September 04 2012 03:22PM
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In what some people are choosing to classify as “news”, Roberto Luongo participated in a video interview from a practice rink in Florida, that was beyond bizarre.
September 04 2012 12:38PM
Look ma, no photoshop!
What's up with the never ending story that is the Roberto Luongo trade situation?
Well, Harvey Fialkov of the Florida Sun Sentinel has a double punch combo of "Luongo wants to be traded to the Panthers" content today. First he wrote a column about Luongo practicing at the Panther's practice facility, the "saveology.com iceplex" in Coral Springs Florida. Per Fialkov:
In a bizarre, slightly uncomfortable scene at Saveology.com Iceplex Tuesday morning, current Panthers goalie tandem Scott Clemmensen and Jose Theodore were beginning an informal practice with several teammates just moments after estranged Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo had finished his own skate.
Luongo has made it clear that since Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis promoted goalie Cory Schneider to starter with a three-year, $12 million contract extension, that he wants to be traded to the Panthers, the franchise he established his All-Star credentials with from 2001-06 and back to an area he still maintains an offseason residence with his wife and two young children...
[The Panthers] makes sense for myself, for my career and my family,'' added Luongo, who still has 10 years at $5.33 million per remaining on his deal. "That being said. There's obvious other options as well. This is a preferred location for obvious reasons but I'm not shutting the door on other possibilities if it comes up.''
Read on past the jump.
September 04 2012 10:39AM
In mid-summer Mike Gillis discussed whether or not an aging but highly sought after unrestricted free-agent, the captain of his former club, and a player with a tremendous sense of loyalty to the franchise with whom he spent his career, would fit with the Canucks. Here's how he put it:
It’s natural that players who have played in one place for a long time have a degree of attachment. But I think we offer a unique opportunity and one that presents some different options. We’re cautiously optimistic.
We knew going into this that a player of [his] calibre wasn’t going to make a decision lightly and it wasn’t going to be based on just compensation — it would be based on a variety of different factors. We have been patient and we are prepared to be patient longer.”
Of course, Mike Gillis wasn't discussing Shane Doan in that quote. No, that quote is from the summer of 2008 and if Gillis had been courting Doan then, well, it would've been tampering. The General Manager's language four years ago however, should sound eerily familiar to Canucks fans who've been paying attention this summer - but in that particular quote Gillis was discussing his drawn out but ultimately successful courtship of one Mats Sundin.
Read on past the jump.
September 03 2012 10:19AM
The title of this post was originally set to be ‘All I Want for Christmas Is..’, before a last minute change. I figured it would be just a tad bit too cheesy. But then again, that has never seemed to get in my way in the past. And it would have made sense timing-wise, given the fact that –by the looks of how CBA negotiations are coming along, or more accurately, not coming along - the earliest I’ll be able to see it in action will likely be in December.
The dream is simple. I want to see the Vancouver Canucks deploy a third line consisting of Jannik Hansen, Max Lapierre, and Chris Higgins. That’s a reasonable desire, right?
If you think about it, it makes too much sense for it not to happen. But then again, it can be a cruel world out there, and sometimes you just don’t get what you want. Plus, there are a few things that would need to fall into place to allow it to unfold.
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September 02 2012 01:45PM
This is a translation courtesy Andrey Osadchenko. The original interview was conducted by Vasilyi Trunov.
Vasilyi Trunov: Is it true that your hometown of Pardubice is all factories and industrial stuff?
Jan Bulis: There are some industrial buildings but they aren't as big as in Chelyabinsk. Have you ever heard of Semtex explosives? They make it in my hometown!