January 16 2013 09:57AM
NHL hockey is back. That means we’re all over the lockout now and ready to move on, right? Feel however you will about the damage that's been done at the hands of ‘he who must not be named’ the truth is that there are plenty of NHL markets frothing at the mouth ready to get back to seeing their favorite players hit the ice.
Vancouver is one of those markets.
January 15 2013 02:37PM
According to the Vancouver Canucks Twitter feed hunting enthusiast, controversial Tweeter and second-line power winger David Booth will be out 4-6 weeks with a strained groin that he aggravated on Sunday during the club's fitness testing.
AV: Booth had an MRI done yesterday. He will be out approximately 4-6 weeks.— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) January 15, 2013
Some ramblings on Vancouver's quickly eroding depth after the jump.
January 15 2013 01:03PM
Think about how important Brian Campbell and Sheldon Souray were to their respective teams last season after being forced out of their old organizations due to a high salary cap hit.
Now, think about the possibilities of compliance buy-outs to guys like Shawn Horcoff and Jay Bouwmeester in the offseason. Or, if you want to look at this season alone, Scott Gomez and Wade Redden.
January 15 2013 09:17AM
"I'd be a lot more comfortable if you just asked Dimitri and Jeff these questions instead."
Short. Sweet, but still a little rugged in an intriguing way. All business. Definitely taking nothing off of the table.
You might think that I'm talking about Andrew Ebbett, but in this particular instance, I'm not. Instead I'm referring to the latest edition of the So You're an Expert podcast, in which Jeff Angus joined me to preview the season that's nearly upon us.
You'll notice that it's a short episode (hovering around 15 minutes in length), and that's because we just don't know very much at the moment as it relates to the two biggest talking points surrounding the team - the Roberto Luongo trade saga, and the opening down the middle on the second line. But we did our best to broach the subjects, despite the potential for the entire discussion to be deemed obsolete at any moment.
We also took a look at the two depth defensemen signings, and meandered around the Northwest Division.
Click Past the Jump for the Podcast.
Strombabble: the Canucks might bring him back to start the season, but Luongo doesn't want to stay in Vancouver Long-Term
January 15 2013 06:59AM
As the Roberto Luongo saga has dragged on (and on, and on), and the prospect of the Canucks returning their two star goaltenders has become increasingly more likely, we've taken some time out to note that Luongo's and Schneider's good-will has enabled Mike Gillis to wait for the right trade. But at some point, things will come to a head, right? I mean these are two fiercely competitive goaltenders who deserve to get the bulk of the starts for some NHL club...
Well as it turns out, that "aura of good-will" may just have an expiration date. Here's a good pull from Sporting News editor and "Friend of the Blog" Sean Gentille:
If the Vancouver Canucks hold on to Roberto Luongo, it'll likely help them succeed in the short season. Sporting News' Jesse Spector and Canucks Army's Cam Charron lay out the reasons behind that theory well enough.
Luongo, on the trade block currently and for the last several months, is cool with that. What he doesn't want to do, though, is stick with Vancouver beyond the 48-game 2013 schedule.
Roberto Luongo could well wind up playing 2013 in Vancouver, after all. "I'm willing to stay here this season because it will be short. But I do not want to stay here long term," Luongo told RDS.ca, according to a translation of the story, which originally appeared in French.
In case you suspect that something may have been lost in translation here, here's the quote as it appears in French on the RDS site:
“Non. Je suis prêt à rester ici cette saison parce qu’elle sera courte. Mais je ne veux pas rester ici à long terme.”
Well then. Click past the jump for more.