The Vancouver Canucks had a successful weekend on many fronts. The Canucks kicked off the weekend with the signing of their two marquee players, Henrik Sedin and his twin brother Daniel Sedin. The team then honored one of their past stars raising Hall of Famer, Pavel Bure’s number 10 to the rafters and the club followed those two activities with a dominating win on the ice against their Eastern rival Toronto Maple Leafs. All in all the perfect collection of activities for Canucks fans.
The Twins Resign:
To many this contract extension should have been the easiest decision the team could make a decision on. The Sedin brothers are the anchors of this team’s offence and are the core reasons this team competes year in and year out. The era of back to back Art Ross Trophies may not be in their future but they are top flight players in the NHL. The Sedin’s have been a key part of this team and community since they arrived and it appears that management understand their value as GM Mike Gillis stated, “Few players in the history of this club have had more significant roles in contributing to the success of this team and to our community and we look forward to many more years with their positive influence leading the way.” This isn’t the contract that sets up the brothers to retire as Canucks but it brings them close and I for one would like to see them only ever play in Vancouver.
Raising the Rocket to the Roof:
The Canucks honored Pavel Bure by retiring his number 10 before the game on Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. To a lot of fans this is long overdue but well deserved nonetheless. The Russian Rocket electrified the fans every time he was on the ice and when he touched the puck you only ever sat on the edge or stood up. There are plenty of stories about how he departed from Vancouver but his career never seemed to be as impressive as it was when he wore the Canucks jersey. Bure was one of the most explosive goal scorers in the NHL when he arrived on the scene in 1992, the year he won the Calder Trophy for the league’s top rookie. Bure lit the lamp 50+ times in 5 seasons and scored back to back 60+ goal seasons in his time with Vancouver. Bure is the first non-captain to receive the honor and he is now enshrined with 3 other Canucks greats Stan Smyl, Markus Naslund and former teammate Trevor Linden.
Topping off a great weekend, the Canucks manhandled the Leafs, much to the delight of the sold out Rogers Arena. The Leafs have had a rough start to a lot of games this season but the domination shown by the Canucks in the first 10 minutes of the first period showed that this night was going to be theirs regardless of the opponent. The top two lines of Vancouver rarely left the attacking zone and controlled the puck with so much confidence it seemed like they were playing a junior team. Toronto did eventually get their legs into the game but at that point they were trailing 1-0 and were being outshot 11-0. The Leafs would have been down by more if it wasn’t for the exemplarily play of James Reimer in net. The dominating 4-0 victory earned Canucks goalie, Roberto Loungo, with his 64th career shutout and his 2nd this year for his 8th win of the season. The Canucks now head out on a challenging road trip that will show how the team compares to divisional opponents Phoenix, San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim.