I was able to catch up with Patrick White briefly earlier today, after he was traded to the San Jose Sharks along with Daniel Rahimi in exchange for Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich. Here’s some of his reaction to the trade:
1. Were you surprised when you heard about the move?
White: Yeah I was. I talked to Dave Gagner today before he even knew about it so I was under the impression things were normal. I think it should be good for me and good for Vancouver though.
2. I know the Vancouver fans and media were pretty hard on you over the last few years.
White: I can’t blame anyone for that; that’s the life of hockey. Even when you play good sometimes you don’t get credit.
3. How did you hear the news? Did Gillis call?
White: Yeah, he called but I missed it and so my adviser was the first to let me know. Gillis is tough to get back to; he’s a busy man.
4. Have you talked to Jordan Schroeder at all?
White: No I haven’t. I’ll probably see him tomorrow though.
5. Thanks a lot, Patrick. Good luck next season and in the future with the Sharks organization.
White: Thanks. I will always be a Canucks draft pick.
I interviewed Everett Silvertips General Manager Doug Soetaert earlier today about the possibility of Jordan Schroeder leaving the University of Minnesota to join the ‘Tips this season. Here’s what I gathered from our conversation:
- The summer before last, Soetaert and the Silvertips organization had many discussions with Schroeder and his father. At that point, Schroeder’s camp informed the ‘Tips that he would play at least one season with the University of Minnesota, and then reassess his situation after the NHL draft.
- At one point this summer, the Silvertips were given “a lot of indication” from Schroeder’s agent that he would sign with the Vancouver Canucks, and therefore join the ‘Tips organization.
- When asked if there’s still a possibility that Schroeder will start the season with Everett, Soetaert responded: “no, not right now.” However, he didn’t rule out something getting done perhaps during the season.
- Soetaert made it very clear that he would be thrilled to have Schroeder join the Silvertips organization.
That’s about all for now. Stay tuned for more information.
Michael Grabner suited up with his former team, EC VSV of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (highest level of competition in Austria), this past weekend in VSV’s pre-season opener. Despite several scoring chances, Grabner was not a factor on the scoresheet as VSV tied HK Jesenice 4-4.
Canucks fans should not worry, however, as Grabner was only in the lineup because VSV forward Jonathan Ferland was unavaible due to the birth of his child. Additionally, VSV plays in Villach, Austria, Grabner’s hometown, and the Canucks prospect has been training with the team for most of the summer. Grabner will travel to Vancouver towards the beginning of September with the hopes of earning a spot on the Canucks roster.
I have just received confirmation from Modo Hockey General Manager Fredrik Andersson that former Canucks captain Markus Naslund will join the club as a board member this season. Andersson added: “I will talk to him and see if he wants to play for us later in the season.”