Canucks, Abbotsford may be ideal match, but Flames happy with Heat

Did you hear? The Canucks are in talks to take over the AHL franchise in Abbotsford. At least, that’s been the rumour for the last four years or so.

If it’s true, nobody’s talking. Abbotsford Heat President Ryan Walter says no one has discussed it with him. Same for Abbotsford mayor Bruce Banman.

“As of yet, nobody’s knocking on my door,” Banman said. But he wasn’t shy about admitting that the city would be “fools not to be” interested if the Aquilini Group, owners of the Vancouver Canucks, did come around hoping to take the reigns of the franchise from the Northwest Division rival Calgary Flames. In fact, the rumours excite him like they excite anybody else. “I’m hoping where there’s smoke there’s fire,” Banman said.

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Spitballin’ on stolen ice time, charitable giving addict Dan Hamhuis, and snubbing Jan Bulis

Spitballin’ (or Super Pass It To Bulis: All In, if you love adventurous acronymizing) is a feature that allows us to touch on a multitude of things really fast, because in the world of hockey, there are always lots of things to find and colour. Here are a few quick topics.

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Finisher Friday: The Canucks will win the Stanley Cup when…

Earlier this week, the Canucks Twitter account attempted to drum up a little enthusiasm, tweeting “I became a Vancouver Canucks fan because…” and asking their followers to finish the sentence. Because Canucks fans are generally given to self-loathing (either caused or explained by their fandom), most of the answers were hilarious snark.

We compiled them in a post on Wednesday, and as we chuckled at hockey’s grumpiest fanbase at work, we thought to ourselves, hey, we should do this more often. And thus, “Finisher Friday” was born. Each week, we’ll ask our Twitter followers to complete a sentence, and the best, snappiest, snarkiest answers will find their way into a Friday post.

In today’s debut, we asked fans to tell us when the Canucks might finally hoist the cup.

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