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Backhanded Compliments

"Roberto Luongo for MVP. That trade by GM Dave Nonis in Vancouver has had more impact than any other in the league this season. Luongo has helped the Canucks change their whole organizational mindset. They really are New Jersey West, and that is a compliment."
Geez, I never thought the day would come when that would sound pretty good. But the Canucks aren't as boring as New Jersey... are they???

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Wild Nights

Last night's game between Calgary and Edmonton presents conflicts that I don't enjoy -- that is, hating both teams with nearly equal passion, yet having to accept that at least ONE of them will be getting points. And even worse than that, admitting that I prefer Edmonton be that team. (*If, you know, someone pointed a gun to my head or something). Not that Edmonton rewards me for this reluctant alliance.

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The Hockey Gods Love a Good Joke

imageI've always loved Todd Bertuzzi and want him to do well, so I'm glad he's being embraced in Detroit. But hell, some of this stuff is hard to stomach. From Helene St. James at the Detroit Free Press:

Draper joked that now that Bertuzzi is a Wing, he'll "get a lifetime supply of Cheli's chili, just like all the rest of us in here," a jovial dig at Chelios' penchant for promoting his restaurants. Chelios followed through, though, promising, "I'm getting Todd some coupons, T-shirts, hats, whatever he wants." Already the Wings are embracing a guy described by Naslund as a great teammate. "Ask anyone that's played with him," Naslund said. "He's well respected among his own teammates." It was respect for Chelios that prompted Bertuzzi to enter that restaurant last year and pay homage to a kindred player. "Cheli is that consummate warrior," Bertuzzi said. "He's that guy that when you think of the NHL, you think of him. You've got to pay the guy respect, man. We had some wars, and everything I would give, he would keep coming back for more."
God, I'm gonna gag on this Cheli Chilli Crap sooner or later. ____________________ *photo by Julian H. Gonzalez/Detroit Free Press

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From Manitoba to Vancouver to Hell (and back again)

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Josh Green was injured in the Phoenix game Friday -- though I don't believe anyone watching the Sportsnet feed actually saw the injury. (What was going on with the cameras that night?) Anyway, about that Green thing:
The game wasn't three minutes old when Canucks winger Alex Burrows rattled defenceman Nick Boynton with a heavy end-boards check. He responded by punching Burrows and then Cowan and Josh Gratton fought. Four minutes later, Burrows was levelled by a heavy check by Keith Ballard before winger Josh Green awkwardly collided with the Coyotes defenceman. Green suffered a second-degree right knee sprain while the Coyotes lost winger Owen Nolan to a second-period shoulder injury. "He [Ballard] kind of submarined me a bit and it was kind of a dangerous play and nothing good can come out of that," said Green, who will be sidelined four to six weeks.
So who's coming up from the Manitoba Moose to replace him? So far no transactions have been filed with the AHL returning anybody to the Canucks.

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Shock Value

#1. The Crazy Canucks Episode #22. We talk for over an hour and somehow manage to change the face of hockey forever. (Or maybe not, but it's fun.) #2. Game tonight, Canucks vs Coyotes. If the Canucks lose, I wouldn't be surprised. If this game is exciting, I definitely would be. #3. Oilers Gestapo Hold Fans Hostage. Or something... Courtesy Battle of Alberta, the full story is here. #4. Unsuspecting Canucks fan opens the Detroit News today and...

"OH MY GOD! MY EYES!!!! AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!"

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*Photo found via a link on Behind the Jersey. Geez.. thanks, Christy.

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Canucks News Updates Today

Just listened to an interview with Brian Smolinski on TSN. He just arrived in St. Louis and was talking to them from the airport. His comments: "I'm very excited.... emotions run through you very quickly... it never hits you too the end. Otherwise I'm ecstatic, excited to go to an excellent team with a chance to make a long run of it..." I'm not sure if he's playing tonight, but I suppose it's likely. More news on that and other updates later. Update 9:15am PT: TSN's Scott Cullen has just posted online a short breakdown of the Canucks trades yesterday. Update 11:15am PT Graham Kerr at the Globe & Mail also has a breakdown online about the new acquisitions. "The Vancouver Canucks not only acquired needed depth in trading for Bryan Smolinski and Brent Sopel on Monday, they got veterans that were plus players on National Hockey League teams with losing records." Update 11:27am PT Blast from the past... Todd Bertuzzi has been traded to the Red Wings. Will he and Chelios now be BFF? Wow... As The Stomach Turns. Update 11:58am PT Marc Chouinard cleared waivers and is now assigned to the Manitoba Moose. Update 12:02pm PT Brad Moran re-assigned to the Moose.

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Smolinski + Sopel = ?

Yesterday was one hell of a day for Canucks fans with a hockey fetish. Trade deadlines create an atmosphere of both anticipation and fear; we look forward to exciting new changes while we fear losing our favorite players. Or at least I do.

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I'm not going to editorialize much on the Smolinski and Sopel deals till I have some time to think about them further. But my first impression is that we got a very good deal on two solid players. Furthermore, yesterday's activity further cements my once-reluctant respect for GM Dave Nonis. He's done well asserting his vision for this team in a high-pressure Vancouver market. Not to mention arising from the shadow of predecessor Brian Burke. image Well done, Dave. As a result of all this, Canucks & Beyond had it's biggest traffic day ever on Monday, as thousands were referred here to check out the latest Canucks deals. The Smolinski post was a huge reason for that -- and isn't that ironic considering my review of SMS hockey updates earlier in the day? (I only wonder if Sportsnet grasps that irony. Geez...) Anyway, thanks to everyone who visited, linked and emailed C&B yesterday. Crazy day. Today I think the only thing to watch is Sami Salo. If Salo signs a deal with the Canucks, then Nonis is definitely done. But until that deal happens I'll be on egg shells myself. I'm firmly in the camp of people who say, "Keep Salo no matter what." I guess we'll see. If anyone envisions any other Canucks issues at this point, feel free to share, but Salo's the only thing on my mind at the moment. Keep an eye on Kukla's Korner for changes around the NHL all day. I'll be helping at that site mostly, but anything Canucks-related that crosses my radar, I'll have it posted here in a flash. Promise. ________________________ Note 1: Spector's Trade Rumours will be on top of every rumor all day. And these Canucks bloggers all have posts worth checking out as well: Canucks Hockey Blog, The Yankee Canuck, The Chief Canuck, Waiting for Stanley, Stick in Rink, Jes Golbez's Hockey Rants. (If I've forgotten anyone, my apologies. My brain is mush.) Note 2: As always, I can be contacted here.

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Vancouver Picks up Brent Sopel

Vancouver Canucks acquire Brent Sopel from the Los Angeles Kings for a pair of draft picks. More details to come. (Source -- TSN text message update.) Update 4:50pm PT: TSN confirms both the Sopel deal and the Bryan Smolinski deal discussed earlier:

The Vancouver Canucks jumped the deadline in acquiring former Canuck Brent Sopel from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2nd and 4th round draft pick. In addition Vancouver added veteran centre Bryan Smolinski from the Chicago Blackhawks for a conditional 2nd round pick. The Canucks, considered a cap team were, able to manouver these trades by finally placing injured forward Ryan Kesler on long term injury.

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Vancouver Picks up Bryan Smolinski

Vancouver Canucks acquire Bryan Smolinski from Chicago for a 2007, 2nd round draft pick. More details to come. Update 2:07pm PT: Information received via Sportsnet.ca text message. No press release or other confirmation online at the moment. Update 2:14pm PT: Sportsnet sends this update: "VAN is closing on Bryan Smolinski, and has NOT acquired the C. Disregard previous alert. SN apologizes." (Good God, Sportsnet...) Also being reported online now. Update 3:27pm PT: Being reported by Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis-St.Paul -- "Bryan Smolinski looks like he’ll soon be a Vancouver Canuck. This would explain why the beloved Marc Chouinard was thrown on waivers today by the Canucks. He’ll clear at 11 a.m. tomorrow — or get taken elsewhere, which would clear space for a Smolinski addition." (C&B Note: If there is a deal in place, waiting for Chouinard to clear waivers -- or get picked up -- might explain the delay in confirmation.) Update 4:56pm PT: TSN confirms that Bryan Smolinski has been acquired today by the Canucks, along with Brent Sopel from the Kings...

The Vancouver Canucks jumped the deadline in acquiring former Canuck Brent Sopel from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2nd and 4th round draft pick. In addition Vancouver added veteran centre Bryan Smolinski from the Chicago Blackhawks for a conditional 2nd round pick. The Canucks, considered a cap team were, able to manouver these trades by finally placing injured forward Ryan Kesler on long term injury.

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About Canucks and Beyond

Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.

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