Canucks’ morning skate



Q.  Question about staying disciplined in Game 2, after an emotional Game 1.

CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF:  I think going into our first game, it’s pretty tough to keep your emotions in check.  Obviously for most players it was the first game on that stage.  So you probably saw that a little bit on all the penalties that were taken.

Now that we got the first game out of the way, I think everybody is going to be a little more comfortable in Game 2.

Q.  Christian, how does it affect the D if Dan is not able to play?  Does it mean that even though you’ll have six defensemen, the five guys will have to do a lot in a way they did when Dan went out of the game in Game 1?

CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF:  No, I don’t think so.  Our team was built on a strong and deep defense.  We’ve used it all year long with different guys being out at different times.

Yeah, everybody can play with everybody, so it’s not a big adjustment we have to make.  Obviously whoever comes in has to step up and play some big minutes.  That’s what we’ve done all year.

Q.  Daniel, now that you’ve had one game of exposure to Chara under your belt, what were your impressions?

DANIEL SEDIN:  Yeah, I mean, I said all along he’s one of the top defensemen in this league.  Like you said, he’s got a long stick.  You got to get close to him and try to use that to your advantage, move the puck quick and move your feet.  That’s the only way you can beat him.

I thought we had some good chances last game that weren’t able to beat Tim Thomas.  I think that’s going to be the key tonight to score some goals.


Q.  Coach, will Manny play tonight?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  Game-time decision.

Q.  What about Dan?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  Game-time decision.

Q.  I asked Claude this last series, too, the issue with Patrice Bergeron, would he play or not.  Do you think there’s competitive advantage not to share that information?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  I believe at the end of the day at this time of the year when there’s a lot at stake, you don’t want the opposition to know if a certain player has this or that, so they don’t try to exploit something.  It’s as simple as that.

I mean, during the season we share everything, as open as we can, but we don’t play the same team usually two nights in a row.  So that’s probably why most teams do it this way.

Q.  When you first came here, was there ever an instance where you got the twins mixed up or did you know right off the hop which was which?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  It took me three years to tell them apart.  I’m not proud of that.  The fourth year, when Danny got hurt, was out of basically my sight for about six weeks, I finally figured out what Hank looked like on a regular basis.  Then when I saw Danny again, I was really embarrassed that I couldn’t tell them apart because they don’t look alike at all.  They got two different personalities.  I’m not proud to say it took me three years to figure it out.

Q.  You said ‘personalities.’  What are the differences?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  Danny’s a little bit more quiet, listens to his brother.  Whereas Henrik is obviously a lot more outspoken, usually speaks for the both of them, so…

Q.  Not to belabor the point, the injury thing, some of us get a chance to cover the National Football League, most successful sports league in North America.  They have protocol.  By Thursday they tell who is playing, not playing.  Do you see a day when this league would follow down that road and would it be a good thing for you if they did?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  At this time right now, I believe in protecting my players.  For me, this is the best way to protect them.  I can’t really comment on what the NFL is doing.  But for now this is what everybody is doing in our league.

Q.  Should Manny be able to play, is he capable of doing everything that he was doing before he got hurt?

COACH VIGNEAULT:  Well, I think if he is able to play, we understand that he’s been out for quite some time now.  We’ll ease him in.

But his strong points are he’s good on faceoffs, he’s smart in our zone.  So probably in those situations there we would use him.  I’m definitely not going to use him with his linemates that he had before.  That line is playing real well, Torres, Lapierre and Hansen.  I have no intention of breaking that up.

Q.  Can you address the discipline factor.  Both teams maybe got more penalties than they would have liked.  That might be part of the reason regarding Game 1 of a Cup Final, everyone is more amped up.

COACH VIGNEAULT:  I know some of the penalties we took in the offensive zone 200 feet from our net, we’d like to stay away from that.  I thought a couple of unfortunate calls, like Danny’s four minutes where his stick ends up in Chara’s face there, that’s a long way for a stick to go, but it ended up up there.

We’re obviously going to try to be better in that area tonight.  Hopefully our power-play will be more effective, too.

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  1. ah, denied myself the silver!!!

    ilb, no carcillo!!! and Casey, sans belly band!

  2. Wicky, don’t think I forgot about ur comment last night. I’m saying we need to build at this point in time, and yes it should be an on going process, but its only reasonable to give up assets when ur close to being a contender. If u think were close to contending ur joking urself and everyone else here. If the playoffs didn’t prove to u that its a reach I dont know what would. Like I said, we need to build our team up from the inside, Richards maybe be a good for a good 3 yrs but then he quickly becomes a problem. What don’t u understand? He will end up taking up room for a new guy, he locks up too much cap space and for way too long, and its obvious that this is not how u build a winner. You will never get it if u don’t get it right now. Stop being hypocritical about what direct u think the organization should to take. We keep on failing with FA signing. That is a fact.

  3. AV, I didn’t see wick’s comment, but from yours I’m not sure who I agree/disagree with :)

    Here’s my thoughts: if we sell great or future/growing assets for a one-two-year- shot deal = dumb. This team has proven (even, forgive me, in 94), that we work best as a whole unit, not just with one or two “stars” (hello, where are the Caps and Pens now?). If we keep building and growing = smart. I think we’re going in the right direction. Do we need some help in some areas (heck yeah!). But let’s not bulldoze the foundation for a rickety top….

    hmmm, idiot metaphors aside, them’s my thoughts….:)

  4. Jasper Fasth looks like a stud and another swede that might be a steal in the 5th round.

  5. Spot on mama. Wicky I assume wants to sign Richards, but I hate the idea because it always bites us in the butt. We have such a deep prospect pool, that I would hate to see players get pushed back or traded because of FAs. Rangers organization is ranked 7th with our prospects and our only current weakness is goaltending. Kreider, Thomas,.bourque, erixon, valentenko, kundratek, fasth, hagelin. The list goes on and on and quiet a few of hear guys r a yr or 2 away, so signing Richards would be a bad move, plus,.we have soo many guys we need to resign. We currently have 13 trays right 13 signed from our roster after we lost to Washington in round one game 5.

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