"Many will probably be surprised when I say this, but I think Markus Naslund is the world's
He has everything: great shot, leadership, strength and the ability to elevate the game of the players around him." -
don't think we can call Naslund 'The Great One', but how about 'The Awfully Good One'?"--
"We're not sharp
on the bench. I know I get screwed up sometimes going left to right but if you can count to five that's the main thing. We've
got a few who have a problem." - Naslund on the Canucks league leading number of bench minors for too many men on the ice. (1/12/02)
Markus Naslund, on the Canucks going 3-for-5 on the power play: "We've been trying to simplify it lately.
We're going back to basics trying to get the puck through and get bodies in front of the net. Tonight it worked. When we really
needed it we were struggling, now we're getting two or three power play goals a night the last two games. It's good to get
it going again."
looking at the Sedins)
Nazzy: "I don't know which one is which..."
Nazzy (about the
time he put his towel over the camera in the penalty box): "It feels like I’m on Edtv here I just wanted to get some
time to myself."
"It's great, I've never been past the first round and
I'm enjoying it just as much as everyone else. But it's a team thing and we're a close knit group. It's fun to enjoy
it with a bunch of friends." - Naslund.
"Markus is capable of turning the game
around with one shot", said fellow Vancouver Canuck Todd Bertuzzi.
"He does so many things well. He
constantly amazes you with what he can do every night."
"Oh Captain my Captain! What a set up by Naslund!" - John Shorthouse
"Okay Nazzy, you've bumped the slump, that'll get your MoJo going!" -Tom Larscheid
"Edit that one."
A laughing Naslund after mistakenly answering a question about how it feels to have scored 55 points through 41 games. The reporter meant
that the team having 55 points in the standings.
"We don't wait for things to happen, we go out and make them happen. We don't try not to lose games;
we try to win them. That's a fun way to play." --Markus Naslund
Reporter: "So you got tended to? (talking about his groin injury)."
Nazzy: "How did you know? I thought the blinds were closed?!"
"I think it will be a lot less of a distraction to get it done if we can agree on something now. It is a business.
But there's also a fine line between business and greed. I think you have to look at other values, like are you happy where
you're living, and are you treated well by the organization and the city? That's where you have to make a judgment." --
4/25/01: -- Canucks forward Markus Naslund
on his desire to stay in Vancouver and play for the Canucks
"Yeah he did. He usually sees me once a year and I stink the joint out so it's good to get a couple for him." - Markus Naslund when asked if his Dad saw him play tonight.
like to make him leave with good memories." - Naslund when asked if he felt pressure to perform
for his Dad Friday against the Wings.
Nazzy - "My goalie Salo was crap" after losing 3-2 to
Finland on PS2."
- "I heard you don't like to lose and get angry sometimes?"
Nazzy - "No, I turned 30, and am a lot cooler now."
can't explain the chemistry. It just happens. We were meant to play together.
It's something you build. It's a trust factor and it's a confidence in each other, knowing where each other is. It just fell
into place." - Bertuzzi on Naslund
Naslund on the
Avalanche and the Northwest Division title: "Now it's our turn to do what they did to us."
Markus Naslund, on the Canucks going 3-for-5 on the power play: "We've
been trying to simplify it lately. We're going back to basics trying to get the puck through and get bodies in front of the
net. Tonight it worked. When we really needed it we were struggling, now we're getting two or three power play goals a night
the last two games. It's good to get it
"I was going to the bench and he skated by me and said, `Nice pass, Brown' and laughed at me. He was
rubbing it in. I kept that in the back of my mind." -- 3/2/02: Wild defenseman Brad Brown who took a shot at Canucks' forward Markus Naslund with only 13 seconds left in the game. Brown said it was payback for when Naslund taunted
him after a Brown turnover led to a Vancouver goal.
"It was all cool until the kids started to rip the heads off" - Naslund on his bobblehead.
"I don't think we've peaked yet, I think we can get better." - Naslund
"I was actually impressed, hate to say it. He has the good looks. Just ask him." Markus Naslund on Bertuzzi's TV appearance on Cold Squad.
"I don't want to kill the guy, but you want to play well and you want
to play hard." -- 2/13/02:
Canucks' defenceman Ed
Jovanovski on facing
teammate Markus Naslund in
For the nearly a month Naslund had tried everything to get a goal, from fancy plays to power-plays but nothing
seemed to work. He had gone ten games without scoring when he finally ripped a shot top corner while falling
to the ice from the top of the right circle during the 6-1 win vs. the Coyotes. In post-game comments Naslund smiled and chuckled as he said: "It
was the only thing left for me to do…”
"How did the coaching staff
choose Markus Naslund as captain?" - Fan during live chat "We
put all the names in a hat and pulled out Nazzy." -- Crawford
"I think that was a huge leadership display right there,” said Roberto
Luongo about the performance of Naslund
in game one. “He took the body left and right and really took charge. You've
got to dig deep in the playoffs. You've got to play out of character sometimes."
CTV news did a
piece on superstitions, and Nazzy said he doesn't believe in that, but then the reporter says "But your only loss in the series was on Friday the 13th" then Nazzy laughs and says "Well, I got engaged on a Friday 13th."
"Naslund leads the Canucks in every column: goals, assists, points, game winning
goals, power play goals, shots on goal... What else can he do - drive the Zamboni between periods?" --Harry Neale