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Canucks Don’t Address Their Needs

from the Vancouver Province,

So the Canucks held on to their future, sacrificed the present and raised questions about their fate.

For this year, that will be in the hands of a star goalie, a potentially high end blueline and what general manager Dave Nonis dubbed “a middle-of-the-road” offence.

Is that enough to make a legitimate run at the Stanley Cup, considering a similar combination wasn’t enough last year, considering the significant improvements the Stars, the Sharks and the Avalanche all made Tuesday?

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Players Deal With Trade Talk

from the Vancouver Province,

For the player, an NHL trade can mean many things: bitter disappointment; huge stress on the family; an opportunity to establish one’s self or win a championship; the beginning of the end of a career.

But it’s easy to forget that behind all the names and numbers are human beings. Sure, some of them make more in a season than you and I do in a lifetime but they also have have wives and children and roots in the community.

Erin Morrison—wife of Vancouver Canucks centre Brendan—says the trade deadline usually means uncertainty around their household with the fan frenzy spilling over in unexpected ways.

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Naslund Tweaks Groin

from the Vancouver Province,

Markus Naslund has a groin injury and is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Detroit.

Naslund missed Friday’s practice after tweaking his groin in Thursday’s win against Nashville. If he can’t play, Taylor Pyatt will move up to the top line.

“I think he’s been getting treatments for it but it got progressively tighter here,” Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault said.

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Cut The Flaps

from the Vancouver Province,

The NHL has changed its tune with regard to Roberto Luongo’s pads, singling out the Canucks’ star netminder by asking him to chop off his controversial flaps even though other goalies in the league still wear them.

Just two months after Marty Turco and Mike Smith created the so-called “pad flap,” the NHL seems to have reversed its opinion. In response to Turco’s mock protest in December, Kay Whitmore, one of the NHL “goalie police,” said there was nothing wrong with Luongo’s knee flaps, two pieces of equipment that jet out from his leg pads.

Before the Feb. 5 game in Dallas, Luongo was asked by Whitmore to cut them off and he did.

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Update 6:00pm ET: From Scott Morrison at CBC,

There has been a flap over the flaps on Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo’s pads. It was first reported that the NHL told him to remove the flaps. Actually, he was told to properly fasten them down, the way they were intended to be worn.

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Canucks Won’t Shake-up The Team

from the Vancouver Province,

We won’t trade a couple of big pieces from our team to acquire scoring,” said Nonis, who has $2.7 million US of available salary cap space. “At that point, what we’re doing is we’re creating two holes or three holes and we’re filling one.

“Are we going to move some of our younger players—the Alex Edlers, the Ryan Keslers—for players who are unrestricted that may be able to put the puck in the net the odd time? That’s not going to happen.”

That means unrestricted free agent winger Markus Naslund isn’t going anywhere and pitches for top-tier free agents such as Marian Hossa and Mats Sundin are unlikely. The cheaper Vaclav Prospal is a more tempting target.

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Battle Of Western Canada

from Empty Netters,

In the Canucks’ 4-2 defeat of the Oilers last night, things went crazy. Apparently the teams got into an argument over who’s Reebok Edge Super-Duper Uniform System jersey was uglier. (And frankly, there is no winner in that argument.)

There were 14 fighting penalties, eight misconducts and 183 total minutes in penalties.

check out the videos…

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Goal Or Not

from the Daily Herald,

Ryan Shannon scored the only goal in the shootout on a spin move that saw him bump Hawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Referees Paul Devorski and Wes McCauley appeared confused but allowed the goal to stand, much to the dismay of Hawks general manager Dale Tallon, who exploded in anger in the press box and immediately got on his cell phone and called the NHL office in Toronto.

“To me, that’s interference,” said Hawks coach Denis Savard. “The goaltender shouldn’t be able to get bumped.”

more on the Hawks shootout loss to Vancouver….

Watch the Shannon SO goal…

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Who’s Talking

Matt Cooke and Nick Lidstrom are mic’d up during a recent game.

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Canucks Need To Get On A Roll

from the Province,

The Canucks are 10th in the Western Conference with 59 points, but just five points back of division-leading Minnesota. They are also just two points up on Columbus and four ahead of St. Louis and Edmonton.

What does this all mean?

If you calculate that it’s going to take 95 points to secure a playoff position, then the Canucks will need to go on an 18-10 run the rest of the way. Daunting, but doable, according to captain Markus Naslund.

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Luongo Facing His Old Team

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

The bottom line is, Luongo always thought a deal was going to be made, and he would remain in Florida. Luongo was the face of the Panthers, and he figured he would be for years. The franchise is led by others now, but Luongo has his piece of its history.

Luongo and the Panthers have moved on. But Friday night’s game is still going to be special.

‘‘I think it’s going to be real emotional for him,’’ said Jokinen, who came to Florida with Luongo in a trade from the New York Islanders in 2000. ``He’s going to have a lot of friends out there.’‘

In the stands, and on the ice, too.

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