June 05 2012 09:14AM
Yes, if you needed any more reason to become a hockey atheist and disown the hockey gods, this is clearly it. As @SteveintheKT put it last night:
That's right #Canucks. The city responsible for a movie about hockey playing monkeys will have a Stanley Cup before you.— Steve Kt (@SteveintheKT) June 5, 2012
Need more proof? Read on...
June 04 2012 03:20PM
Roberto Luongo, he of the immovable contract and the world's best athlete Twitter account, is probably never going to fetch the Canucks much more than cap-relief and a couple of low-value lottery tickets in a trade. About a month ago, James Mirtle compellingly characterized the Luongo market as bearish:
Consider that Luongo has a no-trade clause, which he can use to land in a particular destination or two if he chooses. Dumping him in a market that has little chance for immediate success may not be an option. For another, that contract mitigates his value considerably, as the remaining 10 years at a $5.33-million cap hit will come with some risk given the new collective bargaining agreement is on its way this fall.
I don't need to tell Canucks fans that there are a litany complicating factors in any potential Luongo deal, and anyway, Gillis' repeated denials on the subject speak volumes. We at CanucksArmy still think Luongo will be moved at the draft, the team incurs too great an opportunity cost on the "re-signing Cory Schneider long-term" front if they don't find a home for their well compensated, greasily coiffed goaler. Luckily for Gillis In recent weeks the market for "available veteran goaltenders" has withered, and that's a shift in Gillis' favour. Let's take a look.
June 03 2012 12:19PM
Mikhail Grigorenko at the NHL Draft Combine late last week.
Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press
The NHL Draft is rapidly approaching, and with the top-prospects in Toronto for the Draft Combine last week, excitement about the event is beginning to crest (especially in Edmonton). Between the upcoming draft, the hiring of Bob Hartley in Calgary, and the Oilers continued search for a head-coach: there were plenty of topics to discuss. Also, there's some meaningful hockey being played apparently, and something called "the Stanley Cup Final" gets a fair bit of air-time as well.
Joining Allan this week were Terry Jones, Jason Gregor, Jonathan Willis, Timo Seppa and Kent Wilson.
This is Nation Radio.
June 01 2012 12:58PM
Earlier this week (Tuesday May 29th), on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canucks anthem singer Mark Donnelly - who himself has nine children - opened up an anti-abortion rally by singing "Oh Canada." The crowd's reaction (there were many pro-choice protesters in attendance) was largely negative, and Donnelly was treated to a hearty chorus of boo's and cat calls throughout his rendition of the National Anthem. Before beginning to sing, Mark Donnelly offered the following statement:
"I'd just like to say. There's a lot of Canadians, both born and unborn, and this is for all of us, for everyone out here too and all of Canada.
Remember if we can't discuss things rationally, then we're not Canadians, we have to be able to talk"
We may disagree (in fact, we vehemently disagree) with Donnelly's point of view, but let's keep in mind the ideal of "reasoned, rational discussion" through the balance of this post, and in the comments section. Read past the jump for more.
June 01 2012 11:47AM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of... "Cheers and Jeers!"
This week, I sign Friesen and Gillis to new contracts, while being sick and tired of cover votes and the word "classy".