CALGARY, AB -- The West Coast ties haven't broken entirely. They've only been loosened.
"Vancouver,'' Glen Gulutzan is saying, "will always be special to me. I really enjoyed my time there. I still have a great caring for and understanding of the people in that organization.
"Playing the Canucks? Well, Willie (Desjardins) and I would probably say the same thing: If you've ever competed against, say, a good buddy or your brother, it's that sort of situation.
"Cards. Hoops. Ping-pong.
"Man, when you start playing against someone close to you it always seems you want to beat him more than the guy you don't know, right?
"So, yeah, I'm really going to want to beat the Vancouver Canucks.
"I'm sure Willie and everyone over on that side would say the same thing about beating us."