March 29 2013 11:50AM
Mike Gillis would like to explain his relatively conservative trade deadline history to you.
With the trade deadline readily approaching, we've kicked our all-encompassing preview into high gear. Already on this platform, we have taken an inventory of what the team has and what it needs, we have "Strombabbled", and we have looked at some of the "BOLD MOVES" from the Gillis era (i.e. acquiring Keith Ballard, buying David Booth's services, and trading away Cody Hodgson).
In anticipation of the April 3rd deadline, it's time for us to take a look at what Mike Gillis has managed to do during his tenure as GM of the team on that very day. As you'll see, there's no doubt that there have been good moves, there have been bad moves, and there have been moves that nobody really cares about. But can we sum them all up in an attempt to grasp his general strategy?
Read on Past the Jump for More.
March 29 2013 12:33AM
Daniel Sedin scored the winning goal in the third, as the Sedins helped will the Canucks to their 6th straight win.
On Thursday night, the Vancouver Canucks won their 6th straight game - for the 2nd time this season, with the first occasion stretching from January 30th to February 12th - with a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. I figure this game recap is mostly read by people who didn't have a chance to catch the game for whatever reason. Assuming that to be the case, I'll play along.
Your eyes technically aren't deceiving you. The Canucks scored 4 goals, ultimately winning this one by comfortable margin. What's that you say? Two of the goals came in the final 84 seconds without a goaltender manning the opposing team's net? Semantics. 4 goals are 4 goals, right?
Read on Past the Jump for Analysis, and Scoring Chance Data.
March 28 2013 10:14PM
Could Tyler Bozak and Roberto Luongo be trading places next week?
Photo Credit: AP Photo/The Canadain Press, Darryl Dyck
Earlier this week Jason Botchford told us to expect the Canucks to make a push to move Roberto Luongo in advance of Wednesday's trade deadline. On Friday evening, the Toronto Star's Damien Cox reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks "quietly" resumed trade discussions centring around Vancouver's star backup.
On the one hand, that makes sense. On the other, I'm not sure how much we should trust Cox after he quite blatantly contradicted himself on the whole "Mike Gillis turned down Kadri" line of criticism. Generally speaking I tend to buy Cox's information, he has proven that he has an axe to grind on this particular topic, and so we should probably proceed with caution...
Which we'll do after the jump.
March 28 2013 06:41PM
Nice screen cap, Jason Rickey
And around and around and around we go...it's an afternoon headshots session. Come in from the sunshine and get yourself set for the big Avs vs Canucks showdown...
Today at CA, we've got a game preview, Drance looking back at the Hodgson/Kassian trade, what might be his last Strombabble (small tear) and Angus on the re-signing dilemmas that are Higgins and Lapierre,
March 28 2013 05:56PM
Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick- NHLI/Getty
This week we're looking at some of Mike Gillis' "bold moves" of the recent past. Already we've done our best to take a hindsight-free look at the Keith Ballard trade and the David Booth purchase, and today we'll look back to last year's trade deadline when Mike Gillis made the most controversial transaction - actually transactions (plural), the trade was actually two different deals - of his tenure. I'm talking of course about the deal that sent Cody Hodgson and Alexander Sulzer to Buffalo in exchange for Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani.
Read past the jump.