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A Night For Trevor Linden

from the Vancouver Canucks,

“Retiring a player’s sweater is one of the highest honours a club can pay to its most elite players and ambassadors,” said Chris Zimmerman, President and CEO, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. “Trevor embodies the qualities we strive for as an organization; character, hard working, commitment, generous and loyal. We are proud that his sweater will hang beside Stan Smyl’s at General Motors Place.”

“This is a tremendous honour and I am very grateful to the club,” said Linden. “To be drafted by the Canucks organization 20 years ago as an 18 year old and to now have my sweater retired is very humbling and rewarding.”

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Senators Get Ryan Shannon

from MarketWire,

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has acquired right-winger Ryan Shannon from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenceman Lawrence Nycholat.

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It’s All About Winning For Luongo

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

In a wide-ranging telephone interview from Montreal, Luongo talked like someone who expects to be in Vancouver longer than the two years remaining on his current deal.

“The great thing is we’re on the same page and we both want to win,” Luongo said of Gillis. “We’re here to win and we want to build a winning team that can contend for the Cup every year.

“When I spoke to him, it was very reassuring for me because that’s why I’m playing in Vancouver—to have a chance to win it all. When you hear something like that from your GM—that he’s as committed to winning as Mike is—it gives you a comfort zone that the organization is all about putting the best team on the ice.”

read on including Luongo hitting the ice with white pads…

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Mitchell Ready For Leadership Role

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Nudged by coach Alain Vigneault, (Willie) Mitchell is committed to setting an example this offseason, trying to take a step forward into the leadership void created by the departure of Canuck mainstays Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison and Trevor Linden….

Mitchell hasn’t had much time for leisure this summer. He said he took just one fishing trip. He started skating regularly in July in Minnesota, his earliest ever start, and already has ramped up his off-ice training to five days a week.

“It’s not easy and it’s not fun,” Mitchell said. “This isn’t exactly the most enjoyable time of year for hockey players—you’re running stairs and doing things where you’re almost passing out. That’s not fun.

“But No. 1 for me is to get ready to have a great season and if I do that it’s really going to help this team. I’m not happy with how last season turned out. No one can be.”

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Canucks Hold Blogger Contest

from VancouverCanucks.com,

Canucks.com is looking for the next featured blogger. Do you have what it takes?...

This week’s theme: The game you’re most looking forward to this season.

Read the two entries below and vote for your favourite.

From Eric Southward, It seems like “everyone and their dog” has a blog these days. I mean, if Spector can become a hockey authority from his mom’s basement, then hell! What’s next: TSN’s most accurate hockey prognosticator is going to be a female monkey?!

read on and let your vote be heard. FYI Eric, you should get your ‘facts’ straight!

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Crawford Points At Bertuzzi

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Former Vancouver coach Marc Crawford claims that Todd Bertuzzi acted in “direct disobedience” to instructions from the Canucks bench during the March 8, 2004 NHL game in which he attacked Colorado forward Steve Moore, breaking his neck and ending his career, according to court documents obtained by the Toronto Star.

Crawford, in documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, pleads that the Vancouver coaching staff was trying to get Bertuzzi off the ice before his infamous sucker punch on Moore.

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Canucks GM Feels They Are A Playoff Team

from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,

...Gillis was asked if there was any progress on a new contract for two-thirds of the Canucks’ first line—Daniel and Henrik Sedin—who are entering their final contract year before becoming unrestricted free agents.

Gillis said he’d started working on an extension already. “We hope to get it concluded in the not too distant future,” Gillis said. The Sedins’ agent, J.P. Barry, however, told The Province on Tuesday that there had been little progress on that front.

The new GM said he believes with the player moves he has made so far, he feels the Canucks are “a couple of pieces away from being a very competitive team.” He said he’s confident the Canucks can be a playoff team this season.

more on the Canucks…

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Sundin’s Swedish Representative Denies Rumors

from TSN,

A Swedish newspaper nearly started an international incident on Sunday as they reported that Mats Sundin has agreed to play for the Vancouver Canucks, a claim that Sundin’s Swedish representative denies.

Sundin’s Swedish based representative Claes Elefalk claims the story in the Daily News is completely false, claiming that reporter Dusan Umicevic contacted him seeking a quote.  Despite Elefalk telling the reporter that his information was incorrect, Umicevic published the story anyway.

continued and Canucks and Beyond has more on the international incident…

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Not The Answer

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

If Pavol Demitra is the answer for the Vancouver Canucks then the question was a lot easier than anyone suspected.

Demitra, at best, is a complementary offensive player. He turns 34 in November. Over his last four NHL seasons he’s recorded 58, 62, 64 and 54 points and he’s six years removed from his most productive campaign with the Blues.

This doesn’t mean he isn’t a useful player. But, as of this writing, the Canucks’ offseason rebuilding plan is based on Demitra and Steve Bernier.

more on the Canucks…

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Canucks Trying To Keep Up

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

While the Canucks were trading for Bernier and chasing Sundin, every other team in the Western Conference was also making significant changes. You can argue about the merit of a lot of those changes. But you can’t argue the West won’t be vastly different next season, which raises the question: Have the Canucks done enough to stay competitive?

Decide for yourself.

ANAHEIM

The Ducks’ big move was adding old pal Morrison, who’ll try to recreate the Andy McDonald role on the second line. They also had four of the first 43 picks in the amateur draft.

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