Canucks team up with … Metallica?


The Vancouver Canucks announced that they “partnered” with Metallica to raise $35K for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

That’s a fantastic contribution to a great cause, which bolsters the less-noble cause of making really corny jokes.

Go ahead and enter your own in the comments, but here are a few groan-worthy bits to get the ball rolling:

  • Tampa Bay really needs to do this too and exploit the “Ride the Lightning” tie-ins.
  • Sure, the Canucks have their fair share of pests, but Metallica dealt with Napster.
  • Dave Mustaine couldn’t make either team!*
  • It’s a bad idea to play “Nothing else matters” while showing clips of the Stanley Cup in Vancouver.
  • A Canucks partnership has nothing on the oddness that was Metallica’s collaboration with Lou Reed.

One other bit of comments fun: match up Metallica members with Canucks/players. (Cory Schneider is so Jason Newsted.)

* – Sorry.

Derek Roy signs in Swiss league

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Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.

Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.

The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.

A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.

Lehner’s injury ‘doesn’t look like it’s short term’

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Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.

Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.

When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.

“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”

It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.

While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.