Vancouver Canucks pull off trade at the buzzer, just not the one we were waiting for

Dimitri Filipovic
March 05 2014 01:42PM

"And if you take a right, you should arrive at YVR." [Image via the Windsor Star]

We waited all the way up until the final buzzer - nay, even a few minutes past it - to hear about a Vancouver Canucks trade today. And then we finally did. Unfortunately, it wasn't the one many people around these parts were hoping to hear about on this day.

We're referring to the Ryan Kesler trade, which was never made and will now be talked about ad nauseam all the way through to the Draft this Summer. We'll have plenty of time to discuss why it didn't happen in depth, as the truth slowly but surely trickles out.

But for now all we can do is talk about the stuff that *did* happen, and that's that Raphael Diaz is off to New York, as he'll be given a chance to contribute for a playoff bound team (assuming he manages to stay out of Alain Vigneault's doghouse..).

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Trade Deadline Day Running Diary

Dimitri Filipovic
March 05 2014 06:13AM

The 2014 Trade Deadline came and went. Following a busy prelude yesterday, it was difficult to gauge whether it was just the tip of the iceberg and a sign of things to come, or whether the teams that intended on being feisty had already blown their loads.

After the fact I'd say the answer was "both", sort of. The festivities - as they're one to do - started off with a largely slow, boring build-up. Based on my extensive field research, I'd say a large majority of people came into the day thinking there could really be some fireworks after being lured in and teased yesterday. So there was a lot of moaning, and groaning, and complaining. Nothing new there.

But sure enough, as we reached the noon PST deadline itself, trades began to come in bunches as some relatively big names were moved. Unfortunately for a lot of readers of this blog, there was one name in particular that wasn't moved and really stuck out - that being Ryan Kesler

Anyways, we spent the full morning updating this post in the style of a running diary, with a live chat mixed in as well. If you were working and missed out on it all, hopefully you'll be able to use this as a tool to get caught up. And even if you were actually around throughout, maybe you'll still be able to make some use of this bad boy. After all, Twitter is so active that things can slip through the cracks even for the most observant of fans!

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Canucks Army Postgame: The Post-Luongo Era Begins

Dimitri Filipovic
March 04 2014 10:07PM

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Photo via Josh Gold-Smith

I've been indulging in House of Cards lately, blasting through it on Netflix like it's nobody's business. There's a particular scene from Episode 1 of Season 2 - don't worry, this isn't a spoiler I promise - that Tuesday's Canucks game in Phoenix made me think back to. It involved Frank Underwood eating ribs at Freddy's BBQ Joint, and it went something like this:

"Freddy, was their something different about these ribs this morning?"

"Well.. tried a new butcher. Slow-bleeds his hogs. It ain't legal, but I don't know if I'm going to go back to him. Went out to his shop, and he's got a room in the back where he does it. Sound-proof."

"Why sound-proof?"

"Because of how they scream. They can smell it coming. You stick that pipe in their throat, next ten minutes is hell. Bust your ear drums. Now.. the humane way to do it is to make it quick. Bring out a bucket of slop like it's feeding time and.. *bam*.. shovel right to the base of their head. There's no screaming."

The Canucks lost 1-0 to the Phoenix Coyotes, in the final game before the trade deadline. They're bleeding out as slowly as possible, and all we can hope for right now is that there's a tasty meal at the end of it all waiting for us. Until then we'll continue to scream.

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Reminiscing about all of the good times we shared

Dimitri Filipovic
March 04 2014 06:33PM

Photo via Darryl Dyck

It's fitting that the day Roberto Luongo was traded was a dark, dreary, rainy one in Vancouver. While he's not dead, nor is he being shipped off to play in some sort of inaccessible region which'll prevent us from ever seeing him again (though some would argue Florida is the closest thing the NHL has to it), I don't think that being sad and retrospective at this very moment is even remotely unreasonable.

The Vancouver Canucks have struggled mightily as a team throughout the 2013-14 season, and will more likely than not miss out on the playoffs outright. It's a rather precipitous, steep drop for an organization and fanbase that was in the Stanley Cup Final just 34 months ago.

But it's also one that has been looming overhead for a while now; the writing has been on the wall, and by trading away the best goaltender to ever don its uniform, the franchise is essentially accepting the end of an era and trying to turn over a new leaf. As Thomas Drance wrote in his analysis of the trade, it'll likely behoove them for stopping the circus and trying to get a fresh start. 

And we'll get that closure eventually, but for now let's reminisce about the good times we shared. There were a lot of them.

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Luong Time Coming: Luongo traded to Panthers

Thomas Drance
March 04 2014 02:56PM

It took two years of controversy, countless false alarms, another high-end goalie being traded, an emotional press conference at the 2013 NHL trade deadline, and a complete fanbase meltdown at BC Place this past weekend. But finally, mercifully, Roberto Luongo has been re-assigned to Vancouver's Eastern Conference affiliate traded to the Florida Panthers.

Luongo has confirmed the deal and even tweeted out an emoticon of a palm tree. Obviously he's excited about going home. 

Coming back to Vancouver is a package that includes Jacob Markstrom - who Eddie Lack used to backup in Brynas - and probably forward Shawn Matthias. The Vancouver Canucks are reportedly, and unsurprisingly, retaining a portion of Luongo's salary in the transaction supposedly 15% or 800,000. You have to retain an equal proportion of both salary and cap-hit under the league's retained salary transaction provisions so, yeah. Also the Canucks are sending Stephen Anthony to Florida. He's not a prospect and that's just a book keeping part of the deal.

Click past the jump for more.

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