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Samuelsson Enjoying A Career Year In Vancouver

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

A career season, and making good on a giant middle finger.

For Mikael Samuelsson, life doesn’t get better than this.

The Vancouver Canucks forward is skating with countrymen Daniel and Henrik Sedin on the NHL team’s top line and showing Sweden’s hockey establishment what it was missing at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Samuelsson was perhaps the most glaring Olympic snub – in his home city, no less – yet has responded with 20 of his career-high 30 goals since being bypassed for the likes of Mattias Weinhandl and Fredrik Modin when Sweden’s team was selected in late December.


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Canucks Are Finally Back Home

from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

The boys are back in town and going through their checklist.

Kiss wife, pat dog, change diapers, throw dirty underwear in laundry, fall asleep on couch, wake up, stretch arms and say: “Well, as far as 14-game road trips go, that was one of the better ones.”

Or maybe it will be the only one. In any case, the Vancouver Canucks emerged from six weeks on the road – broken up by that Olympic thing – sitting atop the Northwest Division and with a playoff spot almost secured.

The Canucks did some interesting work on the 8-5-1 odyssey. Most notably, they began it by coming back from three goals down in the Centre of the Universe to shock the Maple Leafs 5-3 on national TV, outscoring Brian Burke’s Buds 4-0 in the final period.

They also came back to win after being down two goals in Boston, Columbus and Columbus again.


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Kesler Named Cover Boy For NHL 2K11

from the CP at TSN,

Ryan Kesler has been on quite a roll of late.

At the recent Olympics, he scored in the men’s hockey final and emerged with a silver medal as part of an impressive young U.S. team. Since returning to the Vancouver Canucks, he has three goals in four games—with two of those goals coming in Detroit near where he grew up in Livonia.

And now the 25-year-old can celebrate being the cover athlete for the NHL 2K11 video game, following in the footsteps of Alexander Ovechkin, Rick Nash, Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton, Marty Turco, Martin St. Louis, Jeremy Roenick, Chris Drury and Brendan Shanahan.

Kesler calls it the “icing on the cake” after his Olympic experience.


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Unlike Luongo

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

• Luongo is 3-4, with a 3.70 GAA and an .883 save percentage.

• Andrew Raycroft is 3-1, with a 2.20 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

• Luongo asked to have the night off in Ottawa, citing mental fatigue.

• Luongo has been hooked three times in his past eight games. It only happened twice all of last season.

There’s enough here to at least hint the Winter Games may have been a distraction. The last time Luongo was hooked three times in eight games was the end of the 2007-08 season when the Canucks won only one of their final eight. Months later, Luongo acknowledged he was distracted down the stretch, a key issue being his wife Gina’s “delicate pregnancy.”

Luongo dismissed the notion Saturday.


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Canes Trade Alberts To Canucks

via email alert,

Rogers Sportsnet announces that the Carolina Hurricanes trade Andrew Alberts to the Vancouver Canucks

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Mathieu Schneider To Phoenix

via Nick Kypreos tweet, NHL trade.

D-man Matt Schneider fro Van on his way to Phoenix.

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Yan Stastny To Vancouver

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Vancouver acquires Yan Stastny. Confirmed.

for Cedric Labrie

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Possible Trade Targets For The Canucks

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

If Gillis does go looking for a third-line centre, a possible name he might be considering is Florida’s Steven Reinprecht. Gillis kicked the tires on Reinprecht last season when he was a member of the Phoenix Coyotes and available as a rental.

Reinprecht, who has 13 goals and 33 points in 61 games this season with the Panthers, would not be a rental this season. He has another year, at $2.175 million, left on his contract. However, the Panthers are already without injured centre Nathan Horton and may be reluctant to move Reinprecht.

Rental centres with expiring contracts who could possibly be on the market include Eric Belanger (Minnesota), Doug Weight (New York Islanders) and Jeff Halpern (Tampa Bay). Of those four, only Belanger is having a good season. But the Wild are only five points out of a playoff spot and likely aren’t ready to surrender the season.

With Willie Mitchell’s status uncertain, the Canucks could also be in the market for a stay-at-home defenceman. There have been rumours posted on the Internet about the Canucks having interest in Carolina’s Aaron Ward and Andy Sutton of the New York Islanders.


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Canucks A Better Team With Luongo Winning Gold

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Vigneault knows, perhaps better than anyone, how much Luongo was craving this opportunity to help Canada win gold at home.

“Louie has been wanting this for such a long time,” Vigneault said. “And for him to get it and to go through the adversity they went through in this tournament, with him starting and then not getting the third game, then their back is against the wall and they went with Louie all the way, I think it is going to mean so much for his confidence.

“It’s also going to help our team. He’s going to be able to bring that back, share it with his teammates, let them know there’s never an easy ride and I think it’s going to make him so much better and it’s going to make our team a lot better.”


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Could Kaberle Land With Vancouver?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Not saying it’s going to happen, but one interesting rumor making the rounds would have the Toronto Maple Leafs trading defenseman and leading scorer Tomas Kaberle to the Vancouver Canucks for prospect Cody Hodgson, who has finally overcome his back problems and is playing well for the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario League.


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