Strombabble: the Canucks might bring him back to start the season, but Luongo doesn't want to stay in Vancouver Long-Term

Thomas Drance
January 15 2013 06:59AM

As the Roberto Luongo saga has dragged on (and on, and on), and the prospect of the Canucks returning their two star goaltenders has become increasingly more likely, we've taken some time out to note that Luongo's and Schneider's good-will has enabled Mike Gillis to wait for the right trade. But at some point, things will come to a head, right? I mean these are two fiercely competitive goaltenders who deserve to get the bulk of the starts for some NHL club... 

Well as it turns out, that "aura of good-will" may just have an expiration date. Here's a good pull from Sporting News editor and "Friend of the Blog" Sean Gentille:

If the Vancouver Canucks hold on to Roberto Luongo, it'll likely help them succeed in the short season. Sporting News' Jesse Spector and Canucks Army's Cam Charron lay out the reasons behind that theory well enough.

Luongo, on the trade block currently and for the last several months, is cool with that. What he doesn't want to do, though, is stick with Vancouver beyond the 48-game 2013 schedule.

Roberto Luongo could well wind up playing 2013 in Vancouver, after all. "I'm willing to stay here this season because it will be short. But I do not want to stay here long term," Luongo told, according to a translation of the story, which originally appeared in French.

In case you suspect that something may have been lost in translation here, here's the quote as it appears in French on the RDS site

“Non. Je suis prêt à rester ici cette saison parce qu’elle sera courte. Mais je ne veux pas rester ici à long terme.”

Well then. Click past the jump for more.

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Canucks Continue to Bolster Blueline Depth: Sign Jim Vandermeer

Thomas Drance
January 14 2013 12:50PM

Jim Vandermeer fights Todd Fedoruk during the 2011 preseason.

On Sunday the Canucks signed defenseman Cam Barker to a one year deal, and in doing so made a bet that we didn't particularly like. On Monday Vancouver's club added another veteran defenseman, and a good Western Canadian boy, in punchy veteran Jim Vandermeer. Vandermeer will apparently be on a two-way deal according to Iain Macintyre

Jim Vandermeer has been working out with the Canucks for months, presumably in the hope of scoring exaclty this type of deal. At this point in his career Jim Vandermeer is nothing more than a depth defenseman, but he's an NHL defenseman who probably does legitimately belong in the league in some capacity. So that's good news. Read past the jump for more.

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Notes: Cam Barker Signed, Edler to Play the Right Side, Gillis Bullish on the Luongo Market

Thomas Drance
January 13 2013 01:06PM

Back in the friendly confines of Rogers Arena, the Canucks prepare to open training camp this afternoon.
Photo credit: @VanCanucks.

There's lots of Canucks stuff happening today. With training camp opening in about three hours time and media availability just ending, I figured I'd distill a whole of bunch of topics into one medium sized post. 

Click past the jump for some thoughts on Cam Barker, Alex Edler playing the right-side and Mike Gillis' description of the Luongo trade market.

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Everything is Happening: M.O.U Signed, Canucks Schedule Released, Rosters Unfrozen at 9 PM PST

Thomas Drance
January 12 2013 09:14PM

Our four month nightmare is finally, officially, indsputably over. The two sides, both of whom ratified the new collective bargaining agreement this week, finally signed a Memorandum of Understanding late on Saturday night. Their doing so will facilitate the opening of training camps across the league on Sunday.

Shortly after that news broke, the Canucks made their schedule for the 48 game 2013 NHL season public. Oh also, in case you care, the Canucks can sign players and make trades once the clock strikes 9 PM in the Pacific Time Zone. So yeah, buckle up.

Game on! We break down the schedule somewhat on the other side of the jump.

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Looking at how Kassian, Tanev, Connauton and Schroeder Fared in Chicago During the Lockout

Thomas Drance
January 12 2013 01:48PM

As the Chicago Wolves roll into Abbotsford to play the Heat this weekend, five of their best players were held out of the lineup and will be with the Canucks when the club's training camp opens this weekend (pending ratification of the new CBA by the NHLPA sometime on Saturday afternoon). In addition, "Six or Seven" other Wolves may join them after Saturday's game.

On the one hand, the Canucks' reluctance to "experiment" with young players in a shortened season makes sense. On the other hand, four young, possible Canucks roster players have been playing regular competitive hockey games at the professional level while the majority of Vancouver's aging roster have been skating with the UBC Thunderbirds and gathering cobwebs in the endowment lands. Those four players and their accompanying fresh legs could concievably help the Canucks mitigate their recent propensity for slow starts, which might be key in a forty-eight game season.

To get a better handle on how the likes of Chris Tanev, Kevin Connauton, Zack Kassian and Jordan Schroeder have performed with the Wolves so far this season, we spoke with Wolves beat writer Paul La Tour of the Chicago Tribune and play-by-play announcer Jason Shaver this week. Read more on the other side of the jump.

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