April 04 2013 04:47PM
It wasn't one of Mike Gillis' better days as GM of the Vancouver Canucks.
Not because he didn't make a big splash during the NHL's annual trade frenzysteriavaganzular.
After all, he did his best to address the Canucks' biggest needs the day before when he picked up a quality 2nd/3rd line centre in Derek Roy, inked versatile winger Chris Higgins to a very serviceable contract extention, and was in the running for hard-nosed winger Ryane Clowe righte up untile the laste minute.
No, Gillis' failure on Wednesday was more about not meeting the needs of Roberto Luongo than those of his hockey club. He compounded that failure by not living up to the heightened expectations set by both he and Gilman the day before.
More after the jumpe (but last extra 'e', I promise).
April 04 2013 01:52PM
Last time out, Taylor Hall had his way with the Canucks en route to a quick hat-trick.
I guess you could say the two teams going up against each other at Rogers Arena on Thursday night are heading into the game going in different directions. Which to me, is funny, because the team that has their fans feeling pessimistic has earned 5 points more than the one that has their's suddenly feeling cocky, through the same number of games, despite missing a whole whack of key pieces. It's all about perception and expectations...
The Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers - the two squads I was referring to in the paragraph above, obviously - do battle for the fourth time this season. You'll note that the game starts 30 minutes later than the usual start time for home games (7:30 PM PST); it's Canucks for Kids Fund Telethon night!
More on what should be a good game just after the jump.
April 04 2013 11:29AM
It has been rumoured for months that the Canucks would attempt to supplant the Abbotsford Heat with their own AHL affiliate in the Fraser Valley. That chatter has picked up steam recently as the Team 1040's Tom Mayenknecht reported that the Canucks would purchase the Peoria Rivermen (which did happen earlier this week) with an eye on moving them to some local destination (preferably Abbotsford).
The stumbling block has long been the presence of the Calgary Flames, who are in the third year of a ten year lease agreement with the city of Abbotsford. From the sounds of it - though, of course we should take such statements with a dumptruck load of salt - the Flames don't exactly sound eager to facilitate the deal.
Read on past the jump.
April 03 2013 09:02PM
The big story for the Canucks at the deadline was what didn't happen. Roberto Luongo wasn't shipped out of town as many expected he might be when he was pulled off of the ice just ten minutes prior to noon Pacific Time. Luogno was emotional at a press conference afterwards even admitting that his contract "sucks." Mike Gillis was a bit more circumspect.
Let's roundup what's being said about Vancouver's inability to move their star backup goaltender elsewhere, on the other side of the jump.
April 03 2013 06:03PM
After a "conditioning" stint with the Chicago Wolves, that was reportedly a disciplinary stint in actual fact, Zack Kassian has been recalled from the Chicago Wolves. In total Zack Kassian only played a single game with the Wolves during his slap-on-wrist re-assignment, and scored a goal early in Chicago's 5-3 victory over the San Antonio Rampage.
Kassian will now re-join the Canucks, presumably for Thursday night's home game against the Edmonton Oilers. Meanwhile the team has returned Bill Sweatt to Chicago.