January 12 2013 12:16PM
(Editor's Note: To think that a week ago we were sitting around worrying about whether pettiness might prevail and cancel the 2013 NHL season. How quickly our mood has shifted after a flurry of a week gave us everything from a Luongo to Philadelphia rumour to a short-lived Twitter beef between Roberto Luongo and the Iron Sheik...
Anyway, in anticipation of the start of the shortened 2013 season, I figured I'd reach out to a handful of Canucks fans who I like on Twitter and get their take on the upcoming season. So I got at the likes of original shapper @mariomontega, Ritch Winter's bane @taj1944, hard hitting sports analyst @socialassassin2, our old pal @tinfoiltuque, long-term Canucks blogger and funny lady @alixiswright37, the streaky @kesrows and smart dude @ryanbiech; and asked all of them them five pertinent Canucks related questions headed into this season:
- The Canucks are seen as contenders going into this season, but are you confident they can live up to expectations? Should the city hold off on planning the President's Trophy parade? Why or why not?
- How much do the Canucks need to acquire in a Luongo trade for you to be satisfied with the return?
- Which Canucks player is the most important to the team's chances this season? Least important?
- Finish this sentence: if the Canucks fall short again this year they should ______?
- If you were giving advice to a Canucks fan who was considering joining Twitter, what are the five accounts you would recommend as "must follows"?
Big thanks to the "Group of Seven" who participated in this post (and all got their answers to me on time). Hopefully their take on Canucks issues is a refreshing change of pace from the long-winded, Vigneault-apologist nonsense that you're used to reading around these parts. Click past the jump for some quality shap, some comedy and a quick, unscientific gauge of what Canucks fans are expecting from their team going into a lockout shortened season.)
January 12 2013 08:53AM
Together again, Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo shared the ice practice in UBC on Friday.
Photo Credit: David Ebner.
Mike Gillis might trade Roberto Luongo this weekend and with the market heating up, I'm beginning to suspect that Gillis' patient approach to dealing Luongo will ultimately be vindicated (at times I was admittedly doubtful). There's one area in particular, however, where Mike Gillis and the Canucks front office deserves particular credit in this story, and that credit can be doled out regardless of what the return ultimately looks like. It belongs to the realm of "relationship management." Allow me to elaborate on the other side of the jump.
January 11 2013 10:11AM
As close to a Laurence Gilman action shot as we're ever likely to get.
On Thursday afternoon, Laurence Gilman joined Matt Sekeres and Blake Price for an interview in which the new collective bargaining agreement and the "cap-benefit recapture clause" on back diving contracts (or "the Luongo rule") were discussed at length.
Laurence Gilman gave his hosts a couple of particularly interesting answers. For example, he described the "cap-benefit recapture" as a "contingent liability" and reiterated his belief that Luongo could indeed play out the full term on his contract. The Canucks' Assistant General Manager and in-house capologist also declined to express any petulance over seeing his club "punished" by the new collective bargaining agreement for a deal that was fully legal under the terms of the previous CBA. He called his personal feelings on the matter "immaterial" and vowed to concentrate instead on helping the club navigate the new agreement to the best of his considerable abilities.
The most interesting insight we gleaned from Gilman however, came from his response to a question asked by Matt Sekeres. The question? Does Laurence Gilman, "knowing what [he knows] now," "regret" signing Luongo to a 12 year deal worth in excess of sixty million? Gilman's answer was an unequivocal, passionate "no." Read past the jump for more.
January 11 2013 08:18AM
Some quality #photoshap from Roberto Luongo.
The exceptionally strange story of how Roberto Luongo subdued retired Iranian professional wrestler the Iron Sheik on Twitter begins appropriately, with noted Twitter weirdo Jose Canseco's plan to run for mayor of Toronto (a plan he has, unsurprisingly, since abandoned). Yes, this is easily the oddest blog-post I've ever mailed in.
Read past the jump for more.
January 10 2013 03:56PM
Awesome photo of the Sedin twins.
Sticktap to Pass it to Bulis.
Canucks Assistant General Manager Laurence Gilman was interviewed by Matt Sekeres and Blake Price on the Team 1040 today and had some interesting things to say about the cap-benefit recapture clause. He also made a really solid spreadsheet joke (be still my heart). For what it's worth, he says that he already has a good enough grasp of the new CBA to know "what pitfalls exist."
David Booth arrived in town and started skating with his teammates at UBC today. Afterwards he regaled the media with tales of his summer hunting exploits. Dale Weise meanwhile gushed about the "unbelievable" number of cyclists he noticed during his time in Holland.
Also back in town? Roberto Luongo, who of course was met by the media at YVR. Luongo didn't provide us with any grist for the rumour mill though he was wearing a Bluejacket, and was quoted saying that he used his frequent Flyers miles to book his flight, since the lockout has made him turn over a new Leaf in regards to his spending habits.
According to Kevin Woodley, goaltender Joe Cannata will be called up to Canucks training camp this weekend mostly because the Canucks need an extra goaltender to allow them to structure practices and scrimmages. Obviously Cannata isn't "ready" yet, or whatever, but a pretty cool opportunity for the kid.
David Ebner theorizes that the Canucks are going to have some trouble finding secondary scoring this season. You know what, he's absolutely correct...
Jeff Angus looks at a couple of possible Luongo destinations, including Edmonton. That would be really interesting but unless the Oilers are parting ways with one of their blue-chip five, I don't think I could stomach setting that team up in net for the next half-decade.
Here's a fun bit of slight of hand from the Canucks, who are obviously trying to limit the scope of the media gong-show that will accompany Luongo's first post-lockout skate with his teammates at UBC on Friday:
First heard Vigneault may talk to media Thursday at The Rog. Then it became Friday, just as Luongo preps to skate way over at UBC. Nice.— Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) January 10, 2013
Click past the jump for more news, notes and terrible jokes.