Gillis would "absolutely" burn the first year of Corrado's ELC if he's "going to help us win hockey games"

Thomas Drance
April 24 2013 02:09PM

Photograph by Jonathan Hayward / CP.

Mike Gillis gave Matt Sekeres and Blake Price a pretty meaty interview on the Team 1040 on Wednesday afternoon. We'll probably pivot off of a couple of things he said today, just because there was enough content to legitimately do so, but let's start with some choice comments Mike Gillis had on the subject of Frank Corrado and entry-level contracts.

In particular Gillis was asked if the team would be willing to burn the first year of Corrado's entry-level contract, which because Frank Corrado didn't turn twenty until this past spring is on schedule to "slide" so long the rookie defenceman plays in fewer than six NHL games, including playoffs, this season. His answer was definitive, so read on past the jump.

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Cory Schneider Injured, Joe Cannata Called Up

Thomas Drance
April 24 2013 10:35AM

You just knew when Luongo wasn't moved at the deadline that he'd factor into the playoffs somehow.
Photo Credit Jeff Vinnick

As if this isn't the most typically Vancouver Canucks news item of the season:

There are a couple of things worth noting here. First of all "day-to-day" tells us absolutely nothing about Schneider's status or the injuries severity. Also the team is in full blown playoff mode in not disclosing the nature of the injury at all. My guess is it's at least somewhat serious or the wording wouldn't be so cryptic and the roll out of the news probably wouldn't be so official.

So will Cory Schneider be back for game one of the postseason? It's impossible to tell, frankly, but I'd bet he tries. Read past the jump.

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Markus Naslund Hires Former Canucks Assistant Coach to Fill Same Role for Modo

Thomas Drance
April 24 2013 09:35AM

Naslund introduces Modo's new coaching staff including former Canucks Assistant Barry Smith (sporting a blazer in the middle).
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Nearly five years ago, with his future with the Canucks organization still uncertain following the hiring of new General Manager Mike Gillis to replace Dave Nonis (the man who'd originally hired him), Alain Vigneault told his longtime assistants Barry Smith and their other colleague Mike Kelly that their expertise would no longer be needed in Vancouver. The Canucks retained Vigneault and one assistant coach in Rick Bowness in a move that, at the time, suggested that Alain Vigneault had passed a grueling examination from the incoming General Manager and would be retained.

Since then Barry Smith, who was a Canucks assistant coach when current Modo General Manager Markus Naslund captained the Canucks from 2006 to 2008, tragically lost his wife, moved to Europe, and coached the Danish and Dutch men's national hockey teams. Now he'll be an assistant to Anders Forsberg next season in Örnsköldsvik, coaching Modo the former club team of the Sedin twins, and working for the Swedish sniper whose number nineteen hangs in the rafters at Rogers Arena.

Read past the jump.

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Canucks AHL Affiliate Won't be in Abbotsford Next Season, Looking at Other Options

Thomas Drance
April 24 2013 07:50AM

To the surprise of many, both the Heat and the Rivermen might still exist next season.
Photograph by: Gerry Kahrmann , PNG files

The Canucks, who recently purchased the Peoria Rivermen amidst much speculation that the club would move the team to the Fraser Valley and supplant the Flames affiliated Abbotsford Heat, will ultimately not have a farm team located in Abbotsford next season. As first reported by Dan Kinvig of the Abbotsford News, that much is clear, though it's reportedly not for a lack of trying on the part of both the Canucks organization, the Flames organization and the city of Abbotsford itself.

So what went wrong and what are some possible fallback options for the Canucks? We'll look into it on the other side of the jump.

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Canucks Pulverize the Blackhawks

Thomas Drance
April 23 2013 01:46AM

LoL Duncan Keith
Photograph by Jeff Vinnick via NHLI/Getty

The Canucks have been reeling somewhat of late, partly as a result of injuries along their backend, but they got some relief on Monday night in the form of Chris Higgins. Higgins' presence alongside Derek Roy and Ryan Kesler in Vancouver's top-six was key to a dominant first period performance for the Canucks. The Sedins took over from there, and Vancouver's club didn't look back, completely crushing the Blackhawks by a three to one score that flattered the away side.

It was something of a cathartic victory for the Canucks, and a memorable one that included Daniel Sedin moving into second place on the all-time franchise points leaderboard, and Frank Corrado's rather impressive NHL debut.

Read past the jump for more analysis and scoring chance data.

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