Perhaps to take some heat off the embarrassing handling of Roberto Luongo, the endless losses in 2014, and the fact that the team couldn’t score if Sasha Grey was in net, the Vancouver Canucks have officially announced the release of a new alternate jersey.
Even though the logo isn’t totally fresh (having first surfaced last year), it is fitting given the way that the once-proud franchise has continued to flounder.
The Canucks marketing department has announced that the logo will be half-assedly stitched onto tattered jerseys that look like something Tom Hanks might have worn in the last reel of Castaway. As part of an advertising campaign to be rolled out after the Ryan Kesler shitshow has finally been botched, the jerseys will be modelled by David Booth.
Much of the intermission commentary in the Heritage Classic has focused on Canucks head coach John Tortorella's decision to start Eddie Lack in goal.
After the first period, Don Cherry claimed that nobody has been treated with less respect over the last 10 years than Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.
Cherry said part of the reason is that Luongo is a nice guy, leaving viewers with the perception that management can walk all over him.
Following the second period, commentators Elliotte Friedman and Kevin Weekes jumped on the fans for booing the Canucks as they left the ice behind 3-2.
They also piped up about how Luongo deserved better treatment from Vancouver fans and management.
The Twitterverse wasn't exactly onside.
Vancouver Canucks will start Eddie Lack in goal today against the Ottawa Senators at B.C. Place Stadium.
Lack has played superbly in the team's two games after the end of the Winter Olympics.
Head coach John Tortorella said that Lack deserved the start in the Heritage Classic, given his recent play.
Lack was named first star when Vancouver defeated the St. Louis Blues 1-0 on February 26.
He was also in the net in the 2-1 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild on February 28.
Meanwhile, the Canucks have announced that rookie forward Kellan Lain has been sent back to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.
Seven shots in the shootout and not a single goal sealed the fate of the Vancouver Canucks last night.
Despite an outstanding performance by rookie goalie Eddie Lack at Rogers Arena, the home team still came up short when the Minnesota Wild's Justin Fontaine converted on his team's seventh attempt in the shootout.
Canucks forward David Booth tried without success to even the tally with a spinerama. His shot was easily turned aside by goalie Darcy Kuemper.
In the NHL shootout statistics, the first Canuck on the list, Mike Santorelli. He's the 76th entry with two goals on eight attempts. (He's actually tied with Daniel Alfredsson of the Detroit Red Wings.)
The Montreal Alouettes have released veteran receiver Arland Bruce III two weeks after he was fined for making homophobic comments on social media.
The 36-year-old Canadian football wide receiver, using crude language, told NFL prospect Michael Sam, who publicly came out as gay on February 9, to "man up" and "submit to God fully".
Bruce, a three-time CFL all-star and two-time Grey Cup champion, was penalized by the CFL on February 11. He later apologized.
John Tortorella is coaching a Canadian team, but he doesn't want Canada to win the Olympic men's gold-medal hockey game.
"I hope Sweden wins because I don't think Hammer (Dan Hamhuis) is going to play judging from what's happened and I don't think Louie (Roberto Luongo) is going to play [for Canada]," the Canucks coach told the Vancouver Sun today.
Canucks defenceman Alex Edler and forward Daniel Sedin are expected to be in the lineup for Sweden for the game, which begins Sunday at 4:00 a.m. Pacific time.
Yesterday in a briefing with reporters, Tortorella conceded that he hasn't paid much attention to the Olympics.
Canada's four-man bobsled crew of Justin Kripps, Jesse Lumsden, Cody Sorenson, and Ben Coakwell managed to walk away from a crash that looked fairly frightening on TV.
Famed nature broadcaster David Attenborough is known around the world for his elegant commentaries on creatures in the wild.
But check out the results when his detailed descriptions are overlaid with an Olympic curling match.
Canada’s men’s hockey team is on its way to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics gold medal match.
The defending champions defeated the United States 1-0 to make it past the semifinals. The lone goal was scored by Victoria’s Jamie Benn.
The Dallas Stars left-winger put one past U.S. goaltender Jonathan Quick early in the second period. The goal was tipped off a shot by Edmonton’s Jay Bouwmeester.
The Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price stopped 31 shots for a shutout.
After Canada's women's team beat its American counterpart yesterday (February 20), the men's team win means that President Barack Obama owes Prime Minister Stephen Harper two cases of beer.