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If not for one pushy phone call back in 1996, Wayne Gretzky would have been a Vancouver Canuck.
Back in the summer of 1996, John McCaw, then owner of the Canucks, thought his team would be able to sign the Great One as a free agent after he had spent a half-season with the St. Louis Blues. The late Pat Quinn, then Vancouver’s president and general manager, was in charge of the negotiations.
“The Canucks had (Gretzky) signed at night verbally, and he (told Quinn), ‘Look. I’ll sign the papers formally in the morning,’ Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman told Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Brady & Walker, Friday.
“McCaw got on the phone to Quinn (Vancouver’s president and GM) and said, ‘We want this done tonight.’ “
LISTEN: Elliotte Friedman talks Brodeur, Jets and how Gretzky nearly signed with Vancouver
Quinn told McCaw that Gretzky was committed and not to worry.
“No, no, no. We’re doing this tonight. I want it formalized. No questions,” McCaw instructed Quinn.
Quinn called Gretzky back and asked him to sign the papers that night.
Gretzky replied with: “I told you I’d sign them the morning.”
“Nope,” Quinn said. “I need to have it tonight.”
The whole deal blew up over that, Friedman explained.
Gretzky, we know, also considered joining the Toronto Maple Leafs that off-season, before finally signing with the New York Rangers, where he would play the final three seasons of his career.
“It was a difficult summer. At one point I thought I was going to be a Vancouver Canuck and it fell through the wayside,” Gretzky said on the same radio show in 2013. “Everything happens for a reason, and I ended up signing with the New York Rangers… and truly enjoyed it.”
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It would be a mistake to trade Tanev unless we are getting a high end prospect or regular time rookie that plays top 6 consistently.
Trade Tanev away, we are essentially losing Edler as well...
I'm also not sold on proclaiming a project depth d-man as our PP quarterback. If he's that good, the other team wouldn't have given him away for virtually nothing.
Our PP is built around the twins working off the right half boards. It has been for the past 5 years. When we had no legitimate right shot d-man working the pp shot, you'd think that the team could adapt that strategy to work off the left half boards to set up the many left shot d-man on our roster... Yes it's been figured out, but that's mostly because 3 guys stay in 1 spot while Hank and Dank pass it back and forth to each other repeatedly until the defender gets bored and lets up a bit to create an opening. I think it will require more than a designated PP quarterback to change that unfortunately.