No practice updates yet today. Last night's game was another tough one to watch. D-zone giveaways have been an issue all year. Yet, with a mix of journeymen and kids playing in Vancouver, and not much of anything on the farm, it's hard to see how it gets better in the short run.
Links from last night:
Vigneault is less communicative than any coach I have ever covered on a daily basis. He explains nothing. You rarely know what he’s thinking. He is practiced at sidestepping direct questions about the lineup; combinations; players’ minutes and assignments; and player evaluation.
He basically speaks in a canned two-answers-fit-all loop. Doesn’t make Vigneault a bad guy — he is far from that — but you know almost nothing more about the team after talking with him than beforehand. So you’re left grasping for answers, much like the Rangers are grasping for solutions.
Trevor Linden was on TSN 1040 yesterday, describing the decision to play Prust instead of Virtanen, as originally planned, as "not ideal". He also talked about Anton Rodin, the former Canucks draft pick playing well in the Swedish Elite League. Canucks management had planned to visit Sweden to watch him play, until a recent injury cut short his season. The Canucks have interest in signing him, but are aware he's not coming back from Sweden to end up in Utica.
Speaking of new/old signings, the Canucks gave Mike Zalewski an NHL contract. He was signed as a college UFA by Mike Gillis, and stayed in Utica on an AHL contract after his NHL contract expired. According to Jeremy Davis of CanucksArmy, Zalewski has played well this season, filling in well for Linden Vey as a 1C during Vey's most recent call-up.
Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts yesterday contained a lot of gossip, an interview with Daniel Sedin, and news of a potential conflict of interest for Donald Fehr at the NHLPA.
John Garrett on Canucks.com asks if any NHL superstars are as disrespected as the Sedins.
Alex Burrows walks into a Chinese bakery.
Bob McKenzie of TSN today writes about Brian Burke's quest to bring larger ice surfaces to the NHL. Even when he was Canucks GM, he said, he thought the ice surface was too small for the size, skill and speed of the players.
Vancouver is not the only Pacific Division market where ticket sales are falling. Shrinking attendance in San Jose has their owner "really concerned".
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