Canucks and Beyond
by Alanah McGinley on 04/14/08 at 05:03 PM ET
From Ansar Khan at MLive:
Brunnstrom narrowed his choices to Detroit and Vancouver six weeks ago. A few of the Wings Swedes, including captain Nicklas Lidstrom and Andreas Lilja, called him to try to convince him to pick Detroit. Brunnstrom is a big Wings fan and likes their puck-possession style, but he also wanted assurances that he would play on one of the top two lines. The Canucks apparently gave it to him, telling him he’ll be paired with Daniel and Henrik Sedin. But the Wings are too deep and too good a team to be offering any unproven prospect a guarantee like that. That’s not how this team operates.
Which is it: “assurances” or a “guarantee”?
First of all, no team should be offering a guarantee like that (well, with possibly the singular exception of the Vancouver Canucks, who would be unwise to turn down a well-fed monkey to play on their top-6 at this point). But that being said, I’d be surprised if Vancouver did anything of the sort.
Could they have made empty, encouraging promises—i.e. offered to buy him a poodle, sketched out Fabian-is-so-Fabio! billboards to surround GM Place, and told him he might get to be squeezed between a couple of Swedish twins on alternating Saturday nights?
Did they put it in writing?
What Vancouver has that Detroit doesn’t is simple: total and utter desperation.
For Brunnstrom, that desperation—more than anything else—presents a big opportunity to make a name for himself.
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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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