Canucks news comes fast and furious, and sometimes we find ourselves playing catchup. Thankfully, the Dreaded Two Goal Lead–often called “the worst lead in hockey”–is super easy to come back from. Everybody knows it’s a guaranteed death sentence for those that hold it. Well, much like an ice hockey team coming from two goals down, PITB will now effortlessly catch up.
In his third nomination, Ryan Kesler finally took home the Selke, the award for the league’s best defensive forward. While he no doubt enjoyed another victory over Jonathan Toews, if there was ever any doubt that this wasn’t exactly the trophy Kesler hoped to touch this June, watch him murder Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara with his eyes at the 0:53 mark of this clip.
While we’re on the subject, am I the only one who thinks the Selke has sort of morphed into a “best all-around player award?” It’s clearly not just about being good defensively anymore. You have to have, like, 70 points to even be in the running for this one.
Dan Hamhuis went under the knife today to repair the damage suffered after an ill-fated hipcheck on Milan Lucic took him out of the Stanley Cup Final. He may be ready to start the season. That said, the bigger news is the full disclosure of his injuries: sports hernia, groin and lower abdomen injury. My word. If I’m Lucic, I’m making sure everybody knows what happens if you try to hit me. I’m sparing no expense on a Hit Lucic at Your Peril campaign. I’m sending videotapes to all 29 NHL teams featuring 1) a clip of the hit 2) a five-minute lecture in which Dr. Oz uses pull-down charts and X-rays to explain what happened to Dan Hamhuis’s midsection, and 3) a short, stop-motion film by Seth Green where a man bumps into me during an afternoon stroll and his guts fall out. Expect Milan Lucic to score 100 goals next year.
Meanwhile, Christian Ehrhoff did not undergo surgery for a shoulder injury he suffered in game 3 of the Western Conference Final versus San Jose. Instead, the team has told him to take two to three weeks of rest. Absolutely no activities that would strain the shoulder, they said, such as answering the phone, lifting a pen, shaking hands with an NHL general manager, or throwing piles of money into the air. Poor guy. Now what’s he gonna do on July 1?
Back before Roberto Luongo’s character and value was meticulously whittled away by a handful of bad games and media types that love to report his failures, he and his backup, Cory “The Perfect Interview” Schneider, won the Jennings trophy for fewest goals allowed during the regular season. They accepted the trophy at the NHL Awards on Wednesday.
It’s hard to feel bad for a guy winning a prestigious award, but watching Luongo stand next to Schneider is a little like watching Nixon debate Kennedy. Funny Bob is as awkward as ever, mumbling through a short list of thank-yous and somehow managing to patronize Schneider with the comment, “You’re gonna be a superstar in this league one day.” It’s strange. This was clearly meant as a compliment from one friend to another, but it could also be taken as self-congratulation, and a devaluation of Schneider’s contributions to the Jennings. How Luongo’s quotes always come out so open to negative interpretation is beyond me.
Meanwhile, Schneider is so comfortable in front of a microphone, it’s silly. It must drive Luongo nuts. My favourite moment is when he refers to Luongo as “the big cat”. Please tell me this nickname is sticking around.
The awards weren’t limited to Canucks’ players, as Mike Gillis took home the trophy for general manager of the year, beating out David Poile and Steve Yzerman. Many Toronto-based sportswriters, especially grumpy old Steve Simmons, were quick to point out that none of the award-winning Canucks were acquired by Mike Gillis. That’s true. In response, Mike Gillis posed for this photo.
Golly, that’s creepy.
The Canucks new AHL affiliate: Chicago.
With the Moose franchise now in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Canucks’ new AHL affiliate will be the Chicago Wolves. Meanwhile, the Flames’ AHL affiliate will continue to be in Abbotsford. What the crap? Clearly, dumping your prospects in a city that hates them is the new black.
Edit: turns out this isn’t official yet. Here’s hoping it never gets there.Tags: AHL, Canucks, Chicago Wolves, Ehrhoff, featured, Gillis, Hamhuis, Kesler, Mike Gillis, selke, surgery, The Dreaded Two-Goal Lead