Archive for February 2007

Game File 63: Canucks 1 Blues 3

February 28, 2007

The Good

GUARANTEED WIN NIGHT FOR THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS.

Wait, what happened?

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Not the end of Marc Chouinard

February 27, 2007

Chouinard was brought to Vancouver to help the team in their attempt to focus on the defensive side of the rink.  While touted as a face off specialist, it was really his overall defensive game and work ethic that impressed Nonis into signing him.

And Chouinard figured he have finally proved himself as a regular NHLer and commanded himself a $1.1m deal per season from the Vancouver Canucks.

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TRADE – Sopel back in Vancouver!

February 26, 2007

Nonis jumped the gun on deadline day and solidified his team at the two positions needing depth and help. 

While Sportsnet reported the Smolinski deal, then pulled it back, TSN is all over this one and reported both at once.

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TRADE – Smolinski is a Canuck!

February 26, 2007

I did not anticipate this trade actually going down.  All along, I knew that this is a player that Nonis was targeting, and would be a great fit, but I anticipated his value being a bit higher than Vancouver would pay.

Only because I saw other teams starting to get anxious about making a deal before it’s too late.  That and I figured Nonis would wait down to the wire to see if the price would go down any further.

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Canuck Trade Rumours – Feb 27th

February 26, 2007

The day before the trade deadline… and the rumours are getting out of control. 

First rumour is that I’ve heard Marc Chouinard is on waivers.  What I’m surprised about with that move is that Bulis isn’t also on the list.  Then again, it’s only a rumour right now, so maybe he is.

But it makes sense upon the news that Kesler is 2 weeks ahead of schedule.  They’ll have him back for the playoffs and bolster their lineup with one more guy here at the deadline.  But to do that, they’ll need to dump Chouinard’s salary for the rest of the season.  (Note that he’s still under contract for next year as well).

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Game File 62: Canucks 1 Stars 2 (OT)

February 25, 2007

The Good

They lost.

Truly a paradox.  The gross reality is that the team cannot win games time and time again taking an unbalanced amount of penalties.

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Game File 61: Canucks 3 Kings 2

February 22, 2007

The Good

Despite being outshot 14-4 in the third period, the Canucks were able to get the lone goal in the final period which was good enough for the win.

And a great play it was.  A quick hard forecheck by Green created a few opportunities, and kept pressure on the Kings down low.  That created enough space and time for Naslund to make a great play to Bieksa who snuck in down the middle.  And he just put his head down and put it where they told him to.  High glove side.

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