November 02 2012 10:20AM
Recently, Tyler Bozak gave us reason to question his off-ice decision making skills, when he posted a picture of himself going "blackface" as part of a Halloween costume. Whether you think it was racist or not, there's no denying that it showed some questionable judgement on his part. Now, I'm not trying to throw cold water on it, because it's an issue that is certainly worth discussing. But at this point, everything that needs to be said has already been said.
Instead, let's take a look at Tyler Bozak the player, rather than the person. It makes sense to do this, because after all, it's what we do best on this platform.
Considering that I live Vancouver, I have watched an unjustifiably large amount of Toronto Maple Leafs hockey over the past few years. Whether it's TSN, or more prominently, Hockey Night in Canada, they have been unrelentingly shoved down my throat. It turns out that the pull towards the centre of the universe is quite strong. But I'm a sucker for hockey, so I stick around.
I feel like I have taken in enough Leafs hockey to know that Tyler Bozak is not the answer, regardless of the question. Which is why I have found the reports that Tyler Bozak would be the centerpiece of a package coming to Vancouver in return for Roberto Luongo rather perplexing. Things got real this past weekend, when Jason Botchford - in a Twitter dialogue with fans of the team - made it clear that the Canucks seem to value Bozak as a third line centre.
Am I personally missing something, or is it Mike Gillis and company that are losing the plot?
Click Past the Jump to Find Out.
November 02 2012 08:33AM
Luongo-to-Edmonton trade chatter has heated up over the past two months.
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Over the past few months as we've been strombabbling about Roberto Luongo's future, the star goaltender has been laughing at us on Twitter (well, not us specifically, but he's certainly been having fun with the speculation). On Halloween he dressed up as an Edmonton Oilers goaltender (probably his childhood hero Grant Fuhr) and tweeted a photo of it, causing mostly laughter.
But the laughing stopped when Kevin Lowe addressed the Edmonton Oilers' trade posture, throwing gasoline on the "Wow Factor" trade rumour that was floated earlier in the week by team employee Bob Stauffer. Certainly the Oilers appear to be a team interested in improving their roster by using the trade market (that sound you heard was a million Oilers fans, all crying out at once in worry), and sound willing to spend in order to shore up their situation in goal.
Read on past the jump.
November 01 2012 03:12PM
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November 01 2012 01:04PM
The latest alternative reality rewinds the clock back to 2009, and the NHL Draft, in particular. A rumor surfaced that the Canucks were prepared to make a significant offer to Tampa Bay for the 2nd overall pick, and then use the pick on Swedish sensation Victor Hedman. What would have happened if things unfolded differently?
November 01 2012 11:15AM
Back in June, I was fortunate enough to chat with Vancouver Canucks prospect Frank Corrado. He had just come off a strong season for the Sudbury Wolves (being nominated for best OHL defenseman along the way).
Things couldn't get better for the young blueliner, right? Wrong. After our chat, he was named the 7th best prospect by Canucks Army this summer. And he was then named the Captain of the Wolves. I can't decide which one holds more clout and I'm sure he feels the same way. He has rewarded the Wolves by posting prolific numbers while shouldering most of the "heavy lifting." In fact, he recently decided that shutting down Niagara's best players wasn't enough, so he tacked on 5 assists of his own.
I figured now was as good a time as any to catch up with Corrado, and see what he's up to. Other than crushing the souls of his opponents in the Ontario Hockey League, of course.
Read Past the Jump for the Chat with Corrado.