GDR #64 - Blue Jackets @ Canucks

Cam Davie
March 01 2011 10:41AM


  I bet Kesler and Umberger went out for beers last night.

Game Day Recon #64 - Blue Jackets @ Canucks

The Vancouver Canucks need to keep an unfortunate streak going, as they look to get back in the win column. The Canucks have traded wins and losses for 10 games, and are currently on the down swing. However, the Canucks hope that at least one of the their trade deadline acquisitions will inject some life and spark into the lineup right away.

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The Canucks at the Deadline

Thomas Drance
February 28 2011 07:42PM

 

Photo of Canucks GM Mike Gillis courtesy the Vancouver Sun.

 

Gillis at the Deadline:

This wasn't Mike Gillis' first trade deadline as an NHL GM, but it was certainly his most revealing. In 2009, Gillis stood pat – Sundin had been his big midseason acquisition and Gillis was still restocking a feeder system left atrophied by the Burke/Nonis regime. (*) In 2010, Gillis had more pieces to play with; early in the day he moved disgruntled former client Mathieu Schneider, and swapped AHLers with St. Louis. In his biggest splash of the day – the word “splash” being applied generously in this case – Gillis exchanged a third rounder with Jim Rutherford for Andrew Alberts right at the deadline. Though it's a small sample size, there is a pattern that corroborates two things Gillis often reiterates to fans and the media – he prefers not to make large deals at the trade deadline, though he is comfortable waiting to the last minute, or as he ironically calls it: “working to a deadline.” 

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Canucks Land Lapierre, Higgins

Cam Davie
February 28 2011 02:18PM

The Vancouver Canucks completed two last-minute deals on Trade Deadline Day, landing Maxim Lapierre from the Anaheim Ducks and Chris Higgins from the Florida Panthers.

It looks as though Mike Gillis found the 4th line center that's been missing all year.

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Nations Deadline Live Chat

Kent Wilson
February 28 2011 08:28AM

Join Kent Wilson and Jonathan Willis at 10am MST for a trade deadline live chat. 

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Luongo, Or Not Luongo?

Jonathan Willis
February 28 2011 12:43AM

Roberto Luongo has a distinguished international career. Representing Canada on the international stage he has collected four gold and two silver medals – the most recent one coming after he backstopped Canada to Olympic gold, replacing an ineffective Martin Brodeur. Considered a franchise goaltender by most at the NHL level, he has added another bullet to his credentials as Canada’s premiere crease talent: his 0.924 SV% this season ranks fifth among NHL starters, and is the best mark posted by a Canadian.

What does that mean for his chances at Canada’s 2014 Olympic team? Well, if you’re Pierre McGuire, it means he should be sitting at home watching the television like the rest of us.

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