September 04 2012 10:39AM
In mid-summer Mike Gillis discussed whether or not an aging but highly sought after unrestricted free-agent, the captain of his former club, and a player with a tremendous sense of loyalty to the franchise with whom he spent his career, would fit with the Canucks. Here's how he put it:
It’s natural that players who have played in one place for a long time have a degree of attachment. But I think we offer a unique opportunity and one that presents some different options. We’re cautiously optimistic.
We knew going into this that a player of [his] calibre wasn’t going to make a decision lightly and it wasn’t going to be based on just compensation — it would be based on a variety of different factors. We have been patient and we are prepared to be patient longer.”
Of course, Mike Gillis wasn't discussing Shane Doan in that quote. No, that quote is from the summer of 2008 and if Gillis had been courting Doan then, well, it would've been tampering. The General Manager's language four years ago however, should sound eerily familiar to Canucks fans who've been paying attention this summer - but in that particular quote Gillis was discussing his drawn out but ultimately successful courtship of one Mats Sundin.
Read on past the jump.
September 03 2012 10:19AM
The title of this post was originally set to be ‘All I Want for Christmas Is..’, before a last minute change. I figured it would be just a tad bit too cheesy. But then again, that has never seemed to get in my way in the past. And it would have made sense timing-wise, given the fact that –by the looks of how CBA negotiations are coming along, or more accurately, not coming along - the earliest I’ll be able to see it in action will likely be in December.
The dream is simple. I want to see the Vancouver Canucks deploy a third line consisting of Jannik Hansen, Max Lapierre, and Chris Higgins. That’s a reasonable desire, right?
If you think about it, it makes too much sense for it not to happen. But then again, it can be a cruel world out there, and sometimes you just don’t get what you want. Plus, there are a few things that would need to fall into place to allow it to unfold.
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September 02 2012 01:45PM
This is a translation courtesy Andrey Osadchenko. The original interview was conducted by Vasilyi Trunov.
Vasilyi Trunov: Is it true that your hometown of Pardubice is all factories and industrial stuff?
Jan Bulis: There are some industrial buildings but they aren't as big as in Chelyabinsk. Have you ever heard of Semtex explosives? They make it in my hometown!
September 02 2012 09:38AM
Allan, in front, does the show while Kent Wilson (note the glorious mustache) and henchmen watch
It's the labour day long weekend! While most everyone was out enjoying the long weekend, drinking a beer or watching the kids run around for the last, few, short hours before school starts again, Allan Mitchell was hunched over a desk, calling people enjoying the break, and demanding they talk to him about hockey. A surprisingly large group of helpful experts not only answered the phone but also answered his questions - and here we are.
This is Nation Radio.
September 01 2012 03:02PM
If there was ever a definitive Vancouver Canucks season between Stanley Cup Finals appearances in 1994 and 2011, there's a fair case for the 2002 campaign.
After a couple of years of knocking on the door, the 2002 team proved that the Canucks, led by the West Coast Express trio of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison, could be an elite franchise competing with the Detroits and Colorados of the Western Conference.
Vancouver made the playoffs as an 8-seed that season, winning two games at Joe Louis Arena before dropping their next four to the Red Wings. Even making the playoffs at that point, though, was a bit of a stretch. The Canucks started off the year terribly.