In honor of the Super Bowl here's something else that's periodically entertaining, the Monday morning musings and meditations on the world of sports.
The stars seemed to be lining up for the Canucks and Capitals before NBC's cameras caught Canucks' GM Mike Gillis in Washington on Sunday.
Now? Prepared to be bombarded with intel about the bounty the Canucks are going to reap from the Caps.
Admittedly, the circumstances couldn't be better from Gillis's perspective. The Caps are built to win now and they're struggling under rookie head coach Adam Oates. GM George McPhee is starting to feel the heat and his goaltending has been shaky.
The Caps also have three high-end forward prospects in their organization. Evgeni Kuznetsov might be the best player in the world not in the NHL although his desire to play in North America is in question. The Caps also had two first-rounders this summer in Filip Forsberg and Tom Wilson. There's a dropoff after Kuznetsov, Forsberg and Wilson but there are still intriguing players.
The calibre of the Caps' top three, in fact, suggests the deal could involve Cory Schneider. It doesn't figure the McPhee would trade one of their blue-chippers for a 33-year-old goalie whose contract runs to the end of days, that would be Roberto Luongo.
But who knows where this is heading?
On Friday night, Alain Vigneault coached his 500th game with the Canucks and if you were looking for a microcosm of his career in Vancouver, the win over Chicago serves nicely.
The milestone, for starters, was passed without much fanfare. That night, the Canucks recorded a 2-1 shootout win over their rivals from Chicago who'd come into the game as one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Afterwards, several callers to the post-game, open-mouth show complained about the lack of offence in the Canucks' game..
Typical. By any reasonable measure, Vigneault is the most successful head coach in franchise history and his record places him among the top two or three of his contemporaries. Vigneault's career winning percentage, just below .640, is behind only San Jose's Todd McLellan, Anaheim's Bruce Boudreau and Detroit's Mike Babcock. In terms of tenure, he's fourth behind Lindy Ruff, Barry Trotz and Babcock.
The difference between Babcock's regular-season record and Vigneault's, in fact, is infinitesimal.
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Canucks GM Gillis in Washington means goaltender rumour mill is about to get red hot
Vancouver Province | Feb 4