Found May 02, 2012 on
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province, The lightning rod has shifted a few seats in the lockerroom.
Long affixed to the goaltending cranium of Roberto Luongo, his expected departure has those bolts of postseason disdain now directed at Ryan Kesler. That’s right. The Selke Trophy winning centre, who laboured through a sore hip flexor and wonky shoulder this season, is suddenly dispensable. Trade-him speculation was the flavour of the day on sports-talk radio because a stunning five-game, first-round playoff exit by the Presidents’ Trophy winners was going to put somebody in the crosshairs.
It was Kesler. From 41 goals to 22. From hero to zero in one season.
There is understandable grist for the mill when examining the manner in which Kesler applies himself. Driven to succeed yet stubborn to a fault, he returned weeks early from a July 25 hip labrum procedure and when he injured a shoulder in a mid-February collision, the goals disappeared and scrutiny of the Vancouver Canucks c...
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David Booth wasn't with the Canucks when they lost to the Bruins in last year's Stanley Cup Final. He wasn't even in the lineup the only time the teams faced each other again this season -- he was sidelined with a sprained right knee when the Canucks returned to the Garden in January. But the Vancouver forward has obviously spent enough time with his Vancouver teammates...
Roberto Luongo is the most successful goalie in Canucks history; there’s no debating that. With 224 wins and 33 shutouts over a six-year tenure in Vancouver, his resume is certainly filled . A two-time Vezina nominee who led Canada to a gold medal at the 2010 Olympics, the star netminder has been under heavy scrutiny from the media in the last few years...
With chaos in Canuckland, between Aqualini reportedly being fire-nonis mad and Gillis scrambling for answers, is AV the easy scapegoat?
Does AV himself see an opportunity with the vacant coaching position in Montreal?
It's starting to feel like a summer of change, does that include the coach? If it does, is that a good idea?
aka the next time Vancouver has a stake in NHL proceedings...
there's some kid projected in the second round named Henrik Samuelsson, can the Canucks possibly pass him up?
For the first round
From Patrick Hoffman at Sportsnet.ca:
For Rangers fans, 1994 was the year the team broke the dreaded 54-year Stanley Cup drought by beating the Vancouver Canucks in seven games. It was a year to remember as the team set many single season franchise records and ruled the rest of the National Hockey League.
If this sounds similar to what a particular team accomplished this season...