Absolutely not. No way, no how. I will riot if that ******** ends up back in a Canucks uniform somehow. I hated it the first time around...then we saw the downsides to bringing in a reckless ass like Torres...and some people still want him back? It's asinine.
Originally Posted by PRNuck
I can see why we're clamouring to trade for him!
haha. Exactly!!! We have such an excellent track record recently, in bringing in players from Florida! Ballard, Booth, and Garrison have all made such smooth transitions to the pressure and the systems here on the ice...!!!
Originally Posted by crazycanuck
I'd rather stick it out with Schroeder than trade for Ribeiro.
Agreed. Ribeiro is a guy with skill...but he is about the furthest thing from the sort of guy you win with. I'm far from sold on Schroeder as the #3C going into the playoffs...but i'd still take him over Ribeiro because at least Shredder plays hard and gives a ****.
Originally Posted by Mr. Canucklehead
From the look of this quote...
...we may not see a goaltending trade until after this season. And I'm OK with that.
Honestly, it really looks more and more like that's the way it's going to go. No goaltender trade. And while i desperately wanted Gillis to resolve this situation before the season started...at this point, we'd might as well carry it right through.
I don't really know how AV handles the starts once we hit the playoffs...the coin isn't gonna cut it anymore. But really...the further into the season this drags out, the more 'interested' teams are going to drop out as their awful goaltending sinks them. And the less teams are going to want to give up if they're actually gearing up for a playoff run.
I'm expecting this to end up in a relatively small package of picks and prospects in the summer at this point.
I suppose that the fear is how an overly, outspoken Christian can contaminate a dressing room. And it can happen. The difference here is that I am sure MG (sure as in I know) checked and double checked to make sure that neither Hamhuis nor Booth would be that negative influence due to their beliefs. He did his due diligence as best he could before he brought either player on board. So I too do not see it ever being a problem. Last season there was a clash of beliefs surrounding Torres. Players loved his on ice play and loved going to battle with him but off the ice he was described as a ****ing pig. His lifestyle, his treatment of the opposite sex and his dressing room talk got under the skin of a few players. Due to that he did not fit the culture that the Canucks dressing room was beginning to take on. So it was no surprise that hew as not offered a contract by the Canucks. One of the players that had said he would not re-sign was Higgins.
If you listen to Higgins post season interview he says he enjoyed playing with most of the guys and moving forward he would make a decision about whether he would re-sign in Vancouver as the summer went on. What was telling was that he said "most of the guys". The message he had delivered was that he was waiting to see what happen to Torres and he would not re-sign if Torres did.
Higgins was not the only player offended by Torres and his off ice way of life. But he was the only one who was not under contract who could make a point. So a choice was made.
Word on the street around here is that the Avs have offered O'reilly the same contract they gave Duchene (2 x 3.5) and are not willing to budge. They don't want to give out big second contracts and wants them to be bridge contracts like Subban's as well. O'reilly originally was apparently asking for 5 x 5 but apparently softened. The fact that the Avs aren't negotiating and have essentially given him a take it or leave it has mad him angry and apparently is why they are now considering trading him.
I don't think the Canucks are a good fir because from all accounts the biggest need for the Avs is on D where the running joke is that they have a #1 (questionable at best) and 6 bottom pairing guys. I don't think they would want Ballard (though he was drafted by the Avs) but I think that would be the only chance the Canucks have. Something in the Ballard, Schroeder, 1st range (maybe add in a forward for a D swap of some order as well)