Game #47 Preview: "Ducks" @ Canucks

Thomas Drance
April 25 2013 02:00PM

You know when an Andrew Alberts image leads off our game preview that it's going to be a good one.
Photograph by: Jeff Gross/Getty Images North America

The Ducks aren't really playing tonight. Anaheim's lineup, in fact, won't include Iced Man Ryan Getzlaf (though actually it might which is hilarious), Bobby Ryan, Luca Sbisa, Bryan Allen, Corey Perry, Saku Koivu or Teemu Sellane. So if they're not showing up, why must I in writing a game preview?

Because that's my damn job. Read past the jump.

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Chicago Wolves Quality of Competition, and the End of their Affiliation with the Canucks

Thomas Drance
April 25 2013 12:47PM

Bill Sweatt gets burned by Tomas Tatar who qualifies as tough competition.
Photograph by Rex Larsen

Earlier this week the Chicago Wolves signed an affiliation agreement with the St. Louis Blues, the organization the Canucks had previously acquired the Peoria Rivermen from.

So the affiliation agreement between the Canucks and the Chicago Wolves has ended after two years, and while I wouldn't go so far as to say that the relationship has ended on an acrimonious note publicly, I would suggest that it seems the two sides are glad to be moving on.

Read past the jump.

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Afternoon Headshots: April 24th

Thomas Drance
April 24 2013 05:31PM

Here's your 2012-13 Canucks official team photo.
Via @VanCanucks

Busy day at your second (or maybe even your third) favorite Canucks blog. We looked at how the potential deal to bring Vancouver's newly acquired AHL affiliate to Abbotsford has failed and what other options the Canucks might pursue, we noted that Modo's new coaching staff has some curious Canucks ties, we reacted to the news of Cory Schneider's injury, applauded Mike Gillis's willingness to burn Frank Corrado's entry-level contract, and updated the myriad of injury statuses for a variety of Canucks mainstays.

Read past the jump for other Canucks news, a sick Canucks .gif and other links.

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Injury Bug: Good News Across the Board from Mike Gillis

Thomas Drance
April 24 2013 02:53PM

There isn't much reason to worry about Vancouver's multitude of walking wounded, apparently.
Andy Clark/REUTERS

Mike Gillis appeared on the Team 1040 with Blake Price and Matt Sekeres on the "Canucks Lunch" on Wednesday afternoon (podcast here), and, of course, right off the bat Vancouver's General Manager was grilled about the injury status of Cory Schneider, Chris Tanev, Keith Ballard and Kevin Bieksa. He delivered good news across the board, which should come as a huge relief for Canucks fans.

I get asked about Canucks player injuries all the time on Twitter, as if I know more than what's out there in the public record. Anyway due to the frequency with which I'm asked about the team's injury status, I figured I'd assemble the latest updates in one reference post for those who are interested. Read past the jump for more.

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Gillis would "absolutely" burn the first year of Corrado's ELC if he's "going to help us win hockey games"

Thomas Drance
April 24 2013 02:09PM

Photograph by Jonathan Hayward / CP.

Mike Gillis gave Matt Sekeres and Blake Price a pretty meaty interview on the Team 1040 on Wednesday afternoon. We'll probably pivot off of a couple of things he said today, just because there was enough content to legitimately do so, but let's start with some choice comments Mike Gillis had on the subject of Frank Corrado and entry-level contracts.

In particular Gillis was asked if the team would be willing to burn the first year of Corrado's entry-level contract, which because Frank Corrado didn't turn twenty until this past spring is on schedule to "slide" so long the rookie defenceman plays in fewer than six NHL games, including playoffs, this season. His answer was definitive, so read on past the jump.

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