appears NHL players still overwhelmingly oppose taking fighting out of the game. [Puck Daddy]
Theo Fleury continues his battle with former junior coach Graham James, who has a hearing in Winnipeg on Wednesday after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual abuse. [CBC]
A few of the latest trade rumours from around the NHL. [TSN]
Don Cherry confused Cam Charron on February 18th. [Legion of Blog]