With draft a week away and free agency two weeks away, news on the Canucks front has been quiet but Vancouver earned some time in the spotlight Thursday night as Roberto Luongo
won the inaugural Scotiabank/NHL Fan Fav™ Award at the 2009 NHL Awards.
The award is the first-ever fan-driven NHL Award. Over a million votes were cast in the year long program, with NHL fans selecting their choice for the best overall regular season performer.
"I'd like to thank the fans for voting," said Luongo in his acceptance address. "It's been a crazy year for me, it's my first major injury and I was out for a long time so the fact that I was able to win this is a great honour so I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me."
Luongo was greeted with a tripumphant "Lou.." as he started to speak Thursday night in Las Vegas.
A panel narrowed down the list to ten finalists which included Jarome Iginla, Miikka Kiprusoff, Eric Staal, Steve Mason, Martin Brodeur, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Nabokov, Roberto Luongo
, Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin.NOTHING OFFICIAL
After a season of media speculation about contracts and Daniel and Henrik Sedin
's future with the Vancouver Canucks, answers will soon unfold with free agency opening in 12 days.
But with the "big day" approaching, the speculation doesn't stop. TSN's Darren Dreger
reports that the Sedins are looking for a long-term deal similar to Henrik Zetterberg's deal in Detroit that will have them in a Canucks jersey for 12 years. Various other media outlets
are reporting the same
Nothing official has come out of either camp and as of today remains the same.
"I don't want to talk about it," Daniel Sedin
told CKNW. "When this gets done, we will talk, but right now well keep it between Mike (Canucks GM Gillis) and ourselves."D-DAY IN A WEEK
Next week, the Vancouver Canucks and the other 29 teams in the NHL welcome the newest draft class into the NHL as the NHL Entry Draft takes place June 26-27 in Montreal.
The Canucks have the 22nd overall pick this year and a pick in the 2nd-6th rounds as it stands right now. Vancouver has never had the 22nd pick in the draft - they've chosen 21st (Libor Polasek in 1992) and 23rd twice (Nathan Smith in 2000 and Ryan Kesler
Twenty-one teams will approach the podium before Vancouver, which leaves a lot of time for the players the Canucks had pegged to be swiped.
All sorts of scenarios could play out that would have the Canucks move up in the draft, but assuming GM Mike Gillis and company stand pat, all indications are they’ll be going after an offensive-defenceman.
Follow the draft as the first round unfolds on Friday, June 26th on Canucks.com with a live blog and features to follow.