News out of Vancouver today isn’t good if you’re a Canuck Fan. First of all Mark Messier who played for the Canucks from 1997 to 2000, and very unhappily I might add, was awarded $6 million dollars by an arbitrator for a grievance against the Canucks for money that he was owed. Messier will be paid all in U.S. dollars for his victory. The details of the settlement are explained in an article by Brad Zeimer of the Vancouver Sun. Messier who had a Hall of Fame career was bought out of his contract after two years, but as you’ll read the situation was quite sticky.
On top of that, Ryan Kessler who had surgery on his shoulder and wrist this off season, is not “on schedule”, and may not be ready to play for the Canucks until December. This leaves Vancouver very thin up the middle with Henrik Sedin being the only top six center on the team, and making them vulnerable for more offence. This could be why the Canucks have shown recent interest in signing free agent Shane Doan to help fill the offensive void.
Does this specualation/evaluation of Kessler and his return from surgery now change the way the general manager Mike Gillis handles the Roberto Luongo situation? With Gillis wanting both a current roster player(s) and a future prospect in addition to a draft pick, as well as a goaltender, this makes you wonder if that philosophy has changed. I find that the longer Gillis keeps his demands at this same level, the more difficult it will be to make the Luongo trade. It would appear that with this recent news, Gillis no longer holds the upper hand, and will almost have to lower his demands in order to obtain NHL ready players, and rid himself of a goaltender that doesn’t want to be there anymore.
There has been no new news on the situation here in Florida, or Toronto for that matter. However I expect things will heat up in light of what has recently transpired. Regardless of whether the asking price comes down or not, I am still 100% against the trade.
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