Dreger: "Schneider in Play"

Thomas Drance
June 29 2013 10:22AM

So... Yeah....

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Afternoon Headshots: June 28th

Thomas Drance
June 28 2013 06:08PM

So much kudos to Clay Imoo and son and Marie Hui
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Today at Canucks Army we looked at how the Canucks might fill out their coaching ranks, wondered whether or not the club could and should get involved in bidding for the services of Kris Letang, looked into Garth Snow's reported "Rick DiPietro for Roberto Luongo straight up" bluff, and recapped the latest developments on the flimsy Luongo trade market, including Bob McKenzie's report that the Canucks will not use a compliance buyout on their star netminder. 

Read past the jump for more Canucks news links!

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McKenzie: "Canucks have Basically Said They're Not Interested in buying (Luongo) out..."

Thomas Drance
June 28 2013 05:26PM

Is this the weekend we finally see Luongo and the Canucks part ways?
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As this weekend's NHL draft approaches Roberto Luongo scuttlebutt is, like a year old frozen burrito in the microwave, beginning to heat up. The DiPietro for Luongo straight up rumours that punctuated Friday afternoon were good for a laugh and some empty calorie pageviews but not much else, and Mike Gillis said as close to nothing as could be imagined in a Friday Team 1040 interview.

Thankfully we've got the godfather of hockey Insiders, TSN's Bob McKenzie on the case. McKenzie can usually be counted on to provide us with the choices cuts of behind the scenes insight into precisely how a Luongo market is developing in New York this weekend, and on an Insider Trading segment which aired Friday on TSN he did just that.

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On the Latest Luongo/DiPietro report: Has it Really Come to This?

Thomas Drance
June 28 2013 01:10PM

This latest Roberto Luongo to the Islanders rumour is a nonsense leg slapper. But if the report is true, I'd have loved to be in the Canucks war room to see the look on Mike Gillis's face when Islanders General Manager Garth Snow made the offer.

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Could and Should the Canucks Get Involved in the Letang Sweepstakes?

Thomas Drance
June 28 2013 11:37AM

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Reading over Rob Rossi's excellent reporting over the past few days, it's really not too difficult to make out the writing on the wall. Kris Letang and the Pittsburgh Penguins have fundamental differences regarding Letang's value and with Letang rejecting an eight year, fifty-four million dollar contract extension offer from the Penguins on Thursday night, a separation seems nigh.

According to Rossi the Penguins would prefer to send Kris Letang to the Western Conference and are particularly enamored by "prospects with Anaheim and Vancouver" according to Rossi's sources. Wha? 

The Canucks are dealing with a critical scarcity of salary cap-space at the moment, and would need to essentially move heaven and earth to fit Kris Letang under the cap (and then do so again to fit his theoretically lucrative extension, which would kick in a season from now). Is acquiring Letang worth the cost in treasure and cap-space? Would he represent enough of an upgrade over the likes of Edler, Garrison, Bieksa and Hamhuis to warrant the Canucks blowing up their hard won "internal cap" for defenceman?

Let's look into it.

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