Saturday, October 18, 2008

Day Off In Chicago/Wellwood To Manitoba

In the middle of a stretch of playing three games in a span of four nights, the Vancouver Canucks had a complete day away from the rink today in Chicago. They'll carry on with their trip Sunday with a meeting against the hometown Blackhawks at the United Center (4:00pm PST).

Forward Kyle Wellwood has returned home to Vancouver after clearing waivers this morning. He will be making his way to the Manitoba Moose. That clears the way for defenceman Kevin Bieksa to return to the line-up after missing the last three games on the injured reserve list with a knee injury. By the way, the Canucks are back to a roster of 23 players (2 goalies, 8 defencemen, 13 forwards).

The Canucks (3-2) will have the luxury of watching their opponents on television tonight as the Blackhawks are in St. Louis to battle the Blues. The Hawks enter the weekend at 1-2-1 and despite posting a 4-1 win in their last game at home against the Phoenix Coyotes, they've already made a coaching change. Out is Denis Savard, who is one of a handful of players to have their number retired by the Hawks organization. In comes Joel Quenneville, who had been coaching the Colorado Avalanche for the last three seasons. Last year, he led the Avs to a record of 44-31-7.

This is my first time in the Windy City and it is one of the nicest cities I've ever been to. Spent a few hours walking around Michigan Avenue, which is one of the busiest shopping districts in all of North America. Also spent some time checking out a lot of the landmarks while traveling up and down the Chicago River on a water taxi as well as walking up and down the shores of Lake Michigan. Again, I wish I had the opportunity to post some of the pics I've taken! Thankfully the weather has been great because I can only imagine what it might be like here in the middle of the winter! Luckily the only other time the Canucks will play in Chicago will be March 29.

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