The Final Cut

Thomas Drance
January 18 2013 12:37PM


Will Jordan Schroeder be Vancouver's final cut this evening before they set the 23-man roster?

By 5 PM PST today, the Canucks will have to trim their roster to fit under the 23-man roster limit. The Chicago Wolves issued a release stating that the Canucks have already returned eight players to rejoin their ranks and none of the names come as a surprise: Darren Archibald, Andrew Gordon, Anton Rodin, Bill Sweatt, Peter Andersson, Kevin Connauton, Derek Joslin and Joe Cannata. 

So that would leave the Canucks with, by my count, twenty-four players still on Vancouver's roster: nine defenseman, thirteen forwards and two goaltenders.

So who will the last cut be? Is Jordan Schroeder really going to crack the opening night roster? Read on past the jump.

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Gillis rips Maple Leafs, Toronto media for propagating the notion that the Canucks have "asked for too much" in a Luongo trade

Thomas Drance
January 18 2013 11:48AM

Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis appears poised to enter this season with star goaltender Roberto Luongo - the subject of endless trade rumours for the past seven months or so - still on the roster. In an appearance on the Team 1040 morning show hosted by Scott Rintoul and Vancouver Province beat-writer Jason Botchford, Mike Gillis was asked by Botchford to directly address whether or not the team was in fact "asking for too much" in return for the league's second best goaltender and his monster life-time contract.

Not one to mince words or dance around the issue, Gillis responded with guns blazing and took a shot at the Maple Leafs and what he obviously sees as their manipulation of the sports media in the Toronto market:

"Fair value is different for every team that you speak to because they have different players, they have different concerns and different contractual issues that play into what they have available that you might want. The notion that we were asking for too much was floated in the Toronto media by a team that was extremely interested in acquiring Roberto and were using every means possible to try and force us to do something that we didn't think was right. That's nothing new in this business and it's' not the type of pressure that I'm going to succumb too."

Thems fighting words! Read on past the jump.

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"The Vancouver Canucks have no interest in Scott Gomez"

Jonathan Willis
January 18 2013 11:31AM

According to Sportsnet's John Shannon, the Vancouver Canucks will not be signing Scott Gomez this season.

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David Booth has been in game shape for months

Graphic Comments
January 18 2013 09:33AM

I'm guessing he failed the fitness test...

So, I'm thinking it's safe to say David Booth failed the fitness test, right?

I mean, you would have thought all that traipsing through the mountains shooting things would have required some level of physical fitness. But maybe he should have spent a bit more time skating and a little less time stalking. I know when I play a sport I haven't played in a long, long time I still get pretty sore for a few days after starting up again. It doesn't seem to matter how many workouts I've had, other sports I've played, or animals I've shot. There's always some little muscle somewhere that only gets used when you're partaking in that one sport actvity...

All that being said, I'm not exactly sure how physically fit you have to be to hunt bears like David Booth does. Who knows, maybe if he had been going into a fair fight, he might have been more physically prepared and that would have carried through to the start of the hockey season.

But we'll never know. What we do know, is that David Booth's got game.

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Jordan Schroeder should be the 2nd line centre to start the season

Patrick Johnston
January 18 2013 08:40AM

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There's no denying the apparent chemistry between Jordan Schroeder and Mason Raymond. (Photos: Patrick Johnston)

We're all thinking it. The kid's time is now.

While there's been a lot of obfuscation on this one, Ryan Kesler appears to be ahead of schedule. The first ten games of the season features seven games against teams that should finish behind the Canucks. 

The table is set to run out the young guy and see if he's got the stuff as an NHL player. This needs to be qualified by all of the tabel salt, but he certainly appeared to in Thursday night's scrimmage.

For most prognosticators, Andrew Ebbett's maturity and actual NHL experience has kept him a the presumptive fronter to be the short term number two centre to begin the season. But that's the risk-averse pick, and I hate risk-averse decisions. The best picks are the educated risks and Jordan Schroeder would be an educated risk.

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