2013 Trade Deadline Recap: The Long Game, Desperation and Managing Expectations

Thomas Drance
April 03 2013 05:41PM

The 2013 trade deadline played out in atypical fashion for Mike Gillis and the Canucks. Over the years Mike Gillis has seemingly played his cards at the deadline in a relatively predictable and conservative fashion: rarely acquiring pure rental players, and almost always sneaking in a buzzer beating deal, the terms of which usually aren't made public until well after the deadline's expiration.

This season Mike Gillis got his shopping done early and plugged the team's biggest hole by acquiring Derek Roy, a pure rental, from Dallas for prospect Kevin Connauton and a 2nd round pick. He then stood pat on deadline day and made headlines by not trading Roberto Luongo - though he reportedly tried desperately - who was clearly emotional as a result of Mike Gillis' inaction.

Let's unpack some big picture themes that have emerged from Wednesday's events.

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Post-Deadline: How Do the Canucks Look?

Jeff Angus
April 03 2013 04:04PM

Derek Roy, courtesy of the @VanCanucks Twitter account

The dust has settled on a rather eventul trade deadline (more for what didn't happen than what did). The Canucks made a great move bringing Derek Roy over from Dallas yesterday, but they didn't follow that up with anything today. It wasn't for a lack of trying, as Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman were working the phones all morning.

Drance offered a great post-deadline take on the Luongo situation (which continues on, much to the chagrin of every single person involved), so I'll take stock of the rest of the team, as well as the rest of the Western Conference.

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Luongo tells the emperor he's naked "My Contract Sucks"

Thomas Drance
April 03 2013 03:10PM

Three-hundred fifty-two days ago it was announced that Cory Schneider would get the start in game three of Vancouver's Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Los Angeles Kings. Schneider would dazzle, though the Canucks would lose anyway by a score of one to nothing. It appeared then that the end of the Roberto Luongo era in Vancouver was nigh, I mean, it just had to be.

Three-hundred and fifty-two days later and the Roberto Luongo era has fitfully, inexorably stretched on. It will continue until the summer at the earliest.

This has little to do with Roberto Luongo's performance and everything to do with the deal he signed a few years back. "My contract sucks" an emotional and forthright Luongo told the media on Wednesday afternoon, "I'd scrap it now if I could."

Read past the jump.

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False Alarm Luongo: Luongo Remains a Canucks Goaltender Past the Deadline

Thomas Drance
April 03 2013 01:24PM

To Quote the Strokes: is this it? (Spoiler alert: it wasn't it. But if you want to relive the conniption that everyone had in the 10 minutes before the trade deadline, click past the jump).

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Zack Kassian was Reportedly Demoted for Disciplinary Reasons

Jeff Angus
April 03 2013 10:32AM


The Canucks re-assigned rugged winger Zack Kassian to the AHL a few days ago. Officially, it was a standard re-assignment but it was widely seen as an unofficial "conditioning stint" since Kassian has missed some time over the past few weeks with a nagging lower back injury.

However, it now appears that there may have been disiplinary reasons that factored into Kassian's demotion. Read on past the jump.

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