For a notoriously slow-starting team, the Vancouver Canucks sure know how to make a splash in the early goings of the season.
Despite Roberto Luongo’s complete ownership of the Vancouver Canucks starting goaltending job, many fans remain unhappy about the starters play this season and have sided with backup Cory Schneider as their saviour.
Fan criticism and trade speculation isn’t likely to permeate to the top levels of Canucks management, but the constant critique of one of the world’s best goaltenders has become tremendously tiresome.
Mike Gillis had much more important things to worry about this week, attending to the Canucks’ scoring depth with the acquisition of David Booth, Steven Reinprecht and a 3rd round pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm.
Around the Rink
Sami Salo’s game-winning goal over the Minnesota Wild capped off a significant achievement for the Finnish defenceman Saturday, closing his 700th career game with the overtime winner.
Despite a career riddled with injuries and other ailments, Salo has overcome his multiple trips to the doctor’s office to provide a steady presence on the Canucks blue line for the past eight seasons.
While several of Salo’s teammates have struggled to get up to regular season speed, the grizzled veteran has 7 points and a +5 skater rating through ten games with the Canucks to start the year.
In the Infirmary
Aaron Rome (hand) and Mason Raymond (back) remain out of the lineup indefinitely. Ryan Kesler’s return from injury has helped give the Canucks a new dynamic down the roster but has yet to improve overall offensive output.
Patience is key for Kesler and new linemate David Booth.
In The Community: Coaching Day In BC
- Date: Sunday, November 20, 2011
- Time: 7:00am – 12:30pm
- Registration: FREE
- Participate in a FREE on and off ice coaching seminar from special guests in the hockey community including Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault!