October 22 2011 06:08PM


What a magnificent day in Edmonton. The sun is shining, the Oilers play the Rangers this evening and oh what's that? It's Jason Gregor's birthday. We can't imagine how old he is, but short of cutting him in half and counting his rings we will estimate that today marks the start of his 52nd year on Earth. Happy Birthday!

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Canucks trade Sturm/Samuelsson for Booth/Reinprecht

Cam Davie
October 22 2011 05:38PM

David Booth comes to the Canucks and could be just the right ingredient to complete
the second line with Ryan Kesler.


The Vancouver Canucks have traded Marco Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson to the Florida Panthers for David Booth, Steven Reinprecht and a 2013 3rd round draft pick.

It appears, at first glance, that Mike Gillis has finally rounded out the second line and given Ryan Kesler a complementary speedy winger.

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Roberto Luongo, Not Mr. October

Jonathan Willis
October 22 2011 11:26AM

Roberto Luongo is an excellent goaltender. Year after year he consistently posts well above average numbers, numbers that mark him as one of the league’s best goaltenders. He’s also a slow starter, and a little bit streaky – in recent history he typically starts poorly, and interchanges unbeatable months with poorer ones. Let’s look at his work in October for the Vancouver Canucks.

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Game #8 Preview: Running (over the) Wild

Cam Davie
October 22 2011 08:48AM

Last time they played, Ryan Kesler capped off a 40-goal regular season.
Is he ready to light the lamp again?
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Game Day Recon: Game #8 - Wild @ Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks complete a four-game home stand with an afternoon affair against the Minnesota Wild.

First, the Predators. Now the Wild. It's a good thing that Vancouver likes its hockey. Otherwise back to back games with two of the most boring teams in the league would have fans feeling in droves.

But Canucks clearly love boring, cost-prohibitive divisional matchups in the middle of the day.

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National Commentator Implies “Danes And Swedes” Are To Blame For Vancouver’s Problems

Jonathan Willis
October 21 2011 03:25PM

Mark Spector’s piece on Sportsnet ripping into Canucks fans for their heinous treatment of Roberto Luongo was flawed on many levels. Aside from the obvious and basic problem – that Spector takes an entire fan-base, melds them into one, and then explains why he and the rest of the country are laughing at them is obviously flawed – I was struck by Spector’s wildly inaccurate and vaguely racist implication that Vancouver’s problems are the result of drafting too many Europeans.

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