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  1. <p align="center"><img class="photo" src="http://cdn2.sbnation.com/imported_assets/428449/suitcase_wideweb__470x3400_medium.jpg" alt="Suitcase_wideweb__470x3400_medium" width="330" height="240" /></p><BR> <p><a href="http://www.secondcityhockey.com/2010/4/10/1414464/your-transplanted-hawks-fans">I saw this over at SCH</a> and thought it was a great idea, knowing full well that many <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/teams/VAN" class="sbn-auto-link">Canucks</a> fans are dispersed all over the map, some as far away as China and Austraila w
  2. One of the interesting aspects about Henrik Sedin suddenly being thrust into Crosby and Ovechkin's spotlight is that you have a number of puckheads trying to figure out why the sudden rise after nine seasons. It's not as easy as you may think. Take for instance the SI mention the other day about Hank being the magazine's mid-season player of the year. Farber suggested that, without Daniel around to finish the passes, Henrik essentially had to shoot more. Said Farber: "While Henrik's goal production has been ascribed to a belated willingness to shoot, this is only fractionally correct.
  3. <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img title="Canucks Xmas" src="http://image.blingee.com/images17/content/output/000/000/000/637/561653284_1477592.gif" border="0" height="225" alt="Canucks Xmas" width="400" /></p> <p>(The image? Oh, I was reading Canucks Hockey Blog today and saw that<a href="http://canuckshockeyblog.com/?p=2396" target="new"> Alix Wright had made a Hank The Tank Superstar animated pic</a>, so I tried one). Speaking of CHB, check out their post called <a href="http://canuckshockeyblog.com/?p=2414" target="_blank">"
  4. is soon heading over to the Prudential Center to watch Vancouver smoke Jersey.

  5. <table border=0 align=center width=80%><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/mikeblog.gif border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>Four plus hours, one Amtrak train, one NY subway, two Metro jaunts, two cups of shockingly bad coffee and one viewing of Factotum (Oh Matt Dillon, you crazy drunk) and I finally see the Mecca of my journey: the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The majority of the country is preoccupied this evening with the NASDAQ, whatever the hell Palin said or some quaint novelty dubbed “baseball”; I’m more concerned ab
  6. <table border=0 align=center width=80%><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/mikeblog.gif border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>The end of summer is such a great time. Sure, we'll all miss the bikini's but I tire of hearing the same ol' excuses about "missing sunny weather" or "Backyard BBQ's are the best." Last I checked the sun still shines in the fall and BBQ's aren't impossible in the snow. In fact, with some some winterly dedication, seared & seasoned meat by-products can be yours no matter what the tilt of the Earth's axis is relati
  7. <table border=0 align=center width=80%><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/mikeblog.gif border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>We can still beat Colorado. Unlike fans of other teams, Canuck fans don't often get to revel in the basking warmth and feel good vibe that usually accompanies a hockey trade. Some teams - the Rangers and Wings come to mind - seemingly never stop year to year, but outside of the obviously wonderful Luongo/Bertuzzi deal (once again: thank you Mike Keenan) I feel you have to go back to the Moginly trade for Morrison in
  8. <table border=0 align=center width=80%><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/mikeblog.gif border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>The thing about sports is so many people follow it, often times with great passion, because in part it gives us a reprieve from the stresses of life and, yes, having to deal with some of the more unpleasant parts of simply being human. Bad day at school or work? It’s ok, the game’s on. Some others may jump headlong into books, meditate, some dedicate every ounce of themselves to families or volunteering, some go in
  9. <table border=0 align=center width=80%><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/mikeblog.gif border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>Pretend you're Dave Nonis and it's the trade deadline. Your team is floundering left and right, your defense corps is a mess and Jay Feaster gives you a call. You guys get to talking about the kids, golf averages and this last season of Lost and then come up with a wacky idea: he'll trade you his 51 point getter (and nifty -25 +/- guy) Brad Richards for Luc Bourdon, Cory Schneider and the first, second and third roun
  10. <table border=0 align=center width=80%><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/mikeblog.gif border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>We have to start sacrificing something different to the hockey gods. Seriously, what a fickle bunch of cruel deities. So that big old fat lady has sung on yet another season of hockey for the Canucks. In the miserable aftermath of it all, it seems that you can recap the 2007-08 season with three simple words: failure to execute. Nothing dramatic, surprising or Earth-shattering about those three words obviously, b
  11. <table width=80% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/mikeblog.gif border=0 align=left hspace=4 vspace=1>Remember in Batman (the older one mind you, before Joel Schumacher vomited all over the franchise) where an angry Michael Keaton grabs a fire poker, smashes a lamp and screams at the Joker, "You wanna gets nuts? C'mon, let's get nuts!"<br /><br /> That phrase keeps popping up in my head when I watch Vancouver games.<br /><br /> Think of it: 138 games lost to injuries this year so far, primarily on th
  12. <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>Is it possible that somewhere between a happy Eli Manning and a frustrated Mats Sundin lays the duty of Markus Naslund and the fate of this season's Vancouver Canucks? Sure, why not? My insomnia and frequent hits to the head over the years say yes! In what I promise will be my last football reference for this hockey season, my geographic locality made it fundamentally impossible to not have noticed the Giants huge NFL Superbowl win over
  13. <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>A few random musings from the dude's who's life has finally settled to a point where he can direct most of his gerbil-like attention back to the only sport and team that matters. "Killing Me Softly with His Blues" -Lori Lieberman I play a little mental game when the Canucks are in a shootout and I encourage you to try it. It's called "Oh no, I'm Roberto Luongo in a shootout!" Here's how you play: pretend you have to be perfect enough f
  14. <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 understanding of why apartments are rented with security clauses. But in the sports world it's even s
  15. <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>I am forced (at gun point sometimes) to at least know what is going on in the Yankees world if not vehemently care about it. See, the Yankees own my town and thus will make the front page of the papers quicker then you can say "Ghostrider was a terrible movie." The Yanks are used to winning at all costs no matter who they have to kill, so when the city had to watch their rivals cruise to their second championship this decade while the Yan
  16. <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>I know I am beginning to hate myself for these musical references in blog titles. But now that song is stuck in your head isn't it? You're welcome, go rock out in the bathroom mirror. So this anticipation is just a killer isn't it? If you bounce around the intraweb you'll see preview after preview and best guess after best guess of what this season will become. Not wanting to be left out of the fun (I'm immensely shallow like that) let's
  17. <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>Raise your hands if you can't stand the Flames or Oilers. (Those of you who didn't can go walk into oncoming traffic. No no, don't do that, you could end up hurting someone's car) Sure, it's only a preseason game, but Wednesday night was a quick glimpse into the tempo and atmosphere of what facing the Calgary Flames, Version 3.Keenan-0, will really feel like. Since we gentle Canuck fans know pretty much what Keenan is like, it wasn't a
  18. <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>You know how an airplane has to burn all the fuel on take off just to get to a cruising altitude and fly smoothly the rest of the way? Well, that’s September to us hockey fans: it’s the launch - finally! - of the hockey season. And it couldn’t come any faster; any longer without it and I may have started caring about Arod’s poor ankle or what guy on which NFL team is in jail for what.<br /><br /> What are you excited for? Seei
  19. <img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/07/mikeblog.gif border=0 align=left hspace=4 vspace=1>Hockey never feels further away then it does when the calendar is stuck in the middle of July. Making matters worse, we fans didn’t get a huge trade to keep us fat, happy and talking until the first leaf drops in the fall either. That's not to say Sir Dave Nonis, while his counterparts drunkenly emptied their wallets at the start of free agency, hasn’t been a busy guy this offseason. Let's take a look at the newest Canucks and see what they'll offer the team when the regular seaso
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