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Morning Buzz: Best on the road vs. best at home, Sid starts skating, Phaneuf most overrated

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No Canucks game last night. Only two games in the entire NHL, with a combined 4 goals between them. Yawn. So...what'd you have for dinner? I had perogies, and they were delicious. Throw some onions and garlic in a pan along with them, grate some cheese over top, a few dollops of sour cream and salsa, and as former BC Lion Carl Weathers would say, "Baby, you've got a stew going!"

Despite the lack of action last night, there are still plenty of links to go around. They go great with perogies.


Vancouver Canucks news & notes:

  • Tonight's match-up between the Canucks and Blues features the NHL's best road team (Vancouver) up against the best home team (St. Louis). [CBC]
  • Dan Murphy with a timely piece about media getting involved in team trash talk. He's bang on; when that Comcast guy told Tony Gallagher to "enjoy the President's Trophy", as if either of them actually had a hand in the accomplishments of the teams they cover, I could hardly believe it. [Sportsnet]
  • Both Alain Vigneault and Mike Gillis appeared on the TEAM 1040 yesterday. Listen here. Our own vancitydan was nice enough to post a recap, so check that out if you haven't yet.
  • Province blogger steveinthekt is sick of all the Canucks/Bruins talk. Point taken. I never thought I'd still be linking to the aftermath of it 5 days later. [Legion of Blog]
  • Hey look, naked Canucks.
  • So, it turns out that Dale Weise was actually aiming to fight Adam McQuaid in the fiasco with Shawn Thornton. Thanks to the always helpful and gentlemanly Brad Marchand for clearing that up for us. [Pass it to Bulis]
  • Over at Canucks Army, Jonathan Willis attempts to answer the following questions: do fights swing momentum in games? And if they do, do they help teams win? [Canucks Army]
  • Here's the latest video podcast. Best quote comes from Rome in regards to ping-pong: "I'm average. Better than Lou, better than Lappy, definitely better than Mase...better than most, actually."

Today in Canucks history: [Jan 12, 1996] Bret Hedican appears at the NHL All-Star Game after completing one revolution of the ice surface in a time of 13.477 seconds at the Vancouver Canucks Super Skills competition on December 16th. Hedican placed second behind Mike Gartner who finished the lap in 13.375 seconds.

NHL news & notes:

  • Sidney Crosby will travel with the Penguins on their upcoming road trip and will skate. This is just the first step, but there hasn't been any Crosby news in weeks, so let's all latch onto it. [ESPN]
  • This article sure confused a lot of people yesterday: projects the All-Star line-up, but doesn't actually announce it yet. []
  • In a poll of his peers, Dion Phaneuf was declared the NHL's most overrated player. Hilariously, Scott Gomez finished 3rd in voting. Gomez hasn't even been rated since 2007 when he signed his contract. Roberto Luongo finished 4th and Ryan Kesler 9th. [CBC]
  • The Phaneuf vote, of course, elicited a classic Brian Burke quote: "Yes, players dumb enough to participate in polls designed to crap on fellow NHLPA members are not very bright...They can all go defecate in their chapeaus." [The Star]
  • The newly-branded NBC Sports Group will kick off five straight days of hockey coverage with the Blackhawks and Red Wings on Saturday. [Puck the Media]
  • Andy Strickland reports that if the Coyotes do in fact move this summer, Dave Tippett may elect not to follow. [True Hockey]

Today in NHL history: [Jan 12, 2002] Brenden Shanahan of the Detroit Red Wings records his 1,000th career point in a 5-2 win over the Dallas Stars.