Afternoon Headshots: March 20th

Patrick Johnston
March 20 2013 06:13PM

Credit Dan Fuggles for this one (seriously, click the link)

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Smylosphere, you're up!

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Report: Anton Rodin Might Return to Brynäs Following this Season

Thomas Drance
March 20 2013 03:30PM

Canucks prospect Anton Rodin has skill to burn. Though injury prone, Rodin is an excellent skater with plus puck possession skills and we thought he might be poised for a breakout campaign in Chicago this season.

For whatever reason though, Rodin has continued to struggle to adjust to the North American game and has underwhelmed throughout his two seasons with the Chicago Wolves. Well now it appears that Rodin may not remain in the Canucks system for much longer. According to a report from Aftonbladet (a reliable Swedish outlet) the speedy winger is strongly considering returning to Brynäs, his SEL team, upon the expiry of his entry-level contract this summer.

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Chris Higgins seems to really miss David Booth and Ryan Kesler

Dimitri Filipovic
March 20 2013 02:43PM

"'Till you get on my level, I don't have time for you. Later, dude."

It's no secret that the Vancouver Canucks have missed the services of their two best play-driving forwards, Ryan Kesler and David Booth, this season. The two American power forwards have combined to play just 19 games thus far this season, leaving a big void on the second line. To the surprise of no one, the Canucks have had a tough time finding the back of the net as a result. While the team has actually been able to sustain a dominant puck-possession game, but it just currently doesn't boast the offensive artillery to capitalize on it.

So we know just how much the Canucks as a team have missed them. But one player in particular has missed their services the most, and has found himself in a world of hurt as a result.

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Could AHL Affiliate Musical Chairs Bring a Canucks Farm Team to the Valley?

Thomas Drance
March 20 2013 01:21PM

On Monday afternoon, veteran Vancouver broadcaster Tom Mayenknecht reported that the Canucks are in active talks to purchase the Peoria Riverman, an AHL club currently owned and affiliated with the St. Louis Blues.

The plan, according to Mayenknecht, would be for the Peoria Rivermen to be purchased by the Aquilini group that owns the Canucks. The Canucks would then move to the Fraser Valley in place of the Flames affiliated Abbotsford Heat who would move on to Utica (as previously and denied by the Flames). To complete this round of musical chairs, the St. Louis Blues would take on Vancouver's current AHL affiliate, the independent minded Chicago Wolves as their new farm team.

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Why Brandon Dubinsky Makes Sense in Vancouver

Jeff Angus
March 20 2013 10:30AM

I am not Brandon Dubinsky’s agent. However, I am going to pretend I am for the next 1000 words (give or take). Grantland writer Bill Barnwell recently wrote his NFL free agent previews this way – he would attempt to pitch or ‘sell’ the player to prospective GMs.

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