There were a lot of extreme reactions from Canucks fans on Sunday as the goaltending controversy in Vancouver ended in one of the most unexpected ways possible. Trading Cory Schneider to New Jersey for the ninth overall pick certainly wasn’t on my SportsAction menu, and I wouldn’t have bet on it if it was.
But with that deal done, it was astonishing to see fans who seemed to be under the impression that the Canucks were now the worst team in the league and had completely destroyed any chance of winning in the coming seasons. Even if the trade itself is far from ideal, though Tyler Dellow argues that it’s on par with past deals for high draft picks, the Canucks are still a good team with good goaltending. Losing Schneider doesn’t actually change the Canucks’ chance of winning now all that much and they were able to add a top-end prospect who will improve the Canucks in the future.
With that in mind, let’s take stock of where the Canucks are at this point, particularly with free agency starting on July 5th. The Canucks certainly have holes in their lineup, along with some pending restricted and unrestricted free agents. This is likely to be a busy week for Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman.Continue Reading —›