Perhaps you’ve noticed the influx of Canucks-related stories on NHL.com. It’d be hard not to, especially since the team has been featured in numerous stories. Why is this? Well, it might be because the Canucks are the best team in the NHL, and deserving of the coverage; or maybe because the Canucks recently had three players named to the All-Star game; or maybe it’s because the NHL (and NHL.com) offices are in New York, and it’s easier to cover a team when they come to you. Hint: it’s the last one. If you’re too busy to navigate NHL.com, PITB’s collected all the Canucks coverage for you right here:
Ryan Kesler is a sexy player these days. He’s an All-star point-per-game center now, and contrasted with how unsexy the Sedins are, (and some sexy photographs) it makes sense that he’d get some attention. Here’s Kesler, discussing why he’s two goals away from his career-high at the midway point of the season:
“I’m getting a couple more greasy ones,” Kesler said. “I’m shooting a lot more. I think that’s the biggest thing. I’m going to those dirty areas to score and getting the greasy ones and getting some deflections and also using my shot.
We’ve already psychoanalyzed this one enough, but it’s worth a second read-through because it’s easy to find evidence Daniel Sedin has been plotting to kill his brother for years.
Seeing as the whole team is in town, the staff at NHL.com have also reached out to the complementary guys, like Mason Raymond and Kevin Bieksa. In this article, Dan Rosen discusses the depth of the Canucks and their locker room chemistry. My favourite revelation? Kesler’s a hip hop guy. No surprise there. Livonia’s not too far from 8 Mile. Although it surprises me than Daniel Sedin doesn’t like rap music. He seems so thuggin’.
When the Canucks win — and that’s often — Daniel said Kesler and Luongo usually take turns as the dressing room D.J.
“It’s usually pretty bad music,” he said. “It’s loud. It’s rap, I would say. It’s not for me.”
Wherein Kevin Bieksa sits down and discusses his team’s hardships, his personal hardships, and indicates that both are a thing of the past. I find it interesting that Bieksa’s difficulties so mirror the team’s. When he’s playing well, we win. When he’s not, we lose. Is it possible that the success of this season rides on Kevin Bieksa’s shoulders? Perish the thought. Bieksa:
“Mentally, I’ve learned to deal with the injuries and the trade talk … that’s been happening the last couple of years, but I’ve received good advice from some veteran guys about that type of thing,” Bieksa said. “I thought this summer was a little bit easier to deal with. It’s prioritizing now. I have two kids, so I’m busy in the summer. I don’t have time to read or worry about that kind of stuff, so I took care of my own business in the summer and have fun doing it.”
From the ridiculous files, Mason Raymond’s spin move the other night was just dazzling enough to be the focal point of this story. I’ve already mentioned I think the spinorama hullaballoo is a bit overcelebrated. But whatever.
I find it a touch silly how pissy goaltenders get over this move. Recall Nikolai Khabibulin punching Ryan Shannon in the back of the head for it, Dan Ellis complaining because Omark spun at center ice, and even Kevin Poulin calling Raymond a showoff. Seriously? Are goaltenders aware that the shootout is a skills competition? Do they know they’re allowed to show off too (Carey Price aside)? I guess goalies think it’s cheap, like being Oddjob when playing Goldeneye on multiplayer mode. Still seems like a lot of fuss for what is not the cheekiest move in shootout history. According to Raymond, even Luongo hates it:
“I always joke with Louie (Roberto Luongo), he hates when I do it,” said Raymond. “He always tries to give me a shot or something.”