Our man Kevin V. is back with another edition of the Vancouver Canucks Notebook. The trade deadline has passed and what a shocking day it was. Though not as much if you really thought Mike Gillis could pull off the Cody Hodgson for Zack Kassian trade. Marc-Andre Gragnani also comes Vancouver’s way from Buffalo and he’ll start tonight versus the St. Louis Blues, in for Chris Tanev.
Vancouver Canucks beat blogger Riley Trottier is back and better than ever. With some things to get off his chest. What makes him angry about the Canucks and NHL this week? Mike Gillis and the 2012 NHL trade deadline. Most notably the Cody Hodgson for Zack Kassian trade. He’s gone back and forth on this trade roughly 200 times in the past two days. he hated it, than he liked it, than he was unsure.
NWSB Vancouver Canucks inside Josh Hall delves into the home stand starter versus the St. Louis Blues. Can Zack Kassian be all he’s cracked up to be? How about the Honey Badger Jannik Hansen; does he care? What impact will Cory Schneider have on the end of the regular season? Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-check it out!
Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges Love Em Hate Em Canucks hockey blog. He recaps and rewinds the loss on Tuesday night to the Phoenix Coyotes. Mason Raymond, you have to stop falling down. Even Bambi had this figured out by now. It’s no longer adorable, it’s just sad. Sami Pahlsson’s acquisition was overshadowed a wee bit on Monday, but it is freeing Ryan Kesler up for more offensive zone starts.
After 60+ games the Vancouver Canucks GM Gillis has made his move and the team has the time and motivation to utilize the gifts he has given them. We are about to embark on another heck of a ride down the stretch run. Vancouver has begun to truly assert itself as a difficult team to break down. Roberto Luongo, Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler, David Booth, and Sami Salo are on top of their games.
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 takes a look at what the Nuckies have to do to win in hockey starved Glendale, Arizona, We’re just kidding about the hockey starved part. Can Henrik Sedin keep his team focused coming off the huge Cody Hodgson trade? Will the red-hot Phoenix Coyotes just be too much? Will Sami Pahlsson and Zack Kassian contribute right away? Check it!
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?