Manny Malhotra will March in Vancouver Pride Parade

Thomas Drance
August 01 2012 10:58AM

Manny Malhotra faces some of the toughest circumstances in the league. He has a very specific job: win defensive zone draws, clear the puck and change. It's not glamorous work, and it depresses his individual plus/minus numbers, which, in turn leads to questions about his effectiveness. But he does his job well, and handles himself with perpetual class.

That class is on display again. It was announced today, per an official press release on Canucks.nhl.com that Manny Malhotra has agreed to march in the Vancouver 2012 Pride Parade taking place Sunday August 5th, alongside Vancouver's Gay Men's Hockey Team "The Cutting Edges" and Patrick Burke of You Can Play.

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Report: Doan Meets with Canucks

Thomas Drance
July 31 2012 09:23PM

Apparently Shane Doan, the highly sought after unrestricted free-agent (and mythical beast) met with the Canucks on Tuesday evening. Or, at least that's the word out of Vancouver, via the @News1130Sports Twitter feed:

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Alex Burrows' Next Contract

Thomas Drance
July 31 2012 01:31PM

When you look at his production, Alex Burrows appears to be a bonafide top-line forward and an elite offensive talent. In the past four seasons, for example, he has recorded as many five-on-five markers as Corey Perry (97), and he's scored more often than the likes of elite-wingers Phil Kessel, James Neil and Zach Parise* over that time frame. He's been the tenth most efficient even-strength goal scorer over the past handful of seasons, and no one else on that list made anywhere in the neighbourhood of the 2 million per that Burrows has brought home the past three seasons.

(*) Zach Parise's inclusion should be qualified since he missed the majority of the 2010-11 campaign.

 Burrows scores like Perry, but gets paid like Alexei Ponikarovsky, and with his contract expiring after the 2011-12 season, he's clearly in-line for a sizable raise either this summer, or next. Of course, because Burrows has scored so many of his goals playing with two of the best passing forwards in the game, it's tough to determine how much value he brings on his own.

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Grading the Best and Worst Canucks Themed Olympic Diving Jokes

Thomas Drance
July 31 2012 10:45AM

In case you hadn't heard, the Vancouver Canucks have a reputation for diving. Some of it is earned, some of it is media driven nonsense, but it is what it is. 

This summer, thanks to the presence of diving and synchronized diving events at the Olympics, and also because of the Euro soccer tournament in June, diving has functionally dominated the sports fan consciousness. As such, Twitter has filled up on a daily basis with highly original, creative Canucks diving jokes, that aren't at all repetitive.

Let's look at some of the best (and the best-worst) ones, and judge them on a scale of one to ten.

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Canucks Add AHL Depth

Thomas Drance
July 30 2012 01:18PM

What is old is new again! Or at least, what is old and underwhelming is new again, and still underwhelming!

The Canucks have come to terms with right-wing enforcer and farm-hand Guillaume Desbiens. Desbiens played in thirteen games with the Canucks over the course of two seasons and played in many more with the club's former AHL affiliate the Manitoba Moose, where he actually put together a couple of productive seasons. Here's the official press release announcing the signing from Canucks.nhl.com.

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