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Vancouver Canucks’ Andrei Kuzmenko, left, of Russia, and Bo Horvat talk before a faceoff against the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Canuck free agents, pricey pitchers and the value of irrelevance

‘What is Kuzmenko going to cost?’ in a Friday sports potpourri

Vancouver Canucks’ Andrei Kuzmenko, left, of Russia, and Bo Horvat talk before a faceoff against the Florida Panthers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin, left, and forward Conor Garland celebrate defeating the Calgary Flames in a shootout during NHL hockey action in Calgary, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Kuzmenko, Martin lead Canucks to 4-3 shootout win over Calgary Flames

Vancouver opens a 3-game homestand against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday

Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin, left, and forward Conor Garland celebrate defeating the Calgary Flames in a shootout during NHL hockey action in Calgary, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin holds his 798, 799, and 800th career goal pucks in the locker room after an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Ovechkin at 800 now chasing Howe for 2nd on NHL goals list

Ovechkin is just two goals behind Howe, 94 behind first-placed Gretzky

Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin holds his 798, 799, and 800th career goal pucks in the locker room after an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat waits to take a faceoff against the Washington Capitals during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat says he’s focused on playing hockey as talk picks up about his future with the team.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canucks’ captain Bo Horvat trying to focus on hockey as trade talk swirls

Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat says he’s focused on playing hockey as…

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat waits to take a faceoff against the Washington Capitals during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat says he’s focused on playing hockey as talk picks up about his future with the team.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat waits to take a faceoff against the Washington Capitals during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: If it wasn’t for bad luck, we wouldn’t have any Canuck luck at all

Horvat and Miller contract timing typical of what we’ve come to expect from this franchise

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat waits to take a faceoff against the Washington Capitals during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Minnesota Wild’s Mason Shaw, left, and Vancouver Canucks’ Curtis Lazar get into a scuffle during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Minnesota Wild’s Mason Shaw, left, and Vancouver Canucks’ Curtis Lazar get into a scuffle during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev, back, of Russia, Brock Boeser, back right, and Elias Pettersson celebrate Mikheyev’s goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Reassuring to see the allure of the Montreal Canadiens continues

Rich legacy of the franchise ensures their visits to B.C. are never really road games

Vancouver Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev, back, of Russia, Brock Boeser, back right, and Elias Pettersson celebrate Mikheyev’s goal against Montreal Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
John McKinley and Philip Wolf. (Black Press Media photo)

PODCAST: What would you do as GM of the Vancouver Canucks?

NHL UPDATE: Black Press insiders McKinley, Wolf offer thoughts on surprise teams, top rookies

John McKinley and Philip Wolf. (Black Press Media photo)
Vancouver Canucks centre Dakota Joshua (81) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
Vancouver Canucks centre Dakota Joshua (81) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat, left, and J.T. Miller celebrate Horvat’s goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Why the floundering Canucks really need to consider breakfast

It’s time for franchise to step off cycle of mediocrity by truly committing to the draft

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat, left, and J.T. Miller celebrate Horvat’s goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Montreal Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault (35) stops Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Aman (88), of Sweden, as Montreal’s Arber Xhekaj (72) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Montreal Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault (35) stops Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Aman (88), of Sweden, as Montreal’s Arber Xhekaj (72) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
NHL Goaltender Devan Dubnyk. (Canadian Press)

PODCAST: Goalie Devan Dubnyk reflects on stellar NHL career

MOJ on Sports: Recently retired netminder played junior in Kamloops

NHL Goaltender Devan Dubnyk. (Canadian Press)
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat, front, and Elias Pettersson, of Sweden, celebrate Horvat’s goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Horvat scores OT winner, Canucks earn 3-2 victory over Arizona Coyotes

Vancouver’s Luke Schenn registers 2,947th career hit, an NHL record for defencemen

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat, front, and Elias Pettersson, of Sweden, celebrate Horvat’s goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Ethan Bear, left, and Florida Panthers’ Ryan Lomberg vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Bennett scores 2, Panthers end skid with 5-1 win over Vancouver Canucks

Home side loses starting goalie Thatcher Demko to injury

Vancouver Canucks’ Ethan Bear, left, and Florida Panthers’ Ryan Lomberg vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Former Vancouver Canucks Henrik Sedin, left, of Sweden, goalie Roberto Luongo, centre, and Daniel Sedin, right, of Sweden, stand after being wrapped in First Nations blankets during a ceremony honouring their recent inductions into the Hockey Hall of Fame, before an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Canucks honour newly minted Hall of Famers Luongo, Sedins

Goalie remains the Canucks’ franchise leader in wins (252) and shutouts (38)

Former Vancouver Canucks Henrik Sedin, left, of Sweden, goalie Roberto Luongo, centre, and Daniel Sedin, right, of Sweden, stand after being wrapped in First Nations blankets during a ceremony honouring their recent inductions into the Hockey Hall of Fame, before an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo looks on during the singing of “O Canada” before playing the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday January 20, 2013. Former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is to be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honour next season.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Hall of Fame goalie Roberto Luongo honoured to be recognized by Vancouver Canucks

NHL hall-of-famer to be inducted into team’s Ring of Honour

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo looks on during the singing of “O Canada” before playing the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday January 20, 2013. Former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is to be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honour next season.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin (30) reaches for the puck with his stick after stopping Washington Capitals’ Garnet Hathaway (21) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Ovechkin scores 2, makes history as Capitals down Vancouver Canucks 5-1

Winger now has 403 road goals, passing Wayne Gretzky for most in NHL history

Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin (30) reaches for the puck with his stick after stopping Washington Capitals’ Garnet Hathaway (21) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Best friends and two of the top prospects in hockey: Kelowna Rockets forward Andrew Cristall (left) and Regina Pats forward Connor Bedard are set to each each other for the first time in their WHL careers. (Regan Bartel/Kelowna Rockets)

Top hockey prospects, best friends Bedard and Cristall set to battle it out in Kelowna

Rockets and Pats forwards first and second in WHL scoring

Best friends and two of the top prospects in hockey: Kelowna Rockets forward Andrew Cristall (left) and Regina Pats forward Connor Bedard are set to each each other for the first time in their WHL careers. (Regan Bartel/Kelowna Rockets)
Vancouver Canucks left wing Andrei Kuzmenko celebrates after scoring during overtime in the team’s NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. The Canucks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Vancouver Canucks left wing Andrei Kuzmenko celebrates after scoring during overtime in the team’s NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. The Canucks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat, right, reacts after J.T. Miller (9) scored against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Vancouver Canucks hand Vegas second straight home loss with 5-1 win

JT Miller scores once, helps on two more for winners

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat, right, reacts after J.T. Miller (9) scored against the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)