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Canucks Working On It

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

On Friday, for example, Vigneault stepped out to go to the bank and everyone, it seemed, wanted to know what was ailing his team or was offering him advice.

“I had so many people asking what’s going on I was giving it the Reggie Dunlap line in the movie Slapshot,” Vigneault said with a laugh as he launched into his impersonation of Paul Newman’s character.

“‘Yeah, yeah yeah,’” Vigneault told the concerned citizenry at the bank. “‘We’re working on it right now.’”

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St. Louis Picks up David Koci, and Other Transactions

From the St. Louis Blues:

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team claimed forward David Koci on waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning also waived Jason Ward today while claiming Matt Pettinger off re-entry waivers from Vancouver.

In other transaction news [TSN]:

Also, Vancouver’s Kyle Wellwood, Darren McCarty of Detroit and Sharks defenceman Lukas Kaspar all cleared the transaction wire, New York Rangers forward Patrick Rissmiller and Anaheim Ducks defenceman Ken Klee have been placed on waivers.

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  Tags: darren+mccarty, david+koci, ken+klee, kyle+wellwood, lukas+kaspar

Canucks Need Bodies

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks hope to augment their injury-riddled lineup with Matt Pettinger and Kyle Wellwood, should the forwards not be claimed today on recallable waivers from the Manitoba Moose.

Should an NHL club claim either forward, the Canucks would be on the hook for half of their salaries - $500,000 US for Pettinger and $498,750 US for Wellwood - but they have plenty of salary cap space. Money is not the problem for general manager Mike Gillis. Healthy bodies are.

With Pavol Demitra (upper body), Rick Rypien (virus) and Darcy Hordichuk (knee) on the shelf following a 4-2 setback Monday in Chicago, the Canucks hope Pettinger and Wellwood clear so they can skate with the Canucks on Tuesday morning and play that night in Columbus against the Blue Jackets.

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Luongo No Mr. October

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

To many Canucks fans in Vancouver, Roberto Luongo is Superman. If he is, October is his Kryptonite.

Luongo is Vancouver’s scene stealer, but he hasn’t stolen any games. He is the Canucks’ best player, their star, but that’s not the way it reads on the stat sheet.

There it claims Luongo is struggling. His 3.39 goals-against average and a .886 save percentage should be a source of frustration, and is assuredly an area of concern for fans.

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Sedins Are Not The Cornerstone In Vancouver

from Mike Milbury at Blogs and Colums at CBC,

The twins are terrific players but they lack the leadership and explosiveness to be considered amongst the very elite of the game. The Canucks need a face that’s not behind a mask: a leader and an offensive powerhouse. And this is why, dollars aside, that Mats Sundin makes great sense for the Canucks and why you have to applaud Mike Gillis for his bold offer to Sundin. And if it isn’t Sundin, will it be Marian Gaborik? This is a big hole to fill and it will be a challenge to complete the task. Until they do, contender status is beyond reach.

more on Vancouver…

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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

Bieksa Should Play Sunday

from Iain MacIntrye of the Vancouver Sun,

Winger Kyle Wellwood has been given a few days off. He cleared waivers this morning and is back in Vancouver waiting for the Canucks to find him a place to play in the minors….

The Canucks are trying to find another minor-league team with room for Wellwood, although Vancouver will be paying his NHL salary of $998,000 US.

Bieksa is eligible to come off the injured list today will likely play Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks. He strained his knee early in the Canucks’ victory in Calgary one week ago.

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Canucks Plan To Get Their Game Back Against Detroit

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Are the Canucks that fiery team who started off the season guns blazing, or are they the team critics warned fans about back in July, the one that won’t have enough skill to compete? It’s a plate-half-full, half-empty question, and the answer depends entirely on how hungry you are.

“We had basically been on a high since the first preseason game. We started getting loose. We were too loose [Monday],” Henrik Sedin said. “After that loss, everyone seems hungrier, refocused, re-energized. We aren’t as loose any more.

“Thursday’s is a big game for us and we are going to show if we can come back from a big loss like that.”

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Liking The Canucks

from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

When healthy, the Canucks have a top-5 defense. In goal, they have “The Captain,” Luongo, who figures to be better than he was last season.

I wanted to hate the Canucks because I don’t like it when ownership does goofy things that set their franchise backward, especially in a hockey-crazy place like Vancouver. Luckily, the new GM has inherited a pretty good group from the old GM.

I like the Canucks (much more than I thought I would).

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MRI For Bieksa

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

While his teammates flew to Washington on Sunday to continue a six-game road trip, Kevin Bieksa flew back to Vancouver to have his injured left knee further evaluated.

The Canucks defenceman will have an MRI [magnetic resonance image] on Sunday to assess how long he’ll be sidelined following a first-period collision Saturday with Wayne Primeau..

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  Tags: kevin+bieksa

Flames/Canucks In A Battle Last Night

from Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

Geez, tough marker. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault appeared reluctant to give the Flames much credit for their one clear decision — Jarome Iginla’s left-hand flooring of Willie Mitchell in the first period.
“They have a great leader obviously in Jarome and he was a man on a mission tonight,” said Vigneault after his team’s 4-3 overtime triumph on Pavol Demitra’s heroics. “But you know Willie was a man on a mission too — he did a great job defensively against him and he stood up toe to toe. If Jarome’s sweater doesn’t rip, I don’t think he wins that one.”

continued for more reaction to the OT win by Calgary and watch the Iginal/Mitchell battle below…

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