There’s rumors everywhere and they’re getting more prevalent every hour. Rumors fom inside GM Place, to everywhere on the internet and more conventional media, Jay Bouwmeester-to-the-Canucks is the issue that won’t go way. If nothing else, it seems clear that Mike Gillis is in serious pursuit mode.
I’ll update this post with anything Bouwmeester/Vancouver related over the coming hours.
First up, from ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:
Just heard from inside the Panthers’ war room and they’re still no closer to making a call on Bouwmeester. We’re told Vancouver and Philadelphia charging hard on Bouwmeester.
Update 10:33am PT: Jason Botchford of The Province comments on Twitter:
Bouwmeester rumour mill: Flor and Canucks have agreed to Raymond and a first, but the Flor wants something significant added.
Update 10:49am PT: Rumors (from the MSM, no “bloggers in their parents basements,” I promise you, James Duthie!) of Vancouver’s possible side of the deal involve such notables as Cody Hodgson, Kevin Bieksa, Mason Raymond, first round pick(s), etc. A few others came my way, too, but I can’t recall all the madness. (And most are indeed mad).
Per the Globe&Mail: Mike Gillis laughed when I asked him about Kevin Bieksa, Mason Raymond and a pick to Florida for Bouwmeester.
Update 12:14pm PT: According to media at GM Place, the Canucks have officially announced they made no trades today.
I’ve got no problem with that. We’ve taken so much away from Florida in the past… it’d be a shame to actually have to ever give them anything. ;)