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A new face, and Aaron Rome.
A new face, and Aaron Rome.

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 29, 2012. It's the Morning Buzz, leap year edition!


Vancouver Canucks News & Notes

Ironically, the day after he was traded, the Canucks played the team that Cody Hodgson scored his first NHL goal against. Despite some Cory Schneider heroics, they couldn't quite get it done and leave the desert with a point. [The Province]

Reviewing and previewing the week ahead for the Canucks. [CHB]

His first day as a Vancouver Canuck and already Zack Kassian has been put through the ringer by the PR department. [Legion of Blog]

Given the growing popularity of Hodgson in Vancouver, Kassian has a lot of work to do to win over the fans. [Vancouver Sun]

Tony G. believes that after Monday's deals, Alain Vigneault is out as the Canucks coach if the team doesn't win this year. [The Province]

Harrison Mooney weighs the pros and cons of the Cody Hodgson trade. [PITB]

Thomas Drance with a follow-up piece to yesterday's Hodgson trade deal. A trade like this takes a while to come into focus, and the picture won't be clear for a while yet. [Canucks Army]

Even though he's gone, Cody Hodgson and David Booth will always have Aladdin. [PITB]

Say goodbye to Cody once a for all with a highlight video set to "Everybody Hurts" by REM. That won't be sad at all. [HTTN]

Today in Canucks History

[Feb 29, 1984] Patrik Sundstrom collects a goal and six assists for a seven point night, setting new team records for assists and points in one game, as the Canucks win 9-5 in Pittsburgh. Sundstrom became only the third player in NHL history to earn six assists in a road game, after Detroit's Billy Taylor (7 in 1947 vs. Chicago) and Boston's Bobby Orr (6 in 1973 vs. Vancouver).

[1996] Alexander Mogilny records his 50th goal of the season vs. the St. Louis Blues at General Motors Place. Alexander joined Pavel Bure (60 goals in 1992-93, 1993-94) as the only Canucks to score 50 goals in a single NHL season. He also becomes the fourth player in NHL history to score 50 goals with two NHL teams (Buffalo/Vancouver), Pierre Larouche (Pittsburgh/ Montreal), Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton /Los Angeles), Pat LaFontaine (New York Islanders/Buffalo).

NHL News & Notes

STAMKOS 50 GOAL COUNTDOWN: He scored his 44th last night against the Canadiens. [Sportsnet]

The Maple Leafs allowed a goal 13 seconds into the game against the Florida Panthers last night, and a "FIRE WILSON" chant was started. Just another day at the office in Toronto! [Puck Daddy]

The Senators shutout the Bruins last night, and now sit 1 point back in the Northeast Division. Granted, Boston has four games in hand, but this was unthinkable in December. [PHT]

Sharks coach Todd McLellan is suffering from "concussion-like symptoms", and he's not even the first coach to get a concussion this year. [CBS Sports]

Rick Nash claims he asked to be traded only to help rebuild the perpetually-awful Blue Jackets. What a guy! [NHL]

Theo Fleury's cousin Todd Holt, who was also sexually abused by former coach Graham James, spoke out yesterday. [CBC]

Today in NHL History

[Feb 29, 1980] Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals.

[[1936] Henri "Pocket Rocket" Richard is born!