Cuts, deals and a dilemma

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

James DeMone didn't make the cut. Again.

Vancouver Canucks chose the defenceman from the first season of the Making the Cut reality TV series and sent him to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League last fall. Yesterday he was among 17 players cut when prospects' camp ended at Burnaby 8-Rinks.

Centre Mario Bliznak and goaltender Dustin Slade were returned to the Western Hockey League champion Vancouver Giants. Burnaby's Milan Gajic, a centre chosen in 2001 by the Atlanta Thrashers, was also cut.

Defenseman Luc Bourdon and forward Michael Grabner, the Canucks' 2005 and 2006 first-round picks, were among 20 players invited to join Canucks' veterans when they assemble for training camp tomorrow.

- Ex-captain Trevor Linden, 36, inked a one-year deal worth at least $600,000 US. Markus Naslund, however, will retain the captaincy.

- Philadelphia Flyers want to pay Canucks' forward Ryan Kesler $1.9 million US this season. If the Canucks' don't match the offer, Kesler would fly to Philadelphia and the Flyers would compensate Vancouver with a second-round draft pick in 2007. Kesler, the Canucks' 2003 first round pick, had 10 goals and 13 assists in 82 games last season.

- Canucks sent a conditional 2007 draft pick to the Detroit Red Wings for goaltender Drew MacIntyre. The 23-year-old minor leaguer from Charlottetown was drafted by Detroit in 2001 but has yet to make his NHL debut. He'll join Roberto Luongo and Wade Flaherty for the Sept. 15-18 camp in Vernon.


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