Vancouver Canucks fans make the best of it after learning goalie Roberto Luongo had been traded, as they stand up with a makeshift sign during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Canucks 1-0. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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They are the fifth-best team in a watered-down Eastern Conference. They score a lot of goals, but still give up too many shots. They struggle to protect leads. They rely too much on their top line and goaltenders and special teams. They might be a playoff team, but they are not a Stanley Cup contender.
And, barring a last-minute development, that is not about to change.
The roster that turned in a lackluster effort in a 2-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night will likely be the same roster you see after the March 5 trade deadline. Yes, Dave Bolland will be activated off long-term injury at some point. But, according to vice-president of hockey operations Dave Poulin, the Leafs are not in the rental market. (Photo: Darren Calabrese/National Post)
The Vancouver Canucks head coach said he gets what has gone on in this community with goaltenders the last few years. He gets the popularity Roberto Luongo has earned by handling it all — the demotion to No. 2, the reincarnation, the contract, the Cory Schneider trade — with rare aplomb.
He gets the angst it was certain to cause when he named NHL rookie Eddie Lack to make a third consecutive start after the Olympic break — and not in just any hockey game, but in the Heritage Classic — while the franchise goaltender sat in his toque on the end of the bench, opening and closing the door and trying to keep a neutral expression on his face for the TV closeups.
Tortorella turned an easy, no-fuss, no-muss choice that would never be second-guessed into an unnecessary kick in the private parts, an unpopular decision that had many in the crowd of 54,194 at B.C. Place Stadium booing Lack when his picture was flashed on the massive video board, and chanting “We want Lou!” when the Ottawa Senators’ winning goal went past Lack at 10:11 of the second period.
Click through to read Cam Cole’s full column and see more photos from Sunday’s Heritage Classic. (Photo: Rich Lam/Getty Images)
Playing in a winter wonderland, Jonathan Toews showed his two-way game is perfect for any conditions.
Toews had two goals and an assist at a picturesque Soldier Field, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Saturday night in the finale of the NHL Stadium Series. (Photo: Bob Chwedyk/Daily Herald/The Associated Press)
Outdoor hockey… in California: The Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-0 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night in the NHL’s first warm-weather outdoor game.
The league threw a California carnival for the event, filling left field with a beach volleyball court and right field with a fireworks-laden stage where Kiss performed. People in shorts and tank tops played Frisbee and practised yoga between periods while skateboarders rolled past a ball hockey court featuring youth teams.
Although the temperature was 63 degrees with significant humidity when Wayne Gretzky dropped the first puck, the ice held up fairly well in the night air. The Ducks’ outstanding season also remained solid in their 21st victory in 24 games, while the Kings lost their fifth straight game.
The Kings hosted the first official outdoor game west of the Rocky Mountains in recognition of the NHL’s near half-century in Los Angeles and their rivalry with the Ducks, who joined the league two decades ago. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/The Associated Press)
The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames engaged in a wild first-period brawl Saturday night which later carried over to Canucks coach John Tortorella being involved in an altercation in the hallway outside of the Flames’ dressing room.
The opening minutes of the NHL game, which the Canucks won 3-2 in a shootout, was like a scene from the movie Slapshot. It brought back memories of when teams like the Broad Street Bullies and Big Bad Boston Bruins waged wars on the ice.
“I don’t think anybody expected that,” said Flames defenceman Chris Butler, one of eight players ejected from the game. (Photo: Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)
Going for gold: Team Canada has announced its 25-man roster for the Sochi Olympics, and it’s built around key contributors from the team that won gold four years ago in Vancouver.
Sidney Crosby, who scored the game-winning goal over the United States in overtime, is back and likely will be named captain.
Roberto Luongo, who was in net for the completion of the 2010 tournament, could get another chance next month as he’s back on the roster following some tumultuous times. Jonathan Toews, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Patrice Bergeron are also among the Vancouver medallists named to the team.
Forwards Rick Nash and Patrick Marleau, defencemen Shea Weber, Duncan Keith and Drew Doughty also return four years later to try to defend gold.
Goaltender Carey Price and forwards John Tavares and Steven Stamkos lead the group of newcomers, which is full of youth and speed. (Photo: Chris O’Meara/The Associated Press)