Blues to Cease Operation of AHL Affiliate, First Step Along the Path to a Canucks Owned AHL Team in Abbotsford?

Thomas Drance
March 29 2013 04:02PM

Some interesting news today that may (or may not) be related to the whole "Canucks might purchase an AHL affiliate and move it to the Fraser Valley" story that we've watched closely over the past seven months. According to WMBD (an Illinois based CBS affiliate) the St. Louis Blues have reportedly informed the Peoria Civic Center in writing that "the Blues will cease to operate professional hockey after this season." Tom Eminian of the Peoria Junior Star has since corroborated that report.

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The Canucks Week in Quips for March 29

March 29 2013 01:15PM

The secret to the Canucks recent success: Leo the angry ginger cat. (via my buddy @kylevskyle)

This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).

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Breaking Down Mike Gillis' Trade Deadline Resume

Dimitri Filipovic
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?

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Sedins, Schneider, Empty Netters Beat Avalanche 4-1: Recap and Chance Data

Dimitri Filipovic
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.

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Strombabble: Leafs and Canucks Reportedly Talking Luongo Trade Again

Thomas Drance
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. 

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