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Morrison Hopes To Return This Week

from the Vancouver Province via the National Post,

While Morrison hopes to play during a four-game road trip this week, he couldn’t commit to whether that would occur Monday in Los Angeles, Wednesday in Anaheim, Thursday in Phoenix or Saturday in Dallas.

It’s not that Morrison can’t manage pain. He struggled through a hip-flexor injury before needing off-season surgery in 2006 and needed an operation to cure a sports hernia last summer.

Morrison doesn’t want to just play, he wants to make a difference.

“Pain to me is not the issue - I can deal with pain,” he added. “I’m not going to feel 100 per cent and I understand that and the team understands that.

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Injuries Hit Canucks Hard

from the CP via Yahoo,

Aaron Miller missed practice to go to the hospital for shoulder X-rays after taking a hit along the boards from Jordin Tootoo late in Vancouver’s 6-2 victory over Nashville on Thursday.

Mattias Ohlund rode the bike a bit but he’s got bone chips in his left knee and is out indefinitely. The Canucks hope the swelling goes down in a few days, otherwise it could be season-ending surgery.

Kevin Bieksa, seven games back from a four-month, 46-game layoff to recover from a severely lacerated calf muscle, was also getting X-rayed. He hurt his wrist Thursday trading punches with Nashville’s Greg de Vries.

Then there’s Sami Salo. He was excused from Friday’s practice because of the flu.

Oh, and defensive forward Ryan Kesler was also being X-rayed Friday after blocking a shot Thursday night with his foot.

For those of you scoring at home, Salo is expected to play Saturday against the St. Louis Blues. Kesler and Bieksa will be game-day decisions. Ohlund and Miller are out.

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Lacking Respect

from TSN,

Miller left the game clutching his right shoulder after a big hit by Nashville forward Jordin Tootoo with just two minutes left in the game and the Canucks ahead 6-2. Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault was clearly upset by the timing of the Tootoo hit.

“I’m just trying to get the game over with,” said Vigneault. “I don’t know why things like that happen and why a player would run 100 feet with a game over.

“No respect for the game and no respect for the opposition. It’s unfortunate there are a few of that type in the league, hopefully the league will deal with it.”

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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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