NW Division Preview - Vancouver

Robert Cleave
October 04 2010 09:35PM

MONTREAL- FEBRUARY 2: Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks skates during the NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens on February 2, 2010 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadiens defeated the Canucks 3-2. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 

Over the next few days, Flames Nation will offer previews of every team in the Northwest division. To start off, here's an overview of the Vancouver Canucks.  

Regular season NW division champions: 103 points, 3rd seed in WC playoffs

Playoffs - Beat L.A. 4-2 in first round, lost 4-2 to Chicago in second round

Significant additions - Manny Malhotra, Raffi Torres, Dan Hamhuis, Keith Ballard

Injuries – Alexandre Burrows, and shockingly, Sami Salo

Key players – Sedins, Kesler, Luongo

Cap position tight

Predicted finish - 1st in the division

 The Canucks are this season's semi-fashionable pick to end Canada's Stanley Cup drought, given that they didn't lose any major contributors and might have added a couple of very nice, albeit somewhat overpaid D. The team also appears to have filled in a hole or two in their bottom six. As much as I might like to see them fail, Vancouver are division favourites for good reason.

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Flames Sign Morrison

Pat Steinberg
October 04 2010 02:26PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 02: Brendan Morrison #9 of the Washington Capitals looks on against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on January 2, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Kings defeated the Capitals 2-1. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames have officially signed forward Brendan Morrison to a contract.  Numerous sources are now reporting it's a one year deal worth $725,000.  It comes after a rash of injuries which have seen Calgary centres Daymond Langkow, Matt Stajan, David Moss and Ryan Stone all sidelined.

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Flames Cut Pelech

Kent Wilson
October 04 2010 11:23AM

CALGARY, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 15: Matt Pelech #56 of the Calgary Flames battles with Jean-Francois Jacques #22 of the Edmonton Oilers in the third period of the pre-season NHL game on September 15, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)

 

According to various reports this morning, the Flames have made some additional cuts, the most interesting of which is Matt Pelech.

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Preseason Game No. 7: So this is it

Ryan Lambert
October 03 2010 04:32PM



Last time out was a nice little game for Calgary, which scored five goals in the second half of the game. So why not do it all again before doing it all again again on Thursday?

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Preseason Gameday Update - October 3rd

Pat Steinberg
October 03 2010 01:20PM

BUFFALO - NOVEMBER 13: Rene Bourque #17 of the Calgary Flames warms up before the game against the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena on November 13, 2009 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

With the injury woes the Flames have endured over the last few days, it was good to see both Olli Jokinen and Rene Bourque skating with the game group this morning.  Both have missed some practice sessions, but I think we can be a little more confident that both will be good to go come October 7th.  Tonight, it's the Flames and Oilers at the Saddledome to finish off both of their preseason schedules (6 pm, Rogers Sportsnet Flames, The FAN 960).

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