Four battles to watch heading into Canucks training camp

It’s the start of training camp, which means it’s time for rampant speculation. Who will shine in the pre-season? Who will fall flat on their faces? Which player will excel, looking to have a spot sewn up, then get a brutal injury in the final game of the pre-season and never play for the Canucks again?

The truth is that we have no earthly idea what’s going to happen, particularly in this coming training camp and pre-season. Thanks to the off-season shake-up both on and off the ice, my Canucks-branded Magic 8-Ball keeps returning “Reply hazy, try again.” Admittedly, that’s better than when it was telling me, “You know what to do: burn ‘em all!”

Here are four training camp battles to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.

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Watch every goal Yannick Weber scored last season

One month ago today, the Canucks re-signed depth defenceman Yannick Weber, and it’s no secret as to why. Three of Weber’s six goals last season came against the Calgary Flames. He’s a flame-killer, like water, or compressed carbon dioxide, and considering how often the Canucks play the Flames, it’s just prudent to have retained him.

Either that or they simply liked his play in a depth role, and feel his offensive gifts will be more use to him in Willie Desjardins’ system. Weber never looked truly out of place (except for those unfortunate games he was used as a forward), and he looked right at home with the Canucks in the offensive zone, where his best weapon — a wicked one-timer — could be showcased.

It’s definitely showcased here, as we run down all six of Weber’s goals in his first season as a Canuck.

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Spitballin’ on RFA re-signings, Jacob Markstrom trade talk, and Doug Lidster’s return to Vancouver

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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When and where you can watch the Vancouver Canucks during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi

During the men’s hockey tournament at the Olympics, most Vancouver Canucks fans will be cheering for Team Canada, since most Canucks fans are Canadian. With that said, while fans generally side with their country, some loyalty still remains to the club, and many fans will want to keep an eye on the five Canucks players (and one prospect) playing for other countries.

Fortunately for those in Canada, almost every game of the men’s tournament will be televised live, with games featuring Team Canada getting replayed later in the day. It can, however, be tough to figure out exactly when these games will be and on what channel.

Thankfully for you, were here at Pass it to Zamuner have done the legwork for you. Here are all of the preliminary round games for Canada, USA, Sweden, Switzerland, and Latvia, along with the channel and time they will be shown in the Pacific timezone. Take a look to see when you will be waking up early, staying up late, or setting your PVR.

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Yannick Weber could be Canuck blueline’s only representative in Sochi

Congratulations are in order for Yannick Weber, who cashed in Monday on his childhood decision to be born in Switzerland. Never has there been a better time to be Swiss (save for the period in European history between 1914 and 1945).

Thanks in large part to a much shallower pool of high-end hockey talent, the Canucks’ depth defenceman has been invited to represent his country in the Sochi Olympics, rounding out a contingent of 8 NHLers on the national team.

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Canucks sign right-handed defenceman named Weber; unfortunately, it’s Yannick

Quiet all morning, the Vancouver Canucks have finally arrived at the free agent frenzy, and they’ve announced their presence in style. With their first (and, to date, best) signing of the day, the Canucks have acquired defenceman Yannick Weber.

Like the other, better Weber, Yannick is a right-handed defenceman. Unlike the other, better Weber, uh, everything else.

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