April 03 2013 09:02PM
The big story for the Canucks at the deadline was what didn't happen. Roberto Luongo wasn't shipped out of town as many expected he might be when he was pulled off of the ice just ten minutes prior to noon Pacific Time. Luogno was emotional at a press conference afterwards even admitting that his contract "sucks." Mike Gillis was a bit more circumspect.
Let's roundup what's being said about Vancouver's inability to move their star backup goaltender elsewhere, on the other side of the jump.
April 03 2013 06:03PM
After a "conditioning" stint with the Chicago Wolves, that was reportedly a disciplinary stint in actual fact, Zack Kassian has been recalled from the Chicago Wolves. In total Zack Kassian only played a single game with the Wolves during his slap-on-wrist re-assignment, and scored a goal early in Chicago's 5-3 victory over the San Antonio Rampage.
Kassian will now re-join the Canucks, presumably for Thursday night's home game against the Edmonton Oilers. Meanwhile the team has returned Bill Sweatt to Chicago.
April 03 2013 05:41PM
The 2013 trade deadline played out in atypical fashion for Mike Gillis and the Canucks. Over the years Mike Gillis has seemingly played his cards at the deadline in a relatively predictable and conservative fashion: rarely acquiring pure rental players, and almost always sneaking in a buzzer beating deal, the terms of which usually aren't made public until well after the deadline's expiration.
This season Mike Gillis got his shopping done early and plugged the team's biggest hole by acquiring Derek Roy, a pure rental, from Dallas for prospect Kevin Connauton and a 2nd round pick. He then stood pat on deadline day and made headlines by not trading Roberto Luongo - though he reportedly tried desperately - who was clearly emotional as a result of Mike Gillis' inaction.
Let's unpack some big picture themes that have emerged from Wednesday's events.
April 03 2013 04:04PM
The dust has settled on a rather eventul trade deadline (more for what didn't happen than what did). The Canucks made a great move bringing Derek Roy over from Dallas yesterday, but they didn't follow that up with anything today. It wasn't for a lack of trying, as Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman were working the phones all morning.
Drance offered a great post-deadline take on the Luongo situation (which continues on, much to the chagrin of every single person involved), so I'll take stock of the rest of the team, as well as the rest of the Western Conference.
April 03 2013 03:10PM
Three-hundred fifty-two days ago it was announced that Cory Schneider would get the start in game three of Vancouver's Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Los Angeles Kings. Schneider would dazzle, though the Canucks would lose anyway by a score of one to nothing. It appeared then that the end of the Roberto Luongo era in Vancouver was nigh, I mean, it just had to be.
Three-hundred and fifty-two days later and the Roberto Luongo era has fitfully, inexorably stretched on. It will continue until the summer at the earliest.
This has little to do with Roberto Luongo's performance and everything to do with the deal he signed a few years back. "My contract sucks" an emotional and forthright Luongo told the media on Wednesday afternoon, "I'd scrap it now if I could."
Read past the jump.