Posted for Sale: One gently-used Keith Ballard

Cam Charron
October 23 2012 09:06AM

An uncomfortable truth is that the Vancouver Canucks will probably need to shed a little over $6M worth of salary coming out of the lockout to account for a lower salary cap.

However, this does present an opportunity. While trading Roberto Luongo frees up some space, it's still probably not enough to bridge the gap unless the NHL permits teams amnesty with the new agreement (I'm optimistic that a deal will be done in the next month).

The pending Luongo trade has had the most digital ink spilled over it, but there's another Canuck who makes a lot of money and whose role has diminished in Vancouver. He also still probably has some value elsewhere. That would be Keith Ballard.

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Malkin & Kulemin light it up, Ovechkin scores and gets punchy, and more KHL Highlights

Steve Dangle
October 22 2012 11:04PM

Lots of KHL goodness today. Malkin puts up 4 points and helps Nikolai Kulemin get two of his own, Ovechkin scores and helps Nicklas Backstrom get his first KHL point, and he gets a little punchy, too.


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Headshots: October 22nd

Thomas Drance
October 22 2012 03:41PM

Zack Kassian impressed in Abbotsford this past weekend.

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

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Strombabble: Could the NHL's Proposed Back-Diving Deals Provision Actually Benefit the Canucks in a Luongo Trade?

Thomas Drance
October 22 2012 12:51PM

I like to imagine that Luongo is looking at me scornfully, and thinking...
"Really man, you're going to write another speculative post about my trade status?"

Last week, while writing about the NHL's proposed penalty on teams who signed star players to cap-circumventing "back-diving contracts", I wrote that the so called "Kovy Klause" would "hardly impact the arithmetic of a potential Luongo trade" for the Canucks.

Maybe I didn't go far enough in that analysis because in the return of Elliotte Friedman's Thirty Thoughts column on Monday, the Hockey Night in Canada reporter took this logic one step further. Is it possible that, in fact, Mike Gillis and the Canucks could benefit from the insertion of the punitive clause in the next NHL collective bargaining agreement (CBA)?

Read on past the jump.

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How the Canucks were built: 1970

Patrick Johnston
October 22 2012 09:49AM

Going into the 1970 expansion draft, the Canucks were certain of one thing: they were going to be a hard-working team. They had three years of evidence in front of them to gauge what it took to be a successful expansion team, but placed in a very tough division and with draft rules stacked against them, the challenge to ice a winning team was huge. 

What they were to be was an aggressive, hustling team, with flashes of skill here and there. Even after the draft the team's general manager, Bud Poile, acknowledged the challenge ahead, telling the Sun after the draft, 'we may not win many games but we'll win a lot of fights.'

And he would be right. When it came to building the team first version of the NHL Canucks, Poile and his staff never stood a chance.

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