Mike Gillis has emphasized size this off-season, both in the entry draft and in the free agent market. Only one of the Canucks’ draft picks this year was under six feet, the Swedish twin Pathrik Westerholm. Indeed, the GM went off the board in the 3rd round to pick the 6’5″ Alexandre Grenier and followed that up with the 6’4″ Joseph Labate in the 4th round. In free agency, Gillis signed the hulking 6’5″ Byron Bitz and sizeable 6’3″ Mark Mancari. Add in Alexander Sulzer and Steven Pinizzotto at 6’1″ and you can start to see a trend: Gillis wants the Canucks to get bigger. It’s ironic, then, that it’s the smallest summer acquisition that might have the biggest impact next season.

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With the English premier League beginning anew on Saturday Soccer Shorts takes a break from the roller coaster ride that is the Vancouver Whitecaps season to predict how the EPL league table will look at the end of the season. Using the highly sophisticated  ”Prediction Index Numbers” (PIN) I have laid out the finishing position of each club below; Manchester United Manchester [...]

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