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Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Michael D. Gillis announced today that the Canucks have re-signed goaltender Eddie Lack to a two year deal.
Lack, 25, made his NHL debut this season with the Canucks on October 6, 2013, against the Calgary Flames, stopping 32 shots faced and recording his first career victory. In five appearances this season, Lack has posted a 2-2-0 record and .911 save percentage.
Prior to making his NHL debut, the Norrtälje, Sweden, native played three seasons with the Canucks AHL affiliates, the Manitoba Moose and Chicago Wolves. In his first AHL season with the Moose, he compiled a .926 save percentage and was named to the AHL All-Rookie team.
The Vancouver Canucks were 01:05 from shutting-out the San Jose Sharks, but with the Sharks goaltender pulled, Hertl scored to tie the game at 1.
In OT, Henrik Sedin was called for a hook, if you want to call it that, and the Sharks scored to win the game.
John Tortorella post-game and highlights (nice standing O too for Gordie Howe) below....
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
How can the Canucks add a forward without making the same mistakes they did with Sami Pahlsson and Roy? That is, acquire someone who actually makes the team better.
The Canucks have made offers for Steve Ott before, and he could be traded out of Buffalo this year and can probably be had for cheap.
His $2.9 million salary cap hit would be prohibitive here though. The same could be said for Wayne Simmonds, who is reportedly available and loved by the Canucks, but maybe not at his $3.9 million cap hit.
The best fit, depending of course on what Tortorella thinks, appears to be Marcel Goc, the $1.7 million centre in Florida. The Panthers may be eager to make moves but seem in no rush to trade the cheap, minute-chewing forward.
Even if they were, he wouldn’t exactly ignite the fan base here, and especially being yet another ex-Panther coming to Vancouver, a path that has been marred by a couple of appalling deals.
The Canucks did win the game 4-2 over the Sharks.
“I think the instigator rule takes out the honesty in the game. “I think the players need to police themselves. When you put that instigator rule in and you’re using all this supplementary discipline and all this crap that comes after, it needs to be taken care of right on the ice. I don’t think you’ll have that stuff ... the hitting from behind and the cheap stuff.
“We’ve taken too much of the game away from the players. The players are the ones who turn it into an honest-type game and we need to give that back to them. We never will — but we should.”
-John Tortorella, head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. More on Vancouver from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun.
from Wyatt Arndt of The Legion of Blog at the Vancouver Province,
For those that missed it last night, there was an incident during the game where Lupul tried to throw an elbow in Henrik Sedin’s face, missed, and ended up taking out his own team mate, Nazem Kadri, instead.
Funnily enough CBC didn’t mention this elbow attempt, nor was a replay ever shown. Had this been in the age before social media, it most likely would have seemed like it never happened, but alas, Twitter saw. Twitter sees everything. As a result, we all got to watch as Lupul attempted a pretty cheap shot on Henrik Sedin replayed on Vine posts and YouTube videos.
You may say after the first save, ok, nice one, but keep watching...
Tonight the Vancouver Canucks will retire Pavel Bure's sweater.
Here is Jim Hughson of CBC reflecting on Bure's career.
Below is a YouTube user submitted video of Bure's highlights...
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
The Canucks have signed the Sedins to matching four-year, $28 million extensions. After the deals were announced, head coach John Tortorella did not disappoint.
He went to town on those who ascribe to the theory the twins are soft players.
“I’m not sure who started it but I’m sure there are a couple of know-it-alls out there who always talk about it,” Tortorella began. “But they don’t have a clue what these guys are about.
“I think, in our league, we act like idiots sometimes when that (stuff) sticks with them.
“I’ve been dying to talk about this. These aren’t soft people. These aren’t soft players.
“It pisses me off, the reputation that’s still out there. It’s so undeserving and so disrespectful.”
Asked to expand, Tortorella was more than willing.
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