Jason Gregor
February 25 2011 02:25AM

Every year during the month leading up to the NHL trade deadline there are heated debates in chat rooms, on blogs, at coffee rooms, around water coolers and here on the Nation about what is a fair or good return in a trade. It is much easier to debate when actual players are moved, but when people start tossing around draft picks the air becomes much more grey.

What is the true value of a draft pick? Is a 2nd rounder fair return on a eight-year veteran 3rd pairing D-man? Many of us seem to think it is, but is it really?

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GDR #62 - Blues @ Canucks

Cam Davie
February 24 2011 11:25AM

Canucks are looking to even up the season series tonight. And also punch the Blues. (Photo -

Game Day Recon #62 - Blues @ Canucks

The Blues bring two new teammates into town, both of whom are no strangers to the Vancouver Canucks. When Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk played for the Avs, they saw a lot of the Canucks, probably a little too much. So now they'll hope they're on the winning side of the scoresheet against the Canucks for once this season.

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The Raymond Misconception

Thomas Drance
February 23 2011 02:48PM

Photo (Nick Didlick/Getty Images)

As expectations surrounding the Vancouver Canucks have skyrocketed the past couple of years - fans have developed a tendency to deal with defeat by blaming individual players for team performance. Mitchell and Luongo were the goats after the 09 Blackhawks loss, and Bieksa took a lot of flack all summer for the most recent loss to Chicago. In both cases – I'd suggest to you that the consensus view was unfair.

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Easier On The Eye: Canucks & Canadiens

Yankee Canuck
February 22 2011 08:20PM


Montreal Canadiens @ Vancouver Canucks

 7:00 PM PST

Habs   Canucks
31 Wins 38
22 Losses 13
7 OTL 9
2.53 (26th) Goals/Game 3.33 (1st)
2.52 (9th) Goals Against/Game 2.28 (1st)
18.9% (9th) PP 25% (1st)
84.2% (7th) PK 85.5% (4th)

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GDR #61 - Canadiens @ Canucks

Cam Davie
February 22 2011 12:08PM

Let's do this! (Photo - Reuters)

Game Day Recon #61 - Canadiens @ Canucks

THE CAVALRY IS COMING!!! RELIEF IS ON ITS WAY!! The Canucks get a double-dose of great news with 22 games to play. As the Canucks host the ever-popular Habs tonight, we learn that both Dan Hamhuis and Keith Ballard will return to the Canucks lineup.

While the rookie defensemen held their own during the Canucks injury woes on the blueline, Canucks brass have to be breathing a little easier as their two big off-season acquisitions come back.

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