May 29 2015 10:00AM
It wouldn't be summer in Vancouver without upheaval in the Canucks crease. So what better way to kick off this one with yet another episode in the long and tired history of goalie controversy this side of the Rockies?
This, of course, was exactly what the Canucks were looking to avoid when they signed Ryan Miller to a three-year deal, worth $18-million last off-season. For most of the season at least, it was mission accomplished. Miller's numbers weren't sterling by any stretch of the imagination, but he was hardly a liability.
Willie Desjardins is more loyal than most dogs and this old school trait lent itself well to maintaining the pecking order in net. The upstart Eddie Lack was played sparingly, seeing action maybe once every three or so weeks, before injuries forced him into a more prominent role. When the Canucks needed their goalie most, Lack delivered, dragging this team into the playoffs kicking and screaming.
Lack's value is now as high as it's ever been and with just the one season left on his contract, Canucks brass are faced with the reality that they might need to eschew their charismatic netminder out of town if for no other reason than logistics. Many would consider Miller's contract, which comes with a limited no-trade clause, prohibitive to any move of the aging tender - a move which, in theory, would facilitate Lack's succession to the throne.
Do the Canucks have the ability to move on from Miller, though? Lets find out, on the other side of the jump.
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May 29 2015 06:45AM
David Booth's interesting stretch routine, Mike Babcock's assistants, Canucks wanting to fix blueline, David Clarkson versus Matt Beleskey, Flames trade targets, teams in Cap trouble, Leon Draisaitl, Peter Chiarelli, free agency, the NHL draft and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.
May 28 2015 07:03PM
On this week's episode, Rhys and Garret break down everything you've ever wanted to know about Josh and MoneyPuck's Prospect Cohort Success model, which was unveiled on Tuesday. We look at PCS's strengths and weaknesses and outline where we can go from here in the realm of prospect analysis. Join us after the jump!
May 28 2015 03:00PM
Sick of looking at infographics about Duncan Keith's ice time and Henrik Lundqvist's record in game 7s? Treat your eyes to some fun facts about Luca Sbisa and multiple Eddie Lack Instagram posts!
May 28 2015 12:41PM
The Canucks' blueline is a serious area of concern, but with next to no cap space left, how can Jim Benning achieve his goal of adding more NHL-calibre bodies while making it more competitive?