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Mascot Games 2010

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2008/01/fin_blog.jpg" class="imageFloatRightFramed">Hello Canuck Nation! Wow what a crazy first 2 weeks of July for the Vancouver Canucks! Some big signings, Summer Summit, and re-naming our building to Rogers Arena! Exciting times for sure. It is exciting for me as I am in Orlando, Florida for the 18th Annual Celebrity Mascot Games. This is my 8th consecutive Games which definitely makes me a veteran. I am the Captain of Blue T

Mascot Fin

Mascot Fin

 

Pity for Mitchell

In the same offseason that Commissioner Gary Bettman receives a pay hike to $7.23 M per, Willie Mitchell will receive less money because of Bettman's indifference. It's not easy being a Vancouver Canuck defenseman these days. In the 2009/10 season, the Canucks lost the most man games for blueliners. The competition arising from those stifling injuries is intense, with Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis being brought into the ranks. Willie Mitchell was hit from behind January 15th by Evgeni Mal

Larenzo

Larenzo

 

VICTORIA DOES ITS PART

Last Thursday, July 8, under a sultry late afternoon sun, a special event that aided a good cause and showed how much Canadians love hockey, in summer or winter. Inspired by "How Canadians were united by the Winter Olympics", Canucks blogger Richard Loat organized the Five Hole For Food tour. With the co-operation of professional and major junior hockey teams across the nation, street hockey games were organized that also encouraged those participating or watching to bring in donations for a
 

Lull Before the Storm

This year's free agent class is probably one of the weakest ones in recent memory but that hasn't stopped teams from throwing their money around. The majority of the signings have been great but others not so much (I'm looking at you, Darryl Sutter). Last year I made a note that Craig Anderson was a great signing by the Avs, although I have to say I didn't see such MVP calibre performances coming from him. He was dirt cheap and more than capable - you can't get any better than that. As usual the

Jason Chen

Jason Chen

 

Movement in the desert

As the drama that continues to be the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes ownership and possible relocation saga unfolds, another nasty little detail comes out 'in the wash' at the close of last month. While it took me a few days to collaborate some of the details surrounding the management issues, I realize that the release of Doug Moss as President and COO of the franchise (since 2002) is just another red flag as the team is paving the way now for the Ice Edge Holdings prospective ownership group
 

My July 6th 2010-11 Canucks roster predictions...

Ok, here's my best guess at the roster lineup for opening day, barring any unlikely additions, as well as my rationale. First off, I've had to concede a few assumptions or it gets too messy: - Bieksa and his $3.75 mil contract have to go in order for us to resign Raymond (which I believe we will do in the neighborhood of $2.5-$3 mil). - Cody Hodgson makes the team. - One-way contracts make the team, with the exception of Darcy Hordichuk. The team either trades him or sucks up his cont

Canuckada

Canuckada

 

Vancouver Canucks Free Agency Wrap-Up : Day 1 - TrevLinden16

TrevLinden16 here with a 12 year old's insight (mine) on day 1 of free agency for the Vancouver Canucks. I tried doing this in video form to post on my channel but its too awkward talking to myself in an empty room. First up center Joel Perrault was signed on a 1 year deal worth $510,000. He played for the Coyotes last season but only in 2 games. The rest was spent in San Antonio (AHL) and the Swiss league. Expect him to be a 4th liner replacing Ryan Johnson or a 13th forward.

Diamond Smurf

Diamond Smurf

 

Friesen uncovered

Alex Freisen will make this organization rhyme worth and mirth together down the road. The recent 6th rounder has won major awards at the Ontario Hcokey League level and this season was voted by popular decision (OHL coaches poll) as the league's Best Faceoff Man AND Hardest Working Player Kudos Alex. See my entire write-up on the kid entitled "The Frieght Unknown" Certainly NHL Central Scouting (he was not even on their listing) did not value him the way the Canucks did and it shows in
 

My Day at the NHL Entry Draft

First of all, I have to give a huge thanks to Sports Management Worldwide. They did everything first-class and I had a great time attending their hockey conference and the draft. I had the opportunity to meet a lot of great hockey people and network with them. At downtown Sheraton, there were a ton of people from the NHL, like Mark Recchi who just signed a one year deal with the Boston Bruins to continue a great career, several Nashville Predators scouts, Joel Quennville and David Poile. Duri

bobbyluongo1

bobbyluongo1

 

Black or White

Without a single pick in the first three rounds of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, due to the Keith Ballard trade, Canucks GM Mike Gillis was conscripted with a difficult task; make the most of five lower round picks and continue adding depth to a deepening prospect pool. The Canucks have seen steady improvement in the player development side of hockey operations, partly due to an increased number of staff assigned to the department, partly due to the strength of the teams farm teams, yet als

GoneProspectin'

GoneProspectin'

 

Draft day - interview about 2009 2nd rounder, Anton Rödin

Canucks fans and hockey enthusiasts...today is 2010 Draft Day in the NHL. One of the most exciting and optimistic days among fans and glorious and dicey among management. The perfect storm in Fandom. What we all want is solid information. Well, a whole year has passed since Vancouver selected Swedish winger Anton Rödin with the 53rd overall pick. He has had a year more of development and I took the opportunity to catch up with my Swedish hockey insider Johan Nilsson of EliteProspects.com . It
 

Swedish contingent headed to draft table

The Vancouver Canucks have often selected Swedish hockey players as part of the re-stocking process for the organization. Alexander Edler, the Sedins, Mattias Ohlund are all classic examples. The Canucks will most likely have to display a flair in the scouting department to bring in a nice catch this draft, with only one pick in the top 100 players. I caught up with a cohort of mine, Johan Nilsson of Elite Prospects (DOT COM), to get some insight from a Swedish perspective on some of
 

Gillis: "Happy With the Blueline"

During a recent interview, Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced that he is happy with the state of his defense corps, which he had better be: The Free Agent market has already lost one big player. The focus of the last Canuck Way (Dan Hamhuis) has been dealt for Ryan Parent to the Philadelphia Flyers... Who's next? During a recent interview with TSN, Gillis spoke to the Canucks 25th overall draft pick, and the potential for the team to move the pick, to address their lack

Larenzo

Larenzo

 

Five Hole for Food

Some of you may have noticed my absence from the blog lately, and it's because there's something very exciting in the works. I'm organizing an event called Five Hole for Food. I'm driving from Montreal to Vancouver playing road hockey in the two aforementioned cities as well as Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton and Victoria, raising food for local food banks. The trip spans nine cities in eleven days and sees us start in Montreal on June 29th and ending in Vancouver on Jul

Mozy

Mozy

 

Yann Sauve detailed in newest article

I have gone over some of the details of Yann Sauve's development as he progressed with the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) this season. He had a strong playoff and is looking to join the Canucks, not the Manitoba Moose (AHL) come training camp. I have just joined this network but have written extensive articles on my website: www.chillerinstinct.com Vancouver's defense core may look the part of a wounded animal licking its wounds right now, but there is help on the way. Much of it is rejuve
 

If Canucks prospects were World Cup teams

I'm so glad the Stanley Cup Finals are over, it was difficult to get behind either team. On one hand cheering for the Blackhawks was like cheering for the kid in high school that stole your girlfriend. Cheering for the Flyers would be like cheering for the bully who beat you up and stole your lunch money. I just wanted both of them to make out with Mike Ricci and get mono. Regardless, i had to follow the finals as a true hockey fan...and i also didn't want anyone around me to know what i s

GoneProspectin'

GoneProspectin'

 

What could have been

Two of the most dynamic offensive superstars in the National Hockey League. Two young, All-Star defencemen patrolling the blue-line. A relatively unknown starting netminder but one who has shown an ability to stand on his head from time to time. A coach who is considered one of the best hockey minds in the League. All together on a team that just a few short years ago was immersed in a period best described as the franchise's Dark Age. <img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/bc/images/images/i

canucks_df

canucks_df

 

Canucks Should Pursue Hamhuis

With Willie Mitchell's uncertain status within the Canucks organization, it's imperative the Vancouver Canucks make a play to obtain Dan Hamhuis during Unrestricted Free Agency. It was an extremely cold January day, back in Quesnel, BC in 2000. A friend of mine from work asked if I wanted to make the trip to Prince George that night to watch the Cougars play the Kamloops Blazers. There was certainly some trepidation on my part; it's a 250 km round trip to the Prince George Multiplex (since

Larenzo

Larenzo

 

Draft and Trades.

I'm gonna start this blog by saying that i'm from Finland , so try to understand what i'm gonna write . I've receved information that Canuks have the following draft picks ( Correct me if im wrong . ) 25th 115th 145th 172th 175th 205th . So what i think Canuks should do is get Tampa Bay's first draft pick by giving them our 1st ( In this case 25th . ) and a talented forward like Mason Raymond ( Gonna miss him . ) to Tampa's 1st pick ( In this case 5th ? ) they doesen't really need Raymond

Inkin3n

Inkin3n

 

Salve for Canuck Wounds

Is it just me... or did the sweeping of the San Jose Sharks and the quick 2-0 series lead by the Chicago Blackhawks help ease the pain of the Canucks 2nd round playoff exit? Henrik Sedin celebrates with Alex Burrows, his twin and Sami Salo following a goal in Game 5 against the Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Getty Images) Now before I get any Phlyer fans jumping on my back about the Finals not being decided yet, I just want to reiterate that Chicago's momentum through t

Larenzo

Larenzo

 

FOR THE KIDS ---MARTY'S ANGELZ 2010

With individual and team fundraising efforts completed, Marty's Angelz through the morning of May 29 assembled at UVIC's Centennial Stadium for the 2010 24 Hour Relay. Our campsite was located in "Satellite Tent City" which allowed us be close to the Start/Finish line and the various activities available. Festivities began with a parade of the previous year's top fundraising teams. Marty the Marmot arrived for this and would return the next morning for the closing ceremony. Then we took turns, s
 

How Passionate are Canucks Fans?

In a poll conducted Tuesday by Team 1040 Radio, 40 per cent of Vancouver Canucks fans polled said they would give up sex for a year if the team won the Stanley Cup. Canucks fans celebrate a goal during Game 3 of the Western conference semifinals May 5th, 2010 at GM Place The poll was a crossover from a recent English poll that suggested that 12 per cent of soccer fans would give up sex for a year if the Three Lions won the World Cup. Neither of the polls indicated the percentages

Larenzo

Larenzo

 

MARTY'S ANGELZ----SOPRANOS EVENT

Not long from now, 1 week! Marty's Angelz relay team will gather at UVIC's Centennial Stadium for the opening ceremonies of the 2010 24 Hour Relay in Victoria. We will be joined at both the opening and closing by the the best mascot in the ECHL, the Salmon Kings' Marty the Marmot. Last Saturday a fundraiser was held at Sopranos. A silent auction, a raffle, and karoke singing, plus a few Marty's Shots made for a very successful night as we raised a good sum for the kids. Friends of team memb