Saturday, June 24, 2006

Thank You Todd

I'd like to analyze the Todd Bertuzzi trade in a bit more depth, but quite frankly, I'm still in a bit of shock. Not in a bad way, mind you, because I understand the caliber of player the Vancouver Canucks are getting in Roberto Luongo, but more so because the changing of this team's core - the core that has been together for the better of seven years - seems to have begun. I'll look at the trade in more depth later. For now, consider this post as a thank you to Todd for the many memories he has provided us.

It's practically expected that some will choose to remember him for what happened on March 8th, 2004, the 18-month suspension, and the rollercoaster of this past concluded season. Many of the fickle fans in this city seem to forget the many positive accomplishments Todd has had during his tenure here.

So thank you, Todd, for developing, in front of our eyes, into one of the league's best power forwards. For forming one-third of one of the most exciting lines in hockey. For scoring 194 regular season and playoff goals in a Canucks uniform. For your hits on Barrett Jackman and Dion Phaneuf. For representing Vancouver in two All-Star games. For being named a first-team All-Star. For being named a Team Canada Olympian.

But most importantly, thank you, Todd, for the countless hours you devoted to Vancouver charities. For volunteering your time at Canucks Place and BC Children's Hospital. For granting "Daniel's Wish". For standing out in the rain to hand out free newspapers on Raise-A-Reader days. For supporting your buddy Brad May's event. And for the many more untold stories, like this one, from the Vancouver community.

From this one fan, I hope you have continued success in Florida, Todd. We'll always remember the good times:

Kudos also have to go to Bryan Allen, a Vancouver Canuck since 1998 (well, drafted then and played his first game in a Canucks uni in 2000) and who developed nicely into a good, stay-at-home defenseman. Also to Alex Auld, who filled in admirably for the injured Dan Cloutier last season and, who in his first full seasons in the league, finished among its top ten goaltenders in wins. Those of you who read this blog last year know that I'm a big Auld fan and I'm sure he'll do just fine in Florida as well.

Comments/Questions: Feel free to post in the comments section or email me at gocanucksgo10 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 7:56 AM


At June 24, 2006 8:23 AM, Blogger Mac said...

I hope that this fresh start pays off for Bert! Unfortunately the mistake he made will probably follow him for the rest of his career, but hopefully the fact that he is no longer wearing a Canucks jersey will allow him to focus on the game again!

At June 24, 2006 12:01 PM, Blogger Temujin said...

I hope Bert gets 50 goals next year. Bertuzzi with Roberts and Nieuwendyk? Wow, now that's one tough line.

At June 25, 2006 5:35 AM, Blogger Chris said...

Bert will probably play with Jokinen, which is far scarier than him with Roberts and Nieuwendyk for those of us in the Southeast.

Enjoy Luongo - he has plagued the SE for years. I'm sure your division foes will come to hate him.

At June 25, 2006 2:34 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

The more they hate us, the better. :)

If Bert or Nathan Horton switches to the left side, they can put a line of Horton-Jokinen-Bertuzzi.


At June 25, 2006 4:37 PM, Anonymous Zanstorm said...

Nice Bertuzzi pics, and a nice send off by you. I can only see Keenan benefitting Bertuzzi, but if Bert fails, the iron hand will fall on him.
I never was too much of a Bertuzzi fan. I found him to be more detrimental to the team, especially in the playoffs.
Doesn't anyone here think the new NHL rules actually have hurt Bertuzzi's performance as well?


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