Luongo and the Dwindling Veteran Goaltender Market

Thomas Drance
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.

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Mark Donnelly Sings Anthem at Anti-Abortion Rally

Thomas Drance
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.

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Cory Schneider: "The Only Likable Canuck"

Thomas Drance
June 01 2012 10:02AM

This morning on Toucher and Rich, Boston's leading morning drive-time sports talk radio program, Cory Schneider appeared as a guest and had a wide-ranging conversation with the Boston duo. He addressed his status this summer, his relationship with Luongo, the Canucks perceived arrogance and what it's like to get booed in Boston.

His answers were typically sharp, and frankly, Toucher and Rich are pretty funny guys too, taking jabs at Schneider for having a publicist and describing the Marblehead native as "the only likable Canuck" (hence the title of this post) before adding that, "well, I'm sure there are fourth line guys that are alright." You can listen to the full interview here on CBS Boston.

Click past the jump for more.

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The Craziest Season on Twitter

Thomas Drance
May 31 2012 12:03PM

 
Picture tweeted by AHL defenseman Jordan Henry from a recent issue of The Fourth Period magazine.

Over the past several years it has grown into a hackneyed cliché: "Twitter has changed the game." The phrase is paradoxically both new, and well-worn from gauche over-use, but I'll be damned if it isn't completely true.

Yesterday, for example, a Twitter user known as "@SamJam99" tweeted that the Canucks and Leafs had agreed upon a deal for Roberto Luongo, and were simply holding off on the announcement until late June or early July. Often times a rumour tweet of this nature will surface (@IncarceratedBob tweeted that the deal was "80% complete" just last week) and everyone will write it off. @SamJam99, however, has beaten the mainstream media on three major occasions over the past several years.

He first gained notoriety when he was the first to accurately state that the Canucks were going to file tampering charges against Ron Wilson and the Leafs over their Sedin twins comments in the summer of 09. (Update June 6: SamJam didn't break the story, so much as he made noise with an on-line petition. I apologize for the inaccuracy of this particular statement). In the fall of 2011, he was thirty minutes ahead of TSN on the exact particulars of the David Booth for Marco Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson swap. In February of 2012 he beat TSN by a similar margin with again, the exact particulars of the buzzer-beating Hodgson for Kassian trade on trade deadline day.

Again, this isn't some dude guessing about what the Canucks are going to do, this is a kid who had Sulzer and Hodgson heading to Buffalo in exchange for Gragnani and Kassian thirty minutes before any mainstream outlets were reporting it. He correctly had Sulzer in the trade damn it - so you know he wasn't just guessing.

A kid with a shady, reliable source is one thing, but it's just one part of a larger tableau of what's been a particularly fascinating, "game-changing" season for the Canucks on Twitter. It has been so odd, and so unique, that I think it's worth discussing further.

Read past the jump.

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Canucks Ink Diminutive Hard-Nosed Prospect Alex Friesen

Thomas Drance
May 30 2012 09:31AM

It appears that the Canucks have signed 21 year-old forward prospect Alex Friesen, who recently finished up his overage season with the juggernaut Niagara Ice Dogs, to an entry level contract. That's according to the Twitter account associated with Pro Vision Sports, a Toronto based agency that represents Friesen. Here's the official press release from Canucks.nhl.com announcing the signing.

Read past the jump for videos of a smaller dude absolutely destroying bigger guys with massive hits, and a bit of analysis.

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