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.

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Ryan Kesler wins the Selke

http://youtu.be/HKUcl0WDSCQ

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 has surgery

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.

Christian Ehrhoff does not have surgery

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?

Luongo and Schneider win the Jennings

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.

Mike Gillis wins GM of the Year

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.

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12 comments

  1. PetriSkriko
    June 24, 2011

    “How Luongo’s quotes always come out so open to interpretation is beyond me.”

    Obviously it’s because he’s a poet.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      June 24, 2011

      Definitely. Poets are never understood. Still waiting for Luongo to ask, “Do I dare to eat a peach?”

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      • PetriSkriko
        June 24, 2011

        Hahaha.

        this is the way the season ends
        this is the way the season ends
        this is the way the season ends
        not with a bang but a whimper

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  2. Wisp
    June 24, 2011

    “Clearly, dumping your prospects in a city that hates them is the new black.”

    How else are we going to prepare them for the realities of a Canadian market?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      June 24, 2011

      Well, that pretty much sums it up.

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    • JayBee
      June 25, 2011

      If there was a Rocket Richard trophy for scoring in a comment, this would be the winner.

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  3. Qris Johnson
    June 24, 2011

    While none of the award winners were acquired by Gillis, only two Canucks on the roster weren’t acquired or re-signed by Gillis — Kevin Bieksa and Sami Salo. All other Canucks he either brought on himself, or chose to keep around. Next season, this’ll be true of the whole team.

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  4. By-Tor
    June 24, 2011

    Roberto “Big Cat” Luongo. It has a bit of a ring to it, no?

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  5. Gabrielle
    June 24, 2011

    Oh gosh. No, no no. Why, why why would they put our affiliation in Chicago of all places?? The Heat are already having trouble drawing crowds… it would really help if they became affiliated with the Canucks. Please no. Our guys have to travel cross-continent if they get called up?? Not ideal. I’m crossing all my fingers and toes hoping this doesn’t happen.

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    • JayBee
      June 25, 2011

      Ideally the Canucks should have set up their affiliate in Victoria. Langley would have been a viable option as well. Come to think of it, Everett has a large enough arena, too.

      Calgary has a long-term deal with the Heat so they were never an option for Vancouver. As part of the agreement by the AHL to locate out here, the Heat are paying for AHL teams to fly in, so the canuck affiliate could share that cost and opponents could play a 3 game series against each team, so there would be no need for extra western road trips.

      Hockey fans in Victoria would have enjoyed a much better game (AHL vs WHL), and since the AHL plays most games on weekends, Canuck fans from this side of the pond would have been able to make the trip over to watch the prospects, ensuring good gates.

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  6. Cathylu
    June 25, 2011

    You are so right about Cory. My husband works for Fox Sports in LA (he worked on the studio show back when Fox did hockey in the mid-90′s) and he says Cory definitely has a job waiting for him in broadcasting when he decides to retire. And I also love the “Big Cat” nickname!

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  7. DanD
    June 27, 2011

    As a resident of Abbotsford, I must say there’s nothing more fun than going to a Heat vs. Canucks affiliate game and making the Canucks guys feel like it’s a home game. The moose games were awesome last year. As much as I also dislike Chicago, the Wolves games should be good this upcoming season.

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