Zack Kassian was Reportedly Demoted for Disciplinary Reasons

Jeff Angus
April 03 2013 10:32AM


The Canucks re-assigned rugged winger Zack Kassian to the AHL a few days ago. Officially, it was a standard re-assignment but it was widely seen as an unofficial "conditioning stint" since Kassian has missed some time over the past few weeks with a nagging lower back injury.

However, it now appears that there may have been disiplinary reasons that factored into Kassian's demotion. Read on past the jump.

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Pavel Bure Coming to Vancouver to work with Canucks Charities. First step towards retiring #10?

Jeff Angus
April 03 2013 09:48AM


According to Global TV's Squire Barnes, Pavel Bure will be coming to Vancouver this week to help out with some charity work for the team. Is this the first step in the jersey retirement process?

Among Canuck fans, Bure's jersey retirement has been building momentum over the last few years. However, there are still some in the media (and within the organizaton, and at this blog) that don't feel his #10 should hang from the rafters.

More on the latest news after the jump.

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Trade Deadline 2013: Scuttlebutt Round Up and Strombabble

Thomas Drance
April 03 2013 09:10AM


Trade deadline day is upon us, so it's pretty much Christmas morning for hockey fans. The Canucks may well have made their biggest splash yesterday with the acquisition of Derek Roy and their near miss on Ryane Clowe, but it seems likely that they'll still be "players" on deadline day in some fashion. 

Could we see a long-awaited Roberto Luongo trade finally consumated? Could the Canucks ship off Mason Raymond now that they've re-signed Higgins as their long-term "seventh forward"? How about a three-way deal? 

After the jump, we'll summarize the latest chatter and reporting that's out there in the ether.

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Derek Roy Trade Reax

Thomas Drance
April 02 2013 08:22PM

Derek Roy, then a Sabres forward, hauls down an unidentified Canuck (I believe Matt Pettinger) back in the day.

Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis went out on Trade Deadlines Eve and acquired Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars in exchange for prospect Kevin Connauton and Vancouver's second round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. 

You can read our take on the trade and the subsequent re-assignment of Jordan Schroeder, but let's round up what other writers and reporters are saying about the deal.

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The Clowe Down: Ryane Clowe Down to Either Canucks or Rangers

Thomas Drance
April 02 2013 04:12PM

That's the latest news on the Ryane Clowe derby per Bob McKenzie (a report that was quickly corroborated by Renaud Lavoie of RDS).

So the Canucks are in the running still, but the Rangers look to have pulled ahead in the bidding, which makes a lot of sense considering how the Canucks and Sharks play in the same conference and will be divisional rivals beginning next season.

Let's get into this further after the jump.

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