Gauging the Market for Goaltenders with Schneider and Luongo on the Block

Thomas Drance
June 30 2013 11:16AM

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Hockey fans have heard a lot over the past week about the supposed plethora of goaltending options available to clubs on the market. On draft Sunday we've already heard that Sergei Bobrovsky is being shopped by Columbus (after he reportedly made a six million dollars per season contract demand this week), while Mike Smith is close to finalizing a six year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes worth 5.66 million per season (yikes). 

Meanwhile after fourteen months of shopping Roberto Luongo, Mike Gillis may have finally found a team willing to have Luongo's life-time contract on the books going forward. Unfortunately that team is the Canucks. The Canucks are reportedly shopping Cory Schneider this morning, with the Oilers and a handful of other teams reportedly in the mix. Vancouver's asking price is reportedly, and sensibly, sky high.

Read past the jump.

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Morning Rumour Round-Up: Edler Notes, Goalie Updates

Blake Murphy
June 30 2013 09:11AM

Could power play anchor Alex Edler be on the move?
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It's draft day, which means a potentially major news day and certainly a big rumor day. Canucks Army's Thomas Drance is on the frontlines at the draft but a few others will be checking in with any news updates as the day moves along.

The big rumors this morning are carry-overs from last night. Namely, there are indications that the Canucks are feeling out a potential Cory Schneider move instead of a Roberto Luongo deal (a move which makes sense in basic economics terms, since you'd maximize your total assets that way, but it's one that might not be plausible). There are also the somewhat newer rumblings that defenceman Alex Edler could be on the move.

More updates after the jump.

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The Calm Before the Storm: A New Paradigm?

Thomas Drance
June 29 2013 05:54PM

On Saturday afternoon Mike Gillis met with the media ahead of Sunday's NHL entry draft in New York. Gillis addressed the Cory Schneider trade rumours, the teams desire to move up at the draft, and how busy the club was in talking to other teams about potential deals. "We've got a lot of balls in the air," Gillis told reporters on more than one occassion, adding that "when there's good players being talked about, there's potential for lots of movement."

There have been a flurry of reports throughout Saturday regarding the Canucks and a potential seachange in their posture as regards a goaltending trade. While it still looks to me like the Canucks and Gillis are most likely to keep Cory Schneider and are just deploying a "mad man" approach to disguise their intentions, a variety of reports from guys way more plugged in than I suggest that the Caucks have abruptly changed course on the goalie trade front, are resigned to keeping Roberto Luongo, and are aggressively shopping Cory Schneider ahead of Sunday's draft...

Let's recap the latest after the jump.

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LeBrun: "Dealing Away Schneider Doesn't Necessarily Solve the Luongo Mess"

Thomas Drance
June 29 2013 12:47PM

In writing up the "Schneider on the block" reports which surfaced earlier today, we invoked "the Madman theory" which was a major tenant of Tricky Dick Nixon's foreign policy posture in the mid-70s. In sticking with that theme, we're reminded also of the Vietnam War and how backdoor diplomatic outreach with the communist Chinese government, in some ways, gave the Nixon administration the breathing room necessary to pull out of Vietnam in a way that saved face geopolitically.

It's that type of redemptive maneuver that Mike Gillis is going to need to pull off in New York City this weekend with his goaltending situation. Of course that's easier said than done and what was already a bit of a mess is really on the verge of becoming something significantly more malignant. Writes ESPN's Pierre LeBrun in his Saturday Rumblings:

"Dealing away Schneider -- assuming it even happens -- doesn’t necessarily solve the Luongo mess. I believe Luongo wants out regardless. Trading Schneider I don’t think would change his feelings on that.

Yikes. Read past the jump.

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Canucks 2013 NHL Draft Preview: Mike Gillis's Draft Record

Blake Murphy
June 29 2013 12:17PM

Frank Corrado is one of Mike Gillis' best late-round picks.
Frank Corrado is one of the best late-round picks of the Mike Gillis era.
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The draft is tomorrow! Put down your long-weekend Molson, step inside from the beach and turn on your television for a few hours. Hockey’s version of Prospect Porn has it’s annual hurrah, and the Vancouver Canucks should be in the thick of things with a new coach, a handful of trade, buy-out and free agent rumors, and six picks, including the 24th overall selection.

But before we look forward, it helps to look backward. So let’s hop in the DeLorean and look at General Manager Mike Gillis’ five drafts and where the players he selected are now.

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