What's up world! Today’s the day, the Monday to be exact, the Monday we’ve all been waiting for, or dreading.
Derek Jory here, I'm once again reporting from Canucks Headquarters, Rogers Arena, in the seventh annual Live Trade Blog. Unlike fight club, I encourage you to talk about the live blog, tell your friends and co-workers, tweet it, instagram it, poke it – whatever works.
One ground rule: I will be reporting rumours as they surface from qualified sources, which includes Derek Jory bobblehead I have in my office; all rumours will appear in italics to keep things running smoothly. All confirmed 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. I'd love to hear from you.
Thanks to our friends at Toyota for presenting this year's live blog.
Let's do this.
CANUCKS TRADE TRACKER
|TO VANCOUVER ||FEB.24 ||TO EDMONTON |
|Philip Larsen || ||2017 5th round pick |
|TO VANCOUVER ||FEB.22 ||TO CALGARY |
|Markus Granlund || ||Hunter Shinkaruk |
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2016
12:53 p.m. (PST) -- Business as usual once practice concludes. We'll have player quotes and thoughts from coach Desjardins and GM Benning coming up via @VanCanucks. Thanks for following along! #DJout
12:34 p.m. (PST) -- Dan Hamhuis is not on the ice as Canucks practice begins, while Radim Vrbata is back with the team.
12:16 p.m. (PST) -- Media within Rogers Arena reporting the Canucks did not make any moves today.
12:03 p.m. (PST) -- The latest on Hamhuis?
12:00 p.m. (PST) -- And there it is. We’ve reached the deadline. BUT, deals can still trickle in for another 60-90 minutes, so put the pitchforks away.
11:55 a.m. (PST) -- Five minute warning: more Hamhuis speculation:
11:48 a.m. (PST) -- Things are heating up for Hamhuis. Or not.
11:39 a.m. (PST) -- Dallas is perhaps back in the mix for Hamhuis?
11:20 a.m. (PST) -- A look behind the scenes. That's Sportsnet's Dan Murphy checking his phone and TSN's Farhan Lalji in the distance, both preparing to go live on air. Fancy, not fancy.
10:49 a.m. (PST) -- Am I the only one freaking out a bit at the thought of Dan Hamhuis in a dreaded black and yellow Boston Bruins jersey?!
10:48 a.m. (PST) -- The latest on Dan Hamhuis, courtesy of Bob McKenzie.
10:39 a.m. (PST) -- Reports are surfacing that Kris Russell has been traded from the Flames to the Stars...
10:32 a.m. (PST) -- Just checked in with the media to see what’s up. They are enjoying the coffee and spread of fruit and banana bread. Truth be told, they’re watching Sportsnet and TSN like you. When there’s something to react to, they’ll jump, but so far, nadda.
10:21 a.m. (PST) -- Mikkel Boedker to the Avalanche in the biggest move of the morning. Heading to the Coyotes are Alex Tanguay, Conner Bleackley and Kyle Wood.
10:06 a.m. (PST) -- Canucks practice has been moved from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Since there is no news, this is newsworthy.
10:00 a.m. (PST) -- Two hours to trade deadline. Someone stop the excitement.
9:43 a.m. (PST) -- Live look-in below at every NHL GM today, taking their time swapping players. Still only the one deal today.
9:13 a.m. (PST) -- Cracknell is a standup guy, loved his grit and effort. Best of luck in Edmonton.
8:49 a.m. (PST) -- First move of the day: the Coyotes acquired Sergei Plotnikov from the Penguins this morning for Matthias Plachta and a conditional 7th round pick in 2017. Would you believe me if I told you this is just the third NHL trade to have ever taken place on February 29th? Truth. The Canucks have never been part of a February 29th deal.
8:25 a.m. (PST) -- We never talk anymore. Don't be shy, open up. Tell me what you think the Canucks should do today. Buy? Sell? Nothing?
8:18 a.m. (PST) -- I just talked to Canucks general manager Jim Benning and can confirm the following: he said "Good Morning." So, to summarize, the morning has been good for Benning.
8:00 a.m. (PST) -- I'm here. Let the madness begin!
7:00 a.m. (PST) -- We're sorry, the author of this blog has pushed snooze six times and remains in bed.
6:00 a.m. (PST) -- We're sorry, the author of this blog is still asleep.