Best of the Nation – 1.27.13

Jonathan Willis
January 27 2013 08:25AM

The first week of the NHL season is now behind us; the Best of the Nation this week includes more Luongo trade talk, Nail Yakupov's goal celebration, actual trades, and much more.

Canucks GM Mike Gillis, on trading Roberto Luongo: “We have a potential deal in place with one team.” [Canucks Army/Leafs Nation]

Nail Yakupov’s goal celebration – over the line, or just plain awesome? [Oilers Nation/Oilers Nation]

Five more years! Five more years! Toronto re-signs Joffrey Lupul. [NHL Numbers]

The Calgary Flames ship goaltender Henrik Karlsson to Chicago. [Flames Nation]

Breaking down all the minor moves in both conferences. [NHL Numbers/NHL Numbers]

What will the Canucks do with Keith Ballard? From the article: “A team looking for a second pairing left side defenseman may have some interest in Ballard and it wouldn’t take a ton to acquire him.” The second part of this sentence is extremely true, while the first part had me wondering if Mike Milbury had been hired on to run another NHL team. [Canucks Army]

Sven Baertschi is the most exciting young player in Calgary’s system, so it’s no surprise that Flames Nation generated more than 100 comments on a piece explaining why he’s probably bound for the minor leagues. [Flames Nation]

Jake Gardiner gets demoted to the Marlies to recover from his concussion. [Leafs Nation]

A guide to Olli Jokinen for Jets fans. [Jets Nation]

The sixth part of Rex Libris’ epic series on rebuilding the Calgary Flames (with links to the first five pieces, just in case there’s anyone out there interested in reading a novel). [Flames Nation]

The top seven Canucks goal celebrations of all time. [Canucks Army]

And we finish with this week’s Graphic Comments:

Check out the full post at Canucks Army.

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Jonathan Willis is Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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#1 yawto
January 27 2013, 09:24AM
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Well the best team of the nation lost their fist contest of the year to the worst. :'(

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#2 todiemoca
January 27 2013, 09:57AM
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Nice to Yak City props on HNIC last night so sad we didn't win.

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#3 BurningSensation
January 27 2013, 11:20AM
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@yawto

I think you are using different definitions of 'best' and 'worst' than the rest of the English speaking world.

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#4 RexLibris
January 28 2013, 06:46PM
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For the record, I am trying to have the name "RexLibris" become synonymous with the blog term "epic".

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen. *tents fingers menacingly*

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#5 Ayodele
January 31 2013, 08:35PM
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I'm not sure why everyone is freaking out over Yak's celly. Maaaybe it was a little over the top, but the kid is what 19? He's not a seasoned vet.

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