Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/16/13
Picks Time I can’t decide where the Canucks go this season. They’re the two-time reigning President’s Trophy champions and they have all that high-end talent and Roberto Luongo could return something very nice but this feels like a trap year. The Canucks aren’t quick starters, and overcoming an October surprise in January with Ryan Kesler out could be impossible in a very tight Western Conference with little room to throw points away. The team’s also not getting any younger and the rust of taking seven months off from competitive hockey isn’t going to help that fear of a slow start. Meanwhile, two wildcards in Minnesota and the youth movement in Edmonton makes the Northwest hardly the lock it used to be. It would take a convergence of a few variables for this season to go south, but the possibilities are lurking. Gonna be an interesting one. All bets are off. Nothing from previous years applies. This is Calvinball now. (We’re going to win the Cup.) Canucks 2013 MVP: Cory Schneider. ...
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