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Can the Canucks return from disaster?

Updated: August 16, 2004, 1:34 PM ET
By Thomas Wheatley | Special to ESPN.com

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Everything was rolling along nicely last season in Vancouver.

GM Brian Burke showed that a small-market Canadian team could grow into a powerhouse without a major injection of free-agent dollars.

The Canucks were pushing confidently toward a Northwest Division title until March 8. That's when Todd Bertuzzi, the team's 240-pound All-Star winger, put some horrifying "pow" into the term "power forward."

His retaliation mugging -- from behind -- of defenseless Steve ...

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