While there's still a lot cutting and pasting to be done in most NHL cities, the early summer returns from the Pacific Northwest have been favorable for the Vancouver Canucks. In fact, after a few shrewd personnel moves, I sense an early offseason buzz building around them as a team to beat in the West for the coming season. (I can't believe I'm already talking about 2010-11!)
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