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from the Vancouver Sun,
What’s incredibly surprising is the fact there hasn’t been a bona fide leak on what the new design is all about. “It’s been a huge challenge,” Zimmerman says. “So many people watch everything we do. It’s almost impossible to manage our own news.” (Try as they do.)
So how’s this sweater thing been kept a secret? Were there threats of immediate dismissal among the staff or, worse, suggestions of relocation to the farm club in Manitoba? Were managers of sporting goods stores in danger of losing their Canucks’ inventory? Was Tiger Williams brought out of hibernation to deal with any potential snitches?
All I know is this post by Alanah at Canucks and Beyond has generated a huge amount of hits in the last few months…
No, they’ve never had a player like Luongo, so when he says in his first interview in nearly two months that he believes the Canucks can win the Stanley Cup, then maybe they can.
“Yes, we can,” Luongo says from Montreal. “We were close last year. Injuries in the playoffs hurt us a lot. Another year together, experience wise, I can only see this team moving forward. We have the elements there to produce goals. We’ll have to step up to get to the next level, but the elements are there.
“For me, the ultimate goal now is a Stanley Cup and for the rest of my career, that’s going to be my goal. There’s nothing else I’m driving for except for that. The individual awards, that’s not something I play for. If it happens, great, but for me, right now, the goal is to try to win the Cup.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Ah the lazy, hazy days of summer — sunshine, a hint of fall in the air, back-to-school sales … and NHL general managers, in a bargain-hunting mode, making one last pass at the free-agent market, with training camps less than a month away.
This week, two of the most respected players that had slipped through the cracks, found work — Trevor Linden and Michael Peca, who agreed to one-year deals respectively with the Vancouver Canucks and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Linden received $600,000 in base salary; Peca will get $1.2 million as soon as he passes his physical; and both contracts include incentives that could increase their eventual take-home day, depending upon how their seasons unfold.
from the Vancouver Province,
With the addition of Linden, the team’s roster now sits at 21 players with a salary cap hit of $46.46 million. The NHL’s salary cap this coming season is $50.3 million.
But Nonis strongly hinted that the Canucks are in a wait-and-see mode for the moment in terms of additional players—notably someone who can score goals—whether through signing a free agent or making a trade.
“We’re still looking,” said Nonis. “I would add another defenceman if I could. There hasn’t been a forward out there so far from a free-agent standpoint that made sense financially, or if it did make sense financially it wasn’t an upgrade on what we had. So we’ll keep the powder dry and when an opportunity comes we’ll move.
“There might be a free agent that comes available at numbers that make sense, but I would say more than likely if we were to add to our forward group it would be through the trade route.”
from the Vancouver Canucks,
Call off the investigations and put away your detective hats. After almost four months of questions and predictions, Trevor Linden re-signs and will return in a Canucks uniform for the 2007-08 season.
Linden’s excited to re-join his team of 15 years (going into his 16th) and is positive about the changes made over the summer.
Like all of the fans, he’s hoping for more in the coming season and is confident of the team that will enter GM Place in October.
read on for Q & A with Linden…
from the Vancouver Sun,
Linden, naturally, is doing what he can to help. To give Nonis as much cap flexibility as possible, Linden apparently is willing to take a cut from the $600,000 salary he made last year and play for a league-minimum $475,000, plus bonuses.
It will end the debate about Linden’s future and dissipate the public-relations cloud darkening a franchise looking for sunny weather as it prepares to relaunch its logo and uniform next week.
But the good news of Linden’s re-signing won’t explain what appeared, to any reasonable observer, to be Vigneault’s obvious reluctance taking back an experienced, versatile player who scored a dozen goals last season and led the Canucks in the playoffs.
from the Vancouver Province,
It’s top secret.
The Vancouver Canucks will unveil their new jersey design Aug. 29, the first revamp since 1997, but because of iron-clad security surrounding the event and the fact suppliers, retailers and all other stakeholders have signed non-disclosure agreements to keep silent, we can’t tell you what it looks like.
What we can tell you, though, is the following about the fifth incarnation of Canuck colours:
“I know I have a skill set that can complement this team and I think I bring some other tangibles that are good for this team,” Linden, the 37-year-old unsigned free agent, said before the meeting. “Quite honestly, if they feel they can be a better team without me, I’m fine with that, don’t have any problem with that. But I need to know.”
It’s hard to believe Linden will feel fine if Vigneault, for reasons that may be difficult for the coach to explain and even harder to defend, decides there isn’t a place on his roster for a versatile veteran who was the Canucks’ best forward in the playoffs and, by coincidence, happens to be the most popular player in team history.
Certainly, few fans in Vancouver will be fine with it.
“I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t aware what all this means,” Vigneault said Tuesday. “I know all the love there is for him from the fans and the city. But there’s also a lot of respect for Trevor with management and coaches and everyone in our organization. He has earned that respect.”
from 24 Hours Vancouver,
Fitzpatrick’s season in Vancouver will be remembered for a grassroots campaign to elect him to the Western conference all-star team. It went out of control when Vancouver web developer Brad Touesnard figured out how to bombard the NHL site with votes for Rory, who finished behind Anaheim Duck Scott Niedermayer and Detroit Red Wing Nicklas Lidstrom with 486,842 votes.
“Rory did a wonderful job for us, very professional, a great team guy,” said Canucks’ assistant general manager Steve Tambellini. “But when we found out we had a chance to acquire Aaron Miller we were aggressive at it and went after it.”
Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have signed free agent defenceman Aaron Miller. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Miller, 35, joins the Canucks from the Los Angeles Kings where he played 82 games in the 2006-07 season recording eight points (0-8-8) and 60 penalty minutes.
Update 5:43pm ET:
TSN: “It is a 1-year contract worth $1.5 million.”
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