There are plenty of Free Agency Day liveblogs you could join on July 1. So what, you might be asking, sets ours apart? Well. This ain’t some sissy liveblog, boy; this here is a meta-liveblog.

But what does that mean? Well, it means we’re not LiveBlogging Free Agency Day. We’re actually LiveBlogging ourselves watching TSN’s Free Agent Frenzy. Sure, we’ll report the news, but you can find that anywhere, such as on the nationally broadcasted program where we’re getting it.

What you’ll get here, as a bonus, are ruminations on what everyone’s watching. When Pierre McGuire inevitably stands too close to Darren Dutchyshen — We’ll have something to say about that. When the producers cuts away to a panel that isn’t aware they’re on, then panics and cuts back to James Duthie, the “home free” of TSN live telecasts — we’ll have something to say about that. When Darren Dreger or Bob McKenzie tweets breaking news, live on television, before they announce it orally, live on television — you’d better believe we’ll have something to say about that.

You’ll also hear our immediate reactions to Canucks moves and non-moves, our own hunger pains, and the expected moment our wives beg us to stop this nonsense, then leave us. And, if ever you tire of us (which is likely, nay, probable), we’ll have special guests to keep things fresh.

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  We are halfway through the 2011 racing season at Hastings, and the traditional Canada Day card is set for tomorrow at 1:50pm.  With the new Pick 5 rules in effect, this might be the day where we see the first carryover for the year.  The Pick 5 races look to be quite contentious with [...]

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Yesterday’s big story was the ongoing saga of Christian Ehrhoff, whose rights have become such a hot topic of conversation that Sean Avery recently appeared in a PSA for their support. That said, Ehrhoff isn’t the only coveted UFA blueliner on the market. While Ehrhoff negotiations (with Vancouver, then New York, then Buffalo) dominated yesterday’s hockey news, the Chicago Blackhawks quietly acquired the last days of rugged defender Steve Montador’s contract with the Sabres for the paltry price of a 7th round pick.

Early today, Greg Wyshynski looked at the reasons the Blackhawks made the move, noting both his physicality (he’s mean) and his right-handedness (he’s not left-handed), both qualities Chicago’s back end lacks. But, truthfully, there’s another reason why it makes sense for the Chicago to go after Montador today, rather than try their luck tomorrow: he’d be a fabulous fit on the Canucks and, if he makes it to the open market, there’s a pretty good chance that’s where he’s headed.

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Sometimes, all it takes is a generous link from a blog with more traffic to remind us of how little power we actually have over here at PITB. Consider the Twitter Needs Juice post we made about a month and a half back: sure, some people read it, but not nearly as many people read it yesterday, after Derek Jory linked to it in his Juiceisms post over at Fort Nucks, the Canucks’ official blog. We humbly acknowledge your superior readership, sir.

It’s probably because Fort Nucks’ official hockey team (the Vancouver Canucks) is a little more popular than ours (The Vancouver Wellwoods), although let’s not sell the Wellwoods short. They’ve had a goalie captain for quite some time, and no one’s ever suggested Morgan wasn’t the right fit, which is more than I can say for Luongo.

Anyway, the best thing about the sudden bump is that people have finally begun sending in images of support for our silly little campaign.

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Canada Day lineup at Hastings

Here is a recap of what is going on at Hasting Racecourse on Canada Day: CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS GET ROLLING AT HASTINGS Two great stakes races, live music by Dr. Strangelove, a Family Zone and a chance to win a weekend getaway to Predator Ridge are all part of the Canada Day celebrations at Hastings [...]

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While everyone else is eagerly anticipating July 1 and the start of Free Agent Frenzy, I’m looking a little further ahead. To be quite honest, I can’t be bothered to speculate too much about what free agents might sign where. Most of the rumours and rosterbating ends up wildly inaccurate, so why bother worrying about it? I certainly have my own ideas about what players I would like to see in a Canucks uniform, but I have no control over the matter whatsoever.

Instead, I’m looking forward to the opening of the prospect development camp. For most people, the development camp is the first chance to see the Canucks most recent draft picks and compare them with prospects already in the system. While this is certainly a highlight, my favorite part of the development camp and, later in the summer, the opening of training camp, is getting to see all of the un-signed and un-drafted players who are invited to the camp. There’s always a bit of intrigue about these players: who are they? Why weren’t they drafted? Will they sign with the Canucks?

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Trying to get inside the heads of those that determine who gets to enter an athletic hall of fame is an impossible task, no matter the sport.  The mechanics of every hall of fame are distinct and the appointments often controversial.  The Hockey Hall of Fame (“HHOF”) is no exception.  And likely ripe for a proper [...]

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I’m no detective, but it would appear contract negotiations between the Vancouver Canucks and defenseman Christian Ehrhoff aren’t going so well. My first clue? After Ehrhoff flatly rejected a similar offer to the five year, $4.6 million deal Kevin Bieksa agreed to the day prior, the Canucks traded him to the New York Islanders.

This seems like a step backwards.

Granted, this could just be a brief complication, like the ones that couples in romantic comedies face just before they finally end up together. Maybe, like, Ehrhoff discovered the Canucks had a bet with San Jose that they could turn him into a prom queen in two short years and, you know, he found out. For all we know, the Canucks and Ehrhoff are just working through the hockey equivalent of the pop song-length montage where they’re sad and apart, but they’re still going to patch things up at the end.

But it’s not likely. For that to happen, it’s going to take a pretty serious commitment, and I mean financially. Ehrhoff appears firm on testing the market.

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Five pictures of Kevin Bieksa, boiling with bubbling hate

Kevin Bieksa makes a mean “mean face”. You’ve probably seen it. At some point, during the game, something rubs Juice the wrong way, and he flashes a trademark sneer, except sneer is too passive a description — it’s more of a mental defenestration. With yesterday’s announcement that the Canucks have re-signed Juice through 2016 (with a no-trade clause, for which he apologized to fans who will need to plug someone else into their rumours), it gives me great joy to say that pictures of Kevin Bieksa boiling with bubbling hate will be a staple in this city for the next five years. Here are five good ones, just to whet your appetite.

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It’s time for another round of Ask it to Bulis, wherein two guys who are incredibly smart, handsome, and humble answer your questions about life, the universe, and everything. Unfortunately, no one asked us about those things, so we’re mostly just talking about hockey.

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Just because Christian Ehrhoff’s contractual rights were dealt today to the New York Islanders doesn’t mean absolutely that he’ll wide up in Wang’s World when the season starts, but the simple fact that he reportedly turned down the same offer that Kevin Bieksa got (including a no trade clause) is mind boggling.  There is no doubt that Ehrhoff will command [...]

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It’s time for another round of Ask it to Bulis, wherein two guys who are incredibly smart, handsome, and humble answer your questions about life, the universe, and everything. Unfortunately, no one asked us about those things, so we’re mostly just talking about hockey.

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News broke yesterday that Kevin Bieksa and the Canucks had agreed on a long-term deal that would see the defenseman sticking with the team for the next five years. The people (a year removed from trading him out of town for Nikita Filatov) rejoiced.Funny how things change, huh?

Anyway. After the Canucks’ non-disclosure policy bought them five quiet minutes to eat their lunches, the cap hit eventually leaked and, at $4.6 million a year, reactions varied.

Especially in light of that thing Bieksa said about taking less.

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When NBA commissioner David Stern announced the Toronto Raptor selection at number five in the 2011 draft I shook my head and wondered—what the hell are they thinking?  Was GM Bryan Colangelo simply trying to make use of his European assistant?  Were they trying to save money by selecting a player who wouldn’t be playing [...]

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In a post match interview following the Sporting Kansas City game Whitecaps manager Tom Soehn was pretty clear about what had gone wrong; “I thought our forwards and our wide guys didn’t do a good enough job. If you don’t have pressure on the ball, you have to drop deeper and deeper and they forced us to [...]

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Wando woman captures Vancouver Sun stakes

 Cindy Krasner sensed something good might be up with Wando Woman and the veteran trainer was proved to be a bit of a psychic Saturday afternoon at Hastings Racecourse. Wando Woman, a four-year-old B.C.-bred filly ridden by Frank Fuentes, came from the back of the pack to win the $50,000 Vancouver Sun Handicap in a final [...]

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With free agency looming on July 1st, Mike Gillis still has some work ahead of him before he can take a brief vacation. We have already taken a look at the unrestricted free agent defensemen and forwards from the Canucks roster, and they will certainly be his first priority, but there are a few restricted free agents that will need to receive qualifying offers or raises. While the danger of losing any of these RFAs to another team in free agency is minimal as the team can match any offer sheet, such offer sheets can drive up the price of these players, making it more difficult to work within the salary cap.

Two of the Canucks’ RFAs were important contributors to their playoff run and will certainly require some attention prior to July 1st: Maxim Lapierre and Jannik Hansen.

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The track was muddy but the sun was peeking through for the Sun‘s annual $50,000 race for fillies and mares.  Wando Woman, with rider Frank Fuentes, topped heavy favourite, Caged Mistress.  Here were some photos:  

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The 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City taught us a little more about how the Whitecaps are progressing under Tom Soehn and, after another disappointing performance on the road, maybe “teachable moments” are the best that fans can hope for at the moment. There were some positives though surely? The team was certainly better at maintaining possession again recording over [...]

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The feature race tomorrow at Hastings Park will be a handicap race sharing the same name of this fine blog site.  It’s a route race for fillies and mares, and there’s a good possibility of a rainy afternoon at the track.  Here’s a look at the field: STAKES. 1 1/16 Mile Dirt.Purse $50,000.Vancouver Sun Handicap. [...]

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With the 29th overall pick in the 2011 entry draft, the Canucks selected Danish winger Nicklas Jensen from the Oshawa Generals. Like many Canucks fans, we responded to the pick with complete bewilderment. Where’s Oshawa? Do they mean Ottawa? Is Jensen a soft or a hard J? Does Google have the answers I’m looking for? Of course it does. As a wise man once said, “If it’s not on Google, it doesn’t exist.”

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Canucks news comes fast and furious, and sometimes we find ourselves playing catchup. Thankfully, the Dreaded Two Goal Lead–often called “the worst lead in hockey”–is super easy to come back from. Everybody knows it’s a guaranteed death sentence for those that hold it. Well, much like an ice hockey team coming from two goals down, PITB will now effortlessly catch up.

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Third Man In is a feature that reminds the world that PITB actually has three writers and occasionally, that third writer comes flying into the fray with his gloves off, looking for a piece of the action. Usually on Friday. This week, Qris tackles Mike Gillis’s offseason plans, why 15 postseason wins is a good reason to to keep this team together, and which Sedin has the more impressive case.

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The Vancouver Canucks forwards present an interesting conundrum. Despite leading the league in goals scored, employing two Art Ross trophy winners, a Selke winner, and should-win-the-Selke-but-won’t-because-the-criteria-are-ill-defined player, the Canucks were let down in the playoffs by a fourth line that couldn’t hold their own and a lack of scoring from their second line. Losing Mikael Samuelsson, their fourth-leading scorer in the regular season, and Manny Malhotra, who would have allowed Maxim Lapierre centre the fourth line instead of the third, to injury heading into the playoffs can, perhaps, be blamed for these two areas, but there is certainly a sense that some improvement is necessary.

So what should Mike Gillis do with his forwards that are heading into unrestricted free agency? PITB is here to tell him. And you.

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Since the puck dropped last September, it’s been readily apparent that Daniel Sedin was a) feuled by competitive rage and determined to match his brother’s Art Ross and Hart accomplishments from the season prior and b) that Daniel Sedin often dreams of suffocating his twin brother with a pillow. All year long, we’ve told you that Daniel Sedin was out for blood, and it appeared he was going to get it when he won the scoring title with 104 points and garnered the automatic Hart nomination that comes with doing so. It was to be a beautiful tale of vengeance. Soon, it was assumed, Daniel would walk into Henrik’s house, sweep his brother’s Hart trophy off the mantle, and slam his down in its place, dryly explaining, mine’s newer.

But the voters for the NHL Awards had other plans, and chose instead to give the Hart trophy to Corey Perry. This is what happens when you trust the national media to help you carry out a revenge plot. Ocean’s Eleven, they aren’t.

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