On Dave Nonis' Canucks Tenure, and Whether or not the Brian Burke Firing Could Impact a Luongo Trade

Thomas Drance
January 09 2013 11:28AM

A younger, employed Brian Burke admires his fine handiwork as Canucks General Manager. 

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Brian Burke has been fired as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Burke's Leafs teams were pretty much consistently awful, and didn't show any improvement over the course of his tenure (though their prospect pool is somewhat better now than it was when Burke took over), so the move by MLSE to kick him to the curb isn't much of a surprise.

The timing of the firing, on the other hand, most certainly is.

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Frankie Corrado will be Invited to Canucks Training Camp

Thomas Drance
January 09 2013 10:25AM

While I suppose we still don't know for sure whether or not Frank Corrado is one of the names Bob McKenzie listed that are "confirmed" training camp invites or if he just remains a "likely" invite, if Bob McKenzie says Frank Corrado is coming to Canucks training camp, that's good enough for me.

Considering the Canucks are kicking the tires on the likes of Jim Vandermeer and Cam Barker, this shouldn't really come as a surprise.

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Strombabble: The Point Men and the Waiver Hammer

Thomas Drance
January 09 2013 09:23AM

It would be against our nature to let a firecracker Jason Botchford take, like this one from Tuesday evening summing up the Luongo-trade situation, pass us by without comment. Botch is in midseason form with some of his one-liners here - in particular I got a hearty laugh out of his droll play on Bob McKenzie's hilarious "biological clock" formulation from Monday night. What I'm interested in discussing briefly here however, is two fresh bits of information concerning the "point men" within the Canucks and the Maple Leafs organization's who might ultimately drive this potential deal to completion, and the prospect of waiving Luongo.

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KHL Highlights: Kovalchuk Staying?

Steve Dangle
January 08 2013 10:53PM

Speculation is flying that Kovalchuk might stay in the KHL, Ryan O'Reilly is still playing until he signs a new deal with the Avalanche, and KHL President Medvedev is pretty much threatening war against the NHL.

Ignore the KHL now? The fun might just be getting started. Enjoy!

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Afternoon Headshots: January 8th

Thomas Drance
January 08 2013 03:15PM

The Canucks, skating together at UBC on Tuesday.
Photo Credit: @Chris_Withers of PuckedIntheHead.com

Headshots are a Canucks Army feature where we link to the day's freshest news, and other assorted Canucks web-goodies. If you've written a blogpost, produced a tribute video or birthed a clever .gif into existence - please e-mail Thom at thom.drance@gmail.com.

Not sure how he found this (I like his work so I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he wasn't actually watching Jay Leno) but Jordan Bowman hooks us up with some footage of the Tonight Show host taking a shot at Zack Kassian's "meth mouth." 

The always salacious News 1130sports Twitter account was active this morning, passing along rumours about the team's interest in Cam Barker (well, we knew that one already) as well as forward Tom Kostopolous and possibly Jason Arnott too. Arnott and Kostopolous would certainly be solid additions at the right price. We wrote about Arnott's suitability for the Canucks over the summer. 

Prized Canucks defensive prospect Frank "don't call me Frankie" Corrado was traded on Tuesday from the Sudbury team he captained to the Kitchener Rangers. The wrinkle? Kitchener head-coach Steve Spott cut Corrado from Team Canada's World Junior Championship roster less than a month ago. Pass it to Bulis has more. Can we assume that Frank Corrado just got a significant raise?  

Jason Botchford is fired up - and absolutely correct - about the "Luongo rule" being petty, arbitrary and objectively senseless. Here's our take on the Luongo rule from Monday evening.

More links and smart ass quickie analysis on the other side of the jump.

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