Good morning? Welcome to the blog, my name is Derek Jory, you may remember me from such live blogs as the 2012 & 2013 Trade Deadline Live Blogs and that time I sat outside your window and live blogged your family dinner. Good times.
I'm once again reporting from Canucks Headquarters, Rogers Arena, instead of on the road with the team. I prefer the comforts of my son's finger paintings and the Miley Cyrus picture I have up, compared to being poolside with fancy umbrella drinks in the hot hot heat. Call me crazy. As usual this is the only Trade Deadline live blog on the Internet, I'm your one stop shop for information, so looking elsewhere is futile.
One ground rule: I will be reporting rumours as they surface from qualified sources, which includes my imaginary friend Frank; all rumours will appear in italics to keep things running smoothly. All confirmed Canucks deals will be bolded.
If you've got any questions, comments, complaints or if you just want to say hey there, hi there, hello there, leave a comment below.
Let's do this.
5:00 a.m. (PST) -- The blog you are attempting to read is currently being run by a blogger still in bed, please check back at a more reasonable hour.
6:00 a.m. (PST) -- I'm here, I'm here. But no one else is. Baaaaaaack to bed!
7:00 a.m. (PST) -- Alright, alright, I'm up. For now. Nothing to report thus far, other than that we have five hours of this madness left. I hope you're strapped in. In all seriousness, my gut tells me it's going to be a busy day for the Canucks. It's also telling me it would like a breakfast sandwich. I'll be right back.
7:30 a.m. (PST) -- Tweet from @imacVanSun - Doesn't mean trade happens today, but am told GM Gillis has owner's green light to make Kesler deal if right one there.
8:09 a.m. (PST) -- My gut is no longer rumbling from hunger and apparently today is the day because once a year I drink a coffee and I am halfway through one right now. I don't drink coffee, so you may want to stand back.
8:24 a.m. (PST) -- TSN is confirming NYR acquires Martin St. Louis from TB for Ryan Callahan, 2015 1st RD pick and 2014 2nd RD pick. Thoughts?
8:57 a.m. (PST) -- Sneak peek into the Canucks war room in Phoenix.
9:03 a.m. (PST) -- Comment from tracyhugs: Derek have you heard anything? Thanks for the question tracyhugs, yes, I have heard something: sand tiger shark embryos fight each other in their mother's womb and whoever survives is born. Ohhh heard anything about the Canucks? Not yet.
9:27 a.m. (PST) -- Nothing to report, but at least you guys are keeping me awake with your comments. Ryan Cho - I have not heard Kesler's name once yet this morning, surprisingly, and Stephen Earnshaw following at 4 a.m. in Australia, you just broke my hardcore metre. Bravo!
9:37 a.m. (PST) -- Tweet from @botchford: Gillis & co definitely working on Kesler deal & think it can get done. Obviously, AQ has to sign off. that's a long way from not authorized.
9:42 a.m. (PST) -- Comment from incoherent_love: Since there's nothing to report(yet).... how was your coffee and breakfast sandwich? It was fantastic, although I haven't stopped shaking from the caffeine. Might bang out like five push-ups to burn off this energy. No big deal.
9:58 a.m. (PST) -- Push-ups are done. Which way to the beach? No seriously, there's nothing to update so I either stay silent or continue with my shenanigans and tomfoolery - what say you? Silent or stupid?
10:00 a.m. (PST) -- Two hours to the trade deadline...
10:03 a.m. (PST) -- Tweet from @LavoieRenaud (who broke the Luongo trade yesterday): Kings-Red Wings and Wild are trying to get Ryan Kesler. #tvasports And another @LavoieRenaud: Don't forget the Penguins who are looking at Kesler. #tvasports
10:17 a.m. (PST) -- NEWS (kind of): the new guys have new numbers - Markstrom is 35 Matthias is 27. You're welcome.
10:21 a.m. (PST) -- Tweet from @LavoieRenaud: Flyers are out of the Ryan Kesler derby. #tvasports
10:23 a.m. (PST) -- A bromance was just rekindled... (photo credit: Rory McGarry)
10:49 a.m. (PST) -- Nothing cooking on the Canucks front. Nadda. Zilch. Zippo. I trimmed my nose hairs for this?
11:00 a.m. (PST) -- One hour to the trade deadline...
11:05 a.m. (PST) -- Tweet from @TheRealCanuck17 - @VanCanucks Whats going on in the war room? Can you say? No, I can not say because they won't let me anywhere near the war room. Likely because the first time I visited I took it too literally and destroyed everyone with my Nerf swarmfire gun. #Boom
11:06 a.m. (PST) -- I actually just heard something. Stay tuned.
11:17 a.m. (PST) -- No update on what I heard. But on a sidenote: How is coffee legal? This stuff is mental. My heart is going to explode. Until next trade deadline coffee, you evil hot battery acid.
11:24 a.m. (PST) -- Tim Thomas was just traded to the Dallas Stars and Roberto Luongo reacts: @strombone1 @TSNBobMcKenzie NOOOO!!!!!!!!
11:30 a.m. (PST) -- Tweet from @RobRossi_Trib - Told a minute ago #pens are pushing hard to end #KeslerWatch. "Ray's going at it" was the text.
11:33 a.m. (PST) -- Tweet from @sportsnetmurph - Ryan Kesler was the last #canuck to put his bag on the team bus before practise. Waiting to the last second just in case.
11:35 a.m. (PST) -- Tweet from @HeleneStJames: #RedWings are out on Vancouver's Ryan Kesler. Asking price too high. Young forwards, prospect, 1st-rounder.
11:47 a.m. (PST) -- All tweets surrounding Ryan Kesler going to the Penguins surfaced from a fake account. Can this day just be over already please?
11:52 a.m. (PST) -- Tweet from @FarhanLaljiTSN - Thanks for the laughs Kuz! RT @benkuzma: Zero confirmation on Kesler trade. Love those fake accounts.
12:00 p.m. (PST) -- And that's that. The Trade Deadline is over. That being said, things can still trickle down so stay tuned. Or don't. But we have pizza coming and I'm willing to share... :)
12:09 p.m. (PST) -- Pending trade call #Canucks acquire 5th round pick in 2015 from Rangers for Raphael Diaz.
12:15 p.m. (PST) -- Come on JayD789, unless I confirm it, the Canucks are far from done. You trust TSN, the worldwide leader in sports or whatever, more than me, the office leader in idiocy, is that what you're telling me? #singletear
12:30 p.m. (PST) -- That appears to be the ballgame. Only thing I heard all day was Diaz, which is still not confirmed. The only things I can confirm are as follows: you're awesome for following along and if our pizza doesn't get here soon, I'm going to SNAP - and with my coffee strength and speed, that's actually a half-threat!