Three-game trip big test for Canucks (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Gillis preparing Canucks’ trade deadline strategy (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks walk the line (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Michael Buble proves able as Canucks colour man (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Thank Nonis for sticking with Kesler (Scott Rintou, Metro News Vancouver)Click here to read more.
Like any good relationship who has just had a fight, they talked it over and cleared things up. And after the game-day skate yesterday, Shane O’Brien apologized. From Ben Kuzma (Vancouver Province): Instead of driving his career into the ditch, Shane O’Brien took the high road Tuesday. The Vancouver Canucks defenceman clarified his comments over the frustration of being a healthy scratch Saturday and not understanding the message that he must play tougher and not necessarily fight. O’Brien met with general manager Mike Gillis on Tuesday morning to map out the right route for his eventual return to the lineup....Click here to read more.
Despite the Canucks’ horrendous play this past month and 8-game losing streak, it’s crazy to think that they are still in playoff contention. A quick look at the standings this morning confirm that – with 52 points in 50 games, they sit in 11th place, but are only a single point from 8th and 3 points away from 5th. They have two games in hand over 5th place Anaheim (55 points in 52 games), but have played more games than Dallas (53 points in 48 games), Minnesota and Edmonton (both 53 points in 49 games). The Canucks should consider themselves...Click here to read more.
Time for Sundin to get big (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Power points display needed (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Sundin feels the pressure (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) No caution in this optimism (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Sedins central to uncertainty (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Let’s hope little rest helps a lot (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Everybody loves Raymond? (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Canucks hit for bucks (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Grabner to lead Austria (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Brunnstrom assigned to Moose (Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun) Preds to keep focus on hockey, not history (John Glennon, The Tennessean)Click here to read more.
Canucks Gameday (Vancouver Province) Rivalry, home-and-away, crank up heat (Gordon McIntyre, Vancouver Province) Bring it on (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Mitchell’s play a real plus for the Canucks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Taking two for the team (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Flames shoot for fresh start (Scott Cruickshank, Calgary Herald) Flames, Canucks in different orbits (Bruce Dowbiggin, Calgary Herald) Net to be taken lightly (Randy Sportak, Calgary Sun) Pointing fingers (in a good way) at Canucks (Scott Rintoul, Metro News Vancouver) Credit Gillis for hot start (Barry Macdonald, 24 Hours Vancouver)Click here to read more.
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,...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.