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Game Preview: Flames vs Vancouver Canucks

Heading into Vancouver to face the Canucks, the Flames and the Canucks share one main goal, get their first win of the season. Both teams have got off to sluggish starts as they are winless in their first two games. While the Flames have battled inconsistency, the Canucks have been surrounded by their never ending goalie conundrum between Corey Schneider and Roberto Luongo. One team will get on track tonight, while the other will be digging a deeper hole.

Leafs need an established goaltender, not another project

If the Toronto Maple Leafs hope to acquire an established goaltender, Brian Burke will have to explore the trade route.

Considering the unrestricted free agent class is absolutely skeletal in terms of starting goaltenders, and Burke’s abysmal track record in free agency, that should sit well with most Leafs fans.

The issue, of course, is that one of the prime goaltending options is now a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. According to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, the Leafs were not interested in granting a second year to Vokoun, so the 36-year-old goaltender wound up with the Penguins at an affordable cap-hit of $2-million for the next two years. I can’t help but...

Leafs Should Pursue Vokoun

With news of Roberto Luongo requesting a trade from the Vancouver Canucks, and the Tampa Bay Lightning deciding to explore other options for a starting goaltender, rumours of the Toronto Maple Leafs pursuing the 33-year-old goaltender have heated.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie, however, mentioned that the Leafs, as of now, are not believed to be interested.

Assistant general manager Dave Nonis has made it clear that the Leafs intend on acquiring a veteran goaltender this summer with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens expected to battle for the back-up role.

So, if not Luongo, which goaltender may the Leafs acquire?

Enter Tomas Vokoun.

The 36-year-old goaltender recentl...

Game Preview: Flames vs Vancouver Canucks

Another painful season is slowly coming to an end as the Flames will play their second last game tonight against their division rivals, the Vancouver Canucks. This will be the sixth and final meeting between the clubs and the second in just 6 days when the Canucks beat the Flames 3-2 in OT.

Streak Over; Why It's a Good Thing

The Vancouver Canucks came into the Joe Louis Arena and snapped the Detroit Red Wings' 23 game home winning streak with a 4-3 shootout win. The Red Wings were outshot 45-36 and the only reason the game was that close was Jimmy Howard's play in net.

Darren Helm opened the scoring with a flutterball shot that beat Roberto Luongo, and Detroit escaped the first period with a 1-0 lead after being peppered in shots, 17-5. Helm ended the game with a goal and two assists.

The Sedin twins hooked up in the second to tie the score at one, with Daniel poking in a rebound.

The Red Wings took the lead in the third when newly acquired defenceman Kyle Quincey (who wore number 27...

The Year so Far

The Vancouver Canucks have only played 11 games this year so far and fans are already giving the team a bunch of flack. Are the 'Nucks still the "team to beat" this year? How much longer will fans put up with the mediocre hockey they have been seeing? Is Roberto Luongo on his way out of Van City this year? Will Vancouver be a legit playoff contender? Brian Raiger breaks down these questions with his own twist on things.

With 11 games in the book, the boys in blue and green have only managed to rack up 11 points. As of now, the Canucks sit in 4th place in the Northwest Division, 10th in the Western Conference, and 19th in the whole NHL.

We all know they are bette...

Back and Forth: Lou for Vinny

A few days ago, a rumour popped up about a trade between the Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning. It basically said that the Canucks should trade Roberto Luongo for Vincent Lecavalier straight up. Kyle Busch and Brian Raiger play devil's advocate with each other in this edition of Back and Forth.

TO VANCOUVER: Vincent Lecavalier

TO TAMPA BAY: Roberto Luongo

Vancouver Canucks Perspective:

Brian Raiger: I think a trade like this wouldn't do anything for Vancouver right now. it is early in the season, and Canucks fans know that Luongo's game comes late. That being said, his last start (against Nashville)was stellar. He only allowed one goal. If we di...

Flyers Host Canucks In Home Opener

The Philadelphia Flyers are off to a fast start winning their first two games of the season. Look for the Flyers to come out revved up and ready to go tonight when they face the Vancouver Canucks in their home opener at 7:30 PM EST.

Opening Night Jitters

If Roberto Luongo was trying to prove to fans that he had forgotten about the playoffs.. well.. insert your own pithy comment in here.

Luongo was shaky-very shaky- and the Canucks lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in a shootout. Despite Luongo, the Canucks showed toughness and resilience, however, they also took dumb penalties at dumb times. Worse, they couldn't kill them off.

First, however, the game.

James Neal started the party by scoring his first of the season 5:04 into the game. Neal threw a shot at the net from a bad angle. It bounced off Luongo's back leg and trickled in. Not the best way to ring in the new season.

Then, with Kevin Bieksa off for ...