Deadline Preview: What do Winners Do?

Patrick Johnston
February 25 2012 04:23PM


Marian Hossa qualifies an okay deadline pick up, I guess.
(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

If you haven't read the posts yet, my colleagues have done some fine work prepping us for the deadline. We've gone through a full inventory of Canucks needs, cap-space and tradable assets, looked at the recent history of the franchise at the trade-deadline and targeted five available forwards and five available defenseman

In continuing on with Canucks Army's exhaustive deadline preview series, I thought I'd take a look at "what the teams that make it to the Cup Finals" did to improve their rosters at the deadline. Are there any lessons that we can draw from the behavior of previous top contenders? Click past the jump to find out!

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Is Keith Ballard's concussion a capcussion?

Thomas Drance
February 25 2012 01:11PM

 

It was nine regular season games ago, Thursday February 9th, when the Canucks - about to play Keith Ballard's hometown team, the Minnesota Wild - announced that the underachieving defenseman was injured . The team never gave a timeline but it was clear that he'd be out of the line-up for a while, especially as the injury changed in nature from whiplash, to a possible concussion to, true story, "upper-body symptoms." 

Up until today there's been a lot of speculation about the nature of the injury, and whether or not Ballard would go on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) as a result. If he was placed on LTIR, it was noted, he'd free up a fair bit of cap-space for the trade deadline. As it turns out, that's exactly what has happened.

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Alex Burrows is not clutch. "Clutch" is not real.

Cam Charron
February 25 2012 10:05AM

No Canuck is more clutch than Alex Burrows, right? Thursday night's shootout winner in Detroit was just another moment in a long line of big plays by Burrows. He scored the Overtime winner in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals just 11 seconds in and probably scored the biggest goal in franchise history with the slapshot over the right shoulder of Corey Crawford.

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The One Cory - Canucks 2-1 Devils, scoring chances and recap

Cam Charron
February 24 2012 08:59PM

After ending the longest home winning streak in NHL history on Thursday, the Vancouver Canucks turned it around instantly on Friday to visit another tough opponent in the New Jersey Devils. After withstanding a couple of early chances, the Canucks got a goal from an unlikely candidate—Aaron Rome—to open the scoring and then got the winner off of Mason Raymond's stick in the second while goaltender Cory Schneider held the Canucks in it despite a barrage of quality shots off New Jersey sticks.

For a full recap and scoring chance numbers, click past the jump:

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Deadline Preview: Five Defenseman to Target

Thomas Drance
February 24 2012 02:21PM

 
Jeff Brown (on the left) was a quality addition at the 94 trade deadline. Also: looked like Kyle Wellwood, sorta.

Today we continue our exhaustive "Trade Deadline Preview" series. We started off on Tuesday with an inventory of Canucks cap-space, needs and tradable assets, then Cam Charron looked at the team's recent deadline history on Wednesday. Finally Jeff Angus looked at five of the bigger-name forwards who could become available, and who the Canucks should target at the deadline. Today in a companion piece to Jeff's from yesterday, we'll look at five of the bigger-name defenseman who could become available.

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