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Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler has been identified as an offender. While Kesler plays the...

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Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler has been identified as an offender. While Kesler plays the game hard, he has been known to exaggerate contact to gain an advantage.

Ouch. Nothing like TSN's Darren Dreger using you as an example for embellishing.Don't worry, Evgeni Malkin and Dan Carcillo were also mentioned. The good thing is that whenever NHL hockey resumes, divers and embellishers are going to be targeted by referees. Woo! Love it!

"I’m not the type of guy who looks for excuses, but when you go on a long ride like we did the year...

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"I’m not the type of guy who looks for excuses, but when you go on a long ride like we did the year before, it’s tough physically and a different mentality to approach games," admitted Lapierre. "You’ve got a tired mind and a tired body. We knew we could have played better, but I guarantee we’ll play better this year."

Maxim Lapierre on the Canucks' 2012 playoff failure. Click the link for a solid Lappy piece by Ben Kuzma, where Lappy also talks about his extra muscle, expectations on a deep club, lockout, and more.

#Canucks prospect Brendan Gaunce has been named Captain of the @OHLBulls - Brendan was as an...

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#Canucks prospect Brendan Gaunce has been named Captain of the @OHLBulls - Brendan was as an assistant captain last season.

via Bellville Bulls

Canucks Sports & Entertainment (CS&E) in partnership with Metallica is pleased to announce they...

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Canucks Sports & Entertainment (CS&E) in partnership with Metallica is pleased to announce they have made a gift of just over $35,000 to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS). All proceeds from Metallica’s sold-out concert taping at Rogers Arena on Monday, August 27th went to the GVFBS.

Metallica and the Canucks in the same sentence, and working together (even if it is just through representatives). That's just awesome. Not a bad dollar figure. Heck, Metallica used to run a bar tab that high in one night, and yes, this is a slow news day.

Gillis on UFA Doan: "We've been in constant contact. He's clearly a player we'd like to have in...

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Gillis on UFA Doan: "We've been in constant contact. He's clearly a player we'd like to have in Vancouver and we're going to wait it out."

That from Ben Kuzma's twitter feed.It is believed that the Canucks are willing to give Shane Doan Sedin money ($6.1 million per season), which is over $1 million more than Ryan Kesler makes, which isn't exactly "fair". But hey, in the UFA market, when your team is going for it, sometimes you have to overpay. If the Canucks do land Doan, expect the Roberto Luongo trade to be more of a salary dump.

"Definitely trying to add more offence," said Tanev, still goalless through 54 regular season...

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"Definitely trying to add more offence," said Tanev, still goalless through 54 regular season contests. "It comes with confidence I guess. I rarely shoot, so it is something everyone has told me I have to do. I've been working on my shot all summer, so I've got to get a shoot-first mentality instead of always passing." Roberts is confident that Tanev can be an effective two-way player. "I think he does have those abilities," Roberts said. "He's got great hands, moves the puck well and skates well. Once he gets a little confidence, I think that's going to be big for him. To go to camp and see that he's got that strength, and to see that he's got that speed and that ability to compete with guys in the National Hockey League, I think that'll really help him get off to a good start. "I look for him to play lots of games for Vancouver this year and have a great season."

That from the National Post.Check out more on that there. Apparently has put on 7 pounds, which still makes him "small" at his height. But let's face facts here: Chris Tanev is going to be a regular on this team. They don't call him "cigarette" for nothing. We have already seen what he can bring. It's his job to lose at camp. Remember, Roberts trained Cody Hodgson, and ripped Canucks' management last season over the handling of his little buddy.

The buzz continues to escalate throughout the Fraser Valley real estate community that Francesco...

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The buzz continues to escalate throughout the Fraser Valley real estate community that Francesco Aquilini has his sights on buying the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre and the land it occupies. By extension, Aquilini would cut a deal with the Calgary Flames that would result in the Vancouver Canucks’ No. 1 farm team, the Chicago Wolves, switched to Abbotsford.

That from Greg Douglas of the Vancouver Sun.Now this makes a lot of sense and I hope it gets done. I know it's one thing for the people of Abbotsford to get to watch an AHL team, but it's the Calgary Flames' affiliate. Screw the Flames! The very low attendance at the games suggest the same. Could you imagine the excitement generated if people in the Fraser Valley could watch the Canucks' affiliate. It would be gold. Imagine being able to watch Eddie Lack, Kevin Connauton or Brendan Gaunce in action / developing. Imagine the Canucks calling up a player and all he has to do is drive for half an hour to get to Rogers Arena. Big difference than Chicago. Oh wait, apparently it's not that easy

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman left little room for doubt on that Thursday, telling the assembled...

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman left little room for doubt on that Thursday, telling the assembled media after a short bargaining session in New York that the league will not play another season under the current agreement. If Sept. 15 comes and there's no deal in place, we're heading to a lockout.

Although the sources that Travis Hughes uses in his SBNation Hockey post are not the most reputable, this does ruin our hopes that we could start the next season under the old CBA while they continue negotiating a new one.

"He's 6-foot-5, can play deep in the net because of his size, and has great reflexes. There are...

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"He's 6-foot-5, can play deep in the net because of his size, and has great reflexes. There are some games when you're watching you're just like, they're not scoring on him," Gagner told NHL.com. "He has that Pekka Rinne-like confidence that he brings to the team."

Dave Gagner, Canucks' Director Of Player Development gives his assessment of the top 10 Canucks prospects, with Eddie Lack being at the top of the list.

"It’s not happening," Overhardt said Thursday. "He’s [Kesler] not ahead of schedule and there’s no...

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"It’s not happening," Overhardt said Thursday. "He’s [Kesler] not ahead of schedule and there’s no rushing him back. He’s on course to return in December and he’s not returning until he’s 100 per cent. Don’t expect him until December."

Via the Province.
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