NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac was ready to jump off the ledge today when he first heard the Zack Kassian for Cody Hodgson trade details. Then after researching the deal a little more he realized Kassian fills a need that no other player at any level of the organization can fill. He is going to be raw granted, but he can go to the net, finish off the rush, and when needed exact retribution on opponents.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges tells us the 2012 NHL trade deadline day was slow to start and then a blockbuster deal that was easily the biggest of the day and sparked reaction not seen in a very long time in Vancouver happened. And Canucks nation was mad at Mike Gillis. If Zack Kassian becomes more Todd Bertuzzi than Taylor Pyatt this deal could be a whole lot easier to swallow.
NWSB Vancouver Canucks Insider Josh Hall lays the smack down on the wheelings and dealings of the Canucks this Trade Deadline day. He’s pretty miffed about Cody Hodgson but agrees Zack Kassian is a good pickup…just not for CoHo. How will Sami Pahlsson help the bottom six forward mix? Why the heck wasn’t Mason Raymond traded instead? Check it.
Managing Editor at NWSB and Vancouver Canucks blogger “Q” tells us today the Canucks have acquired big hulking Candian junior team player Zack Kassian from the Buffalo Sabres and defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani. In exchange the Canucks give up Alex Sulzer a defenseman currently with the Chicago Wolves and third line center Cody Hodgson. Who won this trade folks?
Managing Editor at NWSB and Vancouver Canucks blogger “Q” tells us today the Canucks have acquired checking centre Sami Pahlsson, 34, from the Columbus Blue Jackets. A great move by the Canucks says Q. Påhlsson began his professional career in Sweden for Modo Hockey, where he played with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin.
NWSB Vancouver Canucks Insider Richard Hodges weighs in on what the Canucks could and should do at the deadline to make their chances at a Stanley Cup better. Will Mason Raymond be shipped out? How about Cory Schneider? Many think he should stay for another Cup run. Maybe it will be draft picks…read on to find out what great moves Van-City should make at the 2012 NHL trade deadline.
Richard Hodges one of our Vancouver Canucks bloggers points out its a challenge to find the best line-mate for Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin. Makes you wish there was a third brother. Cherish the skill of the third twin, because we may never see it in Vancouver. Between Trent Klatt, Anson Carter, Jason King, Taylor Pyatt and of course Alex Burrows, the Sedins’ linemates have had more hustle than pure skill.
It makes you wonder what the twins could do with talent on that wing…
Vancouver Canucks blogger points out Cory Schneider will get the start on Saturday for the Canucks vs. the Bruins. He also tells us that rest assured Gillis and AV will have most definitely consulted with one another on the many implications of this game, and the use of Schneids as a starter. Still a great deal of Canuck fans see this game as a symbolic chance for revenge.
With the big trade made on Saturday by Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis the Canucks have made it clear that the plan will be for Chris Higgins to join David Booth and Ryan Kesler on an all-American second line. Higgins and Booth know each other from their days in Florida and the Canucks are hoping to capitalize on that chemistry.