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Smell my glove! SMELL IT!

Smell my glove! SMELL IT!

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers grossed out the sporting world recently with the announcement that several of their players are fighting MRSA infections. Football doesn’t get to have all the fun where nasty bugs are concerned, so this week we’ll take you on a tour of some disgusting locker room infections. You’re welcome.

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Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks

The end of hockey night in Canada: As a Habs fan, hockey day in Canada was a complete bust. The Canadiens really never kicked it into gear and were buried by an avalanche of Leaf goals. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go drown my sorrows in cheap domestic beer.

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Post-Game: Roberto Luongo. The Best.

End of Game: The Vancouver Canucks ran roughshod over the Calgary Flames 5-1. Canucks’ forward Jordan Schroeder was the obvious first star after notching the first two goals of his career.

12:27: Jordan Schroeder pots his second goal of the game to put Vancouver up by four. It’s garbage time, folks. Read the rest of this entry »

Vancouver Canucks’ general manager Mike Gillis went on the air late last night with David Pratt on Vancouver’s CKNW 980, and said a few fun things in regards to the eventual Roberto Luongo trade.

To set the stage, coach Alain Vigneault gave the start to the 1b Cory Schneider for Game Three of the Canucks’ series against the Los Angeles Kings. In Luongo’s exit interview after the Canucks’ lost out in the series in five games to Los Angeles, Luongo reportedly asked for a trade if he would be the backup. The draft and free agency both came and went with no movement, Luongo told an FM station in Vancouver that it was “time to move on” and rumours surfaced about interest from the Chicago Blackhawks in Luongo, and rumours surfaced about Luongo’s interest in the Florida Panthers.

So there’s a lot to clear up. This hasn’t been an easy process for Luongo, who seems to be wrapped around by Gillis, who admitted to Pratt that he’s had offers on the table the team has discussed, but there doesn’t seem to be much of a flow of information between the two sides. As Jason Botchford wrote in the Vancouver Province the other day:

He doesn’t want to be a Canuck. The Canucks don’t want him to be a Canuck. But here he is in September, and he’s still a Canuck.

That, as he explained to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, has been, at times, rough, tough and stressful. It’d nice if his clouded future would clear up. Nicer still, if, when it does, he’s still in Florida.

Doesn’t sound like Florida is too interested in Luongo however:

So perhaps they haven’t given Vancouver a delectable offer yet. Contrariwise, Gillis gave Vancouver fans and media people an overcooked steak on the radio yesterday that’s something we can chew on for days and days.

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"Gettin' my six. Still waiting on your eight from Phoenix, hey?"

An arbitrator has ruled that the Vancouver Canucks owe Mark Messier six million dollars, because apparently they drew up a very complex contract when he signed with them in 1997.

When reading the original reporting from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun, the first thing that jumped out to me was what Mark Messier was earning – his deal was for five years at six million per. Doesn’t that seem like an awful lot for 15 years ago? I suppose there wasn’t a salary cap then, but still, I don’t remember dollars like that being thrown around.

The Canucks bought Messier out after three seasons, as they had written in a provision that said they could do so for a flat two million dollars. Messier then went back to the Rangers where he finished his career.

So, that’s all fine and dandy – he got paid for those three seasons, got bought out, what’s the problem? Read the rest of this entry »