The Dreaded Two-Goal Lead: Cox on Luongo, mask on Schneider, and Jensen on the way

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.

Breaking: Damien Cox is still full of it

There has long been a rumour that the Canucks had a Luongo deal in place with Toronto at last year’s draft. That rumour was never substantiated and the particulars never seemed to be certain. That is, unless you’re Damien Cox:


If this sounds bogus, that’s because it likely is. Kadri and Bozak have been thrown out in Luongo rumours ever since the Leafs were brought up as a destination, with the specific combination of Kadri, Bozak, and a pick being one of the more persistent combinations.

The way Cox worded that tweet would suggest that Brian Burke offered Kadri, Bozak, and a pick for Luongo and that Mike Gillis refused. Given how well Kadri has played for the Leafs, that refusal makes Gillis look pretty bad, huh? Oddly enough, this article from Iain MacIntyre suggests the complete opposite:

When he took over for Brian Burke last week, Nonis found sitting on the corner of the general manager’s desk, gathering dust, a standing trade proposal from the Vancouver Canucks: Roberto Luongo to the Maple Leafs for Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and a second-round draft pick.

It appears Nonis promptly swept it into the garbage bin.

It’s difficult to say whether it was unacceptable that he part with Bozak or Kadri, but it’s possible it was both.

That’s right: Gillis didn’t refuse the offer. He’s the one that offered it in the first place. The weirdest part is Cox seemed aware of this 16 days ago.

Cory Schneider debuts a new retro Millionaires mask

The announcement that the Canucks would wear retro Millionaires jerseys for their March 16th game against the Detroit Red Wings was met with fairly universal praise. The jerseys are gorgeous from top to bottom and, since I was able to confirm that the Canucks would sport colour-coordinated helmets to go with the jerseys instead of yucky white ones, I mean that literally.

Of course, it would be no good if the team wore maroon or cream helmets and the goalies still had on their blue and green masks, so Cory Schneider ordered up a brand new Millionaires-themed goalie mask that has a retro look and images of the Millionaires and their goaltender Hugh Lehman on the sides.

Is it just me, or does this look more red than maroon? Ah, I’m sure it’ll be fine.

While some people might wildly speculate that this means Schneider will be starting on March 16th, we’re not going to jump to any conclusions. Especially since it’s been announced that Roberto Luongo will be unveiling his own retro Millionaires mask. Which mask will get the start? We await the coin toss.

Nicklas Jensen’s SEL season is done, should be joining the Chicago Wolves soon

The Canucks’ top prospect, Nicklas Jensen, raised some eyebrows when he went overseas to Sweden this season instead of finishing his Junior career with the Oshawa Generals. He and the Canucks seemed to agree that he had done all he could in Junior and needed the challenge of playing against men in a stronger league.

It turned out pretty well for him, as had a pretty fantastic season in the Swedish Elite League for a pretty terrible team. He scored 23 points in 50 games for AIK, which initially doesn’t sound very impressive. 17 of those points were goals, however, to lead the team in goalscoring. He finished 11th in goals in the league and first among Junior-aged players by a pretty wide margin. On a better team, Jensen likely would have finished with more assists as well.

According to Thomas Drance at Canucks Army, Jensen’s goalscoring would be equivalent to 20 goals in a full NHL season, which is incredibly impressive for a 19-year-old and definitely worth getting excited about. Need help getting that excited? Here’s a highlight package of Jensen’s time with AIK.

I like how he goes to the net and gets shots off quickly, but I love the release on his wristshot. I’m looking forward to seeing that on the Canucks’ wing. Speaking of, that may happen sooner rather than later. Thanks to some creative finagling by Laurence Gilman, Jensen doesn’t need to return to the OHL, apparently, and will instead join the Wolves in Chicago. Depending on his performance there and the Canucks’ injury situation this season, we could see Jensen in a Canucks’ jersey within the next few months.

Cody Hodgson scores a ridiculous short-handed goal

This one’s for Chris the Curmudgeon. You’re going to love/hate this:

Yeah, that’s pretty.

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  1. DanD
    March 6, 2013

    It’s hard to imagine Gillis turning down that package for Luongo. Great journalism Damien Cox! As usual?

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  2. Marcus
    March 6, 2013

    Kassian for Hodgson was the best trade ever.

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  3. Mt
    March 6, 2013

    Wow, that Hodgson goal even starts with a great defensive play. How times change (or seem to change when the perception of ‘times’ is based on out-of-context highlights). Good for him, though, he’s got some skills.

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  4. chinook
    March 6, 2013

    Recalling that the Toronto sports media in 2011-12 had Kadri (and Schenn) figured into a dozen conjectured trades for players all over the NHL and would modified daily, I would suggest that this Damien Cox piece is just another turd in a big pile of poop.

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  5. Client1
    March 6, 2013

    Its also worth noting that in the SEL, they dont have secondary assists. If they included those, im sure Jensen would have more than just 6.

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    • gog
      March 7, 2013

      There are secondary assists in SEL. In fact, Jensen’s first assist of the season, against Luleå, was a secondary according to SELs site.

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  6. RG
    March 6, 2013

    Who’s Cody Hodgson?

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  7. John
    March 7, 2013

    We could use Jensen in the shootout. I’d almost call him up for that reason alone.

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  8. Nick
    March 7, 2013

    Still too early to judge Kassian.

    Every tool in the toolbox is there … speed, soft hands, clever/pretty passing, willingness to stand up for team mates, and the ability to pummel the biggest guys in the league when he drops the gloves.

    To me, he still seems like a boy playing with men … still trying to get his bearings, and adjusting to the greater speed and complexity of play at this level.

    He’s better than last season; and if he continues to improve at the same rate, he’ll be a beast in 2 or 3 years.

    Kessler was a bit like this too, when he first broke in.

    The turning point in Kessler’s development, I think, was when he began to get PK time.

    When the game in not on the line, perhaps Kassian might be put out there on PK to learn how it’s done.

    There’s nothing like the PK for becoming a stronger 2-way guy, and learning to keep the feet moving and staying in the play.

    And maybe just what Zack needs.

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  9. Brent
    March 7, 2013

    So what does everyone think is the plan? Obviously they seem to want Jensen to play up with the Canucks for at least a while this year, is he ready for NHL playoffs? If yes will they bring Jensen up close to the trade deadline and then package a goalie (sigh) and say a winger for a defence man or possibly a centre? Knowing Gillis there must be a master plan.

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  10. nah
    March 7, 2013

    The best part of this is buffalo having Hodgson and Ehrhoff on the PK.

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