Boo-birds for Jovo?

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

When Ed Jovanovski steps onto the ice at General Motors Place tonight, will he become the second ex-Vancouver Canuck booed this season?

Defenceman Jovanovski, a three three-time all-star and 2002 Olympic gold medalist, went south to the Phoenix Coyotes for a five-year, $32.5-million US deal on Canada Day. Florida Panthers' first pick overall in 1994 was dealt to the Canucks in 1999's blockbuster Pavel Bure trade.

Thousands of Canucks' faithful continuously booed Anson Carter when he returned with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Nov. 28. Carter led Vancouver with 33 goals on a line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin last season and proved worthy of a deal better than the one-year, $1-million US pact that brought him here.

Negotiations went nowhere as Canucks' general manager Dave Nonis made high-priced goaltender Roberto Luongo and bargain cast-offs like forwards Jan Bulis and Taylor Pyatt the focus of Vancouver's off-season player signings.

"I was here for only a year. You'd think for the guys who were here for five or six seasons, like an Ed Jovanovski or a Todd Bertuzzi, that might be the case," Carter told the Columbus Dispatch. "But for me, it was kind of an honour, I guess. I must've done something to get them [upset] that I'm not here anymore."

It's not only ex-Canucks who are getting a lousy reception, however. "Welcome Back, Carter" was followed two days later by "Everybody Hates Chris."

Chris Pronger was barely noticed during the Anaheim Ducks' first trip to Vancouver on Nov. 9, but was booed every time he touched the puck on Nov. 30. Canucks' fans mimicked Oilers' fans who booed the blueliner when he returned to Edmonton on Nov. 28. Pronger was key in the Oilers' trip to 2006's Stanley Cup finals, but demanded a trade for "personal reasons."

Canucks and Coyotes face off tonight at 7 p.m. (Team 1040/Sportsnet).


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