October 09 2012 09:59AM
The times that we, as a blogosphere, spend searching for "the next Milan Lucic" may be better off understanding who the first Milan Lucic is. He's a relevant topic of conversation, since he is generally the first player brought up in those insane "the Canucks need to draft more Giants" discussions.
And why not? Lucic is 6'4", 200 lbs and a legitimate crazy person on the ice. He's scored 56 goals over the last two seasons, hits everything that moves and fits the rugged "bull-in-a-china-shop" descriptor. But just what the heck is so valuable about Milan Lucic that makes him such a desirable, and rare, character?
For that, I think we need to look a bit more at Lucic's history.
October 08 2012 03:11PM
Last Friday, I began to count down the Top 10 transactions of the Mike Gillis era (2008-current). We got through numbers 10 through 6, and as could have been expected, none of them were earth-shattering moves. Sure, some of them may prove to have been fairly significant in the grand scheme of things, but there's nothing there that you'll be telling your grandchildren about as you bounce them on your knee.
Today, we'll get to the meat of it all. The following are the five best moves - trades, signings, decisions, and strategies - that Mike Gillis has brought to the table during his tenure as general manager of the Vancouver Canucks.
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October 07 2012 09:19AM
Many teams and players benefited from the lockout during the 2004-05 season. Chris Higgins was one of them. Kevin Bieksa, Alex Burrows, and Ryan Kesler were all others. Those three, in particular, were able to establish a relationship with each other and with Manitoba’s head coach that season – Alain Vigneault.
The Canucks are hoping for a similar chemistry to be developed between the likes of Zack Kassian, Eddie Lack, Jordan Schroeder, and Kevin Connauton. (And coach Scott Arniel too, perhaps?) It doesn’t sound like any of the veterans on the Canucks roster plan to sign in Europe until at least November or December.
The Canucks also had several other key players who developed much more rapidly thanks to the work stoppage of 2004-05.
Read on to find out who they are.
October 07 2012 09:13AM
After the jump: why the 2012-13 season won't be cancelled, looking at the possibility of replacement players, trying to identify players that raise their game in the post-season, and a lot more.
October 06 2012 09:43AM
Photo: Bad Intentionz/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0
For Canucks fans of a certain vintage, there’s no player that compares to Trevor Linden. The much-loved former captain captured the emotions of fans in a way that more talented players, such as Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure never did.
The man who sent him away, Mike Keenan, falls on the other end of the emotional spectrum. Keenan became the principle figure in hockey operations on the team between the firing of Pat Quinn late in 1997 and the hiring of Brian Burke in the summer of 1998; he was Vancouver’s de facto general manager. When he’s remembered, it’s typically with loathing.
Interestingly, the trade he’s perhaps best known for – the February 1998 deal that saw Linden shipped to Long Island – ultimately paid off in spades for Vancouver.