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Press Round-Up: OCT.25.07

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

Naslund not down on dumps

Jason Botchford said that Markus Naslund didn’t intend to criticize or offend the team system of dump and chase. Naslund took the time yesterday to clarify what he meant.

"I have absolutely no problem with our system. I think it's been great since Day 1," Naslund said. "My point was: We need to have the puck more. That comes from individuals having to think more creatively and not force plays and give the puck up so much.”

"No, I don't feel stifled. I think [Canucks coach Alain Vigneault] gives us the green light to be creative. He wants more shots and I think that's up to us to think more offensively that way."

Botchford said, “For 11/2 days, people tried to decipher vaguely cryptic comments made by Canucks captain Naslund after Monday's loss to Carolina, where he complained about the team flipping the puck in and flipping the puck out, flipping the puck in and flipping the puck out.”

"There's different dumps," Naslund clarified Wednesday. "If you dump the puck with purpose, I think that's great. But throwing the puck away, just getting rid of it or giving someone else the problem -- that's what I don't like.”
Canuck quicksand

Brad Ziemer comments on the Canucks performance as last night's score, 2-3 loss against the Red Wings, doesn’t entirely reflect their disappointing performance.

“Coach Alain Vigneault didn't even try to sugarcoat this one. A day after suggesting his team was about to snap out of its doldrums, the Canucks sunk to a new low. Don't let the score fool you,” Ziemer said.

“Wednesday night's 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings was an embarrassment on so many different levels. The Canucks were outshot 39-15, went 18-for-52 in the faceoff circle and most of the night seemed to be standing still as the Red Wings raced around them.”

"We had a lot of our players tonight who looked like they were skating in quicksand," said Vigneault, whose team has lost four of its last five games. "They just looked very slow out there ... Again, we only got 15 shots and that's not enough to possibly win games, obviously."

Ziemer notices Vigneault isn’t going to be as lenient with his forwards who aren’t producing enough scoring chances.

“The Sedin twins have been invisible for much of this trip and if anyone has seen Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison, please let us know. It does not bode well when your top offensive line is Ryan Kesler, Matt Cooke and Alex Burrows,” said Ziemer.

"Those are the guys who have been able to do it for us in the past and I firmly believe they want to do well," Vigneault said. "For some reason, just look at Daniel and Henrik tonight, they weren't skating well at all and Mo and Nassie weren't much better. We need those guys to pick their game up and be the front-runners of this team as far as offence and right now we're not getting that."

"Losing is frustrating, everything else is beside the point," said Luongo, who refused to rag on the team's struggling forwards. "It's disappointing because you work hard in practice and in the game and we're not getting the results right now."
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