Vancouver Canucks Appreciation Blog.

I thought I’d put this piece out there in response to a few blog posts and social media responses I’ve seen out there within the last 2 years.

When Trevor Linden and Jim Benning were first announced as the President and GM respectively the Vancouver Canucks fanbase was overjoyed and excited for all the changes that both men were promising , plus the fact that Mike Gillis was fired.  The second they go to make a change the fan base was all over them, Ryan Kesler was the one who wanted out of Vancouver and he wanted to go to Anaheim… sounds pretty difficult to me when you’re the GM coming into a new organization and you’re handcuffed like that with such a low value on the player because of his demands.

The fans slowly got over that and started trying to push Eddie Lack into the permanent starting role over Ryan Miller when he went down to injury. Although Eddie did play well down the stretch, but in my opinion he hasnt proven he can carry a team as he struggled a lot in the playoff series against the Flames. Ryan Miller brings the experience and the talent between the pipes which we desperately need to stay competitive within our division and the league.

So once Eddie Lack got dealt over Ryan Miller in a deal to Carolina, I dont think I’ve seen so many fans outraged around the team since the Stanley Cup finals riots in Vancouver. We traded a backup goalie for a draft pick, makes complete sense to me. That was followed by the acquisition of Brandon Sutter & Brandon Prust which shore up our 3rd and 4th lines. Zach Kassian never really fit in with the Canucks, 3 different coaches and he was never able to be consistent under any of them and was plagued with injuries this past season and it was time for a change. Nick Bonino was a good centre for the team but Sutter will probably be on either the 2nd or 3rd line depending on where he fits best and he will be vital for the success of the team in the near future.

In conclusion I’d just like to say that Trevor Linden and Jim Benning have done a great job so far running the team and wish we can compete for a Stanley Cup in the very near future.

Go Canucks Go!!!

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Jazzy B & Kaur B Concert Review

 

 

 

I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to the Prince of Bhangra Jaswinder Bains AKA Jazzy B while he was in Edmonton on his Canadian tour.

I had asked my personal friend and local 101.7 World FM Edmonton DJ Patwant Singh if he would like to interview Jazzy and he was thrilled by the opportunity. I then reached out to TrendsterUK, Jazzy’s management team and they were great! They set everything up for us and we broadcasted the interview live on our Periscope account @SB_Periscope and also below on our Youtube channel now.

As for the concert, it started off with the live band which had an amazing sound to it. They were followed by and along with Yugraj who had a great set topped off by Rangla Hassa.

They then moved onto the new queen of Punjabi music Kaur B who was brilliant on the stage, her energy showed and it got the crowd really going. Their werent many people who werent either nodding their heads to the beat, moving their feet or jumping up and down through the aisles. She is a great dancer and it showed, not only singing but moving all over the stage.

Once Jazzy B was introduced the crowd erupted in anticipation, Jazzy is easily one of the best live performers in the Punjabi music industry with his voice and his dance moves. He performed a mix of tracks including the newer ones and obviously the classics we have heard throughout the years.

My highlight of the show definitely had to be Mitran Da Boot performed by Jazzy and Kaur B, the duet sounded perfect. We are used to seeing the Jazzy and Shinda shows through the years but this was definitely one of the best concerts I have seen and brings out a wider audience as the addition of Kaur B gets the older generation and ladies to the show as well.

Seeing the B Jazzy clothing line collection was great, some amazing ideas put onto tshirts and being able to represent Jazzy B. Though they were nearing the end of the tour and their selection of sizes of clothing for each of the items was very limited. You can check out all of his clothing on BJazzy.In

Once again I’d like to thank Jazzy B and his management Trendster UK for the opportunity!

Check out my Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat account – @JovanHeer

 

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Return of the LUUUUUUUUUUUUU

On Tuesday the Canucks players and organization welcomed back an old friend and teammate Roberto Luongo when he was back as a member of the Florida Panthers before he got to practice in the building on the ice where he played for so many years. This is Luongo’s 1st game back in Vancouver since the trade last season although he did play against the Canucks at the end of last season in Florida. Twitter blew up on Tuesday much like it did when Ryan Kesler had his press conference when he finally returned but Luu being a more popular player there was way more attention.

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When asked how the fans in Vancouver would react to him returning he said “Luus and Boos they all sound the same”. I for one will be Luuuuuu’ing all night during the game, and when Im cheering in the stands on Sunday when the Panthers are in Edmonton I’ll continue to show my support and Luuuu like we all did when he was a Canuck.

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Several people think he was trolling when he was talking about the Heritage Classic and not playing in it when he said “There’s no hiding it. I did want to play that game,” Luongo told reporters Tuesday. “I mean that goes without saying, and if I would have played I probably would maybe still be here. Who knows?” but clearly that had a lot to do with the deal coming together so quickly after that event.

Wednesday morning several Canucks players shared their thoughts on his return and their favourite moments with him.

“The fans love him and I hope they give him the reception he deserves” – Henrik Sedin
“Game 5 against Anaheim, in Anaheim, going into the second OT…” – Burrows fav memory of Luongo (Bathroom Break)
“My favourite memories are beating him at cards and how mad he’d always get” – Bieksa

I just hope Roberto Luongo gets what he truly deserves on Thursday night and that’s a standing ovation and some Luuuuuu chants even though he will be wearing another jersey and trying to help another team win. He will forever be a Canuck!

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Goaltender Controversy in Vancouver?

Let me first start of by saying their is no goalie controversy on the Canucks. Ryan Miller is the clear #1 goalie and that is what he has been brought in to do, he has struggled as of late but what matters most is the W category which he has 16 of and makes him tied for 5th in the NHL. Eddie Lack has been playing great lately as the backup, which gives us a pretty good duo in goal. Also with the team off to a pretty good start this season theres not too much to complain about with this teams goaltending so the media and the fans should tone it down a bit.
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As we have had the last few seasons in Vancouver there has been way too much made of the goaltending with the Canucks. First it was Roberto Luongo- Cory Schneider, we all know Luongo has and will always be a better goaltender than Schneider. Luongo is carrying the Panthers this season and they are currently in a playoff spot, as for Schneider he may have decent stats but he’s under 500 and nowhere near a playoff spot as of yet.

Lack did a decent job after being put in the tough position last season after taking over for Luongo as the starter once Luu was dealt. We were in the playoff race until that trade, it was just too much too soon for Eddie as he was playing almost every game until Markstrom played near the end of the year. Too heavy of a workload, but this season as a backup he can learn a lot from Ryan Miller and eventually make him an elite #1 goalie someday in the league.

As for all of us fans, no matter what goalie starts we would like Wins and obviously for the teams to make the playoffs again and contend for the ultimate prize the Stanley Cup.

LUUUU UNDER THE SUN!

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First off I’d like to congratulate Roberto Luongo for moving into 5th all time in career saves passing John Vanbiesbrouck who had 22,197. Luu is just about 6500 saves away from passing , but that’s with Brodeur playing almost 30,000 more minutes in the 444 games he has on Luongo.

It’s nice to finally see Luu getting well deserved starts in net and playing in meaningful games once again, he has playing great to start the season with a .927 save percentage and a 2.24 GAA with a 5-3-4 record. If the Panthers offence can stay consistent throughout the season, I don’t see reason why Florida couldn’t make the playoffs and challenge the teams in the East throughout them with Roberto carrying them.

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Backing up Luongo this season is Al Montoya who came over from the Winnipeg Jets and has done a pretty decent job at that. Luu has been serving as a mentor to many goalies over his career, most recently Cory Schneider and Eddie Lack. Schneider has taken over the job from Brodeur and basically pushed him out of the league but without the help and mentorship of Roberto he wouldn’t be where he is at right now in the league. Eddie Lack proved to have a pretty good season backing up Luongo last year in Vancouver and was a great 1-2 punch, until the Heritage Classic… Wonder how things would have worked out if Tortorella wasn’t the coach?

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Id also like to say that I love the masks that Luu is using this season, have always loved them. From the Pink Panther helmet he used when he was 1st in Florida, to the Johnny Canucks helmet in Vancouver. These new ones have great color coordination with the Panthers jerseys and very simple yet stands out very well and represents Florida and the Panthers great.

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All of us fans will miss Roberto Luongo and what he brought to our Vancouver Canucks, but we’re all just glad he is finally getting playing time as a starter and being able to one day soon achieve his and every other NHL players goal of winning the Stanley Cup.  LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU !!!

Canucks 2014-2015 Season Preview

Well we are now officially less then 2 weeks away from the start of the Vancouver Canucks 1st regular season game of the season in Calgary. There are a few question marks on the team right now; will the Canucks start the season with 3 goaltenders? Will Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk make the team? Will the additions of Nick Bonino, Linden Vey and Radim Vrbata be able to help carry the Canucks to atleast a playoff spot?

The Canucks are going into the season with 3 goalies on the roster. Ryan Miller who is clearly #1 on the depth chart as of right now and I don’t expect that to change, Eddie Lack who carried the load after Roberto Luongo was traded to Florida and did a pretty good job in relief as he was basically thrown in there after not having much experience, and Jacub Markstrom who was acquired in the deal coming back with Matthias in the Luongo trade. The team is unable able to send any goalie to the minors as they would have to clear waivers first, which I don’t think either of them would able to do. The easy solution would be to deal one of the backup goaltenders for a piece that can help contribute right away, the last thing we need in Vancouver this year is another goaltender controversy. Eddie Lack seems like the guy that would most likely be on his way out if the team went in that direction as his value would be much higher then Markstrom due to what he proved to the team and the league at the end of last year. We’ll just have to wait and see what the coaches and the management decide to do with this situation.

Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk have been looking really good so far in the prospect camp and in the preseason games as of now, they have both scored goals and have been contributing nicely. It is gonna be tough for either one of them to make the team as I think the team is actually very deep this year, but Bo might get his 9 games and then get sent back to the juniors. As for Hunter Shinkaruk I expect him to be sent to the AHL and then come up to the NHL when theres an injury with a player or if someone is really struggling.

Nick Bonino seemed to have a pretty game from what I heard in the game the Canucks played in Stockton against the Sharks and pitched in with a goal in a losing cause. Radim Vrbata had some great chemistry with the Sedin twins in the only preseason game they’ve played so far, though they didn’t score any goals Vrbata did pick up a helper on an empty net goal by Linden Vey. They were cycling the puck great most of the night and the powerplay looked very good moving the puck around. Linden Vey made an instant impact flying all over the ice, he has some great speed and I think his play will go very good with the way Willie Desjardins system is.

– JH

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” Change is Coming”

 

We are now just over one month away from the start of the regular season, and for the Vancouver Canucks the summer has been full of changes. The changes began with the firing of President and GM Mike Gillis and also the head coach last season John Tortorella, who were replaced by Jim Benning and Willie Desjardins respectively.

The changes with the management in my opinion instantly make the team better, Gillis had his good moves the first few years he was with the organization but recently over paid free agents who never really did work out for the team like Derek Roy and David Booth. When all he needed to do was go out and look to acquire a top 6 player, he kept trying to sign guys who would be more suited playing on the 3rd line. The John Tortorella experiment didn’t start or end great at all, from trying to charge the Flames locker room to naming Eddie Lack starter for the Heritage Classic when all of us fans would rather have preferred Roberto Luongo to be in between the pipes; and that which led to his departure when Gillis traded him away for a prospect goalie who wont even backup for the team this season and Matthias who is a 3rd line player.

The acquisitions of Ryan Miller, Nick Bonino, Lucas Sbisa, and Derek Dorsett will help greatly and give us more depth at each otheir respective positions. Ryan Miller gives the Canucks a proven #1 NHL quality goaltender who can teach Eddie Lack a lot, Bonino replaces Ryan Kesler who he had more points then anyways and Sbisa gives us a bit more depth in the defensive end probably slotting 4-5 on the depth chart. Derek Dorsett adds more toughness to the team and will probably fight for ice time with guys like Tom Sestito, but lets see if he has the hands of Sestito.

I for one can not wait unti the start of the regular season, actually im pretty pumped up just to watch some preseason hockey. Its been a long summer especially after such a disappointing year last year and basically being out of it since January.

GO CANUCKS !!!

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The game last night against the Islanders was rock rock bottom. Played a perfect 37 mins to start the game. Then Jensen takes a couple penalties, followed up by Bieksa and Sestito and NY somehow scores a franchise high 7 goals in the game and wins it. How do you let the 4th worst team in the league without their best player Tavares beat you, let alone score 7 in a period?

The Canucks organization needs to make changes, I wouldnt be surprised if Tortorella is gone by the end of the week. What really needs to happen is for Gillis to be booted out of the city. He made no changes to improve the team for the last 4 years when every single one of us knew we needed a top 6 scoring winger, which he never acquired. #FireGillis #FireTorts

I’ve said it in my previous blogs and ill say it again. Eddie Lack is NOT a #1 goalie and will not be for atleast a few years, what we needed was a veteran guy like Ryan Miller, or Jaroslav Halak if we knew we we’re gonna deal Luongo. Why would you “Re-tool” your team with 2 rookie goalies with basically no NHL experience?

This is gonna be a long summer because this team is not going anywhere except to their individual homes in mid April.

– JH

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Once again another embarrassing display by the Canucks in a must win game. Every single line was invisible, with the exception of a couple players; Matthias looked really good out there and was really noticeable with his hits and the 7 shots he put at the next. Markstrom had limited action as he only played in the 3rd period, but besides the hat trick goal he gave up to Seguin his positioning looked pretty good.

Eddie Lack proved that atleast for that game he might not exactly be ready to carry all of Vancouver on his back like Luongo had done the last 8 years. I dont see how the Canucks wont look to acquire a veteran goalie in the offseason, maybe look at Halak or Miller as options.

The defence was brutal, I cant count how many 2 on 1s and odd man rushes there were for the Stars; even a 2-0 from centre on one play. Defence is too worried about pinching up in the play and always get caught trying to get back into the play, but thats probably due to the fact we’re always trailing and needing to score atleast a couple goals.

On the plus side we can all watch the Panthers game tonight and watch the re-debut of Luongo as a Florida Panther.

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Canucks Deadline Moves.

Finally, I decided to start my own blog after weeks of saying I would eventually. Id first like to talk about the Roberto Luongo saga over the last 2 years. Luongo has been treated so poorly by the coaches and the management of this team. He would have a couple bad games and everyone would get on him, which we didn’t really see happen to Schneider or even Lack when he had a bad game. Lui has carried our team for the last 8 years, there is no goalie in franchise history that can compare to him; just look at his numbers, he leads in almost every single category in Canuck history.

This team would have never made it to the Stanley Cup finals without his solid goaltending. All the problems started a couple of seasons ago when Vigneault all of a sudden decided to start Schneider over Luongo in a playoff game and its been downhill since that. Everything we put Luongo through since then, is completely on the management. Instead of trading him at the draft they decide to trade Schneider, go and visit Lui in his home in Florida and decide to promise him his starting position back.

He’s had a solid season and even had a shutout in the only game he played for team Canada, but since the team wasn’t playing well and they were losing he basically takes all the blame and gets called “Inconsistent” by Tortorella, which is a joke. Being a die hard Luongo fan I’m glad he finally got his wish and gets to go back to Florida and maybe lead them into the playoffs someday but I don’t think there is a single Canucks fan who wont miss him and what he brought to our team.

On to the goaltending situation now. Eddie Lack as the starter and Jacub Markstrom as the backup, is this seriously what the team expects to re-tool around? Why not atleast try to bring in a veteran presence, and go for a guy like Halak. Can we really rely on 2 players who have combined for just over 50 games of NHL experience? Lack has been playing well but I don’t see him being able to handle the pressure of being the #1 goalie night in and night out for years to come, well not yet atleast. Matthias also isn’t the answer to our scoring problems, he’s a 3rd liner at best and as even Ray Ferraro said sometimes he doesn’t show up and is barely able to crack the lineup as the 4th liner.

Ryan Kesler asks for a trade… and once again Mike Gillis decides not to make any moves even though there were atleast 3-4 teams in a bidding war to acquire him. Price might have been really high, but it needed to be for a player of his calibre. Hard to find heart and soul guys, especially one who has done everything he has for this franchise.

I thought the Raphael Diaz move for Weise was a solid pickup but now we trade him to the Rangers for a 5th round pick. Not really much of a big deal, but I think he would have been good for depth since there have been so many injuries this season.

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