Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Quick Links - 10/17/2007

Here's a quick rundown of what's making news in Canucks-land today.

Mason Raymond has been sent down to the Manitoba Moose (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province):

Mason Raymond is gone, but not forgotten.

On Tuesday, the Vancouver Canucks sent Raymond down to Manitoba to get some playing time and how long he stays there depends on his success.

Raymond did not make it in time to play with the Moose in their game Tuesday, but he is expected to be in the lineup tonight.

If he does well, there's a slight chance the Canucks could recall him for their game Friday against Los Angeles.
For now anyway, Brad Isbister has won himself a (more permanent) spot in the lineup. And, it looks like he's getting a tryout to play with Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province):


Following failures by Ryan Shannon, Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond to hold on to a top-six forward spot with the Canucks, Brad Isbister appears to be next in line to step into the slot that is fast becoming Vancouver's no man's land.

The puzzling, inconsistent, sometimes promising, other times frustrating power forward is a good bet to play wing on the Canucks second line with Markus Naslund and on the team's No. 1 power play with the Sedin twins Friday against Los Angeles.
Hmmm... Todd Bertuzzi v. 2.0? (There, I said it.)

And finally, apparently Alain Vigneault (as are we) is sick and tired of all those defensive breakdowns in the first couple of weeks of the season and has resorted to dressing an inanimate object on the blue line (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun).

Chairs make it into wrestling matches and other circus acts all the time. National Hockey League practices, not so much. The Vancouver Canucks unveiled their eighth defenceman on Tuesday. He had four legs, two sticks and blocked shots by Willie Mitchell and Mike Weaver.

Sure, the chair's mobility -- propelled like a curling stone by assistant coach Barry Smith during a point-shot exercise -- wasn't great, but neither was Dana Murzyn's and look how long he played.

We think the chair finished even, which was better than most Canucks with a functioning central nervous system did in the third period the previous night against the San Jose Sharks, who won 4-2 in Vancouver.
Not sure if use of the chair was a shot at Aaron Miller.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:59 AM


At October 17, 2007 8:24 AM, Blogger Knotwurth Mentioning said...

Isbister would be a great replacement for Bert, since he can actually can play defense. The only problem I have is that he's a lot like Pyatt -- has the size, but doesn't really use it. The Canucks seem to have motivated Pyatt to be a bit more consistent though, so if they can get Izzy to start playing with an edge, I'd back him for the top-6 spot! As it stands, Morrison and Nazzy are both shining right now though, so I hope whoever comes along compliments them rather then changing their system completely!


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