Swedish Court Decision Will Allow Edler, Twins to Play Top Level Hockey in Sweden

Thomas Drance
September 21 2012 08:29AM

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It's a safe bet that former Canucks captain and current Modo General Manager Markus Naslund is enjoying a bottle of bubbly in Sweden this evening.

During the summer, the Elitserien (Swedish Elite League or SEL) rather preposterously decided to forbid clubs from signing locked out NHLers to short-term contracts. That decision was over turned today by the Swedish Comeptition Authority, who ruled the Elitserien's initial decision to be illegal.

As a result, Modo General Manager Markus Naslund is now free to recruit his former Canucks teammates, and other "Modo affiliated NHLers" to come play for a hockey team that has struggled immensely over the past two seasons. You can bet he's breathing a sigh of relief!

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Headshots September 20th

Dimitri Filipovic
September 20 2012 04:56PM

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video, birthed a clever .gif into existence, or have a hockey related cause you'd like to see promoted in this space - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

You're going to be shocked when you hear this, but apparently, Dan Hamhuis isn't spending his time these days hanging out and indulging in junk food. As Ben "The Kooooz" Kuzma writes, he is working hard on his skating. And if @TheStanchion's image from above is any indication, he's clearly not lacking any incentive.

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Evaluating The Vancouver Canucks' Farm System

Dimitri Filipovic
September 20 2012 01:52PM

How does an organization accrue high-end prospect talent in its system? Obviously the first thing that comes to mind is circumstance; naturally, the Edmonton Oilers have been able to accumulate top notch prospects in recent years. Thus is the life of a team that truly bottoms out. 

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You Can't Out-skate a Bad Reputation

Thomas Drance
September 20 2012 12:01PM

Since he made his NHL debut, and probably well before that, Ryan Kesler has played the game of hockey on the edge. More precisely, he's always played hockey with an edge: he's surly on the ice, he plays a style that is "unimpeded" by any regard for his own physical well being, and occassionally, he'll do his utmost to sell a call.

That latter bit, in my observation, has become a bigger part Kesler's game over the past season. During the playoffs it resulted in him being roundly mocked on the interwebs, but now, there's a chance that it could result in some officially sanctioned public embarrassment as well.

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What to Watch During the Lockout: Vancouver Giants

Jeff Angus
September 20 2012 10:45AM

The Vancouver Giants are once again looking to capitalize on the NHL work stoppage. They saw an increase in fan support and attendance during the lockout of 2004-05, and the club enjoyed on ice success for the next few seasons, as well.

Why should you watch the Giants this season? There are quite a few reasons. Read on to find out what they are.

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