History repeats itself as Nonis replaces Burke; Luongo trade to follow?

Dave Nonis replaced Brian Burke as general manager of the Vancouver Canucks in 2004.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Back in 2004, Brian Burke was fired as general manager of the Vancouver Canucks and replaced by his right-hand man Dave Nonis. One of Nonis’ first big moves as GM, of course, was acquiring all-star goaltender Roberto Luongo.

Well, here we go again.

Burke was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs this morning and right on cue, Nonis – his senior vice-president and director of hockey operations – took the wheel. Many hockey pundits have speculated this might expedite a potential deal between the Leafs and Canucks surrounding guess who . . . Roberto Luongo.

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Carleton practises a ‘neat atmosphere’ for Kyle Turris

Kyle Turris was among the locked-out NHLers skating at the Carleton Ice House Dec. 18 (Photo: Farhan Devji).

Kyle Turris was all over the ice Tuesday at the Carleton Ice House.

He picked corners effortlessly, batted pucks out of mid-air, and at times skated circles around his opponents – a mix of Carleton Ravens and fellow locked-out NHLers.

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McNally withdraws from Harvard

Photo: Canucks.com.

A report surfaced today that Vancouver Canucks prospect Patrick McNally was one of four players who have been removed from the Harvard Crimson roster.

It has been speculated the players may have been involved in an academic scandal that took place at Harvard over the summer. A number of students in “Government 1310″ allegedly “plagiarized answers or inappropriately collaborated on the class’ final take-home exam,” according to The Harvard Crimson.

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Perspective: NHL and NHLPA are close to a deal

Photo: Canadian Press.

Say what you want about Gary Bettman – and you probably will – but he got at least one thing right today in his fuming rant: the last week has been an emotional rollercoaster, indeed.

Less than 48 hours ago, the concern was whether or not the NHL would play games on Christmas Day, and now it’s whether or not they’ll play games at all this season.

Despite what Bettman will have you believe, it’s hard to imagine a deal not getting done at this point considering how far both sides have come off their original proposals.

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