January 06 2013 05:04PM

What's that thing called when you break up with someone, both see other people and then decide you are going to get back together and have to pretend like the last 6 months never happened? Yeah. It's time for about 1000cc of that.

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Canucks start building for training camp, call up 5 from Chicago

Patrick Johnston
January 06 2013 02:27PM

Jordan Schroeder's time is now (Photo: Patrick Johnston)

The youth movement is on its way. The Canucks have recalled Andrew Ebbett, Zack Kassian, Jordan Schroeder and Chris Tanev with immediate effect; Kevin Connauton will also be recalled, after this afternoon's matchup with the also-suddenly-depleted Oklahoma City Barons.

It's the beginning of what will be an abbreviated training camp, which is expected to begin midweek - varying reports point to Wednesday or Thursday - in preparation for the season to open on January 17th or thereabouts.

The news was first reported on Twitter by the Chicago Tribune's Paul La Tour:

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Alexandre Grenier returns to North America

Patrick Johnston
January 06 2013 01:38PM

Alex Grenier stay in Austria was short and sweet; not unlike Salzburg's team sponsor.

The energy drink seems to have run out. Alexandre Grenier's sojourn in Austria lasted half a season, as, surprisingly, the young forward's contract was terminated by mutual consent last month. 

As first reported in North America by The Canuck Way and earlier in the Austrian media, Grenier will soon make his North American pro debut. Although he's currently listed on the Wolves' roster, him making a further move to Kalamazoo seems possible.

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Agreement reached; Lockout on verge of end; Christmas saved

Cam Charron
January 06 2013 09:41AM

After 16 hours of bargaining and mediation Saturday and early into Sunday morning, the National Hockey League and its Players Association came through with a tentative labour agreement that will see the remainder of the 2012-2013 season played out under a pro-rated salary cap.

A groggy Gary Bettman, who was speaking about as quickly as either Sedin accelerates (they're slow, get it?), clarified that the deal must be ratified on both sides, and that there was no information available yet on schedule or number of games to be played.

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Your Graphic Year In Review: Part 1, When Hockey Was Actually A Thing

Graphic Comments
January 05 2013 11:50AM

The Year of the Bettman 

Hmm, now that I think about it, 2013 makes a way better Year of the Bettman.

Anyway, given that January 11 will mark one year since the first #GraphicComment hit Twitter, I thought it appropriate to take a look back at the year that was in graphic terms.

And for you cynics out there, yes, this is like one of those Best Of albums. There is nothing new here, other than the on graphic above. The rest are just repeats. But hey, since I only had about 10 followers on Twitter for most of the year, and I'm pretty sure at least eight of those were my mom, you probably didn't see these. Plus they have been digitally remastered and colourized. So how could you go wrong? Send your money now.

Er, no don't. No purchase necessary, just click past the jump...

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