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VIDEO: Canucks’ Ryan Kesler leaves game vs. Jets with apparent leg injury

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By Darian Somers

Add it to your list of things to worry about, Canucks fans:

With less four minutes to go in the second period, Vancouver forward Ryan Kesler suffered a leg-on-leg collision that knocked him out of Wednesday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Canucks announced via Twitter that Kesler will return to Vancouver while the team continues on a road swing that includes stops in Washington, Florida and Tampa Bay.
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  • Published On Mar 12, 2014
  • Report: Ryan Kesler requests trade from Vancouver Canucks

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    Ryan Kesler has scored 177 goals and 388 points in his 10-year NHL career, all with the Canucks.(Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

    Ryan Kesler has scored 177 goals and 388 points in his 10-year career, all with the Canucks.(Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    It was just two days ago that Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis told reporters that he was approaching next week’s trade deadline as a buyer, with an eye on adding a player to complement second-line center Ryan Kesler.

    Now he may have to put the Team USA star up for auction instead.

    Jean, a reporter with Canada’s French-language TVA network, tweeted shortly afterward that it might be tough to move Kesler before the deadline and that a deal might be easier to construct around the NHL Draft in June.

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  • Published On Feb 26, 2014
  • P.K. Subban rumors overblown

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    NHL free agent P.K. Subban of the Canadiens in negotiating a new contract.

    Defenseman P.K. Subban is a desirable restricted free agent, but the Canadiens are not an easy franchise to raid. (Minas Panagiotakis/Icon SMI)

    By Stu Hackel

    Among the most buzz-y stories this week has been the plight of Pernell Karl Subban, the Canadiens’ restricted free agent defenseman who remains unsigned. It’s worth questioning, however, if this story is worth all the buzz, although almost everything involving P.K. grabs the hockey world by the lapels and screams for attention, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

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  • Published On Aug 03, 2012
  • Canucks fading as stretch run begins

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    Roberto Luongo’s lousy play has Canucks fans and media calling for him to take a seat on the pine. (Kathleen Hinkel/Icon SMI)

    By Stu Hackel

    It’s a difficult task to repeat as a champion in the NHL. No Stanley Cup winner has done it since the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. But it’s also tough just to reach the Cup final in consecutive years. Only five clubs have managed that since 1988 which, if my math is correct — always a tricky proposition — means that almost 90 percent of the time, teams don’t get a return trip to the fourth round.

    The way Canucks are playing right now, they look like they’ll be hanging with that 90 percent.

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  • Published On Mar 15, 2012
  • Talkin’ hockey

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    Young winger James Neal (18) has kept the Crosby-less, Malkin-less Penguins afloat with his six goals.(Dean Beattie/ZUMAPRESS..com)

    By Stu Hackel

    My Tuesday nights don’t vary much. Our group assembles at an old prep school barn of a rink and airs it out as best we can. We’ve got an exceptional early evening time slot, which most recreational skaters know is a real luxury. So for one night, watching NHL action gets relegated to Priority Two.  Not that we don’t talk about the NHL while we’re dressing for the skate.

    Detroit Gary and Jay converse reverently about the Red Wings. The Rangers fans, like Crack, Lacey, Dr. Dave, Cohen, Toddzilla, Eric and Matty long ago stopped trying to convince everyone — and each other — that their team could be real a Stanley Cup contender. Berube gets ragged on because every time he buys a Flyers jersey, the player whose name is on the back gets traded (Eric jokingly brought in an old Jaromir Jagr Rangers jersey for Berube to wear this week, knowing full well that Berube would never put on a Rangers sweater). And the Bruins fans like Frankie, McFall, Lee, Brian and James (not to mention Phil, whenever he’s back from Abu Dhabi) still can’t quite believe that their team actually won the Stanley Cup last season.

    After the skate comes the inevitable question. “You goin’ down?” by which the guy who is asking wants to know from the guy being asked if he’s driving to the local grille for a late dinner and to watch what he can of the NHL – often the third period of an Eastern time zone game featuring one of the New York teams, or whatever game Versus is showing. It’s either that or beer in the parking lot.

    I always end up at the Grille and I’m always the last guy there, so the later the TV game starts, the more I can catch. Some nights, I have to be content with only seeing highlights before heading home and watching a game I’ve recorded or something on Game Center Live. But last night, with an early Versus game and a Rangers game in Vancouver, in addition to lots of highlights, there was plenty to chew over with my turkey sandwich, sweet potato fries and club soda.
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  • Published On Oct 19, 2011
  • Canucks trying to avoid Cup Final hangover

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    Who are those men in blue? Defenseman Keith Ballard is one of the few recognizable names that has been appearing in preseason games for the Canucks this year. (Anne-Marie Sorvin-US PRESSWIRE)

    By Stu Hackel

    With repeat runs to championship series or games in team sports increasingly unlikely these days, the Vancouver Canucks are trying to increase their chances by managing their roster a bit differently. It’s a long, long year for any NHL club, and even longer for a team that goes deep in the playoffs, so the Canucks know they’re going to need all sorts of luck, breaks, good health and other intangibles aside from consistently superior performances.

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  • Published On Sep 27, 2011
  • Our choices for the 2011 NHL Awards

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    Given the rugged nature of the position, a defenseman hasn’t won the Lady Byng Trophy (gentlemanly play) since 1954, but Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings truly deserves it. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

    By Stu Hackel

    The NHL hands out its regular season awards on Wednesday evening in Las Vegas, a venue that just oozes hockey history and tradition. Actually, the “nominees-winner” Academy Awards-style format is as artificial as Vegas glitz because the “nominees” are not nominees at all but actually the top three vote-getters from the April balloting (here’s who SI.com’s Michael Farber chose) after the votes are tabulated. So the winner has already been determined when the nominees are announced. This format transforms the known into the suspenseful, so maybe Vegas is the right venue after all.
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  • Published On Jun 21, 2011
  • What to watch for in Cup final Game 7

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    A matter of mind: Keep an eye on goaltender Roberto Luongo and how he and the Canucks react if the Bruins score a goal, especially if they light the lamp early in the game. (Kathleen Hinkel/Icon SMI)

    By Stu Hackel

    It’s Game 7 tonight, one last contest for the silver bowl named for Fredrick Arthur Stanley, Lord Stanley of Preston, the 16th Earl of Derby KG, GCB, GCVO, PC. Yes, that was his official title when, as Governor-General of Canada, he donated the trophy as a challenge cup for the country’s top amateur hockey team in 1882. The Stanley Cup is now the most famous and storied trophy competed for by professional athletes in North America. Players on both the Bruins and Canucks, regardless of their country of origin, have played their entire lives for a chance to have their name engraved on it.

    That includes Tim Thomas, the Bruins goaltender from the hard-bitten industrial town of Flint, Michigan, who has distinguished himself above all others this spring. “When we’re in the garage or driveway playing as a kid and you’re fantasizing,” Thomas said on Tuesday, “well, I was Stevie Yzerman, which doesn’t make sense for a goalie, but you’re saying to yourself, Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, you’re not saying Game 6, you know? So this is really, you know, what every kid dreams about.”

    Dreams are important and no one achieves greatness without them. But it will be transforming those dreams into desire and then execution that will likely carry the evening in Vancouver. The team that plays better and tries harder should be the one that skates with the Cup. Of course, as we’ve seen all spring, anything can happen in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and we fully expect one final bizarre chapter will be written in the story of this year’s very bizarre tournament.
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  • Published On Jun 15, 2011
  • What to watch for in Cup final Game 4

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    A key question: If the Bruins come out flying and quickly put Roberto Luongo under siege, how will the Canucks’ goaltender react after being shelled in Boston’s Game 3 blowout? (Greg M. Cooper/US Presswire)

    By Stu Hackel

    Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final goes tonight in Boston in the wake of the NHL’s unprecedented decision to suspend Vancouver’s Aaron Rome for four games after his late hit on Nathan Horton.

    For a contest that isn’t a seventh game, this may be the most highly anticipated Cup final match of the last couple of decades. There’s great curiosity about whether the patterns of play that emerged in Game 3 will carry over — can Boston again impose its style on Vancouver? — and how the teams will adjust with their necessary lineup changes. How will the B’s will fare without one of their top line forwards and who will the Canucks bring into the lineup on defense?

    And, for many, the lure will be to see if and how the two antagonists further escalate their already fierce series.
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  • Published On Jun 08, 2011
  • Canucks vs. Bruins: Who has the edge?

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    Given Vancouver’s firepower and Boston’s suspect power play, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas will likely have to be at his acrobatic best to win the Stanley Cup. (Anne-Marie Sorvin/US Presswire)

    By Stu Hackel

    Sometime in the next two weeks, one of these teams will end a long Stanley Cup drought.  Each faced down a strong first-round challenge by a major rival and enters the final round  relatively healthy and with good depth. Both head coaches are Cup finals first-timers, they are former minor league teammates in the St. Louis Blues organization and each ran the bench for the Montreal Canadiens. But the similarities between the two foes are less striking than their differences.

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  • Published On Jun 01, 2011


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