Chat it to Bulis: NHL trade deadline day live blog extravaganza!

Right off the hop: that graphic is terrifying. Absolutely spine-chilling. We didn’t make it.

NHL trade deadline day is reaching national holiday status here in Canada. Though very little actually happens, the entire afternoon is filled with talk of what might happen, and that’s good enough for most. For Canucks fans, the place to stage such Vladimir and Estragon-esque chatter is right here. PITB is livechatting the whole freaking day.

If we know Gillis, he’ll give us absolutely nothing to talk about until the final hour, which the rest of the chat will be taken up with nonsense: speculation, grumbling about sore legs, caffeine-fueled ranting, and debates about the merits of the final two-thirds of the Back to the Future trilogy. We’ll be joined by special guests from the Vancouver Sun and Canucks Army, and we’ll waste the entire day talking about nothing, much like the suits on TSN.

Deadline coverage begins at Monday, February 27 at 8am ET and ends at 3pm ET, with a great many deals trickling in after the official deadline has passed (there’s usually a backlog of paperwork). That means this Hellish chat goes live at the disgusting hour of 5am PT, and carries on until 1pm PT. Join us, won’t you?

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7 comments

  1. Canucklehead_in_T.O.
    February 26, 2012

    The Godot reference alone would normally have me there in a heartbeat….but alas, I must spend the momentous day chatting to real folks in a real room. Ironically enough, we will be chatting (much too seriously and with an over abundance of self-importance) about modernist tragi-comedy and absurdist drama….a metaphor for Trade Deadline Day if ever there was one.

    I trust the most hilarious moments and wittiest witticisms from the chat will be appropriately recorded and re-posted for those of us who can’t be there in real time? I’d hate to miss out on the plethora of one-liners that are sure to flow like water from you and your guests….

    Enjoy, men.

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  2. akidd
    February 26, 2012

    booth for brown? plus a 3rd-rounder of course(or 2nd rounder as that is the new 3-rounder.)

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  3. Frank Nelissen
    February 27, 2012

    Hey Daniel,

    You seem to like the Hodgson trade. Here’s my question for you: how is this going to help the Canucks right now? Cody brings so much more to the table, played 63 games and put up 33 point. Moreover, he was the Canucks insurance (vey much in the same way as Corey is) in case, and god forbid, Henrik Sedin is injured. And to add to that, he made the 2nd power play unit tick. Who is going to do that now? Just asking in case the pp dries up again (as it did against the Bruins).

    I really don’t understand it. Why do we prefer size and grit over pure skill and hockey smart and sense? Good skilled play and scoring depth has been advertised all season long as the way to the cup; so why change now?

    Just can’t believe it…

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    • Daniel Wagner
      February 27, 2012

      It’s definitely a shocker and it makes me reevaluate how the team has been built. I think you’re underselling Zack Kassian, however. Yes, he’s a big player who plays big, but he also has a lot of skill. Players with that combination of size, skill, and what I’ll call orneriness are pretty rare in the NHL. I don’t think it’s an issue of favouring size and grit over skill and hockey sense, it’s trying to get a player who combines size and grit with skill and hockey sense.

      I’m still not sure about the trade. I just put up a post that I think explains the reasoning behind the trade, but it’s still a risky move that may or may not pay off. In my mind, the Canucks traded something they have for something they don’t have. The Canucks have skilled centers; they don’t have a legitimate power forward. I’m not sure which is actually more beneficial, but Gillis was immediately preaching balance to the media. It seems like he felt that they didn’t have enough of what Kassian brings and they had too much of what Hodgson brings.

      Again, I’m still not sure what to think. In a couple years we could look back at this trade as a complete steal for the Canucks or a complete fleecing by the Sabres. Or, maybe, we’ll see this as a great trade for both teams. Hodgson’s upward mobility was limited with the Canucks because of the logjam at centre, whereas he’ll get plenty of opportunity in Buffalo. The closest thing to a power forward on the Canucks, on the other hand, is David Booth, who’s 6’0″. Kassian has 3 inches and several pounds on Booth at the age of 21.

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      • Frank Nelissen
        February 27, 2012

        I hear ya, Daniel-san. It’s just that after last year’s experience, I think they gave up their insurance down the middle (yet held on to their insurance in goal), for more grit and power on the wing, and I hope that doesn’t come back to bite them if Henrik or Kesler get injured. Because then we are completely out of options. Whereas we have options on the wings.

        Plus, skill and sense you are born with, grit and toughness is partially attitude. And yes, Kassian has some skill, but how will he benefit from that (or the team for that matter0 with Kesler under performing in the passing and setting up plays department this season.

        Man, I think I’m still shell-shocked.

        And I really think we gave up scoring depth that can also hurt us because he provided that depth during the games in Boston and Detroit these past 2 months…

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  4. Lenny
    February 27, 2012

    I agree with Frank Nelisson. We lost half of Kesler last season in the finals and look what happened – no secondary scoring. It’s great to have a potential franchise power forward, but we are essentially trading scoring away for grit / defence / toughness – a sideway move.

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  5. Gabrielle
    February 27, 2012

    Can’t believe Hodgson was traded… ;( I don’t want Kassian, I want CODY!!

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