March 30 2013 10:49AM
Photo Credit: DARRYL DYCK , THE CANADIAN PRESS
Today marks the end of our "bold moves" series examining recent decisions by Mike Gillis. The past bets - be it Keith Ballard, or David Booth, or Zack Kassian - haven't paid off, and we have about six years to determine whether or not the Canucks' decision to go with Cory Schneider between the pipes instead of Roberto Luongo does. That said, we'll do our best to get way out ahead of this one today so read past the jump.
March 29 2013 05:54PM
How many Luongo posts will we write between now and the trade deadline?
Based on our pace the past 24 hours, I'd set the over/under at 20.
Last night we pivotted off of a Damien Cox report which suggested that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks had resumed talks concerning a potential deal for Vancouver's deposed starting goaltender Roberto Luongo's. Today that report is being corroborated pretty much everywhere.
One of the corroborating reports was filed on Friday afternoon by Pierre Lebrun over at ESPN.com. Lebrun's report is the most detailed and elaborates at length on the sour relationship between General Manager's Mike Gillis and Dave Nonis, while also hinting that there are other a couple of additional clubs that have begun to chase Roberto Luongo just this week.
We'll unpack Lebrun's report in detail after the jump.
Blues to Cease Operation of AHL Affiliate, First Step Along the Path to a Canucks Owned AHL Team in Abbotsford?
March 29 2013 04:02PM
BREAKING: The St. Louis Blues will cease the Rivermen operation in Peoria.— Andrew Barra (@AndrewBarraWMBD) March 29, 2013
Some interesting news today that may (or may not) be related to the whole "Canucks might purchase an AHL affiliate and move it to the Fraser Valley" story that we've watched closely over the past seven months. According to WMBD (an Illinois based CBS affiliate) the St. Louis Blues have reportedly informed the Peoria Civic Center in writing that "the Blues will cease to operate professional hockey after this season." Tom Eminian of the Peoria Junior Star has since corroborated that report.
Read past the jump.
March 29 2013 01:15PM
The secret to the Canucks recent success: Leo the angry ginger cat. (via my buddy @kylevskyle)
This is a regular Friday feature combining a healthy mixture of observation, analysis, and foresight on the Vancouver Canucks. If you'd like to get at me about anything covered in this column, follow me on Twitter at @yyjordan and let's start a textual relationship (wink).
March 29 2013 11:50AM
Mike Gillis would like to explain his relatively conservative trade deadline history to you.
With the trade deadline readily approaching, we've kicked our all-encompassing preview into high gear. Already on this platform, we have taken an inventory of what the team has and what it needs, we have "Strombabbled", and we have looked at some of the "BOLD MOVES" from the Gillis era (i.e. acquiring Keith Ballard, buying David Booth's services, and trading away Cody Hodgson).
In anticipation of the April 3rd deadline, it's time for us to take a look at what Mike Gillis has managed to do during his tenure as GM of the team on that very day. As you'll see, there's no doubt that there have been good moves, there have been bad moves, and there have been moves that nobody really cares about. But can we sum them all up in an attempt to grasp his general strategy?
Read on Past the Jump for More.