Tagged: trade deadline 2012

The Gamble 5

The Gamble

I’m writing this post more than a few hours after the Canucks traded Cody Hodgson and Alex Sulzer to the Buffalo Sabres; in return, they receive forward Zack Kassian and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani. First, the good. Zack Kassian is a big player. At 6’4″ and 225 lbs., he’s bigger than every other Canucks forward except for Byron Bitz. And he hits. And he fights. And he has decent hands. In other words, Kassian’s a young, power forward in the making – a type of player the Canucks don’t have in the organization. However, with just 7 points in 27 games...

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The morning after the Hodgson trade 5

The morning after the Hodgson trade

The Vancouver Canucks’ trade that saw Cody Hodgson and Alex Sulzer shipped to Buffalo for Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani is the biggest trade since Roberto Luongo came to town in 2006. No trade since that time could have bigger long-term ramifications for this franchise. The Canucks may have easily just traded a future captain and point per game player in Hodgson. The Sabres may have just moved the second coming of Milan Lucic in Kassian. No one knows. We’ll have to re-visit this trade in three to five years time. But what we do know is that the decision...

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Hodgson, Sulzer Traded for Kassian, Gragnani

The Vancouver Canucks have traded centre Cody Hodgson and defenseman Alexander Sulzer to the Buffalo Sabres for right-winger Zack Kassian and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani. Alright, so let the depression soak in. In 3… 2… 1… What the Canucks traded: There’s no questioning who the better player was in this deal, and that was Cody Hodgson. At every level of hockey he’s played at, Hodgson has enjoyed success. When he was drafted 10th overall in 2008, TSN’s Bob McKenzie had nothing but terrific things to say about Hodgson. The Canucks were, at the time, getting the heir apparent to a retiring...

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Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Daniel Winnik 0

Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Daniel Winnik

Throughout the week, CHB will host a series of posts highlighting possible trade targets that the Vancouver Canucks could be pursuing at the trade deadline next Monday. LW/RW Daniel Winnik, Colorado Avalanche, $950K, UFA 2012 If going into this week Daniel Winnik could be considered an under-the-radar trade deadline acquisition, TSN’s Bob McKenzie let the proverbial cat out of the bag when he announced Winnik was the most coveted role player at the trade deadline. As the good folks at another fine Canucks blog might say, Winnik has the kind of Corsi numbers which would make him a valued asset....

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Clash of the Titans and the Overrated Canucks 2

Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Clash of the Titans and the Overrated Canucks

[Inspired by Arsenio Hall's "Things That Make You Go Hmmm…", Clayton Imoo talks about Canucks-related things that make him go hmmm… You can follow Clay on Twitter at (@canuckclay) or on his website, Clay's Canucks Commentary.] After a brief one-week hiatus, I’m back to ponder a few things relating to our favourite hockey team.  On the heels of Vancouver’s thrilling 4-3 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings, here are a few Things That Make You Go Hmmm: 1.  I’ll take seven more games please. Last night’s tilt between the Canucks and Red Wings was the most highly-anticipated Canucks game...

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Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Bryan Allen 2

Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Bryan Allen

Throughout the week, CHB will host a series of posts highlighting possible trade targets that the Vancouver Canucks could be pursuing at the trade deadline next Monday. D Bryan Allen, Carolina Hurricanes, $2.9M, UFA 2012 Can you go back? Can Bryan Allen come back? It’s been nearly six years since the Luongo-Bertuzzi trade was finalized and lost in the hype of acquiring the all-time Canucks leader in wins and shutouts was that they had lost a fairly rugged, hard-nosed blue liner in Bryan Allen, who was just starting to hit his stride as a bottom-pairing defenceman. What he brings If...

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Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Dallas Stars Edition 1

Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Dallas Stars Edition

Throughout the week, CHB will host a series of posts highlighting possible trade targets that the Vancouver Canucks could be pursuing at the trade deadline next Monday. The playoff picture — as it always is at this time of year — is about as clear as mud, and as it stands the Dallas Stars are very much in the hunt for one of the spots. That alone means that it’s possible none of these players will be available when next Monday comes and goes, but if GM Joe Nieuwendyk decides to throw up the red flag, the Canucks could be...

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Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Shane Doan 3

Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Shane Doan

Throughout the week, CHB will host a series of posts highlighting possible trade targets that the Vancouver Canucks could be pursuing at the trade deadline next Monday. Photo credit: Yahoo! RW Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes, $4.55M, UFA 2012 Long shot? Probably. But let’s put this in perspective. With every day that passes, the chances of the Coyotes staying in Phoenix seem to grow more faint. Seattle is investing city dollars into building a new NHL/NBA arena, and Kansas City and Quebec also seem like logical destinations. All said, the Coyotes will not be staying in Glendale, effectively removing any type...

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Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Travis Moen 1

Canucks Trade Deadline Day Targets: Travis Moen

Throughout the week, CHB will host a series of posts highlighting possible trade targets that the Vancouver Canucks could be pursuing at the trade deadline next Monday. Photo credit: ESPN LW/RW Travis Moen, Montreal Canadiens, LW/RW, $1.55M, UFA 2012 Remember when the Canucks played the Ducks in the playoffs of 2007? There was a highlight in that round where Roberto Luongo had the puck wedged in his pads, not completely covered, and Travis Moen barged in front and jammed both Luongo and the puck into the net. The goal counted. Much rage ensued. What he brings Moen has always been...

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