Canucks and Beyond
Entries with the tag: trade rumors
The Canucks are a study in perception vs reality. While it’s just one team with one set of inalienable facts (i.e. stats) about their performance, there are still many ways to interpret those facts. Thus, the varied perceptions of different fans are unique, despite the fact they’re operating from the same set of facts. So with good reason, it seems that a ton of fans are very optimistic about the Vancouver Canucks right now and many others remain quite guarded.
I think both points of view are reasonable given recent events.
Back in January, a 2-10 record led various pundits to decide the Canucks were out of the playoff race entirely. An understandable conclusion, yet here it is, March 3rd, and the team is in fifth place in the western conference standings. So now we have February’s 10-2 record to reflect on, and I ask… is it any more reliable than January’s performance?
There’s a lot of worry and wonder about whether Alex Burrows is on the trade block—primarily courtesy of Pierre LeBrun on HNIC this past weekend (or, as French Canadian Burrows calls him, “that Frenchman”)—and the Canucks popped up a video today with some players’ reaction to the rumors.
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.
- Combine TSN’s Darren Dreger and the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch and what ultimately comes out of the wash is a trade rumor that flips Antoine Vermette and Matias Ohlund.
- Hate the hockey media? Hire Alex Edler for your next attack. With a flu-symptom-inspired quarantine, he needs to fly commercial plus get his own $500 a night hotel room upon arrival, but he’s worth it. Surrounded by reporters in NYC yesterday, the quote from assistant coach Rick Bowness in the Vancouver Sun was “Breathe on them all Alex. Breathe on them all.”
- The Canucks photographer Jeff Vinnick accompanied the Canucks on their road trip and snapped a bunch of photos of them in New York. There’s a full photo gallery here.
- Joe Pelletier has been remembering 1994 lately. And I liked his article, although reading such things when the Canucks are just hours away from a game at MSG strikes me as a bit masochistic. (*Joe even includes the YouTube footage of Bure’s missed penalty shot; you know, just in case you wanted to relive that fun time again…)
Some bad news earlier today in the form of Rick Rypien’s impending surgery but the day had an upside. It seems Vancouver is running an Injured Canuck Exchange Program rather than simply a one-way train to the infirmary, as Sami Salo went through yet another full practice and could be back as early as Tuesday.
From the Canucks:
“I feel good so it’s up to the coaching staff and the training staff and see what they think because we have to play three games in four nights so we don’t want to rush back in just to play one game,” said Salo.
Indeed. And since the next game is tomorrow’s matchup against Boston, it might not be the best date for Salo’s return. I’m always joking that Salo is made of glass—and we now know explicitly the kind of damage Milan Lucic can do to glass.
In today’s Province, this news:
Amid rampant rumours the Canucks are actively shopping the Sedin twins, their agent J. P. Barry said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if one or both were dealt during the NHL draft weekend. Speculation has one or both the twins being traded Friday.
Canucks GM Mike Gillis admitted he has fielded several inquiries from other teams regarding forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin but said he hasn’t seen a legitimate offer. Gillis said the twins are still in his long-term plans.
“We are not actively trying to trade the Sedins in any form,” Gillis said. “A lot of teams have been calling but we are trying to sign them long-term.”
I’m curious about the source of this “speculation.” Something credible or just message board talk?
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.
... that is the current obsession.
Bruce Arthur at Canwest News breaks it down.
Whether the Vancouver Canucks should trade for Mats Sundin is not the question.
OK, well, it is the question.
Cool. And the answer?
On Monday, Mattias Ohlund returned to Vancouver unexpectedly for undisclosed personal reasons and missed Tuesday night’s game in Dallas. Then on Wednesday, he suddenly went missing from the Canucks active roster, only to return to the list several hours later.
This unexpected development caused bazillions of CDC forum posters to nearly crash the message boards with dreams of Hossa coming to Vancouver, and other related fantasies. (I believe several were even debating matters like the value of trading Ohlund for Wade Belak. Seriously.)