September 10 2012 10:45AM
In early June, before the Canucks and Mike Gillis had re-signed Cory Schneider, there was a lot of uncertainty between the pipes in Vancouver. Uncertainty in the hockey world is a putrefying fruit bowl, it attracts idle chatter and speculative conjecture like fruit flies. So I decided I'd start a "Strombabble" series to discuss the twists and turns of the Luongo trade market, and parse through the available information leading up to the draft. Lo and behold: a third of a calender year later, I'm still writing them.
This week, Luongo will do what was nearly unthinkable in late April: he'll return to Vancouver to temporarily re-join his Canucks teammates for a celebrity golf tournament this week. Per George Richards of the Miami Herald:
Will Luongo also meet with Canucks brass to discuss their current trade posture, and the Strombian one's possible future with a non-Panthers NHL club? We'll have to wait and see, but clearly Mike Gillis wasn't bluffing - though we guffawed about it at the time - when he spoke about retaining Luongo's services next season.
Read on past the jump.
September 10 2012 10:22AM
So you may have noticed some McKeen's Hockey banners popping up here and there across the Nation. That's because the boys over at McKeen's are launching a new website and subscription service that will replace their excellent annual magazines.
September 09 2012 11:46AM
Usually we'd be starting to talk about training camp around this time. Instead, the focus is still the possible lockout, the summer's activities by Canada's NHL teams and advanced stats and how they enhance our enjoyment of the game. We explore these topics and others with guests Harrison Mooney, Terry Jones and more.
This is Nation Radio.
September 08 2012 10:25AM
There were not many positive highlights from Vancouver's first round series against the LA Kings, as the Canucks were thoroughly outclassed throughout the majority of the five game defeat.
However, Cory Schneider's play was one bright spot. He stepped in to replace Roberto Luongo in Game 3 after the Canucks had dropped the first two games at home. Luongo's play wasn't poor, but the team needed a shake-up. Schneider stopped 19 of 20 shots in a 1-0 defeat in Game 3. He was good, but the team was unable to give him any goal support.
He was at his best in Game 4, though. The Kings out-shot Vancouver 44 to 30, but Schneider only let one puck get past him. His best save came five minutes into the third period.