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Tagged: Steve Bernier
It’s no secret that the Canucks’ biggest need this off-season was to beef up their defense. UFA-to-be Willie Mitchell’s return was uncertain and defensive prospects Kevin Connauton and Yann Sauve were at least one, maybe two or more, years away from making the big club. So yesterday, on NHL Draft Day, GM Mike Gillis sent the Canucks’ 1st round (25th overall) draft pick, Steve Bernier and Michael Grabner to the Florida Panthers and acquired Keith Ballard and prospect Victor Oreskovich. The Canucks filled a need by acquiring Ballard. He is a legitimate top-4 defenseman with the ability to play big...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com The Canucks can close off their Western Conference Quarterfinal Series against the LA Kings tonight. Can they go for the jugular? Or do they allow the Kings a chance at Game 7 on Tuesday? Can the Kings stop the ‘S-Train’? And if they do, can they also stop the Canucks’ secondary scorers? Here are today’s game day links: Go for the jugular. [TSN; Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province; Ed Willes, Vancouver Province; Ryan Sullivan, News 1130] Kings sticking with Quick. [Jim Jamieson, Vancouver Province; Helene Elliott, LA Times; Eric Stephens, OC Register] How do you stop the ‘S-Train’?...Click here to read more.
There have been a handful of players on the Canucks bottom six this year who have been questionable selections for the roster and it seem as each game goes by some of those spots are put even more-so into question because of extremely sub par play. Now it’s no secret I’m a huge Jannik Hansen fan, so naturally I’m upset when he gets unnecessarily scratched, or sent down on a conditioning stint, no matter how voluntary it was. With that in mind though, there’s got to be something else at play here that we’re not hearing about. I know he...Click here to read more.
Gillis prepares for a busy summer (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Considering adversity, a decent job by Vigneault (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) One big, happy hockey family (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Vancouver Canucks re-sign Steve Bernier for two years (Vancouver Sun) Demitra and three others to go under knife (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) “It’s not easy playing just once a month,” LaBarbera says (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun) Yeah, we lost, but that was some great hockey (Vancouver Sun) ‘I felt we were the better team,’ Canucks GM says (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Canucks clean out lockers after loss (AP via...Click here to read more.
They’re working with him in the off season by getting him a nutritionist and helping him to improve his skating. He’s still quite young. Bernier seems to love Vancouver and from what you hear is a good teammate. I think it’s a good move. Now how about getting those Swedins and Welly signed, hmmm?Click here to read more.
Canucks stand tall to snatch 2-1 series lead over Chicago (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Sexy it wasn’t, but tactics put Canucks in lead (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Canucks moved by Pyatt’s gritty return (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Canucks rebound impressive (Ed Willes, Vancouver Province) Salo flies to Chicago for Game 4 (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province) Passion added to winning formula (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Canucks grab series lead with 3-1 win over Blackhawks (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Pyatt right where he needed to be (Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun) Salo could be back in lineup for Game 4 (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver...Click here to read more.
I’ll admit over the course of the season I’ve been really harsh towards Taylor so I guess now I have to take it easy on him. Pyatt’s back in town and according to the team has resumed his full duties as a Canucks player. Again, my condolences go out to him and to the Bragnalo family, I can only imagine what it’s like for Taylor to have lost his high school sweetheart of 11 years. That being said, it’s playoff time, we’re right in the thick of things and the question now is “Who/what/where/when/why to do with Pyatt”. Pyatt was...Click here to read more.
Canucks unleash triple trouble (Cam Cole, Vancouver Sun) Taking care of business (Iain MacIntyre, Vancouver Sun) Police ready in case Canucks fans turn frantic (Mary Frances Hill, Vancouver Sun) Lesser lights shining as well (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Winning is only the beginning (Tony Gallagher, Vancouver Province) Sundin, Kariya likely both out (Ben Kuzma, Vancouver Province) Sundin’s status unclear for game 4 (Matthew Sekeres, Globe and Mail) Canucks smell sweep (Terry Jones, Edmonton Sun) St. Louis Blues down but not out against Canucks (Jeremy Rutherford, St. Louis Post-Dispatch) Kariya’s status unsure for tonight (Norm Sanders, Belleville News-Democrat) Moose put focus...Click here to read more.