Category Archives: Vancouver Canucks
Gallagher: What will the new-look Canucks shake out to be?
The team is in store for a shakeup on the ice and behind the bench, but how that plays out remains to be seen
If you want to get some good returns on the Vancouver Canucks with price per head bookmaking, now must be the time. Just when you think that the only way they can go is up, they manage to dig themselves into an even deeper hole, and the pay per head sportsbook will be offering odds longer than the dwindling queues at the turnstiles. Their loss to the New York Islanders, playing no less that seven rookies, was a punishing twelfth defeat out of fourteen matches. Conceding all seven goals in the third period left even their coach John Tortorella as confused as everyone else as to why they have performed so badly recently. This is a team that are still only six points off the final playoff spot, but have they now got any hope of a way back in?
Canuck rumour I: That the Aquilini family forced Tortorella on Gillis. Verdict: Skeptical. The choice came down to Tortorella or John Stevens, whose name you are going to hear a lot for any openings this summer. I believe there was an agreement to go with the more experienced candidate.
Two league sources told the Daily News that the Flyers have tabled a “substantial offer” to try and pry Kesler from the Canucks. They have also asked about acquiring Vancouver defenseman Alexander Edler, who is reportedly on the market, as part of a larger trade – though that combined price is steep.
The Penguins know which player they want to acquire before the NHL trade deadline Wednesday.
Vancouver center Ryan Kesler is being pursued aggressively by Penguins general manager Ray Shero, multiple sources told the Tribune-Review on Saturday.
Canucks at a crossroads, and that Kesler trade could be a make-or-break moment in relationship with fans
The onetime golden boy has given GM Mike Gillis a get-out-of-jail-free card by either asking for a trade or indicating he’s receptive to the idea. True, it’s never good news when one of your core players is looking for a way out — especially after the Luongo-Schneider mess, the Cody Hodgson affair and assorted other miscalculations which blot Gillis’s resumé. But take a step back, get out the wide-angle lens and consider the possibilities.
On Thursday, the injured Vancouver Canucks centre denied reports that he asked to be traded, but teams are definitely interested in acquiring the 29-year-old Michigan native. Namely, the Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.
Sources say Ryan Kesler requested a trade some time ago & wants out of Vcr. Told #Canucks don’t want to trade him but may not have a choice.
— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) February 27, 2014
This assumes the Canucks, despite speculative reports, aren’t planning to trade Kesler.
A trade involving Kesler, widely coveted for his two-way game the way Canuck Trevor Linden was a generation ago, would cause a seismic shift in an organization whose core group of players has gone largely unchanged for years even as the team slips a little farther each season from its Stanley Cup final peak of 2011.
Just over a week away from the NHL trade deadline, Vancouver GM Mike Gillis knows what he needs to help his struggling team.
Problem is, getting that help will cost him.
Consider for a moment if this team could, for argument’s sake, get into the running for a player like Thomas Vanek. Re: a winger who could score and would have a chance of playing well with the twins in their years to come in this uniform.
Vancouver gets another defenceman in the Raphael Diaz for Dale Weise trade but isn’t that an overabundance? Does this lead us to believe the Canucks will deal a defenceman at some point?
McKenzie: Everybody assumes that this is the precursor to moving one of their veteran defencemen; getting Alex Edler to waive his no-trade clause or what have you.
LeBrun: I can tell you this – they will not be in on the rental market and I think there have been some decisions made in Vancouver over the past week, which is this: We’re not good enough to go out and beat a Chicago or St. Louis or some of the powerhouse teams in the West.