June 29 2012 10:14AM
As Mike Gillis announced last night, Cory Schneider has agreed with the Canucks on a three year extension worth 12 million in total. Some in the Toronto media were in what can only be described as denial, a testament to the neat trick Gillis just pulled off.
Many had thought that, until Roberto Luongo was moved out of town, it would be night impossible to get Cory Schneider to agree to a pricey, but fair deal, that would buy out several of his UFA years. With Luongo's status hanging over the entire situation, that Gillis managed to get Schneider under contract at all is a win. That the deal is reasonable on top of that is gravy.
Read past the jump for a summary of reactions from the media and around the blogosphere...
June 29 2012 08:32AM
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of... "Cheers and Jeers!"
This week, we talk a lot about Twitter. Nail Yakupov is good at it, fans should react better to stuff tweeted out on it, and the Canucks need to be faster on mammoth events like Bure finally making it to the Hall. Meanwhile did you hear about that coach who assaulted a kid in a handshake line? Fuck that guy...
June 28 2012 08:24PM
To open the Canucks 2012 Summer Summit, Mike Gillis fielded a couple of awkward questions from host John Shorthouse. The first was about Justin Schultz - and he declined to comment on how the pitch meeting went. The second concerned the team's enviable depth in goal - some might even call it a log-jam - and any potential moves that might be on the horizon. While Mike Gillis declined to elaborate at length on any Luongo news - he told fans in attendance - and those watching over the canucks.nhl.com livestream, that the team had "agreed in principle" on a new deal with Canucks goaltender and pending restricted free-agent Cory Schneider.
June 28 2012 11:57AM
Should the Canucks try to re-acquire Mikael Samuelsson in free-agency?
Would that qualify as a "bold move?"
The Canucks have the means to take a run at Ryan Suter or Zach Parise. They are also rumored to be in the mix for prized prospect Justin Schultz and we suspect they'll take a big time run as Shane Doan as well. Marquee free-agents, or not, the team would love to add a front line winger or a top pairing defenseman. However, if they are unable to nab any of the big fish, they still have some other roster holes to fill. The UFA market is far from strong, but there are a handful of solid players in the second or third tier that will be available to sign come July 1.
Read on to find out about five UFAs that the Canucks could target this summer.
June 28 2012 07:56AM
There are conflicting reports, but it appears as if Justin Schultz, with his representatives from Newport Sports in tow, will begins to hear pitches from individual teams hoping desperately to land the highly touted 21 year old defenseman on Thursday. That's per Bob Mckenzie:
The UFA defenceman and his agents will over the next two days meet in Toronto with a small group of teams he has on his shortlist.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 28, 2012
The Canucks, who continue to be seen as "front-runners" in the Schultz-derby, will likely be among the first to get a meeting with the West Kelowna product. McKenzie reports that the entire Canucks brain trust, including: General Manager Mike Gillis, Assistant General Manager and master negotiator Laurence Gilman, and head-coach Alain Vigneault are in Toronto at the moment, basically waiting around for their opportunity. I guess the team is interested.
Read past the jump for more.