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Vancouver Canucks foe, Mikko Rantanen
Mikko Rantanen, whose Colorado Avalanche will host the Vancouver Canucks on November 23rd, enjoys the Stanley Cup.

Are you ‘Jonesing’ for a Vancouver Canucks 50-50 draw? It would be understandable if you hadn’t noticed given the off-season, but the club is offering up a special 50-50 drawing in honour of LGBTQ rights awareness, the Pride parade and related celebrations this weekend in Vancouver.

The drawing, exclusively for ticket buyers located in BC, will be held after sales end Monday evening. Half the money will go to the winner, half will go to the Vancouver Canucks Kids Fund.

A Dog’s Breakfast

Literally. Mikko Rantanen had a little porridge for his pooch in Lord Stanley’s chalice this weekend in Finland. Just one of the many European stops in this Colorado Avalanche ‘Summer with Stanley’ as featured on NHL.com. Always a fun adventure.

Rumour Raps

Pittsburgh Hockey Now’s Dan Kingerski points out that a dozen different NHL teams are sitting over the salary cap limit right now, including the Vancouver Canucks, and that another ten or twelve are close to the limit. He’s finding the concept of “just go make a trade” to clear some cap space is much easier said than done. It’s practically an NHL-wide quandary.

When new Montreal Canadiens defenceman Mike Matheson was given access to the Habs twitter account, he inadvertently started a rumour that P.K. Subban was coming back to Montreal. The town went nuts. Oops. Subban’s camp admits it is unlikely he returns to the Montreal Canadiens.

Meanwhile, Montreal is never short on trade rumours – they lead the league – and right now the team apparently has a surplus of forwards. Montreal Hockey Now trade talk.

Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup champion Nazem Kadri is linked to the Detroit Red Wings? Detroit Hockey Now

If you’re on social media on a regular basis you’ll notice that player agent Allan Walsh isn’t shy about speaking his mind. This weekend he opened up on the blockbuster Calgary-Florida trade and Jonathan Huberdeau’s potential contract with the Flames. It will be big headlines until Calgary GM Brad Treliving figures out Huberdeau’s future. Calgary Flames news.

Holiday Haze

Hot, sunny holiday. If you happened to miss out on some of the news and info on Saturday. Just in case, here’s the Vancouver Hockey Now links from yesterday if you need to catch up. Cheers!

The concept of right-D Anton Stralman with the Vancouver Canucks.

The Hockey Canada ‘sex scandals’ aren’t doing the current Team Canada any favours.

The New York Islanders tried, but didn’t win the $1.28-billion Mega Millions jackpot. One person had the winning ticket in Illinois.

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