This guy at The Globe and Mail has been reporting some interesting rumours about the Canucks, anyone care to discuss?
Here's his Twitter page: http://twitter.com/#!/Vanstrom_BC
Now to the rumours..
1. Cory Schneider - Multiple Rumours:
To New Jersey with a 1st round pick for Zach Parise
- if Gillis could actually pull this off I would go insane, Parise is awesome and him on the 2nd line with fellow American Kesler would be a dream.. imagine our PP!
To Florida for David Booth + picks
- not too sure about this one, Booth's contract is too high for his skill level (so far).. he hasn't shown he can be a top scorer in the NHL yet
To Tampa Bay for Steve Downie + picks
- ya know I actually wouldn't mind this, Downie is a really gritty guy that can score.. he would be a great 2nd or 3rd liner for us
To Toronto for Nikolai Kulemin + picks
- not feeling this one.. Kulemin has great hands, but he's too soft physically
2. Canucks openly shopping Ballard, Hodgson, Raymond, and Samuelsson league-wide:
Not really a surprised about Ballard, Raymond/Samuelsson I could live without, and Hodgson I wouldn't mind letting go of if we could get someone decent in return (i.e. package him with someone else for a 2nd liner).
3. Canucks interested in Hemsky:
I don't like this one... Hemsky is good when he's healthy, but once again another soft euro that doesn't hit and is very injury prone.
4. Chris Campoli:
According to Vanstrom, Gillis has been planning to offer Campoli a contract since early July. Yesterday when Campoli was officially deemed UFA he said Gillis will be contacting him within the next 24 hours. As crazy as it sounds, I would actually take this guy. If we can get him cheap he would be a great 5-6 defenseman.
Anyways, that's all I'm going to post for now.. those are the only major ones mentioned so far. I will update when more are reported.