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Canucks Re-Sign Baumgartner

Nolan Baumgartner is with the Canucks for another year. Contract length and dollars not known.

Years ago, back when we were doing The Crazy Canucks show, JJ at Canucks Hockey Blog named his dog Baumer (*I think probably because his wife balked at the idea of using the name for their first-born). Ever since, the player himself is like a boomerang… landing in various places around the NHL and AHL for a while, but always flipping back to Vancouver eventually. 

I figure he’s always been secretly flattered about that dog.

Update 10:46am PT: Ken Wiebe at the Winnipeg Sun says it’s a 1 year, 2-way deal—

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Canucks Moves Today

From Ben Kuzma at The White Towel:

Low financial risk? High production potential?

That’s the thinking as the Vancouver Canucks signed versatile winger Marco Sturm to a one-year, $2.25 million US contract Friday. A strong skater, he has been slowed by two knee injuries, but on eight occasions the German native has surpassed the 20-goal plateau. However, he was claimed off waivers last season by the Washington Capitals from the Los Angeles Kings and the jury is probably out on what the 32-year-old veteran has left in the tank.

Read on for an overview of all the Canucks moves today, though the story doesn’t include the signing on Vernon native Andrew Ebbett a little while ago. On the other side of the equation, Tanner Glass has now signed with the Winnipeg Jets and Raffi Torres has joined Phoenix.

On the money front, the annual cost of the today’s Canucks’ acquisitions (courtesy of CapGeek): Marco Sturm ($2.25 million), Chris Higgins ($1.9 million, x2 years), Andrew Ebbett ($525,000), Mark Mancari ($525,000). CapGeek most recent estimate is that the Canucks currently have about $5.1 million in cap space.

Some video below from the Canucks:

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Marco Sturm Signs with Canucks, 1 Year

On TSN they’ve announced the Canucks have signed Marco Sturm for $2.25 million. 

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Canucks Sign Mark Mancari, 1 Year

From Darren Dreger

Mark Mancari signed by Canucks. $525,000

 

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Canucks Signings: Higgins, Salo

Earlier, Chris Higgins for 2 years, $1.9 million per.

And Ben Kuzma reports that Sami Salo gets a 1 years, $2 million deal.

Update 11:55am PT: According the Jason Botchford, Sami Salo was originally looking for a two year deal with the Canucks.

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Happy Canada Day!

A shout-out to all the Canadians haunting this space—I hope you’re enjoying an amazing beach party, BBQ. or simply a rare and wonderful day off work. smile

This well-worn (but still awesome) 2009 vid by Andrew and Julia always makes me smile, so I’ll post it here in hope it kick-starts your Canada Day, too.

And on a more sporty (but still non-hockey note), a few words from your Vancouver Canadians:

 

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  Tags: baseball, canada+day, vancouver+canadians

Random Weirdness of the Silly Season

This year’s NHL trading season seems to feature a lot of odd dramas. 

There’s the madness of Jagr-Watch (Is he in New York? At Wimbledon? Getting a mullet-blowout in Russia? Hiding under a coffee table somewhere?). And there’s Christian Ehrhoff and his negotiating rights banging all over North America for the price of 4th round draft picks, which apparently every team in the east has stockpiled for this purpose. (And I’d love to play the game “What City Will Ehrhoff Search the Real Estate Listings for Next?!” but I suspect/fear the Sabres will be the ones to lock him down. Buffalo real estate is cheaper than cheese.) 

And then there’s the Ryan-Smyth-to-Edmonton (no, Calgary… no, Edmonton…)  And it’s that deal between the Kings and Oilers that’s getting a new shot of drama today.  From Helene Elliott, a series of Tweets about an “angry” Kings organization:

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Ehrhoff in Limbo

Yesterday the Canucks traded with the NYI, for a 4th round pick next year in return for the rights to negotiate with Christian Ehrhoff.  Today, Chris Botta noted at Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders have made their pitch to Christian Ehrhoff and his agent, Rick Curran. Several people have been involved in the recruiting of Ehrhoff, including former teammate Michael Grabner, who called from Austria to endorse the Islanders and Long Island.

It is now the evening in Germany. We should find out in the next few hours if Ehrhoff will accept Garth Snow’s long-term offer – believed to average close to $6 million per year – choose to become a UFA on Friday, or ask to sleep on the offer and decide on Thursday.

But a little while ago, negotiations broke down with the Islanders. How any negotiation could ever break down with an offer of $6 million per year, god only knows, but Katie Strang with the Daily News reports:

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NHL Blimps and Other Advertising Adventures

I’ve been thinking a lot about the NHL’s advertising power since the playoffs, having experienced first-hand the domino effect of Vancouver’s massive marketing machine.  And not even just their marketing, but the trickle-down effect of having so many people willing to market your brand for you. Aside from the thousands of jerseys everywhere, there’s also everything from the Canucks Drink Special of the Day at every yuppie bar, to the street musicians doing their own turn at Canucks anthems.  And a thousand things in between.  So many people taking their little—or massive—cut of the action.

imageAs someone who doesn’t get to attend games very often, I remember the first time I saw an arena blimp advertisement: that giant aluminum-wrapped phallus that is the Chipotle Blimp.  At the time I’ll confess to having no idea what the hell a “chipotle” even was, and my imagination ran amok with the idea that someone had decided that floating this giant, hot-air-filled, mid-life crisis was a good idea inside a hockey arena.  (Although it is kind of awesome.)

It was also the first time I’d seriously considered the extents to which marketing in sports arenas could go to. A blimp is pretty conventional, but the landscape of other revenue-generating surfaces seems virtually endless.

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  Tags: advertising, blimps, gary+bettman, marketing

Bieksa Agrees to Terms with Canucks: 5 Years

From TSN:

Defenceman Kevin Bieksa has agreed to terms on a new contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

The length and value of the deal are not yet known.

The 30-year-old Bieksa has spent all six of NHL seasons with the Canucks since entering the league in 2005-06.

Update 12:00pm PT: Still awaiting terms, but there is this note from Nick Kypreos: “Heard at the draft the cap hit for Bieksa in Van would be around 4.7M on a long term deal but not confirmed right now.”

Update 12:25pm PT From Farhan Lalji of TSN—

Bieksa’s deal is 5 years, 4.6 million per. With a no trade clause.

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About Canucks and Beyond

Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.

So that's me. Who the hell are you? smile

Email: am@kuklaskorner.com

Alanah's Twitter: [@alanah1]

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