Canucks Might Have As Good a Chance to Land Stamkos As the Leafs (Which Isn't a Great One)

Jeremy Davis
February 14 2016 02:07PM

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When news broke that Dion Phaneuf had been traded to the Ottawa Senators in a nine-player deal, there was a great deal of celebrating in Toronto. The source of this joy was not so much the players coming to the Leafs, but rather the cap space that would be saved down the road. Why is cap space such a big deal in Toronto? Because cap space equals Steven Stamkos of course.

There is an unhealthy obsession in the Centre of the Universe with Tampa’s impending free agent captain. He’s a star player, he’s from the Toronto area, and he hasn’t re-signed with the Lightning yet. Who wouldn’t want to go home? This is basically a done deal, right?

Not so fast, though, according to multiple members of the national media. Insiders and analysts from across the country have weighed in on this topic, as well as discussed the possibility of the Canucks making a run of their own at Stamkos. So which team has a better chance of landing the superstar?

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Canucks Army Postgame: Without a Whisper

J.D. Burke
February 13 2016 08:45PM

Returning from a brief, albeit successful two-game road trip, the Canucks looked to right the ship at home in their 90's Flying Skate jerseys.

Before puck drop, the stars of the Canucks 1994 Stanley Cup Final team were honoured with a ceremonial puck drop et al. Trevor Linden, Greg Adams, Cliff Ronning, Gino Odjick and Kirk McLean were the esteemed guests and their appearances marked the highest point in tonight's contest.

The Canucks quickly jumped ahead of the Maple Leafs 1-0 on a Daniel Sedin wrister, glove side past James Reimer. From that point forward the Maple Leafs were in control of this hockey game. Vancouver hemorrhaged shots to the Leafs AHL roster, before surrendering three consecutive goals and the game itself.

Vancouver eventually answered in the dying minutes with a Sven Baertschi goal, but it was far too little, far too late. With a pair of empty net goals, the Maple Leafs won this game by a score of 5-2.

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Friedman: Burrows Willing to Waive NTC

J.D. Burke
February 13 2016 07:16PM

Elliotte Friedman dropped a bombshell in the second intermission of the Canucks matinee matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs, revealing that the Canucks would consider moving Alex Burrows at the trade deadline if they are in fact sellers. Going a step further, Friedman confirmed that Burrows would be willing to waive his contract, which is saddled with a full no-trade clause. 

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Henrik Sedin to Set Games Played Record in a Jersey He's Never Worn

Jeremy Davis
February 13 2016 03:30PM

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Photo credit: Canucks twitter (@VanCanucks)

Tonight, Canucks captain and all-time leading scorer Henrik Sedin will play his 1141st game, passing Trevor Linden on the list of most games played in a Canucks uniform.

Perhaps the most amusing and serendipitous aspect of this milestone is the following: Henrik Sedin will set the new record wearing a jersey he's never worn, a jersey which just so happens to be the one in which the man he's passing, Trevor Linden, is most fondly remembered, though Linden himself actually finished his own career wearing not that jersey, but the blue and green orca jersey that Henrik wore more than any other jersey.

Henrik Sedin’s path to get to this point has had its fair share of bumps in the road, but as he etches his name onto yet another franchise record, it is clear that his career accomplishments are becoming the stuff of legend.

Let's take a quick look at what he's managed to accomplish in his first 1140 games as a Canuck.

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CANUCKS ARMY GDT# 64 - CANUCKS VS. LEAFS (RETRO EDITION)

Always90four
February 13 2016 02:08PM

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It's finally back! Crystal Clear Pepsi The skate has returned and what better way to show it off than against the lowly Leafs and their Phaneuf-less defense. We've all seen the duds leading up to today and we approve 100%. Trevor Linden will not be lacing them up tonight to play alongside the Sedins but he'll surely cherish this one. 

Let's do this for real, again.

ROBSON AND LARSCHEID'S CORNER

TV: CBC (HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA)

RADIO: TSN 1040

PUCK DROP: 4PM (HONESTLY, LET'S STOP THIS)

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