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The Greatest Gift of All - DEC.20.07

<table border=0 align=center width=90%><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/macri_headshot.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>I feel that sometimes it's difficult to establish any sort of meaningful connection with you, the reader. I mean sure, I've received several emails from people telling me that my words have touched them on an emotional level they never knew existed, but until I can personally reach out and touch every one of you,

Mike Macri

Mike Macri

Shootouts - DEC.18.07

<table width=90% align=center border=0><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/henderson_headshot.jpg align=left hspace=4>Much like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in that white hot courtyard in Bolivia, the Canucks suck at shootouts. This year, anyway - last year they were better. They also seemed to turn it up a notch in the overtime period last season, ending the contest before it even got to a shootout. I also think other factors, like

Nancy Henderson

Nancy Henderson

Canucks Holiday Gift Guide - DEC.15.07

<table width=75% align=center><tr><td><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sunny_blog.jpg" style="float: left; padding-right: 4px;">The holiday season is once again upon us. While we Vancouverites do a tremendous job of supporting the food banks and the children’s charities and the homeless shelters this time of year, there is one group we’re letting down: professional hockey players. Now I know what you’re going to say. “Dude, what are you talkin

Sunny Dhillon

Sunny Dhillon

The Bear Necessities - DEC.11.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>Have you thought that this year, it might not actually be about finding a winger for the Sedins, but rather, a winger for Morrison? Markus Naslund has rejuvenated himself playing alongside the Sedin twins, and it makes sense to keep him where he is producing. But what about Mo? The guy has been playing well but he needs a s

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

A Slice of History - DEC.10.07

<table width=90% align=center border=0><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/henderson_headshot.jpg align=left hspace=4>Well, that was a pretty darn entertaining slice of history, wasn’t it? Maybe now the schedule makers will see the value of allowing the Canucks to participate in the occasional Saturday night game. Despite the loss, it was an absolute value-for-money experience. I left GM Place with the same feeling of giddiness that usuall

Nancy Henderson

Nancy Henderson

Future of the Game - DEC.07.07

<table width=85% align=center border=0><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/henderson_headshot.jpg align=left hspace=4>Orcas are usually ferocious predators, leaping onto the ice to make a meal of unwary flightless birds. I hope this biological imperative holds true on Hockey Night in Canada. It appears to be up to the Canucks to be the standard bearer for Western Canada tomorrow night, as both Edmonton and Calgary have fallen dazed and blee

Nancy Henderson

Nancy Henderson

Meh, Change the Channel - DEC.07.07

<table width=85%><tr><td><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sunny_blog.jpg" align="left" hspace="4">I’ll just go ahead and say it: I don’t understand all the fuss about Sidney Crosby coming to Vancouver. I don’t understand why some tickets for Saturday’s game are going for $600+ on Craigslist. I don’t understand why we’ve had to endure wall-to-wall Sidney coverage ever since the Penguins touched down in Alberta. And I don’t understand why th

Sunny Dhillon

Sunny Dhillon

Back from the Road - Dec.07.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/raymond_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>It’s been almost a month since I last wrote one of these, so I figured it’s about time I sat down and churned something out. We just got back from almost three weeks on the road and it’s nice to be at home through December. I’m still staying with family, so the home-cooked meals and spending time with the little kids is gre

Mason Raymond

Mason Raymond

Best Canuck Hits - Dec.04.07

<table border=0 align=center width=90%><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/macri_headshot.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>I thought I’d switch things up a bit and not regale you with my thoughts on the weekly minutia. Instead, here are some of the best hits ever thrown by a Canuck. I’m sure that there are some good ones from the 70s and 80s, but they aren’t readily available in video form, and well, you might not be too interested i

Mike Macri

Mike Macri

In the Windy City - Dec.03.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/kesler_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=2 hspace=6>With Thanksgiving out of the way, Christmas is making its way into the house – actually Christmas arrived while I was on the road. Usually we start setting things up the day after Thanksgiving but because I was away, my wife actually set up the tree and the little village so it was all there when I got home. My wife is d

Ryan Kesler

Ryan Kesler

Thank goodness for Bert - NOV.29.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>When we got Todd Bertuzzi and Bryan Mccabe for Trevor Linden it was, perhaps, the greatest day in franchise history. We got an underperforming hulk of a forward for one of the most respected leaders and players in the NHL. We traded a valued member of the community, and one of the nicest guys in the league, for a frowning gr

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

Shots From The Point - NOV.28.07

<table width=100%><tr><td><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sunny_blog.jpg" align="left" hspace="4">Some quick thoughts after the game of the season (so far): 1) Upon leaving GM Place, I raced home to re-watch the game on television, eager to see what the TSN panel said about the Pronger cross-check. I was quite disappointed, to say the least, with what I saw. For all the rants we’ve been forced to endure from the TSN talking-heads about how

Sunny Dhillon

Sunny Dhillon

Tenacious Kess - NOV.28.07

<table width=90% align=center border=0><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/henderson_headshot.jpg align=left hspace=4>I think I owe Ryan Kesler an apology. I have been a little sarcastic about his abilities over the last couple of years. Turns out hockey players, like children, will insist on developing in their own time. Now, Kess has been under a great deal of pressure since he was wooed by Philadelphia and given such an impressive contr

Nancy Henderson

Nancy Henderson

Todd Bertuzzi & Westcoast Express line - NOV.27.07

<table width=90% align=center border=0><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/henderson_headshot.jpg align=left hspace=4>The big guy has returned. No, I’m not referring to the Santa Claus Parade. We are unlikely to get a jolly ho-ho-ho out of Todd Bertuzzi. I must admit, old number 44 would be on the list of my all-time favourite Canucks. I am certainly not sorry about the move that sent him away and brought Roberto to us, but I supported To

Nancy Henderson

Nancy Henderson

Welcoming Some Old Faces - NOV.26.07

<table width=90%><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/mikeblog.gif border=0 align=left hspace=4 vspace=1>The world is indeed a small place, meaning that sometimes you’ll see an old friend you haven’t see in years while buying a can of Coke at the store and, moments later, you’ll see an ex-girlfriend from high school (who you NEVER wanted to see again) on TV as an NFL cheerleader...at which point you punch a hole in the wall and develop a new u

Mike the Yankee

Mike the Yankee

The One That Got Away - NOV.23.07

<table width=100%><tr><td><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sunny_blog.jpg" align="left" hspace="4">If there’s one lesson to be learned by Canucks fans after Leafs Nation suffered a collective coronary earlier this week, it’s this: making panic trades with your good, young goaltending prospects will only come back to haunt you. Tuukka Rask, a former first-round pick of God’s Team, was shipped off to Boston in June 2006 for Andrew Raycroft. The

Sunny Dhillon

Sunny Dhillon

Life On the Road - Nov.21.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/kesler_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=2 hspace=6> It&rsquo;s been almost two weeks since we&rsquo;ve been on the road and this is definitely a crazy one. With three games in four nights, we spend more time on the plane than in the cities we&rsquo;re visiting. <br /> <br /> With Minny and Edmonton, we&rsquo;re

Ryan Kesler

Ryan Kesler

What's in the Canuck Gatorade? - NOV.19.07

<table width=90% align=center border=0><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/henderson_headshot.jpg align=left hspace=4>Jiminy Jillikers Radioactive Man! What are they putting in the Gatorade over at GM Place? Who among us would have imagined that the way to add offence was to subtract defence? Go figure, Pythagoras. Yesterday, right next door, our local, solid-from-top-to-bottom football team should have won but couldn’t. Meanwhile, str

Nancy Henderson

Nancy Henderson

Then and Now - NOV.19.07

<table border=0 align=center width=90%><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/macri_headshot.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>So everything’s rosy again in Vancouver. Sure, we’re still only 3 points up on last place in the conference, but we’re only 3 points shy of fifth. We might be in the gutter, but we’re staring at the stars. Speaking of stars, if you become one playing hockey in Van-couver, it might be wise to do everything in your

Mike Macri

Mike Macri

Thou shalt not split up the Sedins - NOV.15.07

<table width=90% align=center border=0><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/henderson_headshot.jpg align=left hspace=4>Phew. After the Canucks secured seven out of a possible eight points in the last week and a half, things are looking a little brighter. Passing is crisp, the stickwork is excellent, defensive systems are being deployed properly and Roberto rocks. We still can’t win faceoffs and scoring is still a rarity, but at least these

Nancy Henderson

Nancy Henderson

The Randy Myers Effect - NOV.12.07

<table width=100%><tr><td><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sunny_blog.jpg" align="left" hspace="4">Run for your lives! Randy Myers is coming into the game! That was the reaction of many Toronto Blue Jays fans during the 1998 MLB season. The Jays had acquired Myers by signing the free agent reliever to a three-year, $18 million contract the previous winter. It was during a weird phase for Toronto, in which the Jays organization deluded itself

Sunny Dhillon

Sunny Dhillon

Life as Moose - NOV.09.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/raymond_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>Well, I’ve been back with the Moose for over a week now and finally settling down into some sort of routine. It’s obviously disappointing whenever you get sent down, but I try to make the most of it and focus on what needs to be done. Like writing this blog. Haha. Didn’t get much sleep for a few days after leaving Vancouve

Mason Raymond

Mason Raymond

There’s Still a Looooong Way To Go - NOV.08.07

<table><td><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/sunny_blog.jpg" align="left" hspace="4">It’s only fitting that the next game for the slumping Vancouver Canucks comes against the much-hated Calgary Flames. After all, these Canucks are the Calgary Flames. Now quit vomiting for a second and hear me out. This Vancouver team is built around tremendous goaltending, strong defense, and has a great deal of difficulty putting the puck in the net. Sound fam

Sunny Dhillon

Sunny Dhillon

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