Game #64 Preview - A Dandy Desert Duel

Cam Davie
February 28 2012 12:07PM


Kesler, Hamhuis and the Canucks trounced the Coyotes in their first visit to Glendale this year.
Tonight, the Canucks play their first game with new teammates Pahlsson, Gragnani and Pahlsson.
(Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Image)

Game Day Recon: Game #64 - Canucks @ Coyotes

Did the Vancouver Canucks become a tougher playoff team yesterday? Or did they gamble away their future by trading a potential captain? Canucks fans will have the next few months and then years and years ahead of them to debate Mike Gillis's 2012 Trade Deadline Day moves.

Today is Day 1 of the Canucks A.C. (After Cody) and Vancouver club gets their first chance to put their new lineup to a pretty hard test tonight as they'll be hosted the hottest team in the league... the Phoenix Coyotes.

Yes, that's right. The Coyotes are the hottest team in the NHL.

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Don't Doubt The G-Man.

Thomas Drance
February 28 2012 10:38AM


To his credit Tony Gallagher, pictured right, was months ahead of the Hodgson trade story.

I haven't written about it at length like some of my Smylosphere colleagues have, but I'll admit it: I thought the Tony Gallagher led fan-base obsession with Cody Hodgson's ice-time this season was silly. Hodgson's deployment made sense to me for hockey reasons, so I didn't believe his limited ice-time was some sordid indicator of Alain Vigneault's dislike for his star rookie. I'd have liked to have seen Hodgson play more with the first power-play unit, but otherwise, the way Hodgson was sheltered and used this season seemed deliberate, and I figured he was being groomed for the long-term. Yep, I was way off the mark.

Read on past the jump.

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The Canucks At the Deadline: Reaction Round Up

Thomas Drance
February 27 2012 07:37PM


New Canucks defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani makes a funny face.

Generally speaking the writers here at Canucks Army seem to think the Canucks did well at the trade-deadline. Adding Sami Pahlsson for two fourths and ECHLer Taylor Ellington was a fabulous deal. The Hodgson/Kassian trade is a bit more complicated - it's clearly a massive gamble, but the Canucks sold high on Cody Hodgson and improved themselves in the short term.

Interested in what the mainstream, National hockey media thought of Gillis' trade deadline handiwork? A full roundup, after the jump.

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Gillis' Gamble

Thomas Drance
February 27 2012 04:04PM


Well, at least newly acquired Zack Kassian looks like a hockey player!

Mike Gillis loves to work to a deadline, and he proved that again with a blockbuster trade that only broke about thirty minutes after the deadline expired. What a ballsy deal this was for the Canucks General Manager, who has been the model of conservatism at the trade deadline in the past.

Needless to say, today Gillis departed from him usual approach and sent the well loved and absurdly talented Cody Hodgson to Buffalo, along with depth defenseman Alexander Sulzer in exchange for mammoth forward Zack Kassian, and young offensive defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani. Wow.

Read past the jump!

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The Other Trade: Erixon for Gordon

Thomas Drance
February 27 2012 02:29PM

 

Lost in the furor surrounding the Cody Hodgson/Zack Kassian deal, was a minor deal the Canucks snuck in before the buzzer today. The team moved undrafted defensive prospect Sebastian Erixon to the Ducks for right-wing grinder Andrew Gordon. Here's the media release.

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