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Canuck Nation In A Lather - Changes On The Way!
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Canuck Nation In A Lather  -  Changes on the Way!

The recent state of the union address given by Canuck GM Mike Gillis is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows.

His farewell speech before hitting the links with the rest of the Canuck organization did not offer much in the way of surprises but did offer some insight into a few pressing questions that followers of the blue and green have been mulling over since their team’s shocking round one ousting.

Luongo or Schneider?

Gillis’ acknowledgement of Schneider’s ascendance into Number One status should be welcome news to all the Luongo haters who consistently call in to talk radio seeking his release. But as with all armchair quarterbacks, they lack not only the responsibility, but also the sophistication and critical thinking required to make such an important move.

A Luongo trade is severely hampered by two important factors. Primary is his huge salary! Secondary is his trade value.

Louie’s contract ensures that the next team - if there is a next team - will be burdened with a massive 5 million per year salary cap hit over ten years! It is thought that Tampa, Toronto, and Florida may be teams in need of Luongo’s services.

Luongo has added fuel to the trade fire speculation by publicly stating that he would be willing to waive his no trade clause if it was in the best interests of the team. He even went so far as to call Schneider a goalie who just might ‘dominate’ the league for several years.

But what is Lou worth considering he was second fiddle to Schneider during the team’s most critical juncture, the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

Meanwhile, Schneider is indeed in the driver’s seat. He just needs to sit back and weigh his, no doubt, lucrative options. He has earned the right!

Stay or Go Alain Vigneault?

Gillis all but condemned the media - and public - musings about releasing Vigneault. After running down the list of accomplishments of the Canuck’s most winningest coach, including 2 President’s Trophies that weren’t won ‘by accident’, Gillis went on to say that his first order of business was to make sure he himself was going to stay on.

Only after consulting with the Canuck’s Acquilini’s would Gillis be in position to answer whether Vigneault would remain top bench boss. His ringing endorsement of the current coach would make it seem likely Vigneault would return.

However, as much as the Nucks talk about the ‘family’, the only family that matters is the Acquilinis. Their early exit means lost revenues and a pro hockey team is a business, Number One!

So as teams fall out of Lord Stanley’s race, is there any team poised to make the most noise in the hockey off season than the Canucks?


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