State of the Canucks – Weekly notebook | March 1st

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Before the tension of the trade deadline the Vancouver Canucks were in a cheerful mood last week after a pair of big wins on the road in Detroit and New Jersey.

The Canucks snapped the Red Wings’ league leading home winning streak and continued with another comfortable win against Ilya Kovalchuk and the new-look Devils just days later.

The Canucks were all smiles heading into Sunday’s game against the Stars, leading up to Vernon Fiddler’s fantastic impression of Kevin Bieksa’s “angry face” on the ice in Dallas.

Fiddler’s face was accurate enough for Canucks Head Coach Alain Vigneault to appreciate the creative bashing, breaking down in a fit of uncontrollable laughter from behind the Vancouver bench.

No one was smiling after the Stars stole the win in overtime on Sunday, and the sombre mood carried over to Monday’s trade deadline as the anticipation of player movement hung a black cloud over the heads of any liquid assets.

Around the Rink

Heading into trade deadline week many Canucks fans expected General Manager Mike Gillis to dispatch at least one active forward on Vancouver’s roster, but most would have considered Cody Hodgson on some sort of untouchables list.

Management’s bold moved at the deadline shipped Hodgson along with defenceman Alex Sulzer to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for aggressive young forward Zack Kassian and defenceman Marc-Andre Gragnani.

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State Of The Canucks March 1st

In hindsight the writing was on the wall for the young center after Gillis acquired notorious two-way center Samuel Pahlsson from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a pair of 2012 fourth round picks and defenceman Taylor Ellington.

In an additional deadline deal the Canucks acquired right winger Andrew Gordon from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenceman Sebastien Erixon.

David Booth was displaying his usual flair on February 29th, rocking a bright pink Bullying Stops Here T-shirt in support of this year’s anti-bullying day.

In a week that was especially tough on Vancouver’s younger players, Booth spoke up to support the anti-bullying agenda.

“Most people have been bullied at one time or another and it’s brutal,” Booth told “It can be stopped, we all just have to recognize what it is. It’s important to speak up about it too.”

In the Infirmary

As a result of all the additional players acquired at the trade deadline forward Byron Bitz was reassigned to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

This Just In

Tanev has confirmed he’s the odd man out tonight. Gragnani will play on 2nd PP unit w/ KB3 more than likely.

In The Community


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Whats On Tap This Week?


Date vs Last Meeting
3/1/12 STL 3-2 (OT) 1/12/12
3/3/12 BUF 3-4 (OT) 11/15/10
3/6/12 DAL 2-3 (OT) 2/26/12
3/8/12 WIN 3-1 3/25/11
3/10/12 MON 4-3 (SO) 12/8/11


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