Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Around the Web (Nov 11 Ed.)

  • With three consecutive shutouts it's no surprise that Roberto Luongo has been named the NHL's First Star of the Week. Coming into November the Canucks needed Luongo to be better and he has delivered. Still, he has a long way to go to reach Brian Boucher's record.
  • Injured forwards Pavol Demitra and Jannik Hansen both took part in non-contact drills at practice yesterday. It sounds like Hansen is the closest to returning, he skated on his regular line in practice this morning. He will take over for Maxime Ouellet, who played only 6:39 on Saturday with only 2 shifts in the third period.
  • The Canucks are set to unveil yet another jersey on Saturday against the Leafs. I'll give this one a big thumbs down if it's just another re-working of the stick in rink jersey with Johnny Canuck slapped on the shoulders.
  • The Manitoba Moose finally saw their nine game winning streak come to an end over the weekend. Manitoba currently sits in first place in the North Division with a 10 - 3 record. Cory Schneider has been great: 7W - 1L, 1.25 GAA, .945 Sv%.
  • Ever wonder how closely the Canucks keep an eye on the cap status of other teams? Well that duty falls to Assistant G.M. Laurence Gilman. Keeping a close watch on other teams allows them to make educated gambles on sneaking players through waivers, as they did with Maxime Ouellet and to a lesser extent Kyle Wellwood.
  • Finally Cody Hodgson was named OHL player of the week. Hodgson has 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in just 12 games.

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