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A true test

A true test

The common theme today is how important tomorrow night’s game against the San Jose Sharks. It’s a big game and a benchmark game. It’s a chance to show they can hold their own against the Western Conference elite. The truth is, the Canucks haven’t had a lot of success against the West’s top four teams. They had a couple of nice wins against Detroit and Calgary early in the season and a come-from-behind shootout win against Calgary and blowout win against Chicago in the last month. Overall, however, they are an unimpressive 6-8-1 against the Sharks, Red Wings, Flames and...

MSM links for March 6, 2009

MSM links for March 6, 2009

Bieksa calm before storm (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Different team since last meeting (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Sometimes no news good news (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Wellwood breathes sigh of relief after trade deadline day (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Hordichuk’s mates poke fun at front-page photo (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) A tale of two managers (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Why isn’t leading Moose scorer moving up higher? (Randy Turner, Winnipeg Free Press)

MSM links for March 5, 2009

MSM links for March 5, 2009

Canucks stand pat at NHL trade deadline (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Attract with winning environment (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) O’Brien O’happy he’s still in Vancouver (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) One phone call was all it took Gillis (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) We’d like to show you the newest Canucks but there aren’t any (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) ‘Perfectly content’ GM doesn’t budge on trade day (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Canucks sit on money from Sundin’s discounted salary (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Canucks stand pat on deadline day (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Canucks wrap (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Bouwmeester’s...

Sometimes the best move is no move at all

Sometimes the best move is no move at all

For most of the day, the Vancouver Canucks were rumored to be one of the front-runners to acquire Jay Bouwmeester from the Florida Panthers. They were also apparently after a 3rd line center. By the end of the day, Mike Gillis determined the price tags were too high and decided to pass on the action. Gillis is obviously happy with his team’s current make up and why wouldn’t he be? The Canucks sit in 5th place in the Western Conference, having won 11 of their last 13 games. They have 19 games left in the regular season and only 3...

Trade deadline day liveblog

Trade deadline day liveblog

Good morning boys and girls. It’s 5:19 AM and I just rolled out of bed and wife’s annoyed. We go through this same routine every trade deadline day. I set my alarm for 5:00 AM, I wake up, and she wonders why the heck I do this. No worries. I know she follows along at work. I hope you will too. But first, coffee. [update: 03/04/2009, 5:23 AM] From Bruce Garrioch via Hosea Cheung: League sources say the Canucks are offering D Kevin Bieksa, LW Mason Raymond and a No. 1 pick for Bouwmeester. That package is about what I...

Trade deadline day on CHB

Trade deadline day on CHB

For the 4th year in a row, I’ll be liveblogging trade deadline day. Check back tomorrow morning – I hope to start bright and early (after I grab some good coffee) – and join me in the festivities. I’ll also be puttering around on Twitter, and then at 4:20 PM, I’ll be on Jacked In With Jessica (Kelowna 1150 AM) to wrap up the day. Here are some sites I’ll be following. The Canucks-centric blogs: Canucks and Beyond Nucks Misconduct Canucks 24/7 The big blogs: Kukla’s Corner Spector’s Hockey James Mirtle’s From The Rink And the MSM: TSN The Score...

Alex Burrows: $8 million richer

Alex Burrows: $8 million richer

Shortly after signing his 4-year/$8 million contract extension, Alex Burrows scored his 17th and 18th goals of the season as the Vancouver Canucks won for the 11th time in 13 games. It’s obviously too early to tell if Burrows is worth $2 million per season. Like I said yesterday, I don’t mind the deal if he continues to play the way he’s playing right now. If he continues to play well on the top-6 or the checking line – whichever is asked of him – and regularly produces 15+ goals and 40 points, it’s a solid deal. I hope, of...

MSM links for March 3, 2009

MSM links for March 3, 2009

Ohlund would consider waiving no-trade clause, but expects to cash in on July 1 (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Plenty of trade deadline action in the offing (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Why mess with a winning team? (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Burrows repeats his plea to stay (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Canucks’ Edler playing with broken bone in his foot (Vancovuer Sun) Let’s make a deal (Vancouver Sun) March madness (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Devil’s in details for 2010 (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) They could be Canucks trade bait (Tim Campbell, Winnipeg Free Press) Time for the Canucks to wheel and...

The deal with Burrows and a Cooke comparison

The deal with Burrows and a Cooke comparison

Whether or not a contract extension is in place before Wednesday, I don’t see much point in moving Alex Burrows, as was rumored this weekend by Pierre Lebrun on Hockey Night in Canada. His value to the Canucks is much more than what he would bring back in trade. His 16 goals are 33 points are already career-highs. His 17 assists are 2 short of a career-high. In his last 12 games, he has 5 goals, 5 assists and 10 points in an average of 17:08 minutes of ice-time (17:53 not including the Montreal game in which he received a...

Ossi Vaananen: Getting something for nothing

Ossi Vaananen: Getting something for nothing

I’ll be honest and say that I don’t know too much about Ossi Vaananen, but the more I read about the guy, the more I like the pick-up. A fair number of Philadelphia fans on HFBoards don’t like the fact that Vaananen was waived in the first place. IMHO, that says a lot. Up until about a month ago, Vaananen was playing with Kimmo Timonen as the Flyers’ top-pairing and logging an average of close to 20 minutes per game. He was also popular in the team’s dressing room. For whatever reason however, he found himself lower on the depth...

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