March 06 2014 11:02PM
"Must-win game!" "Biggest game of the year!" "Fighting for their playoff lives!"
Those are all things you probably heard leading up to tonight's showdown with the 2nd-place-in-the-wildcard Dallas Stars. Since Vancouver was sitting just two points back of the Stars but with two more games played, a loss would really go a long way to pushing Vancouver's season to the brink. You'd expect then that the Canucks would come out flying in a desperate attempt to gain some oh-so-valuable ground on one of the teams they're chasing, right?
Haha, wrong! Vancouver learned the hard way that you cannot stop Jamie Benn, you can only hope to contain him. He and Tyler Seguin combined for 4 goals and 4 assists in a 6-1 beatdown of the Canucks in the first game of the post-Luongo era. Read past the jump for a recap and possibly some group therapy. Possibly.
March 06 2014 08:30PM
Screengrab via Play Now Sports
All of the talk in Vancouver leaving yesterday's trade deadline had to do with the one that the Canucks didn't make, rather than the two they did. The way the rumours had been given an opportunity to gain steam and marinate in the week leading up to it surely played into that, as did Ryan Kesler's tweet (and awkward way of trying to deflect the attention afterwards, except not really).
How the team handled the entire situation has been a polarizing topic. Without being in the room, we may never know the full story of how close a trade actually was at any time leading up to the deadline, but the fact of the matter is that the Canucks are a fast-sinking ship, and a seemingly malcontent Kesler is still here.
A case can certainly be made that it would've behooved the team to expedite his departure from the situation in an attempt to begin the "retooling" as Mike Gillis calls it, but - strap into your seats - I'm actually of the belief that the Canucks were wise to note cater to the contenders that circled them once they smelled blood.
March 06 2014 02:44PM
Made it to Dallas! pic.twitter.com/upSd8mIN9k— Shawn Matthias (@ShawnMatthias) March 5, 2014
The Trade Deadline has come and gone, and Ryan Kesler is still a Canuck. After parting ways with the best goaltender in the franchise's history the day prior, the team had itself a quiet, underwhelming day, much to its fanbase's chagrin.
Right now all of talk around these parts is about the move that they didn't make, rather than the ones that they did. A lot of time and energy has been spent speculating what the package(s) Mike Gillis turned down were, and whether he didn't make the move because he wasn't satisfied with the return or because of last minute meddling from the guys above him on the pecking order.
That's not a story that'll die down anytime soon, and if the team continues down the losing path it has been on for weeks now, it'll more than likely serve as just the tip of the iceberg. When it rains, it pours, and that's when all of this stuff starts to leak out.
But for now, they've got 18 more games to play before this dreadful 2013-14 season is over with, and they move one step closer to that feat with a match-up against the Stars on Thursday night in Dallas. If Shawn Matthias' triumphant arrival to the lineup doesn't exactly peak your interest, maybe local boys Jamie Benn, Brenden Dillon, and The One That Got Away will.
March 05 2014 01:42PM
"And if you take a right, you should arrive at YVR." [Image via the Windsor Star]
We waited all the way up until the final buzzer - nay, even a few minutes past it - to hear about a Vancouver Canucks trade today. And then we finally did. Unfortunately, it wasn't the one many people around these parts were hoping to hear about on this day.
We're referring to the Ryan Kesler trade, which was never made and will now be talked about ad nauseam all the way through to the Draft this Summer. We'll have plenty of time to discuss why it didn't happen in depth, as the truth slowly but surely trickles out.
But for now all we can do is talk about the stuff that *did* happen, and that's that Raphael Diaz is off to New York, as he'll be given a chance to contribute for a playoff bound team (assuming he manages to stay out of Alain Vigneault's doghouse..).
March 05 2014 06:13AM
The 2014 Trade Deadline came and went. Following a busy prelude yesterday, it was difficult to gauge whether it was just the tip of the iceberg and a sign of things to come, or whether the teams that intended on being feisty had already blown their loads.
After the fact I'd say the answer was "both", sort of. The festivities - as they're one to do - started off with a largely slow, boring build-up. Based on my extensive field research, I'd say a large majority of people came into the day thinking there could really be some fireworks after being lured in and teased yesterday. So there was a lot of moaning, and groaning, and complaining. Nothing new there.
But sure enough, as we reached the noon PST deadline itself, trades began to come in bunches as some relatively big names were moved. Unfortunately for a lot of readers of this blog, there was one name in particular that wasn't moved and really stuck out - that being Ryan Kesler.
Anyways, we spent the full morning updating this post in the style of a running diary, with a live chat mixed in as well. If you were working and missed out on it all, hopefully you'll be able to use this as a tool to get caught up. And even if you were actually around throughout, maybe you'll still be able to make some use of this bad boy. After all, Twitter is so active that things can slip through the cracks even for the most observant of fans!