Dreger: "I don't think Luongo will Report" if he isn't Traded this Offseason

Thomas Drance
May 30 2013 04:43PM

Screen cap via Justin Bourne.

In the immediate wake of the explosive Roberto Luongo to the New York Islanders rumour proferred on Twitter by Bob McKenzie on Thursday afternoon, McKenzie's TSN colleague Darren Dreger joined Dave Naylor and Steve Simmons on Toronto's TSN 1050 sports talk radio station to further flesh out the topic (you can listen to his segment here). 

Darren Dreger has been especially bearish on Roberto Luongo's trade value throughout this saga, and while that's bothered some Canucks fans (who like to bring up Dreger's familial relationship with Dave Nonis as a reason to be skeptical of his reporting), it's tough to argue that Dreger's perspective on this process hasn't been completely vindicated by the events of last summer, last season, and the trade deadline.

On Thursday, Dreger suggested that Roberto Luongo wouldn't even report to Canucks training camp if the team failed to move him this summer. Dreger further opined that even though the Islanders "make some sense" as a Luongo destination, the latest rumour is "more the Vancouver Canucks angling, trying to create, invent a market" for Roberto Luongo's services.

Read past the jump for more.

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McKenzie: Islanders Would be Interested in Luongo Deal Under "Right Circumstances"

Thomas Drance
May 30 2013 02:53PM

Okay everybody, dust off your Rick DiPietro jokes and load up the capgeek.com/Islanders page because we've got ourselves a live one. According to TSN's Bob McKenzie it's concievable that Garth Snow and the New York Islanders might have interest in a Roberto Luongo trade "under the right circumstances."

Yes "under the right circumstances" is a vague, catch all qualifier but still, this is a big nugget about a potential Roberto Luongo deal from the godfather of hockey coverage. So obviously we'll talk about it at greater length on the other side of the jump.

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Canucks will pick 24th at what could be a fascinating 2013 NHL Draft

Thomas Drance
May 30 2013 12:34PM

Photograph: Bri Weldom via Wikimedia Commons

With the Red Wings falling short against the Chicago Blackhawks in game seven of the Western Conference Semifinal series which was completed on Wednesday, the NHL's final four is set. Also set as a result of Wednesday night's thrilling game seven? Vancouver's place in the 2013 NHL Draft order. 

At the 2013 NHL draft in Newark, the Canucks will select a draft eligible player 24th overall in the first round, and then again with the 85th pick of the draft, the 115th pick, the 145th pick, the 175th pick, and finally the 205th pick in the seventh round. But more important than any prospects whom the Canucks might select, are the opportunities presented to them exclusively at the draft to improve the team through trades and creative manipulation of the new collective bargaining agreement (which of course we haven't seen yet). Read past the jump.

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Coaching Candidate Profile: Guy Boucher

Cam Charron
May 30 2013 10:45AM

The Globe & Mail called it a "ludicrous spectacle". The Philadelphia Flyers were hollering insults at the Tampa Bay bench, but as Harrison Mooney noted at the time, "the Lightning aren't afraid of the puck; they're clearly afraid of Guy Boucher." Most importantly, the Flyers' "stall tactics" verus Tampa Bay one fateful November night sealed the future of both Boucher and the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, as well as the 1-3-1.

For most hockey fans, the above image is the lasting reminder of the 1-3-1 systerm employed by Boucher in the 2010-2011 season. It's easy to forget now, given how poorly Tampa has finished over the last two seasons, that back during the spring of 2011 the Bolts came within a goal of the Stanley Cup Final, losing 1-0 on a late Nathan Horton tally in Game 7 against the Boston Bruins. They were a Cinderella team, but not a super unlikely Conference Final opponent. They won 46 games and were the 5th seed in the East, and were 23-12-6 after the acquisition of Dwayne Roloson, a goaltender who had a very strong half season with Tampa.

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Afternoon Headshots May 29th

Thomas Drance
May 29 2013 03:05PM

The King of pop drops the puck at a 1984 Vancouver Canucks home game.
Image via retronaut.com.

Today at Canucks Army we forged ahead with our Coaching Candidate Profile series and took a look at Dave Tippett, we also shrugged our shoulders at the news that the Canucks re-signed fourth-liner Tom Sestito.

Read past the jump for all the Canucks news that's fit to link to.

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