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After yesterday's minor trade, I'm anxious for the trades that may come this week, both to see the course of the continued rebuild, and to read the over the top angsty reactions we're all but guaranteed.

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While it was nice to see the Canucks win so decisively for a change on Sunday against Colorado, it doesn't change where this team is and what they need to do.The rebuild is here, and will continue this week.

Point: Brendan Burke, Utica Comets play by play man, says Markus Granlund is a good acquisition for the Canucks.

Counterpoint: Jermain Franklin, TSN reporter in Calgary, says Granlund is merely a solid player.

Here's the first picture of Markus Granlund at Canucks practice. Number 60? That's a Comet number. Also some notes from practice.

Ben Kuzma talks to Jannik Hansen about playing with the Sedins and his recent inclusion in the trade deadline rumor mill.

Elliotte Friedman has his 30 Thoughts, pre-trade deadline edition. He also did a Reddit AMA yesterday.

With six days to go, who are the sellers? That's easier. Vancouver, depending on who is willing to go where.

That's important to remember. The Canucks trade chips have a good deal of control over where they go or whether they go at all.

It's also important to keep Thomas Drance's tweet in mind.

Down Goes Brown's Weekend Review channels Bjork -- it's oh so quiet on the trade deadline front. McIndoe also lists his five riskiest trade deadline acquisitions.

The Fourth Period offers a good breakdown of trade deadline strategies for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Los Angeles Kings. David Pagnotta believes players with term left on their contracts could be in play at the deadline.

After yesterday's trade of Roman Polak and Nick Spalling for Raffi Torres and two second round picks, the Toronto Maple Leafs have quite the stockpile of draft picks. In 2016, they have 12 picks.'s Frank Seravelli suggests the Leafs trades set the market for trade deadline rental players this year. He predicts Dam Hamhuis will fetch a second round pick and Radim Vrbata a third round pick. Vrbata, in particular, seems low to me. I would think third round pick and a B prospect.

Craig Custance of lists five teams he thinks will be aggressive at the deadline.

Kevin Allen of USA Today matches six playoff contenders with their best potential trade deadline acquisition. He also sizes up teams in the east and west, separating the buyers from the sellers.

Puck Daddy, Greg Wyshynski, cites 10 game changing players who may move this deadline. Number 10 is Jannik Hansen, and number 5 is Radim Vrbata.

Dutch Gretzky Dale Weise thinks he'll be traded at the deadline this year. If so, Craig Custance of thinks Montreal Canadiens want two high picks. Pretty good for a guy they got for Raphael Diaz, a defenseman Montreal hardly used, and who has hardly played in the NHL since the trade.

Larry Brooks says the Rangers may not be able to trade Keith Yandle, since he has become a vital cog on the New York blueline.

More stand pat might be on the horizon for long-suffering New York Islanders fans, and one more year might tick by without a premier winger for John Tavares. says names like Andrew Ladd and Scott Hartnell have been linked to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Doug Cifu, Florida Panthers' owner, sure loves Andrew Ladd.

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal chronicles yet another lost Edmonton Oilers season. Bob McKenzie on TSN 1260 Edmonton says Justin Schultz

Frank Seravalli of TSN says the Chicago Blackhawks are limited at the trade deadline by the Artemi Panarin's bonuses.

On Today's Slapshot, Craig Morgan breaks down the Arizona Coyotes trade deadline scenarios. GM Don Maloney wanted to wait until after last night to see where his team was in relation to the Wild Card spot before making any decisions.

Luke DeCock says the next week will define Ron Francis' tenure as Carolina Hurricanes' GM.

Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun says the Calgary Flames face five questions before the trade deadline, including what to do with their UFAs -- Jiri Hudler, David Jones and Kris Russell, and where to find goaltending, with James Reimer the top option on the UFA market this summer.

Lots of scouts are on the road this week, including:

On the Canucks Lunch today between 11 am and 11:40 am, Matthew Sekeres and Blake Price suggested Dan Hamhuis, Jared McCann and a second round pick might be on the table for Jonathan Drouin and Matthew Carle. Would you?