Wednesday, Mar. 05, 2014 4:21PM EST
Alas, the Tim Thomas-Roberto Luongo marriage, which had as much whacky promise as famously dysfunctional matches like Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold or a Kardashian and just about anybody, never got out of the gate.
Less than 24 hours after Luongo and Thomas were thrown together as goaltending partners, they were divorced, as the Florida Panthers traded Thomas to the Dallas Stars shortly before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline. The Panthers received the Stars’ backup goaltender, Dan Ellis, in the deal but the peace and quiet achieved by avoiding a Luongo-Thomas duo is a nice bonus.More »
Wednesday, Mar. 05, 2014 10:23AM EST
The most interesting thing that Calgary Flames acting general manager Brian Burke revealed during Tuesday’s pre-trading deadline press conference was that he was prepared to act as the NHL’s banker. By that, Burke meant that organizationally Calgary was authorized to spend to the salary cap and is nowhere near it today. Hence, any general manager that needs to dump a contract to make his trade-deadline dreams come true can contact the Flames and they are prepared to help. They won’t do it for free, but they can assist a team stuck in salary-cap purgatory.More »
Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2014 1:53PM EST
It's tempting to think about the Montreal Canadiens' acquisition of smallish, offence-shy defenceman Mike Weaver is as this year's version of Davis Drewiske: a low-risk, slightly underwhelming insurance policy for the blueline.
Like Drewiske, obtained a couple of days before last year's trade deadline from the L.A. Kings, Weaver was obtained from the Florida Panthers for a fifth-round draft pick (it doesn't seem like a high price, and it isn't, but it should be pointed out the Habs have had good luck with fifth-rounders in recent years).More »
Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2014 1:19PM EST
Well, the frenzy has started, at least in the media.
Now we just have to wait and see if it turns into anything.
As always, the lead up to the NHL’s trade deadline has been filled with rumours and speculation, but other than the Ryan Miller to St. Louis blockbuster on Friday, there have been very few actual moves to speak of.More »
Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2014 10:20AM EST
Buyers or sellers?
General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff isn’t exactly known for his transaction fireworks, so it’s difficult to see him suddenly deviating from his slow and steady build to pull off a blockbuster on deadline day. Expect minor tweaking at best.
Depth on defence and the wings. A top-six forward who can play on the left side would be particularly appealing.More »
Monday, Mar. 03, 2014 9:06PM EST
Buyer or Seller?
Depends on the time of day you ask. So precarious and unknowable is the team’s final standing this year that the Senators were considered sellers, and out of the playoff picture, following last Thursday’s 6-1 pounding by the Detroit Red Wings, and then became instant buyers following Sunday’s 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in the Heritage Classic. A win or loss Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers could tip the scales on whether the team is seen as a buyer or seller.More »
Monday, Mar. 03, 2014 1:56PM EST
Buyer or seller?
Seller. That, of course, wasn’t the plan heading into the season when the Oilers, under new management, promised that the turnaround after seven consecutive seasons out of the playoffs was at hand. Instead, things have gotten worse, not better, and the Oilers stand to get another high-draft choice in 2014, after having three No. 1 overalls, plus the seventh pick last year in the past four years.More »
Monday, Mar. 03, 2014 12:24PM EST
Buyer or seller?
Seller with a capital S. The Flames may not be as active as last year, but only because they don’t have assets the likes of Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester to dump into the trade market. That said, they are still in the early stages of a rebuild in the new Brian Burke era, where acquiring size and truculence will be the twin focal points of their trading-deadline strategy. In the meantime, the ‘for sale’ sign is up.More »
Monday, Mar. 03, 2014 10:39AM EST
Buyer or seller?
Uh, a little of both? It may seem odd to even suggest a team that’s contending for a home playoff seed in the Eastern Conference could be a seller, but the Habs remain a team in transition, and if GM Marc Bergevin can find a taker for some of his anvil-ish contracts (hello there, Rene Bourque), it’s hard to imagine that he won’t. Bergevin’s also on the lookout for the missing pieces to his team, so would be willing to buy for the right fit, though he’s not inclined to part with prospects or picks unless it’s a killer deal. The Habs GM is also a noted trade deadline skeptic, so it would be out of character for Montreal to be a big player.More »
Monday, Mar. 03, 2014 10:07AM EST
Buyer or seller?
For the first time in the Mike Gillis era, the Canucks are sellers. Gone are visions of plowing deep into springtime hockey and in their place is a dream of a rapid rebuild, somehow leveraging the likes of Ryan Kesler for an injection of youth and promise that can revive this rapidly fading hockey team.More »
Saturday, Mar. 01, 2014 10:24PM EST
Sometimes life comes at you in bursts rather than a steady dribble.
To illustrate: the Toronto Maple Leafs in their 4-3 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens in what was an eminently winnable game.
In Saturday’s date at the Bell Centre – the two teams separated in the standings by just two points – the Leafs opened the game with zero shots in 14:38.More »
Saturday, Mar. 01, 2014 6:18PM EST
The roof was open, the air crisp, and the snow fake – it may not become a classic, in the truest sense of the word, but the National Hockey League’s Heritage Classic in Vancouver could become the trampoline for one of two struggling Canadian teams to make the uphill sprint for the postseason.
The Heritage Classic, which pits the Vancouver Canucks against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday at BC Place, is the last of six such outdoor spectacles that NHL has staged this season.More »
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 12:47AM EST
Ryan Kesler, with an injured hand, has been thrust into the trade spotlight.
If the 29-year-old is available for a trade, he would change the dynamic leading up to the National Hockey League trade deadline, next Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET. Kesler would be a rare marquee player if available.
On Wednesday night, before the Canucks returned to play at home against the St. Louis Blues, with Kesler out “day-to-day,” Louis Jean of TVA reported on Twitter that Kesler had requested a trade last fall. Jean also reported that a trade may not happen by the deadline and instead occur by the draft, which is June 27-28 in Philadelphia.More »
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 10:53AM EST
If you wanted to locate the true foundation of Team Canada’s dominant turn at the 2014 Olympics, the world junior tournament isn’t a bad place to start.
And, more specifically, the incredible team that won gold in 2005 in North Dakota, when the NHL lockout had put all eyes on a group of teenagers playing just over the border.More »
Friday, Feb. 07, 2014 8:31PM EST
Roberto Luongo has one gold medal in his trophy case and the 34-year-old goaltender aims to add another as he joins two other netminders on Team Canada in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. A feature on Luongo, as well as a profile of Montreal’s Carey Price are in today’s special goaltenders issue of the sports section in The Globe and Mail. The following is a condensed and edited interview with Roberto Luongo, conducted Jan. 25 at Rogers Arena after the Vancouver Canucks had concluded a practice.More »
Thursday, Feb. 06, 2014 1:45PM EST
They insist it’s not about them, or about the Olympics, that it's just another game pitting desperate teams.
Yeah, well, it’s about them.
And it’s at least a little bit about Sochi – don’t be fooled.
How can it be otherwise when the two men vying to be Team Canada’s starting goaltender meet head-to-head four days before the charters head to Russia?More »
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 1:25AM EST
- Vancouver Canucks lose 5-2 to Chicago Blackhawks, after once more blowing a lead
- Canucks up 2-0 early in second period, then cede four goals on five shots in just eight minutes
- Team is now 2-3 without suspended coach John Tortorella, with one game left before he returns
At the dark end of January, memories of autumn faded, the prospects of spring distant, stock of the Vancouver Canucks is at a nadir.More »
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 3:37PM EST
So, the NHL is going on a hiatus for the Olympics, which for the league begins Feb. 9 and ends on the night of Feb. 25 with a game in Buffalo.
It stands to reason that it’s easy enough to determine what happens to players in that period: Those playing at the Olympics head to Sochi and those who don’t get a two-week vacation in the middle of their season.More »
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 2:10AM EST
After all the build-up and hype, after the volleyball games had been played, after KISS had cranked out a spirited version of Rock And Roll All Night, it finally came down to a hockey game. Yes, it was Dodger Stadium, yes the game time temperature was a balmy 16.7C, and yes, the hockey world – some of it anyway – was watching to see how it would all come off. It didn’t have the snow globe feel of the annual Jan. 1 Winter Classics or the deep chill of the two previous Heritage Classics, but it did feature decent ice, two early goals that stood up and a predictable result – another victory by the Anaheim Ducks, the NHL’s No. 1 team, this one by a 3-0 final score.More »
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 1:40PM EST
John Tortorella is allowed to work with Vancouver Canucks coaches and team management during his 15-day suspension levied by the National Hockey League.
On Monday, when the head coach was suspended, the NHL said: “He is not permitted to have any interaction with his club prior to, during or after games.” It was the final line of a short press release that outlined the suspension for Tortorella’s actions after the first period last Saturday night, stating the fracas with the Calgary Flames was “an embarrassment to the league.”More »
David Ebner is a national correspondent based in Vancouver. He joined The Globe and Mail in 2000 and worked in Toronto and Calgary before moving to Vancouver in 2008. He has reported on a wide range of stories – business, politics, arts, crime – and has covered sports since 2012. He was nominated for a National Newspaper Award in sports in 2013. He was born in Ottawa, grew up in Calgary, and graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa.
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