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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said his franchise would again talk to the NHL about an incident involving a Maple Leafs executive making comments about Vancouver players.
“We’ll talk to [the league] about it and see what their position is but this, in my mind, is another example of the Toronto Maple Leafs trying to upset our team,” Gillis said from Calgary, where the Canucks begin their season with a game against the Flames.
Vancouver’s latest complaint stems from a video on the Maple Leafs website, entitled Behind the Draft, where general manager Brian Burke discusses the possibility of trading up into the top five slots.
“Vancouver has made a major effort to get the second pick out of Tampa Bay,” Burke tells his scouts at a pre-draft meeting. “We heard they offered - again, this is all second-hand, so we’re not sure - [Alex] Burrows, [Kevin] Bieksa and their own pick. Those are two pretty good players.”
“I saw Mats in Vegas at the awards and he told me wasn’t going to come back. He had a great career and I really enjoyed my time with him. I thought he was a great guy and, obviously, we saw glimpses of what he could do at times.”
-Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo. More on Sundin from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun.
from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,
In a new special on Leafs TV called Behind the Draft 2009, Burke is essentially caught rumour mongering. In the documentary-styled, multi-chapter feature, which was filmed at June’s NHL Draft, the general manager, who has described members of the media as “maggots” and “scumbags,” makes an unsubstantiated, admittedly speculative claim, alleging the Canucks made a strong push for Victor Hedman. He is the Swedish defenceman who the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted second overall.
Burke is filmed in June at the beginning of the draft in the Leafs war room where he is seen addressing his scouting staff. “Vancouver has made a major effort to get the second pick out of Tampa Bay,” says Burke on Part 1 of the series which can be seen on the Leafs’ web site. “We heard they offered, again this is all second hand so we don’t know if it’s true. We heard they offered (Alex) Burrows, (Kevin) Bieksa and their own pick. Those are two pretty good players.”
He’s right. They are two pretty good players whose inclusion in the alleged deal make the rumour sound pretty outlandish.
It’s one thing for Burke to make the comment in his war room. That’s fair game. It’s another entirely to allow it to air.
from the CP via TSN,
Goaltender Cory Schneider and former first-round draft pick Michael Grabner were among the players the Vancouver Canucks sent to the AHL’s Manitoba Moose on Monday.
Schneider, 23, the AHL goaltender of the year last season with the Moose, had battled with veteran Andrew Raycroft for the backup job behind Roberto Luongo.
The NHL 2K10 hockey moms want answers, but Ryan Kesler is too busy playing video games.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
The good news is Jannik Hansen won the fight. The bad news is he could be lost for 4-6 weeks or longer with a broken hand.
The worst part is the regular season starts Thursday.
Hansen’s right hand was grotesquely misshapen after a fight with former Vancouver Giants’ junior Gilbert Brule during the Canucks’ 5-4 pre-season overtime loss Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers.
“Obviously, it’s not very good timing,” Hansen said. “It’s very swollen. I’m not quite sure how bad it is.”
continued and watch the fight below…
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Vancouver’s season ended earlier than it had hoped after recording one of the NHL’s best second-half records.
“I think those past experiences, from the regular season to the playoffs, are going to make our team better,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told ESPN.com. “We’re going to learn from those. There’s a few areas in our game that we feel we need to improve on, and if we’re able to do that we feel we’re going to be a better team.”
Here are 10 things you need to know about the Canucks heading into the new season:
1. Going for it
The Canucks believe they should have been in the Western Conference finals last season. They’re aiming higher in 2009-10.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
I think Canada has two legitimate shots at winning the Cup – the Vancouver Canucks and the Calgary Flames – and a third team, the Montreal Canadiens, who are a wild card.
First, the Canucks.
The Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik, have taken their game to a new level and were quite deserving of the long-term deals they signed with the team in the summer. I used to believe they ranked somewhere between low-end first-liners or high-end second-liners, but now I believe they are the type of players you can win with.
Beyond that, general manager Mike Gillis has done an excellent job of surrounding the twins with a quality supporting cast. The Canucks boast a lot of depth up front with the likes of Alex Burrows, Ryan Kessler, Pavol Demitra, Kyle Wellwood, Steve Bernier and defensive specialist Ryan Johnson.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
This is not your father’s locker room.In the middle of the oval chamber is captain Roberto Luongo, although you expect to find captain James T. Kirk.
Sure, all the seats face inward and the muted palette—grey and walnut brown, cream and smoky blue, accented by bands of brushed steel—are unlike the jelly-bean colours that splashed across the Star Trek set. But from the moment you walk through the sliding entry doors and into the high-tech, rounded main room, there is a sense you’ve arrived not at the centre of a National Hockey League team but on the bridge of the USS Enterprise.
The Vancouver Canucks’ newest star is their 8,000 square-foot locker room complex. The team believes it is the best in the NHL, which is what the Canucks want to be, too.
from Ben Kuzma of the White Towel at the Vancouver Province,
With Mathieu Schneider and Pavol Demitra going on long-term injury reserve, the Vancouver Canucks have found wiggle room under the salary cap ceiling.
Schneider confirmed Thursday morning that offseason shoulder surgery will keep the 40-year-old defenceman from opening the regular season on Oct. 1 at Calgary. Although he has been practising, Schneider has not been able to take contact. The news is worse for Demitra, who hasn’t even healed enough to practice. Offseason shoulder surgery could keep the winger sidelined until November.
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