April 01 2013 12:41PM
It's official. Canucks Sports & Entertainment agrees to purchase the Peoria Rivermen franchise from St. Louis Blues.— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) April 1, 2013
The Vancouver Canucks have agreed to purchase the Peoria Rivermen from the Blues. bit.ly/XBNOq4— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) April 1, 2013
So it turns out that Andy Strickland's report was accurate, and Ed Willes' implying a more complicated three-party transaction was not.
All eyes now turn to the Calgary Flames, currently ensconced in Abbotsford. Needless to say we'll be keeping a close eye on this situation as it develops.
Previous coverage of the Canucks' AHL Musical Chairs
- On Aquilini and the Abbotsford Heat
- Could AHL Affiliate Musical Chairs Bring a Canucks Farm Team to the Valley
- Blues to Cease Operation of Peoria Rivermen, First Step Towards a Canucks Affiliate in the Valley?
- Report: Canucks to Buy the Peoria Rivermen from the Blues
- Canucks Say They Haven't Acquired the Peoria Rivermen... Yet
April 01 2013 10:36AM
Eric Weinrich's legacy as a feckless trade deadline acquisition lives on!
Another day, another entry in our series of deadline previews.
We've already taken a thorough inventory of the team's needs, cap-space and trade chips, looked closely at Mike Gillis' history at the trade deadline, the Hodgson-for-Kassian move, and talked (strombabbled) endlessly about whether or not Roberto Luongo might be moved ahead of the deadline.
A year ago, Drance established the Weinrich-to-Brown meter as a super-scientific assessment tool for defensive trade deadline targets. Let's bring it back.
Click past the jump for an assesment of five defencemen who might be on the Canucks' radar.
April 01 2013 09:06AM
The Chicago Wolves and the Peoria Rivermen could be involved in an AHL affiliate mega trade in short order.
Over the weekend we pivoted off of a report from former USA Today writer Andy Strickland, which stated that the Canucks had all but finalized their rumoured purchase of the Peoria Rivermen from Tom Stillman and the St. Blues. According to a more recent Ed Willes report in the Vancouver Province, however, it appears that Strickland and his "multiple sources" may have got it wrong.
Reading between the lines of Willes' report, actually, there seems to something altogether more complicated afoot. And we'll get to it after the jump.
March 31 2013 02:47PM
Daniel and Henrik Sedin turned back the clock on Wednesday night, finding linemate Alex Burrows with a pair of beautiful passes for a tap-in goal against the Colorado Avalanche. As with almost every Sedin-created goal, there was a lot more to this play than meets the eye.
March 31 2013 12:37PM
Photo Credit: Rocky Widner/Getty Images.
In the immediate aftermath of Saturday night's blowout loss at the hands of the habitually underwhelming Edmonton Oilers, the Canucks have understandably decided to shuffle the deck somewhat. In particular they've decided to send journeyman forward Andrew Gordon back to Chicago, in favour of speedster Bill Sweatt and highly regarded Danish sniper Nicklas Jensen. They've also re-assigned Zack Kassian to Chicago - presumably for something of a conditioning stint.
Read on past the jump.