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My Hometown - AUG.26.08

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>If you aren't in, then you are out. If you are not for us, you are against us. While these statements sound like a recruiting add for the Marines, or the latest round of motivational posters for suicidal Islamic fundamentalists, I assure it is something slightly more domestic; in both senses of the word. I have been luc

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No Regrets - JUN.12.08

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>Never, in my whole life, have I been prouder of an athlete than I am of Trevor Linden. He has done what so many people fail to do in their lives. He has finished his career, and he can have no regrets. No regrets? How can he have no regrets? His name isn't on the Stanley cup. Those very astute observers out there wil

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A Big Thank You - APR.15.08

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>Thank you Mr. Nonis. Thank you for building a team that for the first time in a long time has a strong farm system, some good prospects, and a game breaking goaltender. I'm sorry that all of these things, coupled with a record-breaking season last year, weren't enough to save your job. You deserve better, and I'm certain tha

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Appeasing the Hockey Gods - MAR.31.08

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>My apologies for not writing sooner, but I was in China on a school workshop. My experience was a very profound one; I learned a great deal about Chinese culture, Chinese education, and Chinese society. One thing I was particularly surprised by was the apparent lack of religion in the country, especially when compared to h

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Not a Leaky Condo - MAR.11.08

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>My apologies for the inconsistent theme in this blog today folks, it is exam and report card time, and I am up to my eyeballs in marking, writing, and stressing about the Canucks and their season. I'm also busy looking for a house to buy in the Lower Mainland, and let me tell you, what a pain in the behind. Buying a house

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Fight Night - FEB.17.08

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>Fight Night at GM place on Saturday – what a great way for this much maligned team to show the rest of the league we have team toughness. With players like Isbister, Linden, and Weaver, opposition goons beware! The point, of course, is that we don't need nor want a thug like Stortini in this lineup. In this NHL, you cannot aff

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Playoff Bound - FEB.04.08

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>The Canucks will make the playoffs this year. It'll be close, but they will make it. They are also the team that no one will want to face. This is my prediction, and I am prepared to back it up by any means necessary. I'm aware of the standings, I'm aware of the slide, and I'm aware of how difficult it is to get into t

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Nice Guys Finish First - JAN.14.08

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>I'm glad I am not a fan of the Flyers. My sensibilities as a West coast pseudo-hippie with socialist leanings would be offended by the brash Republican style of hockey the Flyers play. If I cannot be a fan of George W. Bush, then I cannot be a fan of any team associated with his hockey equivalent: Bobby Clarke. I am glad I

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The Bear Necessities - DEC.11.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>Have you thought that this year, it might not actually be about finding a winger for the Sedins, but rather, a winger for Morrison? Markus Naslund has rejuvenated himself playing alongside the Sedin twins, and it makes sense to keep him where he is producing. But what about Mo? The guy has been playing well but he needs a s

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Thank goodness for Bert - NOV.29.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>When we got Todd Bertuzzi and Bryan Mccabe for Trevor Linden it was, perhaps, the greatest day in franchise history. We got an underperforming hulk of a forward for one of the most respected leaders and players in the NHL. We traded a valued member of the community, and one of the nicest guys in the league, for a frowning gr

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Masks - NOV.08.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>The Canucks need to stop watching Michael J Fox movies and start worrying about their hockey. The hockey team this year seems to be either trapped in the past or stuck in their Halloween masks. Let me explain. The Canucks of the 1980's, pre-Linden, were a group of competitors who showed up to the rink each night and gave

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A Flames Fan - OCT.10.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>It's a strange thing for a Canucks fan to be a Flames fan. I imagine it is akin to being a drug addict dealing with withdrawal. You wake up feeling nauseous, defeated, and disgusted with the way your life has become. You look into the mirror and claw at your eyes so that you may cease to view the troll that looks back at yo

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Mr. Clutch - OCT.15.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>Two different people have more or less, delivered the most exciting moments of my history with the Canucks. It seems like every time I recall one of those highlights that make me grin from ear to ear these two guys are a part of it. Greg Adams might as well change his name to Mr. Clutch. He scored some of the greatest, an

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Road Rage - SEP.24.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>By my count, the Canucks have won the Stanley Cup several times and, since their inception into the league, have been the most successful Canadian team besides Montreal. I'm not talking about my NHL08 league either, this is real. I'm not usually one to bellyache about the inequalities in the NHL, but this one drives me up

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Chequing In - SEP.17.07

<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/bear_head.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=1 hspace=4>NHL players are totally underpaid. Yes, underpaid. How can a player who makes millions of dollars a year be underpaid? How can someone who plays a game for a living be considered a bargain? It's really quite simple. It all makes sense when you compare these players to other professions in the world. If NHL training cam

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