While one era ends, the next doesn't know where to begin

May 31 2013 02:59PM

(Illustration: Game 7 Hockey)


During his end-of-season press conference, Canucks GM Mike Gillis stressed the need for a "reset" within the organization, which is an appropriately vague term for a team that doesn't really know which direction it's heading in.

They believe they can still contend, yet their core is aging. They want an uptempo brand of hockey to re-capture a softening audience, yet they don't have the personnel up front to do that anymore.

So what should they do?

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What's Next for Vigneault?

Thomas Drance
May 31 2013 01:37PM

Where will the old coaching carousel take Alain Vigneault next?
Screencap via Youtube/CanucksVid

During the season, in the midst of a Canucks skid that saw them topple out of their usual cushy pole position in the Northwest Division, I put together a detailed Pros and Cons list breaking down Alain Vigneault's coaching. I predicted in the conclusion that Vigneault would "pretty much have a new job before shappers, CDCers and Vancouver Province hockey writers were even finished celebrating."

Well the ad hoc parade on Robson has died down, and Alain Vigneault remains in the wind. What's next for the winningest bench boss in franchise history? We'll look at it further after the jump.

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Evening Headshots: May 30th

Thomas Drance
May 30 2013 06:49PM

Not sure where this is from, or what it is precisely. I do know it owns.
Via Sealcat

Today at CanucksArmy we kept pace with coaches week and profiled Guy Boucher, we also talked about the draft and some of the new devices in the CBA available to Mike Gillis should he choose to rather dramatically remake the Canucks roster, finally we passed along the Bob McKenzie report that the Islanders might be interested in acquiring Roberto Luongo, and touched on Dreger's take on Luongo's value, and whether or not the star goaltender would even report to Canucks training camp if he weren't moved this summer.

More links and assorted nonsense on the other side of the jump.

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Dreger: "I don't think Luongo will Report" if he isn't Traded this Offseason

Thomas Drance
May 30 2013 04:43PM

Screen cap via Justin Bourne.

In the immediate wake of the explosive Roberto Luongo to the New York Islanders rumour proferred on Twitter by Bob McKenzie on Thursday afternoon, McKenzie's TSN colleague Darren Dreger joined Dave Naylor and Steve Simmons on Toronto's TSN 1050 sports talk radio station to further flesh out the topic (you can listen to his segment here). 

Darren Dreger has been especially bearish on Roberto Luongo's trade value throughout this saga, and while that's bothered some Canucks fans (who like to bring up Dreger's familial relationship with Dave Nonis as a reason to be skeptical of his reporting), it's tough to argue that Dreger's perspective on this process hasn't been completely vindicated by the events of last summer, last season, and the trade deadline.

On Thursday, Dreger suggested that Roberto Luongo wouldn't even report to Canucks training camp if the team failed to move him this summer. Dreger further opined that even though the Islanders "make some sense" as a Luongo destination, the latest rumour is "more the Vancouver Canucks angling, trying to create, invent a market" for Roberto Luongo's services.

Read past the jump for more.

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McKenzie: Islanders Would be Interested in Luongo Deal Under "Right Circumstances"

Thomas Drance
May 30 2013 02:53PM

Okay everybody, dust off your Rick DiPietro jokes and load up the capgeek.com/Islanders page because we've got ourselves a live one. According to TSN's Bob McKenzie it's concievable that Garth Snow and the New York Islanders might have interest in a Roberto Luongo trade "under the right circumstances."

Yes "under the right circumstances" is a vague, catch all qualifier but still, this is a big nugget about a potential Roberto Luongo deal from the godfather of hockey coverage. So obviously we'll talk about it at greater length on the other side of the jump.

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