Monday, March 24, 2008

Bieksa slowly coming into form / Sanford ready if Luongo takes baby leave

Some interesting pieces from the Province lately, the first being about Kevin Bieksa explaining how and why it's taking time for him to adjust after returning from injury.

"I remember talking to Alain [coach Vigneault] and he said: 'It's not the same kind of game when you left.' It's a playoff atmosphere now and guys are intense and are playing for a playoff spot.
Maybe that's why it's taking me a little bit longer than usual to kind of get back. It took between five to 10 games where I started feeling a little bit more comfortable and my reads now are where it's second nature to make a bank pass or pick a puck off the boards. I feel pretty good way that way.”
Well I hope he adjusts quicker, because the playoffs are coming. I see greatness in him one minute and then buffoonery the next. That is why I call him Jovo the 2nd. He has a great point presence on the powerplay, a great physical dynamic, and a hell of a shot, but then he gets caught up ice too much or misses his assignments. Frustrating.

The second piece in the Province that caught my eye was the possibility of Curtis Sanford getting some playing time during the last few games of the season.
The Canucks have a plan in place when the call comes that Luongo is about to become a father when his wife, Gina, gives birth back in Florida to a girl. She is due the first week of April and the team finishes its regular-season schedule with games at GM Place on March 30 and April 1, 3 and 5.
Let's hope that Gina and Louie's baby doesn't come late. I don't mind Sanford playing the last few games, as he is pretty capable of performing well...but round 1 of the playoffs???? Bank on Luongod being back by then, IF we make the playoffs.
I believe the playoffs start on April 9.

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At March 24, 2008 at 1:23 PM , Anonymous Temujin said...

And you don't want to miss your chance to see Luongo, either! She'd better not have any silly plans about having the baby early. If Luongo doesn't play in that game on the 30th, you should bring a sign that says: "Damn You Gina!"

 
At March 24, 2008 at 1:29 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Not sure if anyone will see it up in the luxury suites!! :)

You make a good point though..... damn I hope she births in April. Hold it in!

 
At March 24, 2008 at 4:18 PM , Anonymous Temujin said...

Well, your wife will see the sign, which is something I guess.

So uhhh, are you gonna give me the cyber-keys to this place while you are gone, or what? *hint hint* It's not like you are going to have any time to blog while on holidays, hehehe!

 

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