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Linden’s Former Life

Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal has written a remarkably in-depth article on the story of Bob Goodenow and the NHLPA. There's no point in highlighting any of it here -- the whole thing is worth reading if you're at all interested in the business side of hockey. Go to Kukla's Korner and follow the links.

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Trevor Linden in the Mix

imageTrevor Linden's tenure as the elected president of the NHLPA ended last year, much to my relief; as expected, it seems to have provided him with renewed energy on the ice. But recent developments with NHLPA head Ted Saskin seem to be dragging Linden back into the fray of hockey politics he escaped last July. Saskin's suspension by the player reps on Sunday will continue as he's investigated for accessing players' email accounts. Linden has, predictably, been re-engaged by the media given his past relationship with Saskin. He's been publicly supportive of Saskin throughout this (and previous) scandals, and he's likely to be featured heavily in stories over the coming months. Here are some quotes indicating his feelings yesterday:

"I think there is more to the story and you have to understand that. I don't think you can pass judgement until you understand the full story behind it. I'm not going to pass judgment until I know all the facts." And about the email story... "I knew that there were a lot of sensitive documents being leaked to the media a year and half ago. I'm not sure if this has something to do with that. I knew there were some agents and some players leaking documents."
Whether it's his intention or not, Linden's last comment does seem to be rationalizing the behavior Saskin is accused of -- accessing those NHLPA email accounts. Certainly not likely to be a popular response to many players. What I'm curious about now is how much all of this will impact one of Vancouver's favorite sons. Saskin was hired during the lockout year under circumstances which have continued to draw attention. Linden endorsed Saskin and has always maintained the process was legal. But now that Saskin is almost certain to fall from his perch, and as investigations continue into activities of the NHLPA, Linden's support is liable to be questioned considerably. How will Trevor Linden's reputation be impacted by all of this? And after having him as their president for 7 years, will the players on the NHLPA hold him responsible for what's happening now, or will the focus remain on Ted Saskin?

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Smolinski + Sopel = ?

Yesterday was one hell of a day for Canucks fans with a hockey fetish. Trade deadlines create an atmosphere of both anticipation and fear; we look forward to exciting new changes while we fear losing our favorite players. Or at least I do.

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I'm not going to editorialize much on the Smolinski and Sopel deals till I have some time to think about them further. But my first impression is that we got a very good deal on two solid players. Furthermore, yesterday's activity further cements my once-reluctant respect for GM Dave Nonis. He's done well asserting his vision for this team in a high-pressure Vancouver market. Not to mention arising from the shadow of predecessor Brian Burke. image Well done, Dave. As a result of all this, Canucks & Beyond had it's biggest traffic day ever on Monday, as thousands were referred here to check out the latest Canucks deals. The Smolinski post was a huge reason for that -- and isn't that ironic considering my review of SMS hockey updates earlier in the day? (I only wonder if Sportsnet grasps that irony. Geez...) Anyway, thanks to everyone who visited, linked and emailed C&B yesterday. Crazy day. Today I think the only thing to watch is Sami Salo. If Salo signs a deal with the Canucks, then Nonis is definitely done. But until that deal happens I'll be on egg shells myself. I'm firmly in the camp of people who say, "Keep Salo no matter what." I guess we'll see. If anyone envisions any other Canucks issues at this point, feel free to share, but Salo's the only thing on my mind at the moment. Keep an eye on Kukla's Korner for changes around the NHL all day. I'll be helping at that site mostly, but anything Canucks-related that crosses my radar, I'll have it posted here in a flash. Promise. ________________________ Note 1: Spector's Trade Rumours will be on top of every rumor all day. And these Canucks bloggers all have posts worth checking out as well: Canucks Hockey Blog, The Yankee Canuck, The Chief Canuck, Waiting for Stanley, Stick in Rink, Jes Golbez's Hockey Rants. (If I've forgotten anyone, my apologies. My brain is mush.) Note 2: As always, I can be contacted here.

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Vancouver Picks up Brent Sopel

Vancouver Canucks acquire Brent Sopel from the Los Angeles Kings for a pair of draft picks. More details to come. (Source -- TSN text message update.) Update 4:50pm PT: TSN confirms both the Sopel deal and the Bryan Smolinski deal discussed earlier:

The Vancouver Canucks jumped the deadline in acquiring former Canuck Brent Sopel from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2nd and 4th round draft pick. In addition Vancouver added veteran centre Bryan Smolinski from the Chicago Blackhawks for a conditional 2nd round pick. The Canucks, considered a cap team were, able to manouver these trades by finally placing injured forward Ryan Kesler on long term injury.

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Vancouver Picks up Bryan Smolinski

Vancouver Canucks acquire Bryan Smolinski from Chicago for a 2007, 2nd round draft pick. More details to come. Update 2:07pm PT: Information received via Sportsnet.ca text message. No press release or other confirmation online at the moment. Update 2:14pm PT: Sportsnet sends this update: "VAN is closing on Bryan Smolinski, and has NOT acquired the C. Disregard previous alert. SN apologizes." (Good God, Sportsnet...) Also being reported online now. Update 3:27pm PT: Being reported by Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis-St.Paul -- "Bryan Smolinski looks like he’ll soon be a Vancouver Canuck. This would explain why the beloved Marc Chouinard was thrown on waivers today by the Canucks. He’ll clear at 11 a.m. tomorrow — or get taken elsewhere, which would clear space for a Smolinski addition." (C&B Note: If there is a deal in place, waiting for Chouinard to clear waivers -- or get picked up -- might explain the delay in confirmation.) Update 4:56pm PT: TSN confirms that Bryan Smolinski has been acquired today by the Canucks, along with Brent Sopel from the Kings...

The Vancouver Canucks jumped the deadline in acquiring former Canuck Brent Sopel from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2nd and 4th round draft pick. In addition Vancouver added veteran centre Bryan Smolinski from the Chicago Blackhawks for a conditional 2nd round pick. The Canucks, considered a cap team were, able to manouver these trades by finally placing injured forward Ryan Kesler on long term injury.

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About Canucks and Beyond

Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.

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