NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck reports today on the news that has surfaced about netminder Cory Schneider. He is in Switzerland and “ready to go” according to his agent Mike Liut. Early on in the lockout Schneider wasn’t sure about playing overseas and getting used to the larger ice surface, but with no end for the lockout in sight, it was time to make a decision.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone tells us if hockey fans have to be exposed to this greed-driven lockout, consider him not impressed. The NHL’s recent decision to reject a meeting proposed by the NHLPA in an effort to negotiate in good faith only exacerbates a PR problem faced by league owners. He hopes we’ll have NHL hockey by December.
NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac tells us on the NHL could have a new conspiracy theory up their sleeve when it comes to the Vancouver Canucks. Are we watching the dead puck era? Probably. Watching the last few games too, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin have created a number of chances, contrary to the short term memory perception of some observers, but have had poor puck luck.
The 2012 NHL Trade deadline is nearing. Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges points out the pickings are interesting this year. Adrian Aucoin, Bryan Allen, Shea Weber, Travis Moen, Chad LaRose, and Tuomo Ruutu, Leaving would be Mason Raymond, and Keith Ballard. Maybe. It means that anyone claiming to know what Mike Gillis will do at the deadline this year is speculating.
Vancouver Canucks blogger C-Mac points out whats not to love about defenseman Kevin Bieksa, from great quotes to great play he’s glad he’s on the home team. Bieksa’s career plus/ minus is a +17. A reasonable figure, but not yet Hall of Fame stuff. A healthy Bieksa on a settled team could mount a serious assault on improving those numbers. With a personality like Bi-es-ka, at least the dressing room provides some relief.
NWSB Managing Editor “Q” tells us this week in the NHL four or five days ago ESPN first broke the story about LA Kings forward Dustin Penner and his now famous PANCAKE injury. Alledgedly Penner and his weak back went out while “eating” pancakes. Moral of the story…He needs to stretch more come summer time I think. Were Canucks fans insensitive?
The NHL trade rumor mill is hard at work again. Reportedly, the Vancouver Canucks and Phoenix Coyotes are involved in serious negotiations at the moment. Prospect Kyle Turris may be their main target. With Roberto Luongo signed, and center Ryan Kesler still working his way back from injury, Vancouver may need to move the highly regarded Corey Schneider…