More than one-line wonder

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

With the addition of Anson Carter alongside twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin, no one can accuse the Vancouver Canucks of being a one-line wonder anymore.

"It's great to see the chemistry they already have, it's not the easiest thing to get a line clicking like that," said captain Markus Naslund.

Naslund and Brendan Morrison might have to compensate for Todd Bertuzzi on the team's premiere line in the early stages.

Bertuzzi is dealing with a sore back after a year away from the game.

He says there's no place like Vancouver, where he's cheered whenever he touches the puck, but it'll be different on the road where opposing fans will take great delight in reminding him of the criminal assault on Colorado Avalanche rookie Steve Moore.

Re-signed veteran Matt Cooke, speedy newcomer Richard Park and Russian Fedor Fedorov will be key on the third and fourth lines.

Trevor Linden finds himself the grizzled vet, but is embracing life in the rink again after spending the last year stuck in airports and boardrooms in his duties as NHL Players' Association president.

Linden helped engineer a selection of new rules in an effort to breathe offensive flair back into the game.

"The skilled players can be skilled players and they're not impeded," Linden said, summarizing the objective of the new competition committee.

There will be zero tolerance for interference, hooking and holding/obstruction.

Goalies' mobility is restricted and their pads are smaller. Players who instigate fights in the last five minutes of regulation are ejected and suspended a game.

Ties are a thing of the past with the new shootout tiebreaker after scoreless overtimes.

Ed Jovanovski and Mattias Ohlund anchor the blue line corps.

General manager Dave Nonis replaced departed defensemen Brent Sopel and Marek Malik with Ex-Chicago Blackhawk Steve McCarthy and Manitoba Moose call-up Nolan Baumgartner.

But will it be enough?

"We've always liked Nolan's ability with the puck, he's shown great competitive ness this training camp and hasn't allowed anyone to count him out," head coach Marc Crawford said.

Meanwhile, another 30-win season by Dan Cloutier will be irrelevant unless he can stay healthy and backstop the Canucks to playoff success.


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