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There are things hockey players never say.
“This Stanley Cup ring hurts my finger.”
“It’s nice up here in the press box with the reporters.”
“I hate all this free stuff.”
“Do these hockey pants make my butt look big?”
And of course: “Darn I wish the coach played me less.”
No one in the National Hockey League has ever complained about too much ice time.
“Never no” Vancouver Canuck captain Henrik Sedin agreed.
So when teammate Ryan Kesler was asked Tuesday about playing 26½ minutes the night before — in a pre-season opener after being injured for much of the previous two seasons — the centre made the workload sound no more onerous than waxing his abs.
“Honestly I don’t think I even played that much” Kesler said after being deployed on the ice for nearly half of the Canucks’ 3-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. “It felt like I was out there a lot in the first period. But other than that I never felt like I was getting overplayed.”
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Since the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals run by the Vancouver Canucks there have been many questions asked of the team and the management but the one that remains constant all year when talking with fans is, “Who will produce the secondary scoring for the team?”
Leading up to 2010, this question was raised constantly and it was finally being answered as Ryan Kesler stepped into his...
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This column was written by RobTheHockeyGuy’s newest blogger Ian Lusher! Ian has written about the Canucks on his own blog for a few years and knows his stuff. You can follow him on Twitter at @IanLusher.
The Vancouver Canucks no longer have the luxury of a 1A and 1B situation in goal thanks to the draft day trade of Cory Schneider which means that the...
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The Vancouver Canucks opened up preseason Monday night with a loss against a new division rival in the San Jose Sharks.
The Canucks battled through penalty trouble all night and that was too much to overcome as they fell 3-2.
Here are some thoughts on the game:
- Ryan Kesler didn't pick up any points, but I thought he played...
The start of the National Hockey League pre-season felt a little like the playoffs for the Vancouver Canucks. They lost again to the San Jose Sharks.
With new coach John Tortorella watching from high above in the press box area a Canuck lineup littered with youngsters dropped a 3-2 decision in their exhibition opener Monday night to the Sharks at Rogers Arena.
But the evening was...
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Short blog this morning, but did anyone catch the video ESPN posted , where they asked NHL players who the best goalie in the league was?
Roberto Luongo was selected the best in the world by Jonathan Toews â and people wonder why there aren't too many Canucks fans who don...
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
Taking a team that isn’t close to grasping its new system and putting it in front of Roberto Luongo for his first preseason game sure makes for some awkward hockey.
Actually, awkward is being a little too kind to the Vancouver Canucks for their 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.
They spent the first 12 minutes...
from David Ebner of the Globe and Mail,
He is big on rest and recovery but sees physical convalescence occurring with days off – he promised the Canucks the most of any team in the league. Tortorella’s skeptical that limiting in-game minutes keeps bodies fresh.
“I’m not a big believer in, ‘Holy crap, he played 26 minutes, does he have anything left for Wednesday...
New city, same John Tortorella.
The Canucks coach took the podium on Monday morning to discuss what he’s looking for out of his young players when they take on the Sharks in their preseason opener. It was a seemingly calm event, but the mood quickly changed when a cameraman’s cell phone started ringing during the middle of the coach’s media availability.
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The Vancouver Canucks will play their second game of the preseason tonight as they host another divisional opponent in the Edmonton Oilers. Puck drop is at 7PT/10ET and can be seen on Sportsnet-West, Sportsnet-Pacific and NHL Network (US).
Again, this game preview will be different than what you'll be seeing from me during the...
John Tortorella might have been introduced as the Vancouver Canucks head coach in June, but everyone knew the union wouldn’t feel complete until he had has first spat with the local media. Well everybody, that day has finally come.
Around 12 seconds into the video you can faintly hear a phone going off as Torts discusses the upcoming preseason games. Upon hearing the sound he...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
You don’t have to squint all that hard to read between the lines of the “Clean Slate…Grab it” motto the Rangers are wearing on their sleeves — and their training camp T-shirts — in order to deduce this fresh start everyone, but everyone, apparently craves is as close to an organizational repudiation of the John Tortorella Era...
The Rangers evened their pre-season mark at 1-1 with a solid overall effort in their 3-2 win over the Flyers on Tuesday. They are now off until Monday, when they play four games in five nights in Canada, two games in Alberta followed by one in Vancouver, as they meet up with former coach John Tortorella, ending in Las Vegas with a contest against the Kins. As I mentioned previously...
Preseason starts tonight
2013 Canucks first round pick Bo Horvat made an impression on Sunday.
“We want to play him with a little more speed and give a long evaluation in a lot of different situations and I thought that line played well,” said Tortorella.
Canucks Scrimmage Notes...
We all know why the Sedins are at least saying they are keen to kill penalties and take more defensive zone faceoffs this season and it’s all for the right reasons.
As leaders of the team they are keen to set the right tone with the new coach to get in line with what he wants to do and get the season off on the right collective foot.
And in a piece with our Jason Botchford found...
Weâre now two (preseason) games into the Alain Vigneault era and so far, Rangers fans have to be at least content with what they see. Itâs tough to compare AV to John Tortorella in terms of who the better coach with this roster is considering the extremely small sample size we have of AV, but the contrast in styles is already clear. The team looks more...