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 irony to end all ironies, Johnny Boychuk apologized to Mason Raymond via text message

Mason Raymond spoke for the first time today about the back injury he suffered in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final after being ridden awkwardly into the boards by Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk. Some of what he said was scary:

“At the end of the day, it could have been worse,” Raymond said. “I’m lucky to be standing here today with arms and legs moving. I’m still having some discomfort with some soft tissue, but it’s coming along well and I’m happy with the process. 

“Whenever you have something in that [spinal] area, you have a serous risk of having additional problems. So, yeah, I feel lucky.”

And some of what he said was the height of irony:

“I heard from Johnny in late July via a text message,” Raymond confirmed. “He said he didn’t mean to [cause injury]. That’s hockey. Incidents happen. Obviously I’m frustrated not to the finish the game or the season, nor am I starting the season here. I’ll move on and get stronger for it.”

Wait, Raymond got an apology via text message and just accepted it? He didn’t go to the media demanding a better apology? Clearly, this is a demonstration of the pansification of the league. If Raymond was tougher, he’d whine about receiving a text message apology.

If there’s a lesson for Aaron Rome to learn through this whole ordeal, it’s this: if you want to get off easy, hurt Mason Raymond.

• Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond suspended via social media for hit on Matt Clackson

Though it probably doesn’t help his case to earn a contract from the Canucks, Matt Clackson made NHL history this afternoon as the first guy to receive a suspension-worthy hit from behind in the Brendan Shanahan era. Lucky him!

Shanahan promised more openness in the handling of suspensions, and that openness was readily apparent from the outset, as Shanahan used his Twitter account to spread a video explaining the suspension in detail, handing out a ban of 4 pre-season games and 1 regular season game. With such a neat, cut-and-dry case with a non-star, everyone happily agreed that the video explanation was sufficient and had no complaints. Just wait until Chris Pronger pulls a hidden sword out of the shaft of his hockey stick and stabs Maxim Lapierre in the chest.

• Niklas Jensen signs with the Vancouver Canucks, still no contract for Nicklas Jensen

It was a big day for Niklas Jensen, whoever he is, as Mike Gillis announced on Twitter that the Canucks had signed him to a contract. Meanwhile, Nicklas Jensen, the Canucks 2011 first round draft pick, cried in the corner.

• Canucks announce affiliation with Dr. Seuss-owned Kalamazoo Wings

The Canucks have a partner in Kalamazoo,
For all of their Gendurs and Ellingtons too
If you go to the A, but you don’t perform well,
Then you go to the wings of the ECHL
Where you’ll ride on a bus, or a scooter, or luge
To Alaska, or Trenton, or old Baton Rouge
And you’ll wish you’d been better than Marley O’Doo
Because then you’d be called up from Kalamazoo.

• Displaying his loathing for Cody Hodgson, Alain Vigneault asks him to play in another preseason game

In hopes that Hodgson gets hurt, one assumes, Alain Vigneault has chosen to dress him for tonight’s game. What’s more, he’s playing him with Owen Nolan and Niko Dimitrakos, saddling him with ageing wingers in hopes of making him look bad. Clearly, he should be playing with one of the more talented wingers in tonight’s lineup, such as…um…Mark Mancari? Steven Pinizzotto?

Anyway, the point still stands. By having Hodgson play two preseason games, clearly Vigneault is trying to exhaust him so that he plays poorly to start the regular season and they can justify sending him back down to the Wolves. Heck, he probably only called him up for the playoffs so that he wouldn’t be able to start his offseason training regimen on time. How much more can Hodgson expect to take from this organization?

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7 comments

  1. invisibleairwaves
    September 22, 2011

    My theory is that AV doesn’t hate Hodgson, he’s just worried that if he plays him and he turns out to be good, Gillis will trade him for an overpaid defenseman.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      September 22, 2011

      Zing.

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  2. Hips
    September 22, 2011

    I laughed for a good five minutes when I heard name of our echl affiliate. “Daddy I heard you were a hockey player before I was born! Who did you play for? Detroit?” “kalamazoo.”

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  3. George Stevens
    September 22, 2011

    Hodgson played a career-ending-injury inducing 17:27 of ice time tonight. Plus some time on the PK where the chance of injury from blocking a shot approaches 100% over time.

    AV is trying to get him killed. Or worse.

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  4. J21
    September 23, 2011

    Didn’t Gendur get sent to Nashville with Shane O’Brien?

    Either way, the Wings are pretty storied as minor league organizations go, assuming there’s some continuity with the IHL team.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      September 23, 2011

      Yeah, and Ellington is no longer with the team as well. But the point still stands. The Canucks need somewhere to send their Gendurs and Ellingtons.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        September 23, 2011

        Also, the other point still stands: Dr. Seuss ain’t got nothin’ on us.

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