Category Archives: Vancouver Canucks
The Vancouver Canucks are not the only NHL club that is facing a peculiar situation when it comes to their starting goaltender.
Former Vancouver Giants defenceman Jon Blum, an unrestricted free agent after playing out his contract with the Nashville Predators, says that a “few teams,” have called his agent Johannson to express interest and admits that the Vancouver Canucks are one of them.
And he’s openly keen on playing here. He did also say, “I’m going to let me agent do his job,” as well, for what it’s worth.
“I would love it,” said Blum, 24, who suited up for 248 regular season games with the Giants from 2005-09. “It’s like my second home.
Another player generated a lot of phone calls towards Vancouver is d-man Alex Edler. His NTC kicks in July 1 but teams are calling…
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 29, 2013
It's getting interesting. 2 sources say Corey Schneider is in play. 1st and a prospect part of asking price. Suspect Oilers in on talks.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 29, 2013
The Vancouver Canucks are still trying to trade goalie Roberto Luongo and seem confident they’ll be able to do so in and around the NHL Draft.
Several teams have expressed an interest in Luongo, but the veteran netminder has a say in where he gets dealt to.
Sounds like official John Tortorella announcement as VAN head coach is tracking towards Tuesday.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 23, 2013
The Isles have young players they may be willing to deal and they sure could use a all-star caliber goalie to re-establish the franchise and give John Tavares someone to get excited about playing with. It’s a club very much on the upswing and GM Garth Snow, having been one himself, knows that Luongo, who for all the media attention this past season in Vancouver, played great, could take them over the top. Naturally a stumbling lock would be Canucks GM Mike Gillis taking on Di Pietro and talking his boss, owner Francesco Aquilini , into buying him out.
Wow. Luongo off the ice, undressed, showered, and out of the arena in 12 mins. I believe you call that FUMING.
— Andi Petrillo (@andipHNIC) April 28, 2013
Having landed the centre they’ve needed to get their team to think attack — instead of cowering in fear and hoping to score a goal or two — the Vancouver Canucks now pursue a quality forward they hope will play with Ryan Kesler.
According to assistant GM Laurence Gilman, Roy slots in as a third line centre playing with Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen and Kesler will centre the second line when he returns with Mason Raymond (if he’s still here) and one would presume either Zack Kassian or new winger.
Canucks have acquired Derek Roy from stars for D Kevin Connauton and a 2nd rd pick.
Did Roberto Luongo give the thumbs down on a potential trade to the Maple Leafs last summer?
So says Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean, who claims Luongo refused to waive his no-trade at the time in the hopes that a deal was in the works that would have reunited him with the Florida Panthers, the team he broke into the NHL with.
According to MacLean, a tentative off-season deal for Luongo was in place at the time between the Leafs and Canucks.
According to Vancouver Canucks assistant general manager Laurence Gilman, the Luongo trade chatter is becoming more than just web scuttlebutt.
“Mike is in discussions with multiple teams … Talks are beyond the tire-kicking stage,” Gilman told the Vancouver media referring to Canucks general manager Mike Gillis.
Various reports from the left coast suggest Leafs centre Tyler Bozak is in the mix. Bozak will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.