Player Profiles - Andrew Alberts

Yankee Canuck
October 01 2010 12:31PM

CHICAGO - MAY 03: Andrew Alberts #41 of the Vancouver Canucks passes the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on May 3, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Canucks 4-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

We continue our series where Canucks Army will profile various players of interest leading up to the new season.

Andrew Alberts may stick out for a few reasons to Canucks fans, but here's one worth noting: he's the only NHL trade deadline acquisition Mike Gillis has made as GM (sorry, Yan Stastny doesn't even remotely count). He was brought in not just for Willie Mitchell insurance, but as the largest Canuck at 6'5'', obviously his hitting, ability to clear the crease and a relatively friendly cap hit ($800,000 last season) too. Unfortunately, blame the speed in the West or blame simple growing pains, but Alberts didn't endear himself to many last spring. So what happens with the Canucks and Alberts now?

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October 1 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
October 01 2010 11:34AM

 

 

EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 3:  Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers walks to the ice before a game between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers in an NHL game on October 3, 2009 at Rexall Arena in Edmonton, Canada. The Calgary Flames defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3. (Photo by Jimmy Jeong/Getty Images)

October. It's the time of year when the evenings finally cool, the leaves turn and fall, and we can finally focus on real hockey. Or, if you live where I do, it's the first time in several months where it isn't going to rain every second damned day and I can sneak a few last rounds on the golf course before the Manitoba winter takes hold. 

Ah, but that's not important now, and there is plenty to discuss in this week's round-up. The Flames finally shed a few bodies, the neighbours have one that they'd really like to have disappear, and injuries are not just an issue in Cowtown.

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Player Profiles - Kevin Bieksa

Cam Davie
October 01 2010 10:22AM

Canucks fans know that Kevin Bieksa has two sides: the good and the bad.

Do you get the feeling that Kevin Bieksa should be sending Sami Salo thank-you cards?

"Thanks for getting hurt again, Sami. You just saved me a ton of cash on moving expenses and a whole lotta headaches on moving my family. I owe you a new floorball stick."

Based on the rumours and conjecture that was floating around in July and August, the writing was on the wall for Bieksa's time in Vancouver. But with Salo out long-term, it's likely Bieksa won't be going anywhere. And that sound you just heard was a collective groan from Canucks fans.

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Bubble Players - Who's About to Burst?

Cam Davie
September 30 2010 10:57AM

Calgary Flames Olli Jokinen gets thrown to the ice by Vancouver Canucks Jeff Tambellini during the first period of their NHL pre-season hockey game in Calgary, September 21, 2010. REUTERS/Todd Korol (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)
This brings me pleasure. All the time.

After last night's poor showing in San Jose, the Canucks roster situation became a lot more clear with only one-preseason game to go.

So the question, who do you think will make the team this year, and who will be relegated to the minors or elsewhere?

Well, here's what I think.

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Canucks Get Serious Tonight

Cam Davie
September 28 2010 12:37PM

TORONTO - JANUARY 30: Christian Ehrhoff #5 of the Vancouver Canucks carries the puck during game action against the Toronto Maple Leafs January 30, 2010 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages / Getty Images)

After sending down 10 players to the Manitoba Moose yesterday, the Vancouver Canucks are putting a veteran-laden lineup on the ice tonight as they host the San Jose Sharks.

With 3 pre-season games remaining, and having used their prior games as tryouts for many players, the Canucks appear to be using tonight's game as an actual warm-up to the season. 

So what will we see tonight?

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