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06/11/2007 at 12:16pm EDT

More Moose droppings:

Former Moose sniper Jason King, whose NHL rights still belong to the Canucks, played for Skelleftea last season and had 15 goals and 19 points in 55 games, but is not expected to return this year.

Though there has been no official announcement from the Canucks or Moose, veteran centre Greg Classen has signed a two-way deal with the Canucks.

Classen is known as a versatile, two-way player. He will compete for a spot with the Canucks but is more likely to open with the Moose and anchor the second line.

Vancouver Canucks’ coach Alain Vigneault, coach of the year nominee, was profiled in Sunday’s Province:

Many people continue to leap to the conclusion that the Montreal experience and what followed—a trip back to junior and then the AHL—taught Vigneault invaluable lessons that proved key in making it back to the NHL and succeeding in his first year in Vancouver.

But in reality, Vigneault, while older and more mature, hasn’t changed much as a coach. He is still refreshingly honest with the media and his players. He remains one of the game’s best in analyzing and adjusting.

He still works by consensus, counting on his assistants, scouts, and general manager for guidance. And, maybe most remarkably, still he has an innate ability to get players, coaches and executives alike to check their egos at every door.

Goodbye to Norm Jewison, of the Canuck’ Alumni Association, as he retires:

After 30 years on the job, Jewison says he never once had designs on moving up to a loftier position with the Canucks or Orca Bay. “I never even gave it any thought,” he says, “because I always did exactly what I loved to do and figured I had the best job in hockey.”

He will spend a day or two next week in his office at GM Place cleaning out his desk and weeding through filing cabinets of pictures, old NHL guides and yearbooks dating back to the 1960s. “When I turn out the lights for a final time,” Jewison says, “I know it will be with a heavy heart.”

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