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Gillis’ sales job

Gillis’ sales job

It’s no secret that the Vancouver Canucks need more offense, but as training camp starts today with no Mats Sundin in sight, Mike Gillis has started selling Canucks fans with a youth movement. Increasingly over the last little while, Gillis, in his interviews, has started repeating the same message. Listen closely. You’ll hear how he thinks the Keslers, Raymonds and Bieksas are ready to take on more responsibility and how he thinks the Grabners and Hodgsons are ready to take the next step in their development. You’ll hear how he thinks they should be given this opportunity because, after all,...

MSM links for September 19, 2008

MSM links for September 19, 2008

Goalies, defence but after that… (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Testing time is here again (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Two major hurdles could slow the Canucks out of the blocks (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) ‘We’re determined to get there and we will get there’ (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Ready to Grabner chance this time (Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province)

MSM links for September 18, 2008

MSM links for September 18, 2008

A year makes a difference (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Hodgson on a roll (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Cowan’s not cowed by tough times (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Kesler says sky’s the limit (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) New look Luongo has desire to win (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Unknown goalie goes jogging (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Don’t worry, ‘Nucks won’t suck (Barry Macdonald, 24 Hours) Gillis to give youngsters a go (Scott Rintoul, Metro)

Prospect camp cuts

Prospect camp cuts

After completing Prospects Camp and the rookie tourney in Camrose, the Vancouver Canucks announced the following cuts today: Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have reduced their training camp roster by 14 players. The Vancouver Canucks will now have 45 players attending main training camp in Whistler, B.C., September 19-21. The following players have been assigned to the Manitoba Moose: Mario Bliznak Centre Manitoba Moose AHL Patrick Coulombe Defence Manitoba Moose AHL The following players have been assigned to their junior clubs: Morgan Clark Goalie Red Deer WHL Prab Rai Centre Seattle WHL The following...

An optimistic outlook

An optimistic outlook

It doesn’t happen often. In fact, I think it only happens at this time of year. But believe it or not, Tony Gallagher (Vancouver Province) talks optimismistically about the Vancouver Canucks. This being September, when optimism is allowed to flourish if even only for the briefest moment, happier aspects of the Canucks can be addressed despite the gloom of another impending scoring shortage. And among the reasons to be optimistic is the ever-increasing depth of this organization. They may not have the high-end talent needed to win a Cup, other than in goal, but the team has made strides through...

MSM links for September 17, 2008

MSM links for September 17, 2008

Canucks drill Oilers (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Prospects notes (Vancouver Province) BC boy finds new roots (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Tambellini at home with Oil (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) No time like the present for Krajicek (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Luongo ready for challenges as Canucks’ camp begins (Farhan Lalji, TSN.ca) Mediation set in Bertuzzi-Moore NHL case (CBC.ca)

Feel appreciated for $12.95

Feel appreciated for $12.95

A quick hit on this one… I was just looking through the Vancouver Canucks schedule that was inserted in Sunday’s Vancouver Province. Did anyone else notice that the team moved Fan Appreciation Day from the last home game of the season to a mid-season January 4th game vs. the Dallas Stars? Did you also notice that that same Stars game is only available on pay-per-view? How ironic.

Coulda, woulda, shoulda

Coulda, woulda, shoulda

I missed this tidbit from Ed Willes (Vancouver Province) yesterday: Canucks GM Mike Gillis has said he isn’t finished building his team and, with $10 million in cap space, he has the freedom to move in a couple of different directions. But it will also be interesting to compare what Gillis does with the plan Dave Nonis had laid out before he was fired. Nonis told Canucks’ ownership he would add three forwards and let Markus Naslund go through free agency. Swedish free agent Fabian Brunnstrom was committed to signing with the Canucks. Nonis was also going to trade the...

MSM links for September 16, 2008

MSM links for September 16, 2008

New faces give Luongo enthusiasm (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Former-now-new teammates have fond memories of Lu (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Grabner and Hodgson impress in loss (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Grabner steals show in loss (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun)

The next Canucks captain debate

The next Canucks captain debate

With Trevor Linden’s retirement and Markus Naslund’s and Brendan Morrison’s departures, the team has yet to announce the next Canucks player to don the ‘C’ on his jersey.

What do you guys think? Who is your next Canucks captain?

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