This is becoming all too-familiar, right? I am having to write yet another intro about how the Canucks have lost. The only saving grace is that this is only PRE-SEASON, and it doesn't actually matter. However, losing to Arizona - even if you put out your U11 PeeWee team - should shock you into instant improvements.
The remainder of the Canucks' pre-season will now see the return of the core of the team. Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Loui Eriksson, Chris Tanev, Jannik Hansen and Ryan Miller should see some games, and hopefully cheer us up a bit.
Speaking of cheering up, let's take a look at what's been happening around the league:
- Our Canucks lost 4-2 to the Coyotes; goals from Markus Granlund and Ben Hutton, with assists for Alex Edler and Anton Rodin, give me some small comfort that there may be some depth scoring this season. 3/4 Yotes goals were on the PP, which is why I've been saying all summer our PK needs work. Highlights here. [Canucks]
- After yet another good performance, is Troy Stecher making a Ben Hutton-esque case to be on this team from the get-go? I think so. In other news, Emerson Etem became a dad last week. Congrats! But his place on this team is in serious jeopardy thanks to the astonishing rise of Joe LaBate. Read on for some interesting nuggets. [Province]
- More nuggets from the Province: Tryamkin isn't impressing much, and guess what? Troy Stecher is making life difficult for Willie Desjardins. Everything I read, watch or hear is screaming 'Stecher makes the team'. Book it. [Province]
- Joe LaBate is really impressing management. He's basically done what Alex Grenier should have done two years ago. [Vancouver Sun]
- Brad May has been working with kiddywinks. Finally he can do something right. [NHL]
- One of our old foes, Dan Boyle, is retiring. I only disliked him because he was so good, I wanted him on the Nucks. Have a good retirement Danny Boy! [Mercury News]
- Another one of our old foes, Barret Jackman, is following suit. I really hated the guy so this is one player I won't be wishing a happy retirement to. [St Louis Today]
- And speaking of retirements, there is one player whose father should be outside in the yard with a spare bit of rope. Cody Hodgson appears to have retired and taken up a role with the Predators. As our friend canuck89 mentioned in the Coyotes game thread, Hodgson is being paid nearly $800k per year by the Sabres until 2023. [Province]
- Niklas Hjalmarsson received, essentially, a 1 game ban for his awful hit on Ty Rattie. First Andrew Shaw, now Hjalmarsson - is the Department of Player Safety actually going to consider PLAYER SAFETY at some point? [NHL]
- Tyler Seguin may have a genuine injury, but Jamie Benn's fake one won't be stopping him taking part in pre-season. His dropping out of the World Cup of Hockey should be treated like an All-Star Game dropout - a one game suspension for the first game afterwards. Joke. [NHL]
Question of the day: Do you put any stock in pre-season results? Or is it only about performances at this stage?