Spitballin’ on Luongo scouting, Barker shooting, and Raymond twirling

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 topics that deserve mention.

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Highly-anticipated first weekend of roster moves results in… Cam Barker and Jim Vandermeer

After one final day of legal dithering, the NHL finally got around to finalizing their new CBA late Friday night, and at midnight on the East coast, the rosters were unfrozen. Hockey fans had been waiting for this moment for four months, but it was finally here. Considering GMs had had 119 days to chat with one another informally and only a week to improve their roster before opening night, a flurry of moves was expected over the weekend. Many braced themselves for a sexy and exciting time.

I mean, heck, considering everything we’d heard about Roberto Luongo — the silly season that the entire last week had been and all the rumours that a deal was forthcoming the instant deals were allowed to be forthcoming — would he even remain a Canuck for one night? Most thought he’d be somewhere else by the time they woke up and, unwilling to miss it, refused to go to bed.

Unfortunately, instead of shocking moves calling for snap analysis, Canuck fans got Jim Vandermeer, LVP of the Bieksa’s Buddies charity game, and Cam “Franklin” Barker.

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Six storylines to follow at Canucks training camp

Well, thank heaven that’s over. I don’t know about you, but I found the NHL lockout absolutely excruciating. It’s a relief to be able to write about actual hockey-related things on this hockey-related blog.

Speaking of which, there are a whole bunch of hockey-related things that are going to be happening in the next little while. As soon as the NHL’s fancy new CBA gets ratified by the players, training camps will kick off and last for a week or less. Then the season will start. That’s not a lot of time and it’s likely that a metric whackload of stories will happen in a very short span of time.

To get you prepared for all of the craziness that’s about to ensue, here are 6 storylines to watch for at Canucks training camp.

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