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  • Sami Pahlssonís Departure Equals Opportunity

    Sami Pahlssonís tenure with the Vancouver Canucks was a very short one as he played just 24 games in a Vancouver uniform. He leaves the NHL after playing 798 games with five different teams, scoring 199 points, and won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

    Pahlsson signed a contract with Modo of the Swedish Elite League, where he will play for former Canuck captain Markus Naslund, who is Modoís GM.

    His departure will open a spot on the third line.

    If Nicklas Jensen has another strong training camp it will be very hard for coach Alain Vigneault to send him down again. Jensen would provide offense and has a decent enough two-way game that he can be an effective shutdown player.

    Zack Kassian is another player who would be suited for that role as well. Less pressure playing on the third line, where he can focus on throwing his weight around, scoring goals and developing as a power forward. Kassian is ready for a full time spot in the NHL and Pahlsson leaving may just be the break he needs.

    A dark horse for that spot is the newly re-signed Aaron Volpatti. Volpatti is a physical player who would bring grit to that third line. He is not afraid to crash and bang and will drop the gloves in necessary. Could give the Canucks some size and nastiness on their checking line to wear down opponentsí top players.

    Coach Aaron Brouwer
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