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I wasn't so sure this day was going to come, but it has. I will no longer be updating this site from this point forward. Several weeks ago, Mike, the Yankee Canuck asked me if I wanted to join him in covering the Canucks over at James Mirtle's SportsBlogs Nation. I was intrigued and hesitant about the idea at first. I have put a lot of work into this site since its inception in June 2006. But the chance to gain even more exposure at SBN is something that I want. It's a new challenge.
So Mike and I will be covering the Canucks angrily, happily and faithfully on a site called NUCKS MISCONDUCT. The new site is officially live!
It's going to be a blast. We are 2 insane Canuck fans who don't pull any punches when it comes to covering our team.
SportsBlogs Nation has some great perks to it. Our site is very interactive. Fans can post stories or even pictures in our sidebar under headings called Fanposts and Fanshots.
See you there.
A big thanks to all who have supported and visited Waiting For Stanley over the past 2.5 years. Who knows, maybe one day I'll return here.
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Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have acquired defenceman Nathan McIver from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for right wing Mike Brown. McIver will report to Manitoba.There is a hell of a lot of grit in McIver, that's for sure.
McIver, 24, has spent the 2008-09 season with the Anaheim Ducks. In 18 games played, McIver registered one assist, was +2 and recorded 36 penalty minutes. Prior to joining the Ducks, the Summerside, PEI native was a member of the Vancouver Canucks.
In 18 games played with Vancouver, McIver recorded 59 penalty minutes. He also played a key role for the Manitoba Moose over the span of three seasons. Since 2005-06, the 6’3”, 205-pound defenceman has played in 172 games, recording 16 points (5-11-16) and 402 penalty minutes for Vancouver’s AHL affiliate.
McIver was drafted 254th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Brown, 23, dressed for 20 games this season with the Canucks had one assist and 85 penalty minutes. The Northbrook, IL native was also drafted by the Canucks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, in the 5th round, 159th overall.
A 4-3 win over the Hurricanes! Has Vigneault found his meal ticket for a 2nd line in Sundin-Demitra-Kesler? MAYBE!
I'm not going to analyze this game. We damned well won it, and the losing streak is over. Sundin looked great out there. So did the whiner Demitra and of course the excellent Kesler, who finally got his promotion and didn't look out of place.
Jump back on the bandwagon you fools! :)
Nah, I'll leave you with a tune. End of fucking story..
The Canes are fighting for their playoff lives and barely hold onto 8th spot. We're fighting for a spot too. There are no more excuses for Vancouver. This team is either going to snap its losing streak and turn it around, or they'll lose again and the barbaric fans and media will continue their verbal crucifixions.
I have a good feeling about tonight's game. I think the team is going to come out playing hard this time. If they don't, they're dead.
We'll see which players are quitting on Vigneault. I don't think there are that many.
Demitra will play with Sundin and Kesler. I like the sound of that line.
4-1 Canucks is my guess.
EAT CROW, SHANE-O
Shane O'Brien has had some time to think about what he ranted about a couple of days ago and today he was the better man for apologizing.
"Mike Gillis never told me I had to fight," O'Brien said after the team's game-day skate at General Motors Place. "He was just talking to me about playing physical. Maybe I took it the wrong way. As a frustrated player, you want to be in the lineup. No one likes losing and it's just a tough situation. I didn't help it by doing what I did and apologize to Mike Gillis and the Vancouver organization and fans. It was just a lot of frustration."Well that's a lot better, Shane. I'm glad he did this. Like I said earlier, a slumping and frustrated team doesn't need players bad-mouthing the GM and coach at times like these, especially when the GM is backing the coach.
"Mike is a good man, I was never trying to point the finger at him," O'Brien said. "He's got a job to do, AV (coach Alain Vigneault) has a job to do, there are lots of quality, good people in this organization. I am just frustrated at not being in the lineup and my career is not where I want it to be and my team is not where I want it to be. I made it about me and I apologize to my teammates. I was selfish, but like I said, I was frustrated."
From the Globe and Mail:
"In no uncertain terms was he told he had to fight," Gillis said last night. "How he ever got that message is unbeknownst to me. He clearly misinterpreted the message that we were trying to send, that each player has to be accountable and work hard individually."Yep. That's what I thought. O'Brien isn't the sharpest tool in the shed.
Gillis said O'Brien was told he had to play more physically with and without the puck and not take as many minor penalties, but added "we don't ask players to fight."
Just when I thought Demitra was the only doof to vocally rant about Vancouver management Shane O'Brien steps up to the plate. From the Vancouver Sun:
O’Brien said he was told in a one-on-one meeting last week with general manager Mike Gillis that the team needed him to fight more.And that's not all. There's more.
“I am a player,” O’Brien said. “I don’t want to be just considered a fighter.”
O’Brien has been replaced on the Vancouver defence by Rob Davison and on Monday he skated as an extra in practice alongside benched forward Mason Raymond.
“I am not happy with it,” O’Brien said. “I don’t want to take anything away from Davie (Davidson), because he can play. But I am at the point in my career where I think I need to play. If they don’t think I’m worth playing to see if I can develop, if they just want me to a fighter or whatever, maybe it’s not the right situation.”
O’Brien said he has not asked for a trade and has not communicated his concerns to Gillis or head coach Alain Vigneault.
“You don’t say much to the GM, he’s the boss,” O’Brien said. “Like I said, it was the first time he has said anything to me all season. It’s like any profession, sometimes you don’t want to hear what the boss has to say, but at least I know what he’s thinking.”
O’Brien said he has never been reluctant to drop the gloves, but repeated that he doesn’t want to be labelled as just a fighter.
“I’m not going to lie to you guys,” O’Brien said. “I am not going to sit here and say all the right things, like I’m just happy to be part of the team. I want to play, I want to improve as a player, I want to stay in the league as long as I can. You can’t do that from the press box.”
It took a lot of failures and second chances before Hartsburg was finally fired. The Senators have only won 17 of 48 games. They are 14 points out of a playoff spot in the East. A big damning stat for Ottawa is their road record, which is 6-16-3. Their home record is a decent 11-8-4. It is almost impossible to believe that the Sens rank last in the NHL in goals for. But their 116 goals for places them at the NHL basement.
More Senators team stats here.
The Binghampton Senators' coach Cory Clouston will take over as head coach of Ottawa. Clouston's profile can be found here.
The Sens could also use a decent starting goaltender as well. Ever since Ray Emery left down under lousy terms the Sens never found a suitable replacement. Alex Auld and newbie Brian Elliot have been stellar at times, great sometimes, and shell-shocked due to poor team play on other nights.
Murray was very patient with Hartsburg in order to let him stay that long and fall that far out of the playoff race. It's going to take a miracle for the Sens to make the post season now.
T Tags: Senators+fire+head+coach+Craig+Hartsburg
Does that picture break your heart or what? Sundin will get it going, mark my words. Unfortunately he doesn't seem to be able to lift the team out it's funk, and is being part of the problem. The references to Mark Messier are alive and well now, but I'm not biting. When the team does get rolling again, Sundin will play a positive role in it. I do believe that.
On to Mike Gillis...
Kudos to a poster at the CDC Forums for finding this Globe and Mail article that was circulating before the loss to the Wild yesterday, where Mike Gillis stated:
"Your patience level is obviously determined by how you're playing," Gillis said. "My patience is at an end with the way this group has performed."The article leaves the possibilities open as to what Gillis may do to shake things up. Most fans want Alain Vigneault's head on a stick outside of GM Place on Pacific Drive, but I am not one of them. I think Gillis is standing by his coach, and I think the players are too, minus Demitra.
Canucks.com is streaming the competition live right now (1:00 PST).
-Mats Sundin is participating. But he's dressed up as Ronald McDonald. Suddenly I feel hungry.
-A mini game between team blue and white saw Kyle Wellwood score the only goal for team blue. It was a roofer on Luongo. Team white had to do 20 pushups in the loss, according to Dan Murphy. Bieksa handled the pushups all on his own. His teammates just watched him.
-PUCK CONTROL RELAY EVENT:
Team white: Pyatt, Davison, Kesler
Team blue: Burrows, Edler, Wellwood
Winner: Team Blue
1 ON 1 PUCK CONTROL RELAY
Dank (White) vs Hank (Blue)
Winner: Hank, Team Blue
FASTEST SKATER COMPETITION
Mike Brown (T Blue): 13.95 seconds
Hordichuk (T White): 14.171
Hansen (Blue): 14.008 (DQ-went inside the cone)
Raymond (White): 13.558
Johnson (Blue): (no shot-blocking event, Ryan): 14.132
Kesler (White): 14.175
Hansen (Blue) gets another chance after his DQ: 14.423
Overall Team White had the best scores with the kids, the Canucks, and the best average score to pick up 3 points.
Overall score now is 3-3.
HARDEST SHOT (Puck has to go into net to count)
A kid for the White team shot a 66.7 mph shot
O'Brien (Blue): 92.0 and 96.8 mph
Pyatt (White): 96.4 and 95.4 mph
Salo (Blue): 101.4 and 102.6 mph! Yikes!
Davison (White): 97.9 and 97.1 mph
Edler (Blue): 103.0 and 101.8 mph. Wow. Reigning champ.
Ohlund (White): 102.3 and 99.4 mph
Bernier (Blue): 4 for 8
Raymond (White): 4 for 7
Salo (Blue): 2 for 8
Pyatt (White): 1 for 8
Burrows (Blue): 3 for 8
Dank Sedin (White): 2 for 8
POWER PLAY COMPETITION (3 on 1)
Team Blue: 1 goal vs Ohlund and Luongo
Team White: 0 goals vs O'Brien and Labarbera
Team Blue: 1 goal vs Davison and Luongo
Team White (Sundin participates): 2 goals vs Edler and Labarbera
Team Blue vs Luongo:
O'Brien: scores 1
Bernier: scores 2
Hansen: stopped by Luongo
Team White vs Labarbera:
Hordichuk: scored none
Kesler: stoned by Barbie
Ohlund: no goals
Team Blue Round 2
Edler: scores 1
Team White Round 2
Bieksa: scores 1
Raymond scores 2
Pyatt scores 2
Team Blue Round 3
Salo: scores 1
Burrows: scores 1
Wellwood: puts on a show and scores 1. First attempt was a through the legs attempt
Team White Round 3
Davison: scores 1
Sundin: scores 1
Dank: stopped twice
Team White 17
Team Blue 16
T Tags: Canucks+Super+Skills+Competition+2009 live+coverage results
This time it's about the ice GM Place causing his groin injury. A fan at CDC typed out an article in the Province at the forum:
"In every building, year after year, the ice keeps getting worse and worse," Demitra said before the Canucks took on the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.Yeah, he pulls HIS groin. It's softer than a handful of Kleenex.
"There are so many things happening in the buildings now. You're not finding good ice any more. In 10 or 15 minutes there are so many holes out there. If you slip a skate, you pull it [groin] right away."
Demitra said he injured the groin in the middle of the Canucks' 6-5 shootout loss to Columbus on Jan. 18 at the Garage.
"I tried to feed Mats [Sundin] and I cut in the middle and my skate hit something," said Demitra. Asked how the ice at GM Place - which has rated among the better surfaces in recent years - stacks up, Demitra said: "It's OK, but when you've got a lot of guys on the ice, you feel every single hole."
Aggressive play but being penalized for it.
Boo'd all over the ice.
That was period 1, as the Wild lead 2-0.
Kyle Clutterbuck got under the Canucks' skin. What a pain in the ass he is.
You can see the difference between the 2 teams. The Wild lost to the Oilers last night, yet they waltz into GM Place and play a really confident and loose first period. The Canucks are forcing every play.
I'd have to give the Sedin-Pyatt line some props in period 1. They were pretty solid.
Well, then Clutterbuck (I call him Clusterfuck) gets too aggressive and takes a boarding major on Alex Burrows. Game misconduct. The Canucks took over the momentum from that point. The Canucks had over 7 shots on the 5 minute PP but scored not.
Ryan Kesler had to crash through Niklas Backstrom to cut the Wild lead to 2-1.
When the Wild started putting on pressure, Luongo made a massive blocker save on Bouchard. That looked like Kiprussoff's save from yesterday. Wow.
Canucks outshot the Wild 13-7 in that period. They looked a lot better.
It's going to be tough to beat the Wild's trap. But it's not impossible.
PERIOD 3 and OT
The Canucks just kept coming. They wouldn't let up on the Wild at all. Yet Minnesota played their trapping style and prevailed. But not by much. Kesler tied the game with 15 seconds left after roofing a shot over Backstrom. But a Dank Sedin received a marginal hooking call in OT and MA Bergeron made the Canucks pay. When I say marginal, I mean that Sedin was trying to poke the puck to his brother who was still in the Wild zone. The Wild player did a 180 while falling. Alain Vigneault called it a dive in his post game presser.
Mike Milbury made a good point post game about the Canucks shooting low on Backstrom for most of the night. Backstrom will eat those up on most occasions. Gotta roof that puck more, boys!
Alain Vigneault sat Mats Sundin on the bench on the 6 on 4 for the Canucks near the end of the game. He stated post game that Sundin has to be better, and he is right. Sundin showed a few flashes tonight but was outplayed by nearly everybody. Eventually he is going to be better. Eventually.
Yeah, the Canucks find ways to lose. I thought they lost this mostly in the first period. They were too tentative and the Wild made them pay, being up 2-0 after 1 period. The Canucks fought back but never had a lead. You can't go down 2-0 like that to the Wild.
As much as Canuck life is stinky right now, I'll take the 1 point in the OT loss.
The penalty kill needs a bit of work. It wasn't terrible, but just not quite there. The Wild scored 2 PP goals tonight. So did Ryan Kesler, actually.
To all of you who bash the trap...I disagree with you. I saw Minny play it tonight and it's excellent. Just get a lead and trap, trap trap. The Wild forced turnovers while trapping and capitalized. Reminds me of how Vancouver played at one time....
The Canucks are "on the cusp of turning it around" as Kelly Hrudey mentioned. It's just too bad that the next 2 games against Carolina and then Chicago are at home. It would be great for them to get out on the road. I'd like to point out that the GM Place crowd sounded a lot better tonight. They picked up the noise level as the Canucks picked up their intensity level. But still, that is a pressure cooker of a place to play in when the team struggles.
We wanted the Canucks to shoot more and they did. 40 shots to the Wild's 27. Damn you, Backstrom!
BOXSCORE and HIGHLIGHTS
T Tags: Canucks+Wild+game+review January+31+2009 Sundin+pressure slump+continues improvement
Uh-oh. The coach-killing ensues. From the Province:
Demitra, who is expected to miss his third straight game with a groin injury tonight, expressed his displeasure with the rotating lines.
"Noboby likes that," Demitra said. "When you play with different guys all the time, it's tough.
"This game, it's not easy to score goals anymore and everyone can play hockey so it's hard. When you play with the same guys all the time, it's a much easier game. When I had my best years, I played with the same two guys for like four or five years. I played with (Scott) Mellanby and (Keith) Tkachuk for like five years straight.
"It's an easy game when you play with the same guys all the time."
Demitra is hoping he will play with Mats Sundin again when he's healthy.
“Players have been treated real well by this organization,” Vigneault said. “Since Mike (general manager Mike Gillis) has come in here, he’s gone out of his way to make sure they have everything they need. It’s payback time. It’s time to play here. That’s what we expect from them and that’s what we’re going to get tomorrow.”Looks like all of management is tight in Vancouver doesn't it?