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Strombabble: Tiresome Lockout News Instantly Replaced by Tiresome Luongo Trade Speculation

Luongo practices in a Canucks jersey in Florida this morning. Photo credit: Farhan Lalji. With the new collective bargaining agreement days away from ratification and the transaction window re-opening for NHL clubs, reporters like TSN’s Farhan Lalji and the Toronto Sun’s Rob Longley have descended on Coral Springs, Florida – home of the Florida Panthers practice facility…

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LIKE IT NEVER EVEN HAPPENED

What’s that thing called when you break up with someone, both see other people and then decide you are going to get back together and have to pretend like the last 6 months never happened? Yeah. It’s time for about 1000cc of that.

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Canucks start building for training camp, call up 5 from Chicago

Jordan Schroeder’s time is now (Photo: Patrick Johnston) The youth movement is on its way. The Canucks have recalled Andrew Ebbett, Zack Kassian, Jordan Schroeder and Chris Tanev with immediate effect; Kevin Connauton will also be recalled, after this afternoon’s matchup with the also-suddenly-depleted Oklahoma City Barons. It’s the beginning of what will be an…

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Alexandre Grenier returns to North America

  Alex Grenier stay in Austria was short and sweet; not unlike Salzburg’s team sponsor. The energy drink seems to have run out. Alexandre Grenier’s sojourn in Austria lasted half a season, as, surprisingly, the young forward’s contract was terminated by mutual consent last month.  As first reported in North America by The Canuck Way and…

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Agreement reached; Lockout on verge of end; Christmas saved

After 16 hours of bargaining and mediation Saturday and early into Sunday morning, the National Hockey League and its Players Association came through with a tentative labour agreement that will see the remainder of the 2012-2013 season played out under a pro-rated salary cap. A groggy Gary Bettman, who was speaking about as quickly as…

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KHL: Ringing in 2013

   The KHL played its first hockey games of 2013 with a light, 3-game schedule. The playoff race is heating up big time. Enjoy!

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Canucks Total Player Charts

Among nerdlinger types who value advanced stats in hockey, ice time is seen as perhaps the single most invaluable stat. Tom Awad, for example, has argued that ice-time is the best proxy we’ve got at the moment for determining overall player value. If you’re like me, and tend to think that NHL headcoaches, who are…

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Cap Crunch: Vancouver’s Amnesty Buyout Candidates

In discussing our "top Canucks story lines to watch for in 2013," we briefly discussed the likelihood of a salary cap that would fall significantly (by as much as 14%) by 2013-14 in a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).  With the league reportedly standing firm on a 60 million dollar salary cap for the 2013/14 season, the upcoming…

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Canucks Story Lines to Watch for in 2013

From the trade of beloved rookie Cody Hodgson, to the team’s unceremonious first round exit at the hands of the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, to the mystifying, frustrating NHL lockout – 2012 was a tough year for the Canucks and their fans. If you want to relive a bleak twelve months, Harrison…