A Messy Resolution

Thomas Drance
June 30 2013 05:41PM


Mike Gillis holds barely audible draft floor interview.
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I'll admit that I'm of two minds about the deal that sent Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils straight up for the pick that became Bo Horvat. On the one hand, a top-ten pick in a deep draft is a solid return for an unproven starter. On the other, this was handled embarrassingly by the Canucks organization, the clubs overall indecision on this front is not a good look, and it ultimately worked out poorly for the club.

Never mind that keeping Roberto Luongo was ultimately a necessity imposed on the team by the realities of the market, keeping Luongo and dealing Schneider was absolutely the right call from a "hockey value perspective." It's also a preferable outcome, in my view, to keeping Schneider and buying out Luongo (it's obvious now, also, that a compliance buyout of Luongo's deal was in fact a non-starter for Canucks ownership). But the internal logic of keeping Roberto Luongo dictates that you need to recieve a "now" piece in return, in my view, a piece that helps you win with Luongo in net during the teams current, evaporating championship window, rather than a quality future asset...

Whether it's the CBA that's to blame, or ownership, or poor management, or a bit of all three, this is undoubtedly a messy resolution to Vancouver's goaltending situation and a black eye for Mike Gillis and the team...

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Canucks End Hunter Shinkaruk's Slide with the 24th Overall Pick

Thomas Drance
June 30 2013 03:36PM


image via Mast Images

The Canucks, having already picked Bo Horvat with the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft, selected Medicine Hat Tigers winger Hunter Shinkaruk with their original late first round pick.

Shinkaruk is Vancouver's first pick from the WHL since 2008, though in other ways he fits Mike Gillis's usual "highly rated player who slides on draft day" M.O..

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On the Schneider Swap and the Horvat Pick: What Just Happened?

Thomas Drance
June 30 2013 03:12PM


Bo Horvat chats with reporters after being drafted on Sunday.

The Canucks made a pretty major maneuver on Sunday, trading Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for the ninth overall pick in the NHL draft, which they promptly used to select Bo Horvat.

Horvat is a two-way centreman and he described himself as such in conversations with the media following the pick. "I was really surprised it's definitely shocking sitting there," Horvat added, "but like I said, anything can happen." Well it's good that young Horvat is well prepared to deal with incredulity. He is headed to Vancouver afterall, where the most messed up thing imaginable is what one should always be prepared for...

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Breaking: Canucks Trade Schneider, Acquire 9th Overall Pick (Bo Horvat)

Thomas Drance
June 30 2013 02:05PM

The Canucks have acquired the 9th overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft in exchange, straight up, for goaltender Cory Schneider.

They then used that pick to reach and select London Knights forward Bo Horvat.

The Canucks had decided mid-week to deal Cory Schneider rather than Roberto Luongo, who had proven impossible to move over the past fourteen months. Patching up the club's relationship with Luongo will now take center stage, presumably, this summer.

Cory Schneider is a very safe bet to be an average NHL starter for the New Jersey Devils, and he's got a good shot at being a well above average NHL goalie with an outside shot of projecting as a true star. Cory Schneider will now take on the pressure of succeeding Martin Brodeur in New Jersey, and perhaps the Devils Hall of Famer can teach him a thing or two about handling the puck...

What a twist...

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Canucks 2013 NHL Draft Preview

Thomas Drance
June 30 2013 11:59AM

The 2013 NHL Entry Draft is only an hour away, and their is of course a high volume of trade talks and rumours floating around on the draft floor and in the ether. Let's round up the latest ahead of this years marathon, one day event.

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