Category Archives: Vancouver Canucks
You can say that this is still the best of Canada’s seven National Hockey League teams — at this moment. But it won’t be for long if general manager Mike Gillis stands pat with this roster. Suddenly it’s obvious what needs to be done here: find a way to move some of these veteran assets, despite the fact almost every pertinent veteran here has some form of no-trade clause.
The Buffalo Sabres are in danger of losing not one (Thomas Vanek) but two of the co-captains with whom they began the 2013-14 season. Brad May, however, believes, Steve Ott, a pending UFA, will remain in Buffalo past the deadline due to his relationship with new coach Ted Nolan. Mark Spector thinks Ott will be shopped to a contender for a prospect or pick; he sees the Vancouver Canucks as the best fit here: http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/hc-trade-tracker-steve-ott/
The Vancouver Canucks got defenseman Alexander Edler back Monday night, and winger Alex Burrows and netminder Roberto Luongo are close to returning as well. It’s beginning to come together for them roster-wise.
But will they add to it?
Just in time for the Canadian Olympic team selection, gold-medalist Roberto Luongo is back in net for the Vancouver Canucks.
Canuck coach John Tortorella confirmed this morning the 34-year-old goalie will start tonight against the Los Angeles Kings as the National Hockey League club begins a difficult weekend in Southern California.
Loungo hasn’t played since injuring his groin on Dec. 22, leaving rookie backup Eddie Lack to start Vancouver’s last three games. The Canucks were awful in a 4-2 loss Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
With the Winnipeg Jets and Evander Kane not always on the same page, the Vancouver Province floats the idea of Kane as a Canuck – which would address the team’s need for another scorer:
“Granted, negotiating a trade for a 22-year-old power forward of Kane’s ability would be harder than negotiating a new version of NAFTA, but players like this don’t become available every day. Kane’s from Vancouver. He has the potential to be a game-changer.”
I mentioned last week that the Vancouver Canucks had a conversation with the Washington Capitals about Martin Erat — who has asked for a trade — but the Canucks after some thought decided to pass. Ditto for the Ottawa Senators, who initially showed a bit of interest but ultimately decided Erat wasn’t a fit. …
— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) December 4, 2013
Vancouver did have some tepid interest in Martin Erat, who said he wants out of Washington.
But acquiring him would have to be a pickle-for-pickle type deal with David Booth going the other way.
It’s fun to consider, but unlikely.
The Capitals paid a steep price for Martin Erat on last year’s deadline day and it has not worked out well with zero goals in his last 23 games and he was a healthy scratch in the Capitals’ last game. Are there any teams interested in Erat? He has asked for a trade.
Canuck GM Mike Gillis made his weekly appearance on the club’s flagship radio station TEAM 1040 Thursday morning and had this to stay when asked about benched $4.25 million winger David Booth: