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Morning Buzz: Canucks mix it up; Stamkos scores 50; Radulov free to join Preds; Sid returning Thursday

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This guy's decent.
This guy's decent.

Whether you're feeling the effects of a big win and the celebration that followed, or you're just crushing as much caffeine as you can to make it through the day, everyone needs a good buzz in the morning. Here are your links, images, bad Photoshops, out-of-context quotes and wild generalities for Wednesday, March 14, 2012.


Vancouver Canucks News & Notes

Previewing tonight's game against the Phoenix Coyotes. [Canucks]

The news that Mason Raymond was skating with the Sedins in practice caused quite a stir yesterday. Why fans still get up in arms about stuff like this after 6 years of Alain Vigneault is beyond me. We should know by now this is not a permanent thing and likely won't last long if it's not paying immediate dividends. [The White Towel]

HTTN argues that while the Sedins may not be putting up points these days, it doesn't mean they're playing poorly. [HTTN]

Meanwhile, Alex Edler is actually slumping, as he's been pretty bad lately. [The Province]

Cam Charron with some good points on Roberto Luongo vs. Cory Schneider. [Legion of Blog]

The Canucks could soon — "soon" being within the next few years — have another goalie banging at the door, as 6th round pick Joe Cannata is impressing. [Vancouver Sun]

Thomas Drance with an exhaustive guide to Cory Schneider's upcoming restricted free agency. [Canucks Army]

Drance also has a good point here about the possible return of Alexander Radulov: the Canucks shouldn't be too upset about it, since as a franchise they've been known to push the limits of the CBA themselves on occasion. [Canucks Army]

Mike Gillis' suggested rule change of penalizing defensive zone hand passes could severely hinder Manny Malhotra's faceoff ability. Why Gillis, why?! [PITB]

Also: our shorn and shiny-headed defensive specialist used to have a full head of awesome hair. What happened?! [PITB]

Reviewing and previewing this week's Canucks action. I use the word "action" tentatively, as there are only 2 games this week, against the Coyotes and Blue Jackets. [CHB]

NHL News & Notes

Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy, Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Bure, Joe Nieuwendyk...Steven Stamkos. What do they all have in common? They all put up multiple 50-goal seasons before their 23rd birthday. With 13 games left, how far can Stammer push it? Is 60 possible? [Stat via @TSNResearch]

Here's the goal, a typical Stamkos snipe, but wow, what was Marty Turco doing?

Ilya Bryzgalov has three straight shutouts. His confidence must be HUMONG okay it's probably time to stop using that joke. [NHL]

Alexander Radulov could return to the Nashville Predators immediately if he wants to. This would be a massive boost for the Predators, who already look like a playoff threat. [NP]

Naturally, GMs around the league are choked at the prospect of another team adding a top shelf offensive talent after the trade deadline without having to clear waivers. [CBC]

Speaking of returns, Sidney Crosby will make his on Thursday when the Penguins roll into Madison Square Garden. Why not eh? His last comeback in New York went pretty well. Everyone is being cautious when it comes to expectations, but Sid has proved us all wrong so many times that I think it would be more surprising if he doesn't dominate right away. [Kukla's Korner]

Tyler Myers was handed a 3-game suspension for boarding Scott Gomez: