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The Future Of Naslund

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Naslund might be a lot of things, but he’s also the Canucks’ captain, the leading scorer in franchise history and is in the discussion of the greatest Canuck of all time. When a player of his stature is about to enter unrestricted free agency, there is usually some sign from the organization that re-signing him is a priority; that a great deal of importance has been attached to securing his name on a contract.

To date, there has been no such sign from the Canucks and while that could change, it’s also difficult conceiving of a set of circumstances where Naslund returns to this team next season.

Let’s start with simple economics. Naslund makes front-line money—$6 million US—and has provided second-line production for two seasons now.

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Nonis Has Some Work To Do

from Tony Gallagher at the Vancouver Province,

Nonis deserves a chance to balance this team this summer because this will be the first offseason since he took the job that he has had any kind of discretionary cap space with which to work. Since he took the job, he’s been working in a financial closet he inherited from the previous regime, albeit he was part of said regime. It’s taken that long to get free….

This summer is his chance to be proactive, to show he can be creative and restructure this team to the point where the offence is in the same ballpark as the defence. He needs to make it happen to continue in his present position.

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Stagnant Canucks

from the Vancouver Sun,

Is it too late for a trade-deadline do-over?

Too bad, because the Vancouver Canucks are suddenly looking like a team that needs some big changes.

The Canucks have lost three straight games since general manager Dave Nonis virtually stood pat on deadline day.

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Watch What You Say

from the Vancouver Province,

In a telephone conversation with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell following practice, the Vancouver Canucks winger was informed his pre-game incident with Detroit Red Wings pest Aaron Downey at centre ice Saturday at GM Place has not escaped closer scrutiny.

“I thought we had moved on from that incident and I don’t know how much [the fine] will be and I’ll probably get a letter,” said Burrows. “Hopefully, the next pay cheque will be in.”

When Burrows checked in for work Saturday, he and Downey sparked a brief scrum during the warm-up.

“He wanted to get his team going and he said he was going to take care of me,” recalled Burrows. “I was ready for him. I asked him how his potato farm was doing. He probably likes the french fries the most because he’s a little chubby.”

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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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