Canucks Ink Torres

Cam Davie
August 25 2010 09:36AM

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 19: Raffi Torres #14 of the Columbus Blue Jackets stretches prior to his game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on January 19, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Torres heads west to join the Canucks

As reported by Rogers Sportsnet last night, the Vancouver Canucks signed LW Raffi Torres to a one-year, $1m deal. Torres, a noted Canuck killer throughout his career, brings much needed grit and added scoring depth to the bottom six of the offensive roster.

That is assuming he stays healthy and actually plays with some consistency.

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Sergei Wants To Play

Cam Davie
August 23 2010 02:32PM

DENVER - OCTOBER 03:  Scott Hannan #22 of the Colorado Avalanche battles for position with Sergei Shirokov #25 of the Vancouver Canucks during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on October 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Canucks 3-0.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Sergei, it's time to step your game up.

A report out of Russia today indicates that Sergei Shirokov has his eyes set on making the NHL this year as a member of the Vancouver Canucks. From Dmitry Chesnokov on Twitter, "#Canucks' Shirokov tells SovSport he is focused on breaking into the NHL with Vancouver; didn't consider KHL offers this summer.".

So... do I think Sergei Shirokov has a shot at making the Vancouver Canucks this year? Well...

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Vault - Hamhuis Interview from 1998 (Age 15)

Cam Davie
August 19 2010 11:09AM

Ah, the wonders of the internet.  And family.

When Dan Hamhuis signed in Vancouver, Canucks fans were buzzing with excitement all over the web. When my cousin Simone found out, she remembered an article she wrote about the Smithers native and the interview she had with him when he was just a wee lad. After pulling some strings through the Bulkley Valley Museum (thanks!) and getting some e-mail addresses sorted out, she sent me a copy of the article and I've reproduced here for Canucks Army.

Enjoy. And huge thanks to my cousin, Simone Blais and the Bulkley Valley Museum.

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Kesler 2K11

Kristian Urstad
August 18 2010 02:22PM

Vancouver Canucks' center Ryan Kesler arrives at the 2010 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

Ryan Kesler is the cover athlete for the new NHL 2K11 game. This strikes me as interesting. 

At first, I didn’t really get it. Video games are by their very nature all about creating a flashiness and hyperbole that isn’t quite captured by the reality they are meant to represent. There are loads of things about real hockey that are glossed over, and turned glossy, when it comes to their video game depiction. It is fitting, after all, that the last four cover athletes on NHL 2K are Thornton, Spezza, Nash and Ovechkin – appropriate symbols, it seems to me, for just that kind of gloss.

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On Malhotra's Value

Yankee Canuck
August 18 2010 01:57PM

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 4: Manny Malhotra #27 of the San Jose Sharks skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 4, 2009 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

 

Mike Gillis has been plenty busy this summer, honing in on Keith Ballard during the first night of the draft and delivering a hometown discount (however slight) for Dan Hamhuis once the clock struck noon on July 1st.

One signing that went under the radar - but not before inviting some immediate scrutiny - was the three-year, $7.5 million dollar deal for 30-year-old Manny Malhotra. Some were quick to wave a nagging finger at the deal, including Pierre McGuire who kindly took it upon himself to suddenly become Cody Hodgson's agent. Others questioned why Malhotra was a better choice over similar forwards, particularly at a reduced cap hit and one that wouldn't muddy the waters of the bottom six where there are plenty of existing options (like Hodgson, Jordan Schroeder, Jannik Hansen, Tanner Glass and the newly acquired Joel Perrault and Victor Oreskovich to name a handful).

Make no mistake: not only was Manny Malhotra a smart signing, it was necessary and one that will make the Canucks immediately better in several of their weaker areas.

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