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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
The Vancouver Canucks are committed to giving young players such as Cody Hodgson and Michael Grabner opportunities to make the team this season, but age and experience will also be served when the NHL team begins training camp next month.
The Canucks are speaking with free-agent defenceman Mathieu Schneider about a contract, and have signed veteran forward Dave Scatchard. Schneider, who turned 40 this summer, is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, but Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said he has been assured the 20-year NHL veteran is healthy enough to participate at camp.
“Obviously, everything is always conditional on passing a physical,” said Gillis, who used to represent Schneider when he was an NHL player agent. “I believe he’ll be ready to go.”
from J.J. Guerrero of Canucks Hockey Blog,
I believe the Sedins and Luongo is as good a group of three players to start building a team around. The Sedins are generally acknowledged as top-20 players in the NHL and both are signed to reasonable cap hits of $6.1 million each. If Gillis hadn’t re-signed them, his alternatives would have been to either start a full-blown youth movement and promote the likes of Kesler, Burrows, Hodgson, Grabner and Schroeder to more prominent roles, or take his chances that he could’ve signed two marquee unrestricted free agents to replace the Sedins. The former would kill the Canucks’ chances of signing Luongo to a contract extension; in hindsight, the latter wouldn’t have been likely considering what the marquee free agents signed for
They could give the C to Joe Thornton or Dan Boyle or Joe Pavelski on a permanent or rotating basis (bet on them taking the latter route), but simply stripping it from Marleau is a meaningless gesture. Nothing really changes.
-Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated. More on the Sharks, plus Canucks and Bertuzzi/Wings talk too.
added 3:17pm, from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
We’re not sure what to think about Todd Bertuzzi this summer.
Our natural inclination is to say we wouldn’t want him on our team. Bertuzzi’s body of work, now at age 34, just has not lived up to his overall deficiencies as a player. He still takes way too many minor penalties, and tends to be a minus-player who doesn’t bring a lot of intangibles to the table.
But if Red Wings GM Ken Holland likes him enough to bring him back to Detroit for next season - as he did Tuesday with a one-year deal - maybe we should be rethinking our opinion of Big Bert. There aren’t any smarter management groups in the NHL than what they have in Detroit.
more and numerous NHL topics discussed as Mark returns from his vacation.
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
It’s only been three months since he was able to shed the “rookie general manager” tag. Now—apparently out of nowhere—Mike Gillis has been asked to be a rookie all over again.
A rookie president of a National Hockey League club.
He ought to take it as a compliment.
Even if adding another title to his nameplate should turn out to be mainly a money-saving device for a Vancouver Canucks ownership that is ever-vigilant for such opportunities, it underlines one thing quite clearly.
The mutual admiration society between Francesco Aquilini and his now sophomore GM is very much alive—maybe even stronger than 15 months ago, when Dave Nonis’s cologne was still hanging in the air as Aquilini was naming the former player agent and his ready-made coterie of ex-client/advisers to form the new regime.
from the Vancouver Canucks,
Vancouver, B.C. – Canucks Sports & Entertainment announced today that President and CEO, Chris Zimmerman has made the decision to step down from his position for family reasons.
Zimmerman has spent the past three seasons providing the overall strategic direction for the company. General Manager and Alternate Governor, Mike Gillis, has been named President of Canucks Sports & Entertainment.
Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows could be facing charges for an on-ice incident in a Montreal summer league game.
According to a report on RDS.ca, an investigation is underway in response to a complaint filed on July 21 that states Burrows violently struck the face of a goaltender with his stick during a game at the Excellent Ice Arena in Kirkland, Que.
The report said the family of the goaltender, 19-year old Koray Celik, would not comment about the incident on the advice of lawyers.
from Mike G. Morreale of NHLcom via VancouverCanucks.com,
“Obviously when you’re away for that length of time you get concerned,” Vancouver General Manager Mike Gillis told NHL.com. “But the Olympic break does break up the trip, so it’s really two segments of a trip as opposed to one long month away from home. We’re making the best of a situation that’s really beyond our control, and we’re trying to manage it and be as competitive as we can.”...
“The Olympics are an extremely important event, and we could possibly have up to eight players participating from our team,” Gillis said. “It’s a huge event for British Columbia and Canada and we’re going to do our part to make sure it’s as positive and as well-managed as it’s going to be. It’s really up to us to manage it appropriately and get our players ready for it and that’s what we intend to do.”
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Six years ago, then Vancouver Canuck centre Brendan Morrison went to salary arbitration and had to listen while the team’s lawyer compared him to a mouse that was riding the back of an elephant (actually, two, named Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi).
Yes, things can get nasty in arbitration, so current Canuck centre Kyle Wellwood can expect to hear all about his conditioning struggles and the lengthy 21-game goal drought he endured last season when he sits down at his own arbitration hearing with the Canucks Tuesday in Toronto.
It’s the nature of the process. Wellwood’s camp, led by agent Mike Liut, will accentuate the positives of his inaugural season in Vancouver, while the Canucks, with assistant general manager Laurence Gilman in charge, will point out some of the flaws in Wellwood’s game.
Gilman acknowledged the process is not one that either side particularly relishes.
from Paul Lukas of ESPN Page 2,
After weeks of diligent research in this highly controlled environment, Uni Watch is proud to present the eight ‘80s-est uniforms of the ‘80s: some good, some bad, but all representative of their era. And since the ‘80s were also the decade of MTV, Uni Watch has provided an appropriate 1980s music video to accompany each uni design.
3. Philadelphia Flyers, 1982-83 and Hartford Whalers, 1982-83
Yes, Virginia, it’s true: For one very strange season, two NHL teams wore long pants. Officially known as Cooperalls, they looked sort of like snow pants. Hartford’s were striped; Philly’s were sometimes striped, sometimes not. Either way, they looked like crap and were banned by the league after two seasons.
7. Vancouver Canucks, 1978-85
Although officially unveiled in the late 1970s, this design really hit its stride in the ‘80s, as the Canucks reached their first Stanley Cup finals and could no longer be ignored by American hockey fans. Home or road, the overall effect was the same: It looked like the team was wearing orange safety vests.
more teams but these were the only NHL teams mentioned…
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