How Swede it is!

The Vancouver Canucks have been one of my favourite teams for a while. They’re strong, they’re fast, and a perfect blend of the best 2 hockey countries, Sweden and Canada (sorry USA, but they can kill you guys.) in 1999, 2000, and even 2001, you had told me that Marcus Naslund and Bertuzzi would be 2 of the best players in the game, I would’ve laughed my butt off at you. And I would have laughed harder if in 2002, you told me the Canucks would be atop the NHL standings. So what caused this success? How will it continue?The first thing they did right, was for Burke to tell them all, that if they performed well, then they wouldn’t be traded, and no one from the Canucks (besides Alexander Mogilny) has been traded off since.

The second thing he did right, was acquire young centreman Brendan Morrison from the New Jersey Devils, the price tag was high, Alexander Mogilny, but Brendan Morrisons chemistry with Marcus Naslund, and Todd Bertuzzi, has helped the Canucks more then anyone could imagine.

At first glance, I’d think that a mostly Swedish team would suck. But seeing guys like Marcus Naslund, and the Sedins tearing it up, really makes my opinion of Swedish hockey raise.

Unfortunatley, the owners of the Vancouver Canucks made a fatal mistake. Firing the man who built this team, the Ducks were smart enough to pick this guy up last week.

But the future is bright, Vancouver is becoming alot like Toronto, or Montreal, in the way that alot of people are now interested in signing there because of connections to the city. These players include Paul Kariya, and Scott Neidermayer.

The Canucks will thrive for a long time to come, but only if Nonis works like his predesessor or however you spell it. If the Canucks could land a couple names, I see the roster looking like this:










Not a bad roster, I can really see this team taking home the cup…


15 Responses to How Swede it is!

  1. simplyhabby says:

    Where I can appreciate that they need some size on the Sedin line but it will be pretty difficult to split up the Markus, Brendan and Bert line as it works so well together.

    I like Cloutier but the Nucks need a better goalie to take them through the playoffs. Hopefully, this year, Cloutier will prove me wrong because I am a big fan of the Nucks. I even have met Bert a few times in Kitchener playing pickup.

    As for your Yank vs. Swede comment, upfront you are right but in the net (where a lot of games is decided) the Yanks are better so you get state the Swedes kill the Yanks based on that alone.

    You raise an interesting point about the Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver connection with players. All are stong hockey markets and now are all competitive making them lucrative and attractive markets for most players not only for city and cup contention but economically (prior to CBA, it really does not matter anymore with the cap)

  2. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Economicly it’s still great in these cities, because these cities can players big endorsments, which is great, cuz they are my three favorite teams. But the Leafs are always tops in my heart.

    You’re right about the goalie thing. Salo was great, but then all of a sudden sucked, where as with Esche it’s like the opposite. Esche, Boucher, Conklin, and all those other Yankee goalies are really gonna help in international tournaments.

    Also, the Americans have a better future then the Swedes. Apparently for the next 10-15 years, there won’t be many Swedes come into the NHL, especially not stars, where as with the WJHC last year, and the World Under 18’s, the Americans look pretty strong for years to come, just when it looked like they were being screwed by age of Modano, Hull, Weight, Tkachuck, Chelios, Leetch, Roenick etc…

  3. hockeyhead says:

    this site has way too many american nay sayers.

    we will see who has more medals in the olympics coming up. Mwooo AHAHAHA

  4. 19Yzerman says:

    With pinky finger at side of mouth and thumb extending downwards. Oh yea with Mini Me doing the same.

    Mwooo AHAHAHA

  5. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Um… you guys are dorks…

    The fact is, I wasn’t being an American nay sayer, simply stating that overall the Swedes are a better team. I still wouldn’t be shocked at an American gold.

  6. 19Yzerman says:

    Brendan Morrison has become the measuring stick for all who follow at U of M. Watching him score a NCAA National Championship clinching goal and winning the Hobey Baker Memorial Award were both gratifying for any Michigan hockey fan. At the time it seemed as though he could score at will to the point were it wasn’t a question if he was going score a goal in a game but if he would score a hat trick the game.

    If I could pluck one of these guys off the roster for my own team I would take Jovanovski.

  7. 19Yzerman says:

    What IF JR scores the game winner? Will the world MOON him and tell him to kiss their A$$?

  8. TheCoach says:

    Well Leafy, I think you should realize that a cap is coming. Because of this, there is no way Vancouver can keep Naslund, Bertuzzi and Jovanovski and add Kariya and Niedermayer.

    If Niedermayer signs there, my guess would be that Jovanovski is traded.

    And this may be a little far fetched, but I have a feeling that Bertuzzi will be traded, and then Forsberg will sign with the Canucks to play with Naslund. Yes Forsberg has stated that he would like to stay in Colorado, but he also said only if it makes sense financially.

    The Avs are over 20 million and have to re-sign Hejduk, Tanguay, Foote, and fill out the rest of the roster.

    So I’m predicting that one more Swede will be added to the Canucks, and he’s a good one.

  9. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I kinda thought Kariya would come for cheaper, cuz it’s Vancouver. I really think that you are right in alot of aspects. I got really excited when I read that rumor about Bertuzzi to Toronto, but learned that it stemmed from Nick Kypreous, expect Tuzzi to head to Anaheim. Jovo is interested in returning to Florida, so we may see that happen so they can sign Neidermayer.

    If Kariya is ignored by the Canucks for three days, I say this as a hopefully future hockey writer, not as a fan, I think the Leafs will pick him up. He’d be a great addition here, we need a speed winger, he’d be relatively cheap, and he’d be back on the first line where he belongs, also, Kariya loves the spotlight, and Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver are three cities where every hockey player is in the spotlight, once Ottawa’s population grows, I’m sure it will be the same. Coachy, you think a possibility of Kariya to the buds?

  10. ranger_fan says:

    Not all USA born players are yankees. For example, Brian Leetch was born in Texas. Yankees is a term for the North East, just like French-Canadians are called frogs, and the rest are canucks.

  11. Bishop7979 says:

    A 50 and 45 career high in points doesnt exactly equal the sedins tearing it up.

    Until the team can find a way to not rely on their top line for such a large percentage of their offence, and until they can get an upgrade over Cloutier in Net the Nuck’s are always going to be just a step away from that Cup

  12. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    That’s true. Brian Leetch actually grew up in Coneticut though, he was just born in Texas. Does that make him a Yankee? A rebel? What? (Too many civil war terms!)

  13. hockeyhead says:

    hey, i resemble that remark.

    all i was stating is that the USA has overall the best athletes in the world in a wide range of sports. as everyone can see every summer and winter olympics. that is cool. “and i spit in the face of those that don’t want to be cool”

    russia would be second. maybe china. canada has hockey but has been getting better in other sports.

  14. still_fly72 says:

    It’s Markus not Marcus. Mats Lindgren is as good as done in the NHL, he has a bum back and hasn’t played in a couple years, it’d most likely be a waste of a roster spot. If Scotty Niedermayer ever came to Vancouver, I’m pretty sure his brother Rob would too. Not sure about Paul Kariya either but I’ll add him to the lines anyway.



    Cooke/R. Niedermayer/King

    Kesler/Chubarov/Linden (All 3 can play centre)

    Keep Keane and put him in the same role as last year, not playing every game. Dump May and Ruutu.

  15. raine_kalisz says:

    I don’t know what dream world you’re living in, but the Devils won’t let their number one defenceman go. On top of that the lines you made mystify me more than a bit. Taking Bert off the first line?? and making him play his off wing?? If they ever did land Kariya, something that does make some sense to me with his connections to the city, they wouldn’t have him on the first line. Also Neidermayer would be the top defenseman, if they ever landed him, which is financially and fundementally impossible. Also I saw you make no mention of Ohlund, who I believe is the most underrated defenseman on the team. He can do just about anything. And no mention on the goaltending position which I think is there biggest weakness. Cloutier is rapidly rising to among the elite goaltenders in the game, but his difficulties in the playoffs are somewhat of a concern. Although he played well last year, his injury deprived us from seeing how well he really can perform. Also Auld, despite his success last season has struggled phenomenolly in the AHL this year and his prospect status is once again up in the air. I think they would be smart to grab up someone who can be the insurance plan if Cloutier doesn’t pan out come playoff time.

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