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via Michael DiLorenzo’s Twitter,
Canucks ink Raycroft
added 3:48pm, from Ben Kuzma of The White Towel at the Vancouver Province,
Free-agent goaltender Andrew Raycroft has signed a contract with the Vancouver Canucks. But just where the keeper fits into this crease conundrum will probably play out at training camp, unless general manager Mike Gillis plans on trading prize prospect Cory Schneider.
With backup Jason LaBarbera accepting a two-year, $2 million US free-agent offer last week from the Phoenix Coyotes, the obviously plan was to add franchise depth because Schneider seems ready make a permanent leap to the NHL. The Manitoba Moose goalie was named the AHL’s top stopper last season and told The Province last week he has nothing left to prove at that level.
The Canucks know Schneider’s trade value will only increase next season as the backup to Roberto Luongo — who’s expected to soon sign a long-term contract extension — especially if he gets enough starts behind the Canucks workhorse.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
He’ll be 33 by the time training camp finishes this fall and when his agent began with an opening salvo of $5 million per for five years, Vancouver quickly determined he was too rich for their blood. It wasn’t fair to everyone else on his own team to pay that much.
But not Tampa. Not a team that sells $10 tickets and each year begs for NHL revenue sharing so that Vancouver fans, who so generously contribute to the fund, can shell out for such a team to take their better players. And take them at numbers which are so staggering, you’re left wondering about this league and the fairness of the collective bargaining agreement.
Ohlund’s deal begins with him making $4 million in the first two years, which is great, perhaps just about bang on where he should be, although the $2 million paid in signing bonus seems a bit over the top.
But then it turns into a pyramid, and Matty is mighty grateful to the Egyptians for conceiving of such a structure. At age 35, he’ll begin the third year at a cool $5.5 million and follow that up at 36 with another $5 million….
But here’s the kicker. How the hell do you agree to a contract structured so bizarrely 15 minutes into free agency without any tampering going on?
The Detroit Red Wings are about to lose another of its free agents as Mikael Samuelsson is poised to sign elsewhere.
Sources tell Sportsnet that the Swedish winger is close to a deal with one of the six Canadian teams.
Samuelsson, 32, has played the past four seasons in Detroit, averaging $1.2 million in salary. In 2008-09 he appeared in 81 games, scoring 19 goals and 40 points.
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed right winger Mikael Samuelsson to a three-year deal. In keeping with club policy terms were not disclosed.
from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,
Based on how Day 1 of free agency unfolded, it shouldn’t be any surprise that Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis is talking seriously about trying to bring 38-year-old Mats Sundin back for another season.
The kind of eye-popping deals being signed over the course of the day, with the dollar figures and terms being thrown around, simply didn’t fit with Gillis’s salary cap management model.
With all the blue-chip forwards — both real and imagined — having been signed on Wednesday, it leaves the Canucks to look at other options. And, that’s where Sundin comes in.
Some in Canucks Nation will be groaning at this prospect, but take a look at it from Gillis’s perspective.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
For a couple of days now, Internet message boards have been humming with amateur sleuths who have been trying to determine if the Toronto Maple Leafs should be investigated for tampering with the Sedin twins.
Even if most media have ignored this story, they are not alone.
Privately, team execs have been wondering the same thing. Did Leafs coach Ron Wilson breach NHL bylaws on a Toronto radio show when he suggested his team was targeting the Sedin twins a day before the start of free agency?
“I heard what he said and it seems to be a clear-cut case of tampering. He basically tells those two free agents: ‘Hey, we’re coming for you, wait for us,’” one NHL executive said. “There’s not a question in my mind. It could have left the Canucks high and dry. Look at what he said, then look at what (Leafs GM) Brian Burke did. He flew to Sweden.”
After being drafted together in 1999, and playing their entire careers on the same club, the Sedin brothers Daniel and Henrik will continue that trend now in Vancouver.
The brothers have signed a pair of five-year contacts, averaging $6.1 million a season.
A few people are reporting the Sedin’s have agreed to a contract with Vancouver.
Nope, not true and if you go back to those sites, they may have been deleted or changed, either way, they were wrong to begin with.
The fate of Daniel and Henrik Sedin in Vancouver took another turn on Tuesday as Canucks general manager Mike Gillis has left the twins’ home country of Sweden after speaking to the twins in person.
Sources tell TSN that the brothers are with their agents JP Barry and Claes Elefalk in Stockholm, Sweden discussing the team’s offer to extend the twins’ contracts.
The two sides, Sedins included, met with Gillis for two hours. Gillis presented his team’s offer before flying back to Vancouver.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Imagine the surprise of J.P. Barry, the agent for the Sedin twins, when he hopped on a plane headed to Stockholm on Sunday evening and saw none other than Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis on the same flight.
Surprise because the agent figured talks were likely dead after a weekend meeting in Montreal that didn’t produce anything. Barry arrived in Stockholm on Monday to prepare his star clients for free agency.
“We met at the draft with [Gillis], there was no counter-proposal and we basically wished each other good luck,” Barry told ESPN.com on Monday from Sweden. “It was like, ‘Call me if you want to.’”...
n Stockholm, Barry and CAA Sports Stockholm-based agent Claes Elefalk were set to meet with the twins later Monday.
“We’ll discuss the state of our negotiations and also our preparation for free agency at the same time,” Barry said.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
The Canucks don’t care where Gaborik lives because he won’t be playing for them. Not unless the winger decides he needs to re-establish himself in the NHL and signs a Teemu-Selanne-just-back-from-knee-surgery contract of $3-million for one year.
Other than that, the Canucks have no interest in him. None.
And that is hard to fathom, especially with the strong possibility the Canucks could lose first-liners Daniel and Henrik Sedin this week.
I mean, what’s not to like about Gaborik?
He has played 103 games fewer than the Sedins in the last three seasons.
He has played close to a full campaign only once in the last five seasons, while the slacker Sedins have missed seven games between them during that time.
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