Canucks’ morning skate

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From the NHL:

An interview with:

COACH VIGNEAULT

THE MODERATOR:  Questions for Coach Vigneault.

Q.  Alain, a very general question about what it’s taken the group of newcomers, be it off-season or mid-season guys, to understand your goals to be the important pieces they’ve been.  How have they adapted?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  Well, I don’t think it took them very long at all.  Probably the main reason for that was the strong leadership that we had in our dressing room, the fact that the quality individuals we have in there knew those guys that were coming in were important parts, and they made them feel at home.

They were quick to help them understand what our culture was, what our standards that we’re looking for on a daily basis.  It was a real smooth transition.

Q.  Alain, how would you describe the difference between the Kevin Bieksa that we’re seeing in the playoffs and the Kevin Bieksa that started the season?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  I don’t think there’s much of a difference.  I mean, Kevin has always been a solid defenseman, plays with an edge, jumps up in the play when the opportunity is there.  You know, he’s always been a good player.

This year he’s been consistent.  Obviously right now he’s playing some of his best hockey of the season.  We hope that that continues.  We need it to continue.

Q.  Your goaltender hasn’t won a game in this building since ’06/’07.

COACH VIGNEAULT:  You’re telling me he’s due (laughter)?

Q.  Is that one of the reasons why we haven’t seen him here in two appearances?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  No, this is a great building.  It’s loud.  I only remember our last game in here was on a back to back, and Schneids was playing a back to back.  I don’t remember the other occasion.  That’s the case, he’s due.

Q.  What do you like about Alex Balduc?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  Alex has good size, a real strong skater.  We’ve seen him this year.  He’s played over 20 games with our team.  He has that ability to get in on the forecheck, real strong skater, so…

If we do make some changes, that’s what he can bring.

Q.  Some coaches are superstitious and don’t want to change a lineup that won the last game.  That doesn’t seem to faze you.

COACH VIGNEAULT:  Well, I think throughout the playoff, we’ve always put the 20 skaters that we felt would give us the best chance to win on that night.  Throughout the season, we did the same thing.

Sometimes you got to make some adjustments.  Sometimes players are off their game a little bit or not on top, and you need to make quick adjustments.  If we do make some changes tonight, we’ll find out at the game.

Q.  The twins were doing some good things in earlier rounds but not generating points.  Was it only a matter of time?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  For sure.  You guys have followed them all year.  They were spending a lot of time in the opposition, they were working hard, real smart.  For whatever reason, it was a little bit more challenging as far as finding the back of the net.

But right now they have done it the last couple of games and we need them to continue.  Their contribution is obviously an offensive one and we need those two guys and their linemate Alex Burrows to chip in offensively.

Q.  So you are considering changes for tonight’s game?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  We’re looking at different possibilities right now.

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  1. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    carped

    lunch repost

    For lunch I had a charred pompeii burger on tough vichy french bread smothered in well aged alamo salsa, with a side of krakatoan broiled mushrooms. Washed down with some tasty stalingrad vodka served from a german bastogne stein, all served to me by a canucks fan wearing a frontless sedin jersey.

  2. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    aww crap, FIRST!!!

  3. JimboWoodside on

    CARPED!

    Terribly sad news about Boogaard – what an avoidable waste of human life.

    Everybody?

  4. JimboWoodside on

    “all served to me by a canucks fan wearing a frontless sedin jersey”

    A female one, I hope…..?

  5. billybleedsblue on

    Today for lunch, I will be aimlessly circling the perimeter of my kitchen for 2 minutes without eating anything.

    I call this lunch the “Ranger Powerplay.”

  6. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    I like the Sharks to win. I don’t like the Vancouver coach changing the lineup after winning two in a row. “If it ain’t broke, dont fix it”

    I am still holding out hope that this series goes long. I really don’t care who wins, but I would like to see it go at least 6 and hopefully 7

  7. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    jimbo
    but of course

  8. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    go nucks go!

  9. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    billy…good stuff. and I suppose just before you finished your aimless wandering, someone else ate your dessert

  10. Doodie Machetto on

    Boogaard cause of death: accidental overdose of Oxycodone and Alcohol.

  11. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    jimbo
    too soon?

  12. JimboWoodside on

    Carp?

    If you get some sheep instead of a goat, you could make some Pekka Rinne Romano to sprinkle on your pasta.

  13. Doodie Machetto on

    And it appears I was very late to the Boogaard party. Busy day at work.

    And yes, too soon for Macho Man. Loved him.

  14. Doodie Machetto on

    I think he probably was prescribed painkillers for his shoulder. Everyone forgets that he hurt his shoulder in the Carkner fight aside from being concussed.

  15. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    doodie
    I would say that is correct

    grabby?

  16. Just replayed the scene of “The Hamptons” where Kramer screams, horrified at the ugly baby. Priceless.

    Sally got the lunch point yesterday, btw.

  17. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    oh, yesterday…never mind

    retract the damn!

  18. Doodie Machetto on

    No, he probably started for the shoulder, then got hooked, which would explain why he entered the substance abuse program.

    It’s all just speculation on my part, but it seems fairly plausible.

  19. I guess it’s pretty safe to assume that he was in that NHLPA program for alcohol abuse. Because only a stone cold alcoholic would think he can fuggin get away with mixing painkillers and booze.

    They say it’s an “accident”, but I’m just having a hard time believing that.

  20. Doodie Machetto on

    Orr, it was probably the painkillers that got him in the substance abuse program, not the alcohol. It’s no secret to anyone when you’re an alcoholic.

  21. JimboWoodside on

    He might have enrolled in the NHLPA program because he became dependent upon the oxycodone – it is supposed to be wickedly addictiive, according to what I’ve read.

  22. or the other way around, ORR. Oxy is pretty hardcore stuff…

    i wonder if it was actually prescribed for him.

  23. JimboWoodside on

    Doodie, we essentially said the same thing – refresh, refresh, refresh, Jimbo!!

  24. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    I also find it very impressive that WW is on his way with prust and some of the guys to the funeral. The honourable thing to do. I am very interested to see how many and who goes from our team.

  25. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    wicky’s off every day! oh, wait…

  26. Orr,

    Maybe he had already drank when he ingested the pills. I don’t think his plan was to wash down the oxycodone with alcohol.

  27. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    neil armstrong?

  28. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    great kazoo?

  29. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    boom boom geoffrion?

  30. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    rapture handle?

  31. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    tony?

    manny
    yes it could

  32. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    green eggs and ham?

  33. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    moons over my hammy?

  34. MannyFried? on

    Got a little distracted by somebody doing the repeater…..

    Yea….that’ll happen.

  35. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    whole nine yards?

  36. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    who wants a mustache ride?

  37. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    insane clown posse?

  38. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    liter of cola?

  39. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody raptures!!) on

    aussie aussie aussie?

  40. Doodie Machetto on

    Wow. I’m gone for a few days and this is what happens to the comments section?

  41. And This One Will Last A Lifetime on

    Doodie
    I guess this is what Carp meant when he said it would be a long long off season

    Haystacks Calhoun

  42. billybleedsblue on

    While watching the subway series tonight, just think of the billions of $ in public funds used to build these 2 teams’ stadiums… and the 55 million annually the city is looking to save by closing 20 firehouses. What a joke.

  43. Ok, who wants to watch Net Worth next? Don’t miss out on this interesting DVD while it’s on it’s 2011 North American Bonehead Summer Tour!!

    After you watch it you should ask on the blog who wants to watch it next.

  44. Btw I heard thats who the trophy was actually named after….out of sheer fear of the man….

  45. Tony, it wasn’t mine. I was just passing it on. Someone else here owns it, I don’t know who. I liked it too. I’ll hang on to it til someone sends me an address to forward it too. This DVD has traveled more than me lol!

  46. ANNOYED WITH SPAM on

    I wish this site had accounts because then you could block specific people.I’m really getting tired of Wicky’s one word posts. I look to see how many comments there are so I can read them because I really enjoy doing that and then I realize that half of them are piece of carcillo one word posts by Wicky. Enough dude, calm down. Its not funny and nobody likes it.

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  48. good to have closure with the Boogaard tragedy.it still sucks bigtime.
    AWS you are a dork.
    now IM hungry for spam.

  49. alright,you know its gonna happen,so lets talk about who comes in here to replace Boogaard.

    dont start crying “wah,we dont need an enforcer,wah!”
    deal with it jerko.

    we are gonna get an enforcer type,whos it gonna be?

  50. Who was writing Boogie’s Oxy scripts? A team doctor?
    Has Larry written aboot that lately? Watch for his Sunday column. If there is a Sunday. ;)

  51. i like Neil,Rupp,Boll.

    oh i really like Kyle Clifford,but i dont think L.A would part with him any time soon.

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