Cheers and Jeers - May 25th

Cam Davie
May 25 2012 12:11PM

The Good and the Bad of this past week.

It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of... "Cheers and Jeers!"

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Justin Schultz Withdraws from Wisconsin

Thomas Drance
May 25 2012 10:04AM

For months now, it has looked likely that highly regarded prospect defenseman Justin Schultz would take advantage of a rarely used CBA loop-hole, withdraw from school, spurn the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and become a free-agent on July 1st. According to Bob Mckenzie, that's exactly what has happened today:

So the process has begun by which Justin Schultz will become a free-agent on July 1st, however, there is one more wrinkle.

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Shame on the CBC

Cam Davie
May 25 2012 08:10AM

Is this the type of message that you want the CBC to share with its female audience?
The CBC seems to think this is a really good idea. We beg to differ.
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Yesterday, CBC announced that it will debut a new show during the Stanley Cup Final targetted to women and the female perspective of watching sports. At least, that's the spin they're putting on it.

Something's going wrong at the CBC.

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Vigneault Catches Flack over a Couple of Clumsy Statements

Thomas Drance
May 24 2012 12:29PM

We were ecstatic yesterday when consistently successful and innovative head coach Alain Vigneault received a two year extension from the Canucks. He's not without his flaws as a bench boss, but generally speaking, he's among the league's best and the Canucks have morphed from an over-matched defensive squad into a perennial contender under his stewardship. His record as a hockey coach is unassailable for the most part, the fact that he hasn't won a championship during his tenure being the only blemish. His persistent foot-in-mouth disease, however, is another story.

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Juggling the Rebound: is Gillis Losing the Plot Between the Pipes?

Thomas Drance
May 24 2012 10:52AM

For a couple of years now, the Canucks have enjoyed the luxury of trotting out two blue-chip goalies in Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo to guard their net. While it's widely assumed that Roberto Luongo will be traded over the course of this summer, and Coach Vigneault reiterated Luongo's desire to get a fresh start elsewhere just yesterday; late last week, General Manager Mike Gillis told the Team 1040's afternoon show that the Canucks would be very happy to deploy that same platoon again next season.

And why not? The Canucks were in the top-5 in terms of fewest goals allowed this past season, and Luongo and Schneider combined to stop .930% of all shots against at even-strength. While the team in front of them was occasionally listless, the two Canucks goaltenders were spectacular. By Gillis' own admission they carried the rest of the club through long stretches of the regular season, and were unquestionably the team's two most valuable players. 

That said, if Canucks training camp opens this fall and both Luongo and Schneider report for duty, it will represent a major failure of asset management on the part of the organization. 

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