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Vancouver Picks up Bryan Smolinski

02/26/2007 at 7:00pm EST
Vancouver Canucks acquire Bryan Smolinski from Chicago for a 2007, 2nd round draft pick. More details to come.Update 2:07pm PT: Information received via Sportsnet.ca text message. No press release or other confirmation online at the moment.Update 2:14pm PT: Sportsnet sends this update: "VAN is closing on Bryan Smolinski, and has NOT acquired the C. Disregard previous alert. SN apologizes." (Good God, Sportsnet...)Also being reported online now.Update 3:27pm PT: Being reported by Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis-St.Paul -- "Bryan Smolinski looks like he’ll soon be a Vancouver Canuck. This would explain why the beloved Marc Chouinard was thrown on waivers today by the Canucks. He’ll clear at 11 a.m. tomorrow — or get taken elsewhere, which would clear space for a Smolinski addition." (C&B Note: If there is a deal in place, waiting for Chouinard to clear waivers -- or get picked up -- might explain the delay in confirmation.)Update 4:56pm PT:TSN confirms that Bryan Smolinski has been acquired today by the Canucks, along with Brent Sopel from the Kings...
The Vancouver Canucks jumped the deadline in acquiring former Canuck Brent Sopel from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2nd and 4th round draft pick.In addition Vancouver added veteran centre Bryan Smolinski from the Chicago Blackhawks for a conditional 2nd round pick.The Canucks, considered a cap team were, able to manouver these trades by finally placing injured forward Ryan Kesler on long term injury.

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