Saturday, August 12, 2006

REJOICE CANUCK FANS

Reports out of Vancouver are saying that Trevor Linden will be back for another season. There was alot of speculation from fans that he would not return, and retire instead. But if you look at the Canucks' situation up front, they need all the help they can get.
Linden's offensive numbers are not so impressive anymore, but perhaps this season he'll play a larger role, with so much of their depth being 'diminished' up front.
Personally, I never was too much of a Linden fan, but he is the heart of this team. I would even recommend that he is given the 'C' this season, and that it is stripped from that gutless wonder Naslund. Probably won't happen.

***More news: Evgeni Malkin has disappeared from his team's training camp in Finland. Apparently he took his belongings and passport with him. Know where I'd look for Malkin right now? At the airport in Pittsburgh! heheh
Interesting developments for sure.

31 Comments:

At August 12, 2006 at 3:53 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

Personally, I never was too much of a Linden fan,

This from a guy who says Travis Effing Green is one of his favourite role players.

You wanna talk role players? How can you deny Linden is one of the best ever. Period. End. Full Stop.

For a guy who who has every Stanley Cup finals on tape for the last thirty years, maybe you ought to take a look at '94 again, son!

 
At August 12, 2006 at 4:08 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

For a guy who who has every Stanley Cup finals on tape for the last thirty years, maybe you ought to take a look at '94 again, son!

Whoever this is referring to, I would like to arrange an exchange of money for a copy of 2003 G6.

Loudest game I ever saw at Arrowhead, and the last time my heart believed in anything.

 
At August 12, 2006 at 4:23 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Geez, man relax. I just never liked him.
I know your wee little heart bleeds #16, and that's fine.
Linden was a great role player I agree. And he was awesome in 94, I agree.
But that was in 94, and the Canucks haven't even come close to sniffing Silver ever since. Yeah, Linden only got them close once. He's not even close to being one of the best role players ever. Neither is Green.
Travis Green is an ex-Leaf, so of course I admire him. Biased, of course! But so are Linden fans.
Some day very soon you'll need to realize that Linden should hang 'em up. And you need to realize that the only reason he's playing this season is not as much because he's a great role player, but because Nonis doesn't have any other options. How's that for your hero of the past? He's second fiddle.
I'm giving him a bit of the benefit of the doubt. I'm not a huge fan of his, but MAYBE he'll play a bigger role this year and suprise us.
"Period. End. Full Stop."

 
At August 12, 2006 at 4:35 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Earl, I have every Final game of the Finals on tape! I don't have Game 6 of 2003. Sorry.
Is that the game where Stevens levelled Kariya?

 
At August 12, 2006 at 4:42 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Yup, where Stevens k.o.'d Kariya, but then the little bugger got back in the 3rd and wired a deflected shot over Brodeur's shoulder.

I miss the little K-boy.

 
At August 12, 2006 at 4:53 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

And you need to realize that the only reason he's playing this season is not as much because he's a great role player, but because Nonis doesn't have any other options.

Bwahahaha! Funny joke my friend.

He has had many roles over his nearly 20-year career. Goal-scorer, Body Checker, Face-off man, Penalty-killer, defensive forward...

And he has done them all admirably and without complaint. He is great at what he is - a third/fourth liner, solid defensively with leadership in the locker room. Surely you can agree with that. We may disagree on whether he can recapture his former magic (I tend to think that given more quality ice time he'd pot 15 goals & 40 points easy), but surely you must now see that he fills his role well! Do you now see?! :-)

Oh man, that hit in '03 was something special:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=YYqNXH35IXY

Yeesh, his head smacks the ice hard! JD says it's interference... I tend to agree.

 
At August 12, 2006 at 5:21 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Temujin, I completely agree.
He never bitches either. A classy dude.
Just not one of my faves tho.
40 points for Linden may be attainable with more icetime yes. But remember how many times we groaned at Linden's lackluster accuracy last season?

 
At August 12, 2006 at 5:35 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

Indeed, I do remember wishing it was 1994 again at times.

So ultimately, who would you say is the premier "role player" in the NHL? Maybe we'd have to define the role a bit, but one candidate in my mind is Scott Hartnell. I'd take him on my team anyday. He's not going to get 40 goals or anything like that, but he'll give you everything he's got, and he's not afraid to knock a guy on his ass if he needs to.

Oh, and I just got 1940 points on that sidebar hockey game, hehehe!

 
At August 12, 2006 at 5:36 PM , Blogger reality check said...

Montreal traded Linden for Bulis! He is known to be a very good leader, and with the NHLPA off his mind, his energies will be concentrated on the games. I predict he'll get somewhere between 39 and 41 points also - that would be a good year for him. He'll help guide and focus all the youth on the team, teach them professionalism, do tons of things that don't show up in stats. Better him in the league than some 4th string Rusky named Takdemunyanrunov.

 
At August 12, 2006 at 5:44 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

He'll help guide and focus all the youth on the team, teach them professionalism, do tons of things that don't show up in stats. Better him in the league than some 4th string Rusky named Takdemunyanrunov.

Slam Dunk!

 
At August 12, 2006 at 6:05 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Well he could do that in an off-ice coaching job too. The new speedy NHL is leaving his battered ass behind. Yeah, 41 points if he plays higher than the third line! Do you see that happening? I don't.
His icetime will be limited.

 
At August 12, 2006 at 6:09 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Stupid Linden lovers! You guys probably think Avril Lavigne is talented too!
Piss off! Long live Green! HAHA

"and with the NHLPA off his mind, his energies will be concentrated on the games."

Oh please!! That's about as bad as Federov playing better if he ditches Kournikova!

Ah...does Trevor need a bit of counselling? Boofuckinghoo

 
At August 12, 2006 at 6:15 PM , Blogger -Beaner- said...

Well.....there goes all the spare change for Carter's salary.....

 
At August 12, 2006 at 6:22 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Well, Linden may only get 500,000. He's worth about 2 bucks! heheh

 
At August 12, 2006 at 6:28 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

Linden still can play an important role as a player and you know it Z. Quit being a smug asshole and realize he can still be affective on the PK and comes cheap. Compared to Primeau @ $3 mil, he looks pretty good.

Avril Lavigne Lyrics:
dont give a damn,
I dont give a damn
what do u say bout that
you know I dont give a damn,
I dont give a damn
what do u say bout that.

 
At August 12, 2006 at 6:32 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Get it right: a smug, SARCASTIC asshole!

It's pretty easy to get under the skin of a bunch of Linden lovers.

 
At August 12, 2006 at 6:35 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

More Avril Lavigne... with a little parapharasing:

"he was a Zaney boi,
a stupid, dumb, asshat boi,
he was clueless about hockey

Linden's a superstar,
and Zaney can't play guitar,
his blog posts are always off-key!"

SON!!!

:-)

 
At August 12, 2006 at 6:36 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

Now who's the smug, sarcastic asshole?!?!

 
At August 12, 2006 at 6:41 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Thanks! I'm off the hook!

By the way, Beaner has a point. Linden can't get more than 1 million, as that will cut in the slim but possible Carter fund.
The Canucks are at 36.1 million and only have 13 guys signed. The towel boy is going to play right wing this year! And he'll have a better shooting percentage than Linden will.
Suck it!!!

 
At August 12, 2006 at 6:54 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

We actually have 21 guys signed if Krajicek, Burrows and Kesler sign for about what they made last year (Vancouver Sun). That will put our total still less than 41 million. If Carter bites the big one and signs for 1.8 million, like he should, we are still under the cap (it's 43 million, am I right?). Even if he doesn't, the Canucks still have a working roster in place, and a harder working one than the Leafs at that.

 
At August 12, 2006 at 6:56 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

and did you neglect to read this from above:

Oh, and I just got 1940 points on that sidebar hockey game

Come on man, throw me a bone here!

 
At August 12, 2006 at 7:09 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Crap, I thought my 1920 was good.
I didn't see your score because I got too side tracked by your other spam comments.

 
At August 12, 2006 at 7:43 PM , Blogger Temujin said...

Spam comments, LOL!

It's such a stupid little game. One time I am kicking ass and hitting the players in rapid succession, the next time I can't hit th ebroad side of a barn.

I'm going for 2000!

 
At August 12, 2006 at 9:11 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

I'm Happy I don't have to buy a new jersey this year, like some other Canuck fans I know. LOL

 
At August 12, 2006 at 9:31 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

I can't believe you guys are arguing about hockey with Avril Lavine lyrics. I think you both lose because of that.

ES - Would you like to see my pictures from my travels to Game 7 in NJ?

Z - Carter is not going to be a Canuck. Maybe a CBJ, for a million less. Put down the bottle.

 
At August 12, 2006 at 9:45 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

No bottle! Just a hope and a prayer!

 
At August 12, 2006 at 10:01 PM , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Speaking of bottles, anything going on anytime soon?

 
At August 12, 2006 at 10:23 PM , Blogger -Beaner- said...

For all Technical Purposes, Hodge, it will be YOU buying me a new jersey this year.....haha

 
At August 12, 2006 at 10:58 PM , Blogger Hodge said...

How about a Lindros Maple leaf jersey...They're going for less than $10 bucks on Ebay.

 
At August 13, 2006 at 12:23 AM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Tapeleg, Monday morning!!

 
At August 13, 2006 at 6:22 PM , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

ES - Would you like to see my pictures from my travels to Game 7 in NJ?

I don't even know. Most of me says no, but perhaps I could doctor them into a G7 victory?

Aw, might as well show 'em.

 

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