Morning Buzz: Jets land in Vancouver; Mario statue unveiled; Crosby could return Sunday

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 7: A statue of Mario Lemieux stands in front of the Consol Energy Center during the unveil of the Mario Lemieux statue on March 7, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

There were only 2 games in the NHL last night, but thanks to the greatest blogosphere in all of sports, there are never a lack of links. Here are your links, images, bad Photoshops, out-of-context quotes and wild generalities for Thursday, March 8, 2012.


Vancouver Canucks News & Notes

Previewing the first Canucks/Jets game in Vancouver in 16 years. [Canucks]

Lineup changes are expected for the Canucks tonight. Chris Higgins will be reunited with his fellow Yankees, while Raymond and Hansen flank Pahlsson and Kassian is back with Lapierre and Malhotra. [The Province]

The return of the Jets means one other thing: the return of Tanner Glass. The Canucks are really missing his penchant for fighting bears. [PITB]

Cam Charron looks at the numbers to help explain the Sedins' recent struggles. [Legion of Blog]

Patrick Johnston with his take on what's troubling the twins. [Canucks Army]

If you missed this in the comments section yesterday, The Dancing Kid met Dan Hamhuis:

CanucksTV - Dancing Kid - The Full Story (via Canucks)

Then the Canucks' Derek Jory interviewed him and tried to learn some of his sweet moves.

The Stanchions teaches us how to coast like the Canucks. Nothing to it! [Legion of Blog]

Ian MacIntyre with more on the Canucks slump. Is it motivation? The constant line-juggling? Maybe AV just can't stop giggling long enough to actually coach? [Vancouver Sun]

Jonathan Willis takes a look at Christian Ehrhoff's decreased PowerPlay production in Buffalo this season. [Canucks Army]

Today in Canucks History

[March 8, 1985] Thomas Gradin scores the 500th point of his NHL career, becoming first Canuck to reach that milestone. Canucks beat L.A. 4-3.

[2004] Trevor Linden recorded two assists to become the Canucks' all-time leader in points scored by notching his 673rd point. Linden finished the season with 680 points, surpassing the long standing club record previously held by Stan Smyl (672).

NHL News & Notes

A Mario Lemieux statue was unveiled outside the Consol Energy Centre yesterday. I'm surprised it took this long to immortalize one of the all-time greats. [NHL]

Desperate for wins to try and claw back into a playoff spot, the Maple Leafs have lost one of their top scorers for 3-4 weeks. [CBC]

Sidney Crosby continues to progress. Apparently he even strongly hinted to Pierre McGuire last night that he could return Sunday. [Sportsnet]

Jeff Carter will return to Columbus tonight after getting traded to LA a couple weeks ago. He tries to explain what went wrong for him in Ohio. [Puck Daddy]

Chad Ochocino, one of the most inane tweeters on the planet, wants to know who's better – Crosby or Ovechkin? Help him out! [PHT]

Justin Bourne wonders if coaches and GMs hold young players back early in their career to make it easier to lock them up to long-term deals. [Backhand Shelf]

Today in NHL History

[March 8, 1961] Larry Murphy is born in Scarborough, Ontario.

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