The media machine surrounding the Canucks was churning out an unusual amount of nonsense for an off-day yesterday. We had some attempts to create a coach/player controversy, and Doug MacLean crying for attention by flat out inventing trade rumours.
Links for all that and more contained herewith, plus be sure to read Zandberg's Canucks vs. Kings preview to get you set for tonight!
Vancouver Canucks news & notes:
- The rumour of the day yesterday was that the Canucks were close to trading for George Parros. Here's why it would be a bad idea. [Canucks Army]
- The nontroversy of yesterday was Ryan Kesler's response to AV's post-game comment on Sunday that Kes should be using his linemates more. Clearly Coach V has lost the room! No seriously, Rogers Arena is very big and sometimes he gets turned around. [The Province]
- Is it Tanev Time? I vote yes. I'm fine with one of Rome/Alberts/Sulzer in the lineup, but not two. [Legion of Blog]
- Andrew Eide makes a similar plea. [The Hockey Writers]
- Botch indirectly announced on Twitter last night that the Kurtenbloggers (now of NBC Sports) will be returning to the TEAM 1040 airwaves for a Saturday afternoon show starting in February. Excitement! I'm bleating like a baby goat.
- Daniel Wagner takes a crack at solving the mystery of whether or not the Canucks play down to their opponents. [Pass it to Bulis]
- What do the advanced stats say about the Canucks struggles in the past week or so? Hint: it ain't pretty. [Canucks Army]
- PITB with some important Canucks stats. I learned a few things, such as Kesler's declining PK time and no other team being in the top 5 of both special teams. The team's 2nd period stats are so different than the 1st and 3rd that it has me convinced they do it on purpose. [Pass it to Bulis]
Today in Canucks history: [Jan 17, 1999] Canucks acquired Ed Jovanovski, Dave Gagner, Mike Brown, Kevin Weekes and a first round draft pick in the 1999 or 2000 NHL Entry Draft from Florida in exchange for Pavel Bure, Bret Hedican, Brad Ference and a third round pick (in the year that Florida exercises the right to convey the first round pick to Vancouver).
Also, on this day in 2008, Markus Naslund played his 1,000th NHL game. Watch the tribute video.
NHL news & notes:
- The Red Wings won a club record 15th straight home game last night, blowing out the Sabres 5-0. [CBC]
- Ryan Miller was pulled from the game, and had some stuff to say afterwards: "If you guys really think there's going to be any kind of trade made anywhere that's going to affect this team any more than we can affect it in this locker room, you guys are just ... I don't know what to think, because there's no such trade." [Puck Daddy]
- Sidney Crosby had been traveling and skating with his team, but has left to visit the chiropractic neurologist that treated him in the summer. [Penguins]
- Cam Charron's latest "Don Cherry Confused Me". [Legion of Blog]
- Nicklas Lidstrom will be the next player featured on NHL 36, a series which follows an NHL player around for 36 straight hours. I imagine a "24" style series where Lidstrom has to thwart terrorists and yell "DAMMIT!" a lot. [Kukla's Korner]
- Brian Burke gives some poignant career advice. Quote taken out of context: "Assume you will fail." Que the "that's why he's a perfect fit for the Maple Leafs!!" jokes. [MLSE]
- Timeonice.com is a tool that many of our favourite hockey bloggers use to analyze advanced stats such as Corsi and Fenwick. The site doesn't come with any clues on how to actually use it, so thankfully Red Line Station has written an instruction manual of sorts. Dive in if it interests you!
- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Dane Byers has been suspended for three games for a head hit:
Today in NHL history: [Jan 17, 1989] Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as a head coach.
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