Strombabble: as the dust settles

Thomas Drance
June 25 2012 12:39PM

As the NHL Draft came and went, and the dust began to settle, Roberto Luongo remained the property of the Vancouver Canucks. As the draft concluded on Saturday afternoon, Gillis played coy, and rejected the notion that the draft was any sort of formal deadline for a trade: "[a Luongo deal is] certainly not going to be done because of the pressure of selecting kids who in all likelihood aren't going to be significantly involved in this team." But the reality of the situation is that he's taking on a considerable level of risk with his obstinance.

Of course, Luongo's continued presence on the Canucks roster set off a new round of conflicting reports, anonymously sourced rumours and other scuttlebutt.

With that in mind let's dust off another installment in our Strombabble series, and dissect what's reportedly going on with Gillis' asking price, the possibility of Luongo ending up on Vancouver's AHL affiliate farm-team, and the more outlandish possibility of Luongo "steering" a potential trade toward his preferred destination - Vancouver's quadruple A farm-team: the Florida Dale Tallons.

Read past the jump for more.

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Vigneault talks Jensen, Kassian and Zone-Starts with Canucks Army

Cam Charron
June 25 2012 08:21AM

 At this weekend's NHL Draft, we were able to catch up briefly with Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. We didn't have the time for a full-length interview but we got a few thoughts from him on zone starts, along with two young players in the Canucks' system in Zack Kassian and Nicklas Jensen. Questions and answers are edited for grammar.

Cam Charron: You deploy your players so much differently than any other coach in the league. How involved do you get in the player selection process?

Alain Vigneault: Not at all. This is all the amateurs [scouts]. I don't see any of the games as far as the potential players that come to our organization so we've got a great amateur scouting staff that do a great job and it's all up to them.

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Nation Radio - June 23, 2012 Entry Draft Edition

June 24 2012 09:24AM



The 2012 Entry Draft was a wild one, with an unexpected run on defenders in the top-10, the Jordan Staal and Luke Schenn trades as well as Calgary making the biggest risk/reward pick in the first round. The Nation had no less than five people on the ground in Pittsburgh watching the action and rubbing elbows with scouts and GM's alike. Yesterday, all of them talked to Allan about their takes and experiences.

This is Nation Radio.

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The 2012 NHL Entry Draft: Recap

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2012 05:16PM

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft featured a ton of action, and we had people on the ground from across the Nation Network. With the draft behind us, now's a good time to summarize the collected work done by our writers.

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The Vancouver Canucks select Alexandre Mallet 57th overall at the 2012 NHL Draft

Jonathan Willis
June 23 2012 10:54AM

The Vancouver Canucks chose Rimouski forward Alexandre Mallet with their first pick on day two of the 2012 NHL Entry draft.

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