Bold Moves: Swapping Cody Hodgson for Zack Kassian

Thomas Drance
March 28 2013 05:56PM

Photo Credit: Jeff Vinnick- NHLI/Getty

This week we're looking at some of Mike Gillis' "bold moves" of the recent past. Already we've done our best to take a hindsight-free look at the Keith Ballard trade and the David Booth purchase, and today we'll look back to last year's trade deadline when Mike Gillis made the most controversial transaction - actually transactions (plural), the trade was actually two different deals - of his tenure. I'm talking of course about the deal that sent Cody Hodgson and Alexander Sulzer to Buffalo in exchange for Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani.

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Strombabble: Trade Deadline Preview

Thomas Drance
March 28 2013 02:44PM

Luongo isn't bored, he's keeping up to date on the latest trade rumblings!
Image uncredited via PassittoBulis.

Roberto Luongo has had a tough March in net. In five starts this month, the Strombonian one has only posted a save percentage above .900 once and he's had to deal with a gallon of flukey pucks fluttering into the net off of his own teammates skates. Meanwhile Cory Schneider has been unbeatable. Schneider's been so good that he could probably stop more than just pucks at this point, and might want to take on, say, global warming or the consolidation of extra-legal power in the executive branch of the US Government... As such Luongo hasn't started a game in ten days.

He'll be on the bench again on Thursday as the Canucks host the Avalanche. More interesting though is the question of whether or not he'll even be on the Canucks bench at this time next week. WIth the trade deadline approaching quickly, is a Roberto Luongo deal finally, mercifully close at hand? 

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Game #34 preview: Avalanche @ Canucks

Patrick Johnston
March 28 2013 01:43PM

Can a tough week for the Avs get any tougher? Possibly...

Those poor, poor Avs. The team can't score and gets mediocre goaltending. How bad are the inheritors of the Sakic/Forsberg/Hejduk legacy? Worst in the west (yes worse than Calgary), that's how bad.

This means they're ripe to knock off the Canucks, right? Maybe. The Canucks have 'won' 5 straight but the real deal is that the Avs have lost 10 of their last 13. Colorado is performing just as their numbers suggest they should- they just aren't that good.

But no one thought the Blue Jackets would put up much of a fight, either. In that case, they didn't but still came away with a point. What will Colorado manage? No one is expecting much from them, so it should be an easy call, right? But like any preview we do at CA, focusing in on the numbers will give a strong sense of just how the tale will go tonight.

Jump on in for a preview with numbers and such.

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Re-signing Chris Higgins and Max Lapierre

Jeff Angus
March 28 2013 11:37AM

Mike Gillis hit two deadline deals out of the park back in 2011 with the acquisitions of Chris Higgins and Max Lapierre. Both forwards played significant roles in Vancouver’s Stanley Cup run, and both players enjoyed their time enough with the Canucks to re-sign in the summer of 2011 below market value (though Lapierre was an RFA that summer).

Will they do that again this summer?

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Nicklas Jensen Channels Forsberg with Sweet Shootout Deke

Thomas Drance
March 27 2013 10:16PM

It's trade deadline week, so much of the chatter will inevitably turn to the decrepit state of Vancouver's prospect pool. If only Mike Gillis drafted moar Vancouvers Giants, am I right?

Well how about this Nicklas Jensen shootout goal from Wednesday night's game against the Oklahoma City Barons? Yep, he pulled off the classic Forsberg 'cross body backhander shootout deke and man, is it a thing of beauty.

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