Canucks Deal Mathieu Schneider To Phoenix For Sean Zimmerman/6th Round Pick

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired Sean Zimmerman a conditional 6th round draft pick  in exchange for defenseman Mathieu Schneider. Schneider was currently playing for the clubs minor league affiliate in Winnipeg after a dispute over playing time with the Canucks. The deal is apparently dependant on Schneider clearing re-entry waivers.

Stay tuned for more information.

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Daniel Sedin Out With Broken Foot

The Canucks were paid a visit by the injury bug yesterday and what the little critter left was not nice. The team has lost the services of winger Daniel Sedin for 4 to 6 weeks with a broken foot. Sedin has been fitted for a cast and will miss his first game since November of 2006.

The club recalled forward Guillaume Desbiens Saturday from the Manitoba Moose. Alain Vigneault described Desbiens as a “two-way hockey player, who can be physical and has grit.”

Sundin Announces Retirement

Mats Sundin will decide before Christmas who he'll play with.

Mats Sundin officially announced his retirement from the NHL Wednesday.

Mats Sundin held a press conference in Sweden today to announce his offical retirement from the National Hockey League.

Sundin who recently married, explained it was simply time.

”It was just time, I think. Obviously, it’s not an easy decision but I feel with body and soul right now, it’s time to quit my professional career as a hockey player,” said Sundin. ”I’m very glad that I played last season with the Vancouver Canucks and I think I needed that. But now with the season getting started again, it actually feels nice not having to practice every day and play games every other day so I think this is the right time for me.”

Sundin leaves the game at the age of 38, having amassed 1,349 points (564 goals, 785 assists over 1,346), ranking him 25th on the all-time list. He thanked the organizations he played for, and called the city of Toronto his second home.

I’m obviously very grateful for having a chance to play in the National Hockey League and represent the Quebec Nordiques, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks,” said Sundin. “It has been a dream come true for me.”

“I spent 13 years with the Toronto Maple Leafs and I had the honour to be the captain for the most historic and greatest franchise in hockey history and it’s also my second home,” added Sundin.

Sundin spent part of last season with the Vancouver Canucks, and the reviews were mixed on the tenure. Some felt Sundin had clearly lost a step, and some were angry how long it took him to get into shape. The club maintained he was a valuable addition, and in the playoffs, Sundin played his best hockey for the team.

Canucks extend Vigneault

Alain Vigneault has a new deal.

Alain Vigneault has a new deal.

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that Head Coach Alain Vigneault has agreed to terms on a new contract that extends through the 2012.2013 season.

“This is a significant announcement for our hockey club,” said Mike Gillis. “Alain and his staff have done an excellent job leading our team to two Division titles in three years. I believe strongly in the partnership between management, coaches and players and we are all committed to building a championship team here in Vancouver.”

“This is an exciting day for me and my coaching staff,” said Alain Vigneault. “Having the opportunity to work with the Aquilini family, Mike and his staff and our players has been very rewarding. I love working and coaching in this tremendous hockey city and look forward to continuing to build on our previous success.”