Canucks and Beyond
Entries with the tag: trade deadline
Jason Botchford wants Kesler to get some beauty sleep before the playoffs. And on a bigger issue this week, mentions that Daniel Sedin is apparently nervous about messing with the team’s chemistry—so if you’re hoping for a Mason Raymond trade, he’s not on your side. For more, Canucks Hockey Blog weighs Raymond’s season here.
Ben Kuzma has more from Sedin and some quips from Cory Schneider about tonight.
And last but not least… Earlier this week it was noted that Vancouver is the best city on earth! Well, if you don’t mind dreary winter rain, the constant annual presence of Twilight movie actors traipsing around in all-black with sunglasses on at midnight, real estate prices that’ll make you cry, and, of course, hockey tickets you’ll need to remortgage that over-priced house to pay for… (But ASIDE from that, awesome!)
While most rational people would consider a 30 day lead-up time to the trade deadline to be a bit excessive, hockey people are another breed. Some might say we’re just fastidious, knowledgeable folks, focused on the details and anticipating the future. But I have another theory: hockey fans are drama queens.
We like to celebrate/freak out/rant about trades that haven’t happened yet and probably never will. Probably 95% of hockey writing online is driven by that basic concept, is it not? That concept being “making crap up.” We like the drama.
So, who’s on the trading block? That’s easy. Everyone.
Updated below with video of Dave Nonis today, discussing the trade deadline situation for Canucks.
Another update below at 6:50pm PT - ESPN has some news…
Another update below at 11:49pm PT - Rumors about a Richards deal with Dallas
At the Canucks Hockey Blog, J.J. is getting heavily emotionally invested in a deal to see Brad Richards in a Canucks Sweater:
There’s no denying his price tag is a big risk. Heck, at $23.4 million over the next three seasons, it’s a huge risk. However, for the last couple of years, we’ve been talking about the summer of ‘08 because it’s the summer when Naslund’s, Morrison’s, Cooke’s and Linden’s contracts all expire, clearing $11.5 million in cap space and paving the way to sign one, maybe even two or three, very good free agents.
Me? I like Richards, but all I can see are losses.
The Canucks have recalled Zack Fitzgerald, yet another defenseman from Manitoba who gets his first shot at discovering life in the NHL this season. As Brad Ziemer via Canwest News pointed out this morning, things are beyond desperate:
Can anyone out there skate backwards?
Good, because you may be able to help the Vancouver Canucks, who are giving new meaning to the phrase, “the defence rests.”
A couple of these d-men might be back, but here’s the current status of the Canucks top-6, as they were projected to be last October (to paraphrase Ziemer):
Ed Willes in today’s Province notes what he considers one of the more plausible trade-deadline possibilities for the Vancouver Canucks:
The Pittsburgh Penguins are thought to be making centre Erik Christensen available for a physical defenceman and Christensen fits the Canucks’ profile. He’s 24, has decent size and some skill. The injury to Sidney Crosby may effect his availability in the short term, but Christensen might be a fit in Vancouver.