The Argument for Doing Nothing

Thomas Drance
February 27 2012 08:09AM

Today is the big day. There's thirty General Managers with five or so hours to improve their team before the trade window slams shut at 3 PM EST. As hockey fans everywhere tune in breathlessly, there's the obvious likelihood that today's deadline will go off with a whimper, rather than any sort of bang. It's a frenzied atmosphere - and as every General Manager past and present will tell you, "more mistakes get made" on this day, than on any other.

Over the past week we've taken stock of what the Canucks need and how much cap-space they have. We've looked at the franchise's recent history at the deadline and at what “winners” typically do at the deadline. We've also “targeted“ available forwards and defenseman. Now in the calm before the potential storm, lets think long and hard about whether or not it's even worthwhile for Mike Gillis to make a major move to his current roster.

Read on past the jump!

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NHLNumbers Podcast Episode 5: Trade Deadline Edition

NHLnumbers Podcast
February 26 2012 10:18PM



For this special edition of the NHLNumbers podcast, Jonathan Willis, Rob Vollman, Justin Azevedo and myself (Kent Wilson) came together to talk all things trade deadline.

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Canucks Blow Late Lead to Stars, Linesman Blamed

Thomas Drance
February 26 2012 04:45PM

Mason Raymond had a strong game in a losing effort, as the Canucks blow a late lead in Texas.
(Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

You just know the Canucks' panel of sleep experts circled today's game early on in the season as a potential "let down" or "trap game." It was the team's sixth game in eight nights, a run that started with a game against Toronto in Vancouver, followed immediately the next day by a game against Edmonton. The team then made a pit stop in Tennesse, followed up by another "travel double header" this week in Michigan and New Jersey. Having logged all of those miles, and played several grueling games - it was obvious that the Canucks were going to be lethargic in this one, an afternoon game in Texas.

These concerns aside, the Canucks came out-strong this afternoon and did what they had to do to win. Through 40 minutes they were the superior side and had built a one goal lead. To their credit - they didn't "sit on" on that lead in the third - they continued to trade chances with the Stars for the first fifteen minutes of the third period.

In the last five minutes of the game, however, the tide turned. There's a lot of excuses you can make for this: Dallas is a desperate bubble team and needed these points and their players don't want to be shipped off tomorrow. Also, score effects become stronger in the games waning moments and the Canucks have, as mentioned above, criss-crossed the continent - seemingly at random - over the past week. Finally a linesman called a borderline icing on the Canucks (as I see it, it could've gone either way - but those are the breaks) with a minute to play and that gave Dallas one last chance to tie it with their goaltender on the bench.

Dallas, of course, made good on that chance as a lovely Ribiero deflection beat Luongo. From there the energized home-town team absolutely dominated the tired visitor, handing the Canucks their first OT loss in over 13 months.

Click past the jump for a more detailed recap, the statistical three stars and goats, and scoring chance data!

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Nation Radio - February 25, 2012

February 26 2012 11:00AM



It was trade deadline eve, eve this Saturday and all of hockey fans thoughts turned to rumors and speculation. Monday will likely turn out to be slightly less interesting for Oilers faithful now that Hemsky has signed, but that doesn't mean they and some of the other Nations teams won't be making a move or two. This week, Allan investigates what the Jets, Flames, Leafs and Canucks are thinking heading into the frenzy.

This is Nation Radio

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Game #63 Preview: Stars Wars

Thomas Drance
February 26 2012 09:54AM

Hopefully Luongo won't require the help of the cross bar in today's game!

The Canucks and the Stars haven't met in a game since February 19th, 2011. In an odd quirk of schedule, the two sides will now play four games (at a rate of a game every 10 days) over the balance of the regular season.

Imagine if Dallas slips into the postseason, and meets the Canucks in the first round (which is what would occur if the season ended today). If that scenario does indeed unfold, these teams could face each other 8 to 11 times over the next three months... With that in mind, let's all take a moment to be thankful that Marty Turco has moved on!

Read on post the jump for more detailed preview, your three keys and underlying numbers for both teams.

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