New Look, New Mask
| Luongo finally unveiled his new mask design Tuesday at practice. After much anticipation, Luongo decided on a mosaic.
Although he's only been a Canuck for one season, the keeper appears to have made a solid connection with this team’s history.
“Ever since I got here, I’ve been a big fan of Johnny Canuck, so I just decided to go with that and try to make a little bit of intimidation there with this face. It came out pretty nice.”
“It took a couple weeks. I came up with the idea with my brother-in-law in Florida and we discussed it one night for a couple hours and came up with the main guy and the way we wanted it to look”
All goalies have meaning in their masks, and when Luongo sat down to hash out a new designs, he attempted to incorporate a few key themes – aggressiveness, attention to detail, and significance.
“Well, I like something that has a lot of detail, except the one I had last year for the retro jersey - though I do like the retro look too. But I wanted something that sticks out and you can definitely see what intentions I had behind it.”
“I wanted a little bit of everything in there, you know, the tower in here, that wasn’t in last year, and obviously a lot of trees and stuff like that.”
Satisfied with the artwork on his mask, Luongo is excited to see what he looks like in full uniform.
“I don’t know, I got to wait to see it on TV first, how I look in it, but, you know, the colours are nice, it matches with the uniforms, so we’ll see what happens.”
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Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced that the Canucks have claimed defenceman, Mike Weaver off of waivers. As a result, Nathan McIver was sent back to the Manitoba Moose.
“[Weaver] is a dependable defenseman,” Vigneault said. “And like we mentioned during training camp in the beginning of camp, you never have enough defensemen. So, this young man became available yesterday on waivers, we put a claim in, and he’s our property now.”
Alex Edler, who suffered a hip flexor injury Friday night against the Edmonton Oilers, skated on his own today and is scheduled to play if he’s healthy.
Brendan Morrison returned to the ice with his teammates for the first time since injuring his wrist last Wednesday against the Sharks, who will be visiting Vancouver for the Canucks home opener Friday night.
“I think I’ll be ready for Friday, I practiced today for the full hour and a half, and it felt pretty good. So, I’m looking at Friday.”
RUMOUR HAS IT
Possible line-ups for the season’s opener:
Impressive in pre-season action, Ryan Kesler is slated to skate between Markus Naslund and Ryan Shannon to create some dynamic offense.
Mason Raymond, who stepped up when called upon certainly opened eyes when he saw time on a line with the Sedins.
Coach Alain Vigneault said that the line consisting of Matt Cooke and Taylor Pyatt, centred by Brendan Morrison started to create some chemistry that could be very promising.
Two forwards will be sitting out Friday night's opener but Coach V hasn't given up that information yet.
New Mask Video
51 – Points for Morrison in 2006-07.
7– Different masks Luongo has at home (going back to his junior days).
39 – Games Weaver played for LA last season.
47 – Luongo's career high for wins in the NHL.
“In my mind, I’ve always liked to carry 8 D’s and an extra forward. The quality of the practices are better, budget-wise we can’t do that. So right now we’re going to start with 6 or 7 and 2 extra forwards for the time being”