September 10 2012 10:45AM
In early June, before the Canucks and Mike Gillis had re-signed Cory Schneider, there was a lot of uncertainty between the pipes in Vancouver. Uncertainty in the hockey world is a putrefying fruit bowl, it attracts idle chatter and speculative conjecture like fruit flies. So I decided I'd start a "Strombabble" series to discuss the twists and turns of the Luongo trade market, and parse through the available information leading up to the draft. Lo and behold: a third of a calender year later, I'm still writing them.
This week, Luongo will do what was nearly unthinkable in late April: he'll return to Vancouver to temporarily re-join his Canucks teammates for a celebrity golf tournament this week. Per George Richards of the Miami Herald:
Will Luongo also meet with Canucks brass to discuss their current trade posture, and the Strombian one's possible future with a non-Panthers NHL club? We'll have to wait and see, but clearly Mike Gillis wasn't bluffing - though we guffawed about it at the time - when he spoke about retaining Luongo's services next season.
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September 07 2012 11:26AM
Shane Doan laughing at those who think his return to Glendale is a foregone conclusion.
Yesterday the latest Shane Doan update rocked the world. Turns out that, get this, Shane Doan's preference is to stay in Phoenix so long as the under financed, long delayed and murky sale of the club to Greg Jamison goes through. Well paint me pink with a feather!
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September 05 2012 03:27PM
With the NFL season opening tonight, I'm not too worried about an NHL lockout.
I'll miss watching these two exchange no look backhand saucer passes though...
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September 04 2012 12:38PM
Look ma, no photoshop!
What's up with the never ending story that is the Roberto Luongo trade situation?
Well, Harvey Fialkov of the Florida Sun Sentinel has a double punch combo of "Luongo wants to be traded to the Panthers" content today. First he wrote a column about Luongo practicing at the Panther's practice facility, the "saveology.com iceplex" in Coral Springs Florida. Per Fialkov:
In a bizarre, slightly uncomfortable scene at Saveology.com Iceplex Tuesday morning, current Panthers goalie tandem Scott Clemmensen and Jose Theodore were beginning an informal practice with several teammates just moments after estranged Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo had finished his own skate.
Luongo has made it clear that since Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis promoted goalie Cory Schneider to starter with a three-year, $12 million contract extension, that he wants to be traded to the Panthers, the franchise he established his All-Star credentials with from 2001-06 and back to an area he still maintains an offseason residence with his wife and two young children...
[The Panthers] makes sense for myself, for my career and my family,'' added Luongo, who still has 10 years at $5.33 million per remaining on his deal. "That being said. There's obvious other options as well. This is a preferred location for obvious reasons but I'm not shutting the door on other possibilities if it comes up.''
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September 04 2012 10:39AM
In mid-summer Mike Gillis discussed whether or not an aging but highly sought after unrestricted free-agent, the captain of his former club, and a player with a tremendous sense of loyalty to the franchise with whom he spent his career, would fit with the Canucks. Here's how he put it:
It’s natural that players who have played in one place for a long time have a degree of attachment. But I think we offer a unique opportunity and one that presents some different options. We’re cautiously optimistic.
We knew going into this that a player of [his] calibre wasn’t going to make a decision lightly and it wasn’t going to be based on just compensation — it would be based on a variety of different factors. We have been patient and we are prepared to be patient longer.”
Of course, Mike Gillis wasn't discussing Shane Doan in that quote. No, that quote is from the summer of 2008 and if Gillis had been courting Doan then, well, it would've been tampering. The General Manager's language four years ago however, should sound eerily familiar to Canucks fans who've been paying attention this summer - but in that particular quote Gillis was discussing his drawn out but ultimately successful courtship of one Mats Sundin.
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