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Morning Buzz: Malhotra gets Masterton nod; Leafs officially eliminated; Taylor Hall needs surgery

Some unbelievable Photoshop work by HFBoards member Caley Rombout.
Some unbelievable Photoshop work by HFBoards member Caley Rombout.

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 from one of the most vocal and misunderstood fanbases in the league (plus a link or two from the grump old men who get paid to cover the team).

If you have something you'd like to include in the Buzz, please email me.


Vancouver Canucks News & Notes

Manny Malhotra is the Canucks' nominee for the Masterton Trophy. Well deserved! | Vancouver Sun

The soon-to-return Keith Ballard offers some advice to his fellow teammates regarding Daniel Sedin's recent concussion: "Just leave him alone." | The White Towel

The Canucks have been playing good defensive hockey for the past 3 games. Unfortunately, it's come at the expense of offense. | The Province

The playoffs — better known on the West Coast as "riot season" — are just a couple of weeks away, and the Vancouver police are wisely bracing themselves for the possibility of another deep run. Can't blame them. | PD

The feature photo today is from an amazing set of Photoshops by Caley Rambout, a member of the Canucks community at HFBoards. These put my meager collection to shame. Check them all out here. | Smug Nation

With a Selke Trophy and Olympic silver medal to his name, there's only one thing left for Ryan Kesler to conquer: trashy teen dramas. | PITB

Thomas Drance breaks down the most likely first round opponents for Vancouver. In other words, the Pacific Division. | CanucksArmy

"Shit Vancouver may say sometimes or whatever." Despite the questionable sentence structure, this is actually pretty funny.

NHL News & Notes

A 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes officially eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs from the playoffs last night. Saying the Loafs "plummeted" in the standings over the past 2 months would be the understatement of the year. | NHL

Just to rub it in, Chris Lund recalls how different the world was the last time the Loafs played meaningful hockey in April. | Backhand Shelf

In a critical battle for 8th in the East, the Buffalo Sabres fully dominated the Washington Capitals. The only bad news for the swordsmen is Christian Ehrhoff left the game with an injury. | PD

Are the St. Louis Blues being serious right now? Another f@!#ing shutout? | PHT

Justing Glock makes a strong case for Marc-Andre Fleury as this year's Vezina Trophy winner. | The Hockey Writers

Nathan Horton may not play another game for the Boston Bruins this season. | CSNNE

Taylor Hall is going to be out for 5 – 6 months, but not because of his current concussion issue; the shoulder he injured back in November needs surgery. | NP