Strombabble: The Point Men and the Waiver Hammer

Thomas Drance
January 09 2013 09:23AM

It would be against our nature to let a firecracker Jason Botchford take, like this one from Tuesday evening summing up the Luongo-trade situation, pass us by without comment. Botch is in midseason form with some of his one-liners here - in particular I got a hearty laugh out of his droll play on Bob McKenzie's hilarious "biological clock" formulation from Monday night. What I'm interested in discussing briefly here however, is two fresh bits of information concerning the "point men" within the Canucks and the Maple Leafs organization's who might ultimately drive this potential deal to completion, and the prospect of waiving Luongo.

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Afternoon Headshots: January 8th

Thomas Drance
January 08 2013 03:15PM


The Canucks, skating together at UBC on Tuesday.
Photo Credit: @Chris_Withers of PuckedIntheHead.com

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

Not sure how he found this (I like his work so I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he wasn't actually watching Jay Leno) but Jordan Bowman hooks us up with some footage of the Tonight Show host taking a shot at Zack Kassian's "meth mouth." 

The always salacious News 1130sports Twitter account was active this morning, passing along rumours about the team's interest in Cam Barker (well, we knew that one already) as well as forward Tom Kostopolous and possibly Jason Arnott too. Arnott and Kostopolous would certainly be solid additions at the right price. We wrote about Arnott's suitability for the Canucks over the summer. 

Prized Canucks defensive prospect Frank "don't call me Frankie" Corrado was traded on Tuesday from the Sudbury team he captained to the Kitchener Rangers. The wrinkle? Kitchener head-coach Steve Spott cut Corrado from Team Canada's World Junior Championship roster less than a month ago. Pass it to Bulis has more. Can we assume that Frank Corrado just got a significant raise?  

Jason Botchford is fired up - and absolutely correct - about the "Luongo rule" being petty, arbitrary and objectively senseless. Here's our take on the Luongo rule from Monday evening.

More links and smart ass quickie analysis on the other side of the jump.

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McKenzie: Kassian to get a Look Playing with the Twins?

Thomas Drance
January 08 2013 08:47AM

It's not too often that TSN's Bob McKenzie, who is pretty much the godfather of reliable professional hockey reporting, pens a full post focussed on the Canucks. But on Monday night he covered some of the team's "big questions" headed into training camp, and dropped a handful of curious nuggets that I simply haven't seen suggested previously by Vancouver sports media.

One of the most fascinating bits of info? A suggestion that second-line power-forward Zack Kassian could get a look on the first line, moonlighting as the trigger-man for the Sedin twins.

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A (Cam) Barking Mad Roster Move

Thomas Drance
January 07 2013 11:01PM

You have got to be shitting me.

This move is a headshaker. First of all, Cam Barker isn't very good. This is evidenced by the fact that he was one of the worst defenseman on last season's Edmonton Oilers and was recently released from an AHL tryout by the Texas Stars. He's not good enough for the Texas Stars, but the Canucks think he can add to their blueline depth?

I'm not going to make too much fun of a training camp invite - much less one that only "may" happen - since it probably doesn't mean all that much. But I'm not even convinced that Barker is an upgrade over Derek Joslin (who wasn't even invited to training camp and remains in Chicago) or Marc-Andre Gragnani (who the Canucks allowed to walk, unqualified, this past summer). I mean, at least Marc-Andre Gragnani can stick in the AHL...

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Strombabble: The Luongo Rule

Thomas Drance
January 07 2013 10:26PM

When the NHL leaked a CBA proposal on their website in October, their offer to the NHLPA included a clause designed to punish teams who had taken advantage of loops-holes in the previous CBA, and signed players to life-time deals (like Luongo's) with back-diving contracts that served to pay these players a salary well above their cap-hit, and in doing so circumvent the salary cap. 

This punitive clause was initially dubbed the "Kovy Klause" because Twitter has ample appreciation for alliteration, and it stipulated that: should a player with a back-diving contract retire early, that player's cap-hit would revert back to the team that signed that player originally, even if that player had long since been traded. We thought that the provision - if adopted in the final CBA - could conceivably boost Luongo's trade-value by mitigating the long-term risk of acquiring Luongo's contract to any potential Luongo-trade partners. We again mentioned this possible clause as a bit of uncertainty when looking at trade possibilities on Monday morning. 

On Monday evening however we learned from Pierre LeBrun and Elliotte Freidman, that the Canucks will catch a tough break on this one.

The clause in the proposed NHL CBA has been revamped, and is now renamed "the Luongo rule" in LeBrun's ESPN take. Rather than simply punishing the team that signed the original salary cap circumventing deal should that player retire before the expiry of their contract, the clause will now have a punitory impact on the salary cap of both the team that originally signed the deal (the Canucks, in Luongo's case) and whichever team acquires that contract through trade should the player retire.

The revamped clause is significantly less punitive for the Canucks over the long-term than the one proposed in October would have been. However, by punishing the team that acquires the longterm contract as well as the team that originally signed the player, this clause will presumably have a somewhat deleterious impact on Luongo's trade value.

Read on past the jump for more.

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