by Cono Spitale
Well, just what can you give in starting a new year to a team that is at the top of the NHL standings as of today.
Well, if you ask their coach Alain Vigneault (or any coach for that matter) there is always room for improvement; so here goes our wishes for the individual members of the Canuck class of 2010-11…
Roberto Luongo… a card posted on his locker: “I’m not as good as I think I am.”
Henrik and Daniel Sedin …a permanent winger that doesn’t always enter through a revolving door.
Ryan Kesler…a little more respect as one of the top 3 league two-way players.
Mikael Samuelsson…a mea culpa from the Swedish national team committee.
Alexander Edler…a sign at all the league rinks “Im Swedish when I pass and Canadian when I hit.”
Christian Ehrhoff…People back in Germany no longer stopping him on the street and asking: “Are you Gerd Muller?”
Mason Raymond…two inches of height and an extra 25 pounds for the playoffs.
Manny Malhotra…a nice head of hair or more accurately any hair for his head.
Raffi Torres…People continually asking to get out his guitar and sing a kids’ song.
Alex Burrows…”Coach, can I please stay on the twins’ line! Pretty please?”
Jeff Tambellini…”Thank you God for sending me from Long Island to Vancouver!”
Kevin Bieksa…To all the naysayers who thought he’d be traded before the season started: “Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah!”
Jannik Hansen…The Great Dane for sure, at least on the Canuck team where he is the only one.
Dan Hamhuis…”Just because I played in Nashville doesn’t mean I like Toby Keith.”
Tanner Glass…”I wish I could have had somebody else write my exams as Dartmouth – like they do at the football schools – then I could have had some fun at college!”
Andrew Alberts…A better left hook for a guy that is 6’5″.
Keith Ballard…More sun during the Vancouver winter after two winters in the Arizona desert.
Alexandre Bolduc…49 more goals between now and the end of season for his first 50-goal season in his rookie NHL year.
Cory Schneider…A slight groin pull for Luongo between now and the playoffs.