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This Corey Perry-to-Vancouver rumor is setting the Internet on fire

Jan 27, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT


Vancouver Canucks beat writer Jason Botchford has weighed in on the hot rumor du jourCorey Perry going to Vancouver in exchange for Cory Schneider, Mason Raymond and Keith Ballard.

Let’s look at how this went from internet fodder to The Province newspaper’s hockey microsite, shall we?

TVA Sports, a Canadian French-language channel, has a program called “Le Match.”

Le Match is a hockey/sports talk show featuring a bunch of ex-NHLers, including Georges Laraque, Patrice Brisebois, Enrico Ciccone and Dave Morrissette.

— According to a Hockey’s Future message board post, a recent episode of Le Match saw Brisebois and Ciccone claim a trade was in the works, sending Perry to Vancouver for Schneider, Raymond and Ballard.

— According to the same Hockey’s Future post, Brisebois said Perry recently told some Canucks players he would be “joining them soon.”

— Le Match host Dave Morissette tweeted the Perry-to-Vancouver rumor (twice: here and here), saying his source was Brisebois.

— Botchford posted a very skeptical review of the rumor on the White Towel blog.

And here are a couple of more notes to stoke the fire:

1) Brisebois is a former client of power agent Don Meehan — the same Don Meehan that currently represents Corey Perry.

Another Meehan client? Brendan Mikkelson, WHO WAS RECENTLY TRADED. This is definitely not a coincidence.

2) Ciccone’s familiar with Ducks GM Bob Murray, who once traded for Ciccione while serving as assistant GM in Chicago. And guess who Ciccone’s assistant coaches were in Chicago?

That’s right — current Vancouver assistant Newell Brown and director of player personnel Lorne Henning! At the risk of recklessly speculating, Henning is totally the mole.

In closing, I’d like to say that while this deal feels totally lopsided and nearly impossible to comprehend, trade deadline hysteria is still awesome.

  1. imleftcoast - Jan 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    My mom didn’t pick the Capitals to win the Cup, Jason Botchford picked the Capitals to win the Cup, therefore my mom knows more about hockey than Jason Botchford.

  2. grillmarks - Jan 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    So what do you do with Hiller if you trade for Schneider?

    Scheider is going to be a starter wherever he goes.

  3. ikillchicken - Jan 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Sorry but this deal just doesn’t make much sense to me.

    Are the Canucks really going to trade for another top 6 forward? Certainly any team would be happy to have Perry but I just have to think the Canucks would have other priorities. Especially if it’s going to cost them pretty much all three of their expendable bargaining chips, I’ve just got to think it would be for an elite D man, not yet another elite forward. And why would Anaheim want Schneider? They’ve already got a great, number one goalie in Hiller.

    No…I just don’t buy it.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      You’re right about why it doesn’t make sense (and really isn’t going to happen) but it isn’t completely preposterous. The Canucks would love Perry on the right of Kesler and Booth as the left wing – nobody would want to play against that line and it would almost become the 1A ahead of the Sedins and Burrows.

      I think the Nucks do want D, but having moved some contracts, they could afford to move picks and/or prospects to get a #4 or #5 D-man (along with any of the 8 D they currently have on the roster). They aren’t looking for much higher than that; saying we’d like Weber is almost the same as saying we’d like Perry but maybe more unreasonable to obtain.

      As far as the Ducks and Hiller, they could be worried about his abilities after the vertigo or just looking at moving him for younger D to drop some cap hit. They’re bound to be looking to improve there, with Vis and Lydman both being mid-30s. They’ve got a good prospect in Schultz but he’s only 160lbs and their next best D prospect is Vatanen, who’s 5’9″, 160lbs. They’d be relying on Beauchemin, Sbisa and Fowler pretty heavily (along with Ballard if the trade was real) after next year if Vis (who could also be moved) and Lydman drop off.

  4. sknut - Jan 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    I call BS. Thats a horrible deal for the Ducks and if they can’t get a better offer than shame on them. I would think the Ducks would want picks and young players not a under achieving forward and d-man and a goalie when they have a pretty solid one already.

  5. seanthegreatest - Jan 27, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    With Teemu retiring at the end of the year. Why would you trade a top forward? Besides if the ducks are going to trade a top forward shouldn’t it be Getzlaf?

  6. habsman - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    I hear Brian Burke is offering Joey Crabb straight up for Perry.

  7. broadstbully33 - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    wow…just heard philly is offer Shelly for weber too

  8. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 27, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    heard boston sucks..

    you heard it hear first.. nvm we all know how they cry and whine and dive.

    • taytay099 - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:09 PM

      Like you’re any better.

  9. taytay099 - Jan 27, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    As much as I’d love to see Perry playing for the Canucks, I would hate to see Schneider traded. He’s won the Canucks a lot of games they didn’t deserve to win. If Luongo gets hurt in the playoffs I would hate to see Eddie Lack between the pipes. I’d be tearing my hair out in anxiety.

  10. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 27, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    i am better taytay …

    do hide under chara and dont come out until they play HOCKEY

    • taytay099 - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      No, all you do is shit on Boston because of a little hockey rivalry. You call their fans classless rats, while you yourself act worse than any Boston fan I’ve encountered. If you’re truly any better than these so called Boston rats then you wouldn’t have the handle “bostonsfullofrats” and 90% of your posts wouldn’t have the words “Fuck Boston.”

      • elvispocomo - Jan 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM

        He’s clearly trolling (and should be banned, despite no love for Boston from me). Just give him a thumbs down and move on.

  11. danphipps01 - Jan 28, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Yyyyeah…. a forward who barely produces, a bottom-pair D-man and Luongo’s blowout insurance aren’t going to buy Perry – the first two because Anaheim doesn’t want even more underperforming players, and the last because Vancouver can’t afford NOT to have him for when they inevitably face the Blackhawks or the Bruins and Luongo explodes. Perry would be a fantastic guy to have on either of the top lines (maybe he’d help Kesler start actually earning his salary this season?), but that basically costs them all their trade chips and leaves them with a rookie backup and an appallingly thin D corps going into the postseason. Better to trade for someone like Tim Gleason, honestly. Unload the Ballard contract on somebody, trade for and sign Gleason or Gill.

    • blomfeld - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM


      I also wish that this rumor was true. Schneider deserves a chance to prove his worth as a starter somewhere, instead of just continuing to play “second fiddle” to the Italian tire pumper … but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Instead, I can see the Canucks management trying to convince Schneider that “this” is where he belongs and that he should be “grateful” etc … and then they’ll ask him to take a “hometown” discount when his contract comes up for renewal next year. Gillis likes the current arrangement as Schneider’s true potential is being forsaken, all in the name of providing insurance for Luongo.

      My wish is for “big man” Luongo to be literally “blown out of the water” this coming spring and to then find himself being “re-exported” back to Florida, together with his stupid, fat “idiotic” contract ! That way, Schneider can then have the chance to prove himself here in Vancouver as the rightful starter … an opportunity which is unlikely to happen for him through a trade.

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