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Masks - NOV.08.07


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<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>The Canucks need to stop watching Michael J Fox movies and start worrying about their hockey. The hockey team this year seems to be either trapped in the past or stuck in their Halloween masks. Let me explain.

The Canucks of the 1980's, pre-Linden, were a group of competitors who showed up to the rink each night and gave it their best shot. Often, the only compliment they would receive from the media was a hearty "at least they tried". Oh, there were characters on the team to be sure, but they weren't going to dominate any games. The team was plagued by the Oilers, Flames, and Canadiens, who would beat them with ease almost nightly.

The team we have this year seems to be keen on transporting themselves back to that team; the only exception is that our media will not submit that the team "tried". Why the Canucks of today, a team that can win the division and go far in the playoffs, want to play like a team of two decades ago is both bewildering and frustrating. As a passionate fan, I see a great team spinning its wheels, and the only thing I can think of is that they are nostalgic for the bad old days. Please, we fans deserve better.

Well, if the team isn't trying to get "back to the future", then they must be proud of their Halloween masks; so proud that they don't want to take them off. So here is a list of the players currently wearing the "masks" of former Canucks:

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/photos/mugs/thumb/8465185.jpg" align="left" border="0" hspace="4" vspace="1">Willie Mitchell: Dana Murzyn

Willie is clearly still one of the best defenders in the game. Why he is getting skated around so often this season is a mystery.

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/photos/mugs/thumb/8458530.jpg" align="left" border="0" hspace="4" vspace="1">Markus Naslund; Dan Quinn

Does anyone remember how talented Dan Quinn was? He could have scored a ton of points, but for some reason he can't seem to put the biscuit in the basket the way he used to. Markus still has the talent, he just needs some puck luck.

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/photos/mugs/thumb/8466141.jpg" align="left" border="0" hspace="4" vspace="1">Roberto Luongo: Sean Burke

He's still fantastic, and he is a big goalie who still stops every shot he is supposed to, but the players in front of him are making him look mediocre.

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/photos/mugs/thumb/8467881.jpg" align="left" border="0" hspace="4" vspace="1"><Taylor Pyatt: Todd Bertuzzi

Taylor has size, skill, and the ability to take over a game; why he doesn't more often is a wonder.

<img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/photos/mugs/thumb/8467875.jpg" align="left" border="0" hspace="4" vspace="1"><img src="http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/photos/mugs/thumb/8467876.jpg" align="left" border="0" hspace="4" vspace="1">Daniel and Henrik: Daniel and Henrik as rookies.

They still have oodles of skill but seem to be struggling to adjust to NHL defenses this year.

The bad news is that this team is off to an awful start. The good news is that we have yet to play a game when healthy. This is a team that has six great defenders, talent up front, and a world-class goaltender. The team, once they remember what made them great, will be fine.

I truly believe that the players will lose these masks, we will get healthy, and we will have a run starting in December that will have teams around the league remembering why we were division champs a season ago.

I believe this because I don't wear the mask of a bandwagon fan; and neither should you.

(bloggers note: this was written just prior to the game vs the Avs Nov 3)</td></tr></table>

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asb 123

Sweet post dude. catch you on the flip side. keep the rpm low, see you on the down low :P

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asb 123

Sweet post dude. catch you on the flip side. keep the rpm low, see you on the down low :P

p.s. this blog reminds me of a riddle I once made:

What is heard when a tree falls down, in the middle of a jungle, in Africa.

ask me next class what i mean by this!

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p.s. this blog reminds me of a riddle I once made:

What is heard when a tree falls down, in the middle of a jungle, in Africa.

ask me next class what i mean by this!

BAINS!!!!! B) B) B) B) B) B) B) B) :P HAHAHA

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