BEST RUMOUR MONGERING
You had to know where we’d kick things off tonight.
You probably heard it on TSN, both Pierre LeBrun and Bob Mckenzie reporting the Canucks plan to re-tool, which means everyone on the roster is available save the Sedin twins.
Not sure why the twins get to escape the trade block, but that’s the way it’s being presented.
Now, when you report something like that, a lot of fans are going to run with it, and read into it.
They’re going to view the Canucks as sellers leading up to the trade deadline and they’re going to say “Hey, this sure sounds like a firesale.”
Then, they’re going to head off to rumour mill la-la land imagining who the Canucks could get while they rebuild, retool, or whatever you want to call it.
That’s what I was responding to when I tweeted. I was mocking the idea the Canucks could pull off a firesale after people were texting me: FIRESALE.
The best predictor of future behaviour is past method of operation.
What do we know about GM Mike Gillis? He’s incredibly patient. He loves the core. He’s loathe to make trades where he gives up valuable assets. He has vowed not to ask players to waive their NTCs.
So do I think he’s really considering trading “anyone but the twins” because the team can’t win this month without Henrik, Santorelli, Bieksa, and Tanev?
It seems unlikely.
I’d suggest the TSN report may have been to get his flagging players’ attention. I find it hard to believe he’s suddenly going to go riverboat gambler, and do an about face.
Consider, in the past 18 months, the Canucks have locked up Alex Burrows, Alex Edler, Chris Higgins, Jannik Hansen and the Sedin twins.
It’d be quite something to turn around and trade any of them in the next six weeks.
And really, I don’t think anyone is going anywhere this season.
All that said, Gillis generally doesn’t make idle threats.
So, I do think this is is a watershed moment in terms of the organization’s willingness to trade players with NTCs.
But I think we’ll see that in the offseason.