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via Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Eddie Lack is on his way to Carolina as part of a shakeup in the Hurricanes crease.
The Vancouver Canucks are sending the 27-year-old goaltender to the Hurricanes in exchange for a third-round pick in Saturday’s draft and a seventh-rounder next year, according to two sources.
The Hurricanes currently have Cam Ward ($6.8-million) and Anton Khudobin ($2.5-million) under contract for 2015-16.
The Swede is a cheaper option — he’s owed $1.3-million in the final year of his deal — and could prompt a subsequent move for the Hurricanes.
added 10:16am, Carolina release is below...
from Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province,
Milan Lucic could use a new hockey home. The Vancouver Canucks need an influx of presence and chutzpah.
There’s a certain symmetry there, isn’t there?
But for the Canucks to add Lucic, the East Vancouver kid who starred in junior with Vancouver Giants, via a trade with the Boston Bruins would take major dominoes falling. It would take multiple deals of substance from general manager Jim Benning.
The Canucks are butted up against the salary cap currently, with $5.03 million to spend on five players, according to the website generalfanager.com. The Bruins, with $7.28 million to spend on seven players, according to the same site, aren’t in a position to take on extra salary in a swap, either.
Lucic, 27, has a cap hit of $6 million for the coming campaign, is one season away from unrestricted free agency, and, by his standards, had a so-so 2014-15, featuring 18 goals in the regular season. That all ties into the talk that Boston will move the 6-foot-3, 235-pound left-winger.
from Wyatt Arndt of the Legion of Blog at the Vancouver Province,
Now, trading Eddie Lack wouldn’t be the end of the world. It’s not an obvious franchise breaking move to trade a goalie with only two seasons under his belt. Sure, Eddie Lack is a fan favorite and with good reason. He’s somebody who has connected with the city, as people in Vancouver love cheering the guy on. He created a buzz in the rink last year with the “Eddie!” chants that just aren’t there for Ryan Miller. Maybe it was because Eddie was there with Vancouver when Roberto and Cory went through their messy divorce, and they just want a little stability in their lives. Maybe it was because he openly loves tacos. Whatever the reason is, Eddie quickly became a fan favorite.
As important as making the fans happy at the rink is, however, that is superficial reasoning at best to keep him around. Ryan Miller could openly hate the Seawall and Tim Horton’s, but if he won the Cup in Vancouver, he’d still get a statue made of him.
The reason trading Eddie Lack wouldn’t sit well with people is because the return on him will most likely be poor, and because Ryan Miller’s contract is all kinds of awful (at least the term is short?), especially in a league where not many goalies are worth six million dollars to begin with. It means less cap space, which means less chances of picking up a player in a position they need more help in. It will mean the Canucks are relying on Miller not to get injured or tired next year (Willie D loves riding his starter), and that Markstrom is finally, finally NHL ready. It’s a tough sell from the outside looking in, and it will lead to a critiquing of Jim Benning’s ideology.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
A long time Vancouver Canucks fan who says his motivation is to help the team says the organization could do much better if it sought the help of a feng shui master to offset some of the disastrous effects of the location of Rogers Arena.
Tan Nhut is a longtime Vancouver resident of Vietnamese birth who insists there are two huge problems with the location of the building, one being with the main entrance facing south opposite False Creek, and then bigger problem, the two viaducts that bring about forces coming so close to the building they strangle the life out of it.
While this is all a bit much for a Westerner to get his head around, and there won’t be any extensive explanations here, Nhut says he has been trying to bring it to the attention of the Canuck ownership for a while now because he feels the two problems are so significant that the team will never have ultimate success unless there are remedial steps taken to offset the forces at work.
Large roads, particularly one way streets, evidently aim forces at a building, which is why feng shui followers will not purchase a house if it stands directly at the end of a long street.
via the YouTube channel of the Vancouver Canucks....
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We’re not going to unload on the officiating here because they weren’t the reason the Canucks lost. No, we’re going to save that for later in the playoffs.
But consider this:
The issue isn’t that there’s a conspiracy against the Canucks or any other team that feels they’ve been jobbed by the zebras. The issue is the calls are so inconsistent, so random, so disconnected that any hockey fan can reasonably look at the games and conclude their team got the shaft.
-Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province where you can read more on the Canucks...
from Dave Hodge of TSN,
Despite a fairly successful season after sweeping changes to the front office and the coaching staff, it is thumbs down to the Vancouver Canucks' less-than-rosy outlook for next season and beyond. Concern begins with their inability to defeat Calgary in the first playoff round. Entering this season, the Flames were not one of the teams that should have concerned Vancouver. Now it may be safe to say the Canucks will have Calgary to worry about, and maybe to chase, for a good long time.
And last night’s loss will leave a mark. No one expects Los Angeles and San Jose to suffer again as they did this season, and I know you've heard this before with other names attached, but Edmonton is on the verge of something big if Connor McDavid and Peter Chiarelli deliver as expected. Anaheim would appear untouchable at the top of the Pacific Division, and Arizona probably remains at the bottom.
Can the Canucks expect to do as they did this season and finish ahead of the Flames, Kings, Sharks and Oilers? Is it possible they will not finish ahead of any of them? You wonder if the Canucks have gone as far as they can go with a lineup that relies on the Sedins to lead them in scoring.
Is Ryan Miller their starting goalie when next season begins? And there are more questions. The Pacific Division wasn't its usual strong self this season. It should look plenty strong when Vancouver contemplates the future.
continue for some praise for Mike Babcock...
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Most everyone is all over Mikael Backlund for his post-Game 5 comments about how there’s no way the Flames will lose to the Vancouver Canucks back in Calgary Saturday night.
In Van they’re outraged because of the arrogance, and in Calgary they’d like to shut him up much the way Vancouverites would have loved to stuff a sock in the mouth of Kevin Bieksa when he was saying Michael Ferland was irrelevant.
Flames fans don’t want Backlund providing any extra motivation than should already exist. So he’s hearing it from everyone now, which is why quotes from hockey players at this time of year generally tend to be even more bland than usual.
But perhaps people are not giving Backlund the credit he deserves. It just might be that he is a hockey historian of some repute and is simply examining the facts, which is to say the road history of the Canucks of late. It is not a pretty picture, and if you take a very close look at it, you might conclude just what Backlund boldly proclaimed.
If history is any kind of guide, there would be no way for Backlund’s Flames to lose Game 6.
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