You are 18-years-old. You have just completed the best hockey season of your entire life – racing up draft boards from a low-mid round pick into a projected mid first round pick. It is an incredibly exciting night, as you sit there with your family waiting and hoping to hear your name called.
You watch as commissioner Gary Bettman announces the Islanders trading down 2 picks. Then trading down 2 more picks. The Islanders staff takes the stage ready to announce their ninth overall pick, and you are still not thinking too much of it.
The Vancouver Canucks have only played 11 games this year so far and fans are already giving the team a bunch of flack. Are the 'Nucks still the "team to beat" this year? How much longer will fans put up with the mediocre hockey they have been seeing? Is Roberto Luongo on his way out of Van City this year? Will Vancouver be a legit playoff contender? Brian Raiger breaks down these questions with his own twist on things.
With 11 games in the book, the boys in blue and green have only managed to rack up 11 points. As of now, the Canucks sit in 4th place in the Northwest Division, 10th in the Western Conference, and 19th in the whole NHL.
In a penalty-riddled game that felt more like a track meet, the Philadelphia Flyers improved to 3-0-0 with a 5-4 win over the defending Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks (1-1-1).
It was Claude Giroux who got the scoring started in the contest as he tallied power-play goal just 7:14 into the first period. Five minutes later, Chris Pronger added a power-play goal of his own to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead.
The Philadelphia Flyers are off to a fast start winning their first two games of the season. Look for the Flyers to come out revved up and ready to go tonight when they face the Vancouver Canucks in their home opener at 7:30 PM EST.
If Roberto Luongo was trying to prove to fans that he had forgotten about the playoffs.. well.. insert your own pithy comment in here.
Luongo was shaky-very shaky- and the Canucks lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in a shootout. Despite Luongo, the Canucks showed toughness and resilience, however, they also took dumb penalties at dumb times. Worse, they couldn't kill them off.
First, however, the game.
James Neal started the party by scoring his first of the season 5:04 into the game. Neal threw a shot at the net from a bad angle. It bounced off Luongo's back leg and trickled in. Not the best way to ring in the new season.
Both the mornings and evenings have begun to get cooler, and with that slight change in tempearture, hockey seems to be getting closer and closer to returning. The back half of August is upon us, and maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs’ most important player for both this and future seasons remains unsigned.
Luke Schenn has developed into a cornerstone member of the Leafs. He is valuable on the ice, having led the league in hits by a defenceman last season with 251. As well as off the ice, being the longest serving Leaf (along with Kulemin and Grabovski) a strong character like Schenn’s is necessary in one of the youngest dressing rooms ...