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Anton Rodin Deal Close As Vrbata, Edler and Sutter Get Shut Down

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Just another fun-fill day in Vancouver.

March 22 UpdateConfirmed, it's a one year, $950,000 deal.

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Losers of four straight and shutout in the last six periods of hockey, your Vancouver Canucks had a case of the Mondays as they announced they had to shut down $13.3 million in salary.

The first guy wasn't surprising:

The second was a slight eyebrow raise:

Vrbata's injury wasn't thought to be that severe, but with 11 games to go and not a shot in hell at the post season (sorry that's not true, it's a .6% shot, my apologies), the pending UFA shouldn't take the place of auditioning some prospects for next season.

On that note, some good news for training camp:

The right winger, drafted by the Canucks in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, has seen the SHL season end - a league he was leading in points before an injury in January - and has previously expressed an interest in returning to Vancouver. If he signs a new deal, it won't kick in until next season but the Canucks aren't deep at RW so he'll get plenty of chances in camp to show his worth.

Let this whet your appetite for now.