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Luc Bourdon of the Vancouver Canucks was killed today when his motorcycle crashed
into a tree
into another vehicle.
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Kevin Lowe has stated he’s not likely to consider doing business in the future with the new Canucks GM, given their previous run-in as agent-vs-GM last summer over Michael Nylander. But not everyone has sympathy for Lowe’s position.
From Jason Botchford at The Province:
“I am horrified that someone’s integrity is called into question for something they didn’t do and by someone who did something much worse than Mike Gillis could ever be accused of,” agent Rich Winter said. “It’s an embarrassment to the game that Kevin Lowe would use the news media to make these accusations given what he’s done.”
In December 2003, Lowe was shopping Mike Comrie, Winter’s client, and found a taker in then-Ducks GM Bryan Murray. The pair agreed to a deal that would send young Anaheim forward, and future Stanley Cup champion, Corey Perry and a first-round pick to Edmonton for Comrie and a second-round pick.
Murray was worried he would lose Comrie to free agency if he made the deal. To appease Murray, Lowe authorized the Ducks’ general manager to begin negotiations with Comrie. Anaheim then signed the forward to an extension and, in its view, the deal was done.
But “not so fast,” says Botchford. The rest of the story…
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Luongo has played two seasons with the Canucks. In the first he played like Superman and got the Canucks to the second round of the playoffs. In the second season he was average by his standards and the team didn’t make the playoffs.
Add it up and it would appear that Luongo is good enough to make a below-average team average but, even at his best, isn’t good enough to take it to the Stanley Cup.
If that, in fact, is Aquilini’s assessment of the team it then follows that Luongo should be moved for players who can legitimately change this franchise.
Again, that presupposes there’s a plan in place. We shall see.
from Marty Henwood of Hockey.com,
Besides the short-sighted rationale from the lunatic fringe suggesting the ‘Nucks should re-sign Trevor Linden and give him the ‘C’-hey, ‘94 was a long time ago-one vindictive reader went as far as to suggest the Canucks “shouldn’t be like the Leafs”, whatever the heck that means. Last I checked, Vancouver’s Cup count was no larger than Toronto’s. Or, for that matter, Columbus, Atlanta, Nashville, Florida, Los Angeles….
Uh, newsflash. The Canucks ARE the Leafs with a great goalie. Should they not try to address a little scoring, Luongo may choose to bolt town when the opportunity arises.
from the blog of Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Yesterday reports surfaced out of Sweden that Brunnstrom had decided to accept an offer from the Vancouver Canucks, but that decision may be altered in the aftermath of Vancouver firing its general manager, Dave Nonis, last night.
Brunnstrom had whittled his list of choices to Detroit and Vancouver from a list of five or six NHL teams that had made offers.
“We’ve heard he’s reconsidering,” general manager Ken Holland said this morning.
from Elliotte Friedman at his CBC blog From the Pressbox,
Immediate reaction to Vancouver’s firing of Dave Nonis: The battle is on for Brian Burke.
Burke clearly has bigger concerns right now. His Ducks are an endangered species, down 2-0 to a Dallas team that didn’t exactly resemble a serious contender down the stretch. However, the Stars look superior in every way to Anaheim, a popular pick to represent the West – again – in the Stanley Cup Final.
The timing of Canuck owner Francesco Aquilini’s announcement is very strange. It’s rare – extremely rare – for anyone to fire a general manager by statement, in the evening, while playoff games are going on.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The main actor on Saturday was Linden, and the fans came to glory him regardless of what the scoreboard read. An emotional farewell began before the start of the third period, and continued throughout the frame and into a post-game ceremony.
Rather than surrounded their goaltender after the final buzzer, the Canucks encircled Linden, each player getting a personal moment and some whispers into his ear. Then, in a classy move, Flames captain Jarome Iginla pulled his teammates from the locker room and had them line up and shake hands with Linden.
Several times, Linden gestured towards his heart and then to the crowd during a parade lap around GM Place.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The Vancouver Canucks will be playing for nothing tonight in their NHL regular-season finale against the Calgary Flames, but that does not mean that the game is without intrigue.
The game could represent a final curtain call for three players who have come to symbolize Canucks hockey over the past two decades.
Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison, Trevor Linden. Respectively, the captain, the local hero, and the face of the franchise.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
Both clubs will now have a longer than expected off-season to address the problem areas that led to their decline in 2007-08.
For the Sabres, last year’s Presidents’ Trophy winners and a two-time Eastern Conference finalist, the fall from grace was significant.
The loss of Daniel Briere and Chris Drury last summer to unrestricted free agency hurt the Sabres, leaving a gaping hole of veteran leadership and skill that they were unable to fill….
As for the Canucks, the lack of offensive production that got them bounced in the second round of late year’s playoffs cost them a playoff berth this season. Yes, injuries did take their toll on the Canucks but despite that, for most of this season they held onto a playoff berth before collapsing down the stretch.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
What, Vancouver has to win to get in? That is so unfair. And, by the look of it, impossible.
With their season on the line, the Canucks went 1-6 in the seven games that mattered most. In the final of these, Thursday, the Canucks eliminated themselves from the playoffs by losing 2-1 to the Edmonton Oilers.
The Oilers were freshly eliminated from the playoffs and missing their No. 1 goalie, top defenceman and five forwards, including the two top scorers.
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