Graphic Comments: How To Get Away With Plunder

Graphic Comments
October 12 2016 03:44PM


So I was reading Thomas Drance's piece on the Canucks over at Sportsnet the other day and I couldn't help but play the video of Benning talking about the Gudbranson trade.

What really struck me was how he describe the trade coming together: 

" came together fast...they called us...they asked us about Jared...they brought up Eric's name..."

Now, if you've ever been involved in any kind of business negotiations, you might recognize this as somebody that took a very passive approach to making this deal. Florida clearly had the entire negotiation process mapped out. They decided how they wanted it to go, and pulled every trick in the negotiating book to make sure it did.

But listening to Benning talk, it suddenly became clear that the Panthers pulled off the perfect crime. Benning was had, and he didn't even know it.

So let's take a look at how you get away with plunder...

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The Comets Roster Series Part 1: Departures

Jeremy Davis
October 12 2016 01:00PM

Kenins Gaunce Comets

Photo credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets

Hockey is back! While the NHL gets underway tonight, the AHL is not far behind. We like to keep a close eye on our friends in Utica, and I'll be handling the Comets weekly reports again. Before we get into the day-to-day and week-to-week activity, there was plenty of offseason activity that has affected the makeup of the team.

This is the first of a five part series that examines the changes in the Utica Comets roster between the 2015-16 season and the upcoming 2016-17 season. This article will cover player departures, those members of last year’s Comets squad that won’t be returning in September, and how their exits will affect the team.

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WWYDW: Final Roster?

J.D. Burke
October 12 2016 11:00AM


Welcome to the first of this season's edition of What Would You Do Wednesday! I'll be your host today and every other Wednesday, J.D. Burke.

That was quite the Canucks pre-season. Lots of shaking and moving throughout the lineup. One of the professional tryouts is all but signed; one of the kids made the veterans more than a little uncomfortable with their job security. It's the kind of thing you hope for with internal competition at training camp.

Vancouver's camp wasn't without casualties, though. Anton Rodin appears headed for injured reserve after re-aggravating his knee injury. Emerson Etem is on a one-way ticket to Utica. And in a move that strikes me as more than a bit odd, the Canucks sent Andrey Pedan to the farm, too.

So, with that in mind, how do your opening night lines look? I'll provide an example on the other side of the jump, so that you know which pieces are in play.

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Updates on Carl Neill; On the Move? Contract Forthcoming?

Ryan Biech
October 12 2016 09:00AM

The CHL season is a go, and the contenders are already separating themselves from the pretenders. And as with any league, these discrepancies usually result in player movement. In that light, Carl Neill's status is especially interesting given his current team's (Sherbrooke Phoenix -- AKA Carl Neills) situation

Drafted in the 5th round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Neill has shown fairly well for the Sherbrooke Phoenix since the Canucks selected him. But the Phoenix are already looking to rebuild, which is fairly common in the CHL since you only have your players for 3-4 years. That kind of expedited timeline presses teams to maximize value on their assets wherever and whenever possible.

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Opening Day Roster Notes: Etem will be placed on waivers; Canucks working on deal with Skille

Ryan Biech
October 11 2016 01:29PM

With the roster deadline approaching at 2PM PT, Canucks GM Jim Benning made himself available for a press conference this morning where he mentioned that Emerson Etem will be placed on waivers tomorrow, and the Canucks will look to work out a contract with Jack Skille. 

Based on pre-season performance, these moves makes sense.

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