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Afternoon Headshots: February 14th

  The Japandroids sport Canucks gear during a live show. So over at Canucks.nhl.com, they’ve reached "phase II" on project NU2 which aims to replace U2’s "Where the Streets have no Name" which the Canucks have used as entrance music since as far back as I can remember, with another track by one of six…

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Mike Gillis on the Team’s Decision to Place Malhotra on the IR

Following today’s announcement that veteran Canucks centreman Manny Malhotra was going to be placed on Injured Reserve for the balance of the season, Mike Gillis addressed the situation with the media. The way Mike Gillis’ comments leaked out slowly on Twitter from the mainstream Vancouver media was, I think, a little bit confusing. I don’t…

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Chris Higgins and the Value of the Role Player

Canucks fans didn`t have much in the way of expectations for Chris Higgins after the club acquired him and Maxim Lapierre at the 2011 trade deadline. Those two moves were largely overlooked at the time and Higgins and Lapierre were described as "depth players" and "insurance." But Higgins and Lapierre were integral parts of Vancouver`s…