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Burrows Continues To Rehab Shoulder

from Brad Ziemer of PuckWorld at the Vancouver Sun,

Winger Alex Burrows has spent the past several days in Vancouver doing some rehab work on his surgically repaired shoulder.

Burrows had surgery to repair a torn labrum back in early June. The Canucks aren’t saying when Burrows will be ready to play, but this type of injury generally requires anywhere from four to six months of recovery time.

“At this point he’s working through his therapy program, he’s progressing and he’ll be evaluated again closer to the start of training camp,” assistant general manager Laurence Gilman said Thursday.

The Canucks are not making Burrows available for media interviews.


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Report- Washington Looking For A Defenseman

from Peter Adler at the Cult of Hockey,

The Washington Capitals are in talks with two teams, the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks, about moving forward Tomas Fleischmann, 26, who is coming off a career year, an NHL source says.

If Edmonton were the place, Sheldon Souray would be heading to Washington. Kevin Bieksa would move from the Canucks to Washington.


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Is Bieksa A Fit In Dallas?

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The problem with Bieksa is that Vancouver needs good, young cheap players or draft picks because they are close to the salary cap and they cannot take salary back. Bieksa has one year left at $3.75 million, so the Stars would have to be able to fit in Bieksa, move out one of their current defensemen, and give up some prospects.

I just don’t know how you make that work on their current budget, or if it’s worth it to get one year of Bieksa.


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Looking At Luongo’s Contract

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The immediate reaction is arbitrator Richard Bloch dropped a potential mess on the Vancouver Canucks’ doorstep Monday with his explosive ruling that goaltender Roberto Luongo’s contract could be retroactively voided.

Canucks general manager Mike Gillis is not commenting on the decision at the NHL’s request, but you have to wonder whether he smiled wryly when Bloch tossed out Ilya Kovalchuk’s record-breaking deal with the New Jersey Devils. That 17-year, $102-million (all currencies U.S.) deal is similar to Luongo’s 12-year, $64 million contract, and the latter remains under league investigation “with at least the possibility of a subsequent withdrawal of the registration,” Bloch wrote.

The league would have to move quickly to revoke Luongo’s deal – the regular season starts on Oct. 7 – but in that unlikely event, hitting the re-start button could benefit the Canucks in the long-term, particularly if Luongo’s play continues to slip.


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Gillis In Control

from Ed Wiles of the Vancouver Province,

On Tuesday, the Vancouver Canucks finally announced a decision that had been made two months ago.

Ryan Walter, who was GM Mike Gillis’s hand-picked appointment for the coaching staff, had been terminated and replaced by Newell Brown. Walter becomes the fall guy for the Canucks’ inglorious exit from the playoffs. Brown steps in. And this old world keeps spinning round.

Right? Well, that’s the way the Canucks and Gillis would want it. But there are a few troubling questions which linger over Walter’s dismissal, just as there are questions lingering over the sudden departure of Tom Larscheid. Unfortunately, you can’t get anyone to go on the record regarding these matters, although Walter did post a statement on his website in which he thanked everyone in the organization except Gillis.

Sources familiar with both situations paint a picture which doesn’t exactly flatter the Canucks or Gillis. We don’t know if the whole story will ever get out—something about buyouts and confidentiality clauses tending to impede the free flow of information.


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Tom Larscheid Says Goodbye To The Vancouver Radio Booth

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Tom Larscheid had his ace on Wednesday. Vancouver Canuck hockey fans had their ace for most of the last 33 years.

It is the end of an era for the National Hockey League club and broadcasting in Vancouver as the Team 1040 is replacing Larscheid with analyst Dave Tomlinson on its radio broadcasts next season.

An under-sized running back from California who moved to Vancouver to play football in 1962 and never left, Larscheid’s remarkable reign over the airwaves here is unlikely to be repeated either in duration or style.

He was the colour-man on Vancouver hockey broadcasts for all but four NHL seasons since 1977, and for more than a generation of hockey fans Larscheid’s insight and instincts provided a blunt barometer of the team’s performance – good or bad.

continued and listen below to Tom tell it like it is before game 5 of Chicago/Vancouver this spring…

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Raymond & Vancouver Reach Contract Agreement

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Van news. Mason Raymond…. Hearing settled. 2 years. 2.5/2.6M

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Will The Canucks Keep Bieksa?

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Many have jumped to the conclusion the Canucks will be forced to keep Bieksa because of Salo’s latest ailment. Some have argued they may not have a choice. If Salo’s recovery is slow, Bieksa is the team’s only right-handed shot, unless Willie Mitchell enters the equation. In addition, if Salo is out, Bieksa is traded, and Mitchell moves on, Shane O’Brien jumps to the No. 5 slot and Andrew Alberts gets plenty of playing time. Not appetizing at all.

But, that said, can Canucks afford to keep Bieksa?

Consider this, Bieksa has missed more games than Salo because of injuries in the past four seasons. Can any NHL blueline afford to have both the injury prone Bieksa and the injury plagued Salo in the same top six? And do it for a robust $7.25 million combined cap hit? Would anyone want to?

It’s not like the team has a lot of room to take risks. The Canucks are already feeling cap pressure. Jannik Hansen’s deal pushed them over the cap and they still aren’t counting Mason Raymond, who could get $3 million in Monday’s arbitration hearing, or Cody Hodgson who carries a $1.6 million cap hit.


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Sami Salo Tears Achilles Playing Floorball

from the Vancouver Sun,

According to reports out of Finland, Vancouver Canucks defenceman Sami Salo tore an Achilles tendon playing floor hockey and will be out at least three months.

The Canucks have yet to confirm or deny the report, which surfaced on Friday.


I Skyped with a buddy in Finland, he is confirming this and I put up a tweet about it.

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What Vancouver Would Want To Send Bieksa To Anaheim

from Ben Kuzma of the White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

The Anaheim Ducks are doing more than kicking the tires on Kevin Bieksa. They’re checking the sticker price.

If the Ducks are willing to part with a draft pick and a prospect, that could send the Vancouver Canucks defenceman and the $3.75 million US remaining on his salary to a team in need of back-end help. It would also ease salary cap concerns for the Canucks, who added $825,000 to the mix Thursday in Jannik Hansen’s arbitration settlement that puts the the club more than $1 million over the $59.4 million ceiling.

After trading defenceman Steve Eminger to the New York Rangers — and losing Scott Niedermayer to retirement — the Ducks are down to Lumobir Visnovsky, Sheldon Brookbank, Tony Lydman and Danny Syvret as roster veterans and have yet to sign restricted free agent James Wisniewski.


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