October 09 2014 06:00PM
At one point last season, it looked like the situation in Vancouver's crease was finally going to be clear. Cory Schneider had been dealt to the New Jersey Devils, and the reins had been handed once more to Roberto Luongo. After being jerked around for 2012-2013, it was Lu's team again. No more goalie controversy.
Oh how foolish we were.
We should have known that just one year without some kind of nonsense drama was too much to ask. Eddie Lack was a fantastic backup, but he was too fantastic. A 0.925 save percentage convinced John Tortorella starting Lack in the marquee event in the season, alienating Roberto Luongo one final time, leading to a string of events that eventually saw Ryan Miller end up with a 3-year, $18 million contract to be the starting goalie for the Vancouver Canucks in 2014-2015.
So, how will Miller fare after a stellar career in Buffalo and a brutal half season in St. Louis? Read past the jump to find out.
October 09 2014 04:16PM
Can you believe it’s finally opening night (for the Oilers anyway… as if anyone else matters)?! After months of sitting around, and rehashing the same argument thousands of different ways, the NHL regular season is finally back! That means it’s also time for another round of NationDrafts.
October 09 2014 02:30PM
Just under a year after Shea Weber signed his offer sheet for 14 years and $110 million, the Canucks struck back at the league with a Weber signing of their own. In theory, signing a defenceman named Weber should have been enough to rejuvenate an otherwise dissatisfied fan base during what was described as a silent free agency period.
Unfortunately, the fine print read "Yannick" and not "Shea", so it makes sense that this signing was approached with the mildest of interest. People looked upon this move as one with relatively little risk involved and potential for middling upside.
That's about as good as the market will yield at one-year for $650,000. When you keep that price-tag in mind, along with Weber's age (just 26 years old) and serviceability, it's hard to suggest Vancouver didn't get more than they paid for last season.
For more on that, and what to expect this season, you can find me on the other side of the jump.
October 09 2014 11:30AM
Welcome to this year's version of the Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Report. Much like last year, the intent is for a weekly post covering all of the latest in Canucks prospect news. This year we are going to slightly change the format and try and do two weekly posts: one covering the Comets and all news related to them; and a second post on non-Comets prospects. This would be the first post in the non-Comets' prospects news.
With all the recent changes in staff here at Canucks Army, I was able to make the top blogger line up out of camp as I enter the second year on my EBC (Entry-Blogger Contract). While I did not disappear in the summer, there was simply little prospect news to report since no one was playing. Pivoted by Thats_Offside I fully intend to give 110% on every post, to keep my text short and take each week post by post.
Without much further adieu, read past the jump for the latest in prospects news:
October 09 2014 12:28AM
me when I see an NHL player pic.twitter.com/piVKnLN2At— Schneider's Teeth (@SchneidersTeeth) October 9, 2014
Okay, so, maybe they won't quite go 82-0. Maybe they'll even lose a game or two or thirty-eight along the way. Maybe they'll lose 7-0 to Arizona on a rainy Tuesday in mid- January, losing Henrik Sedin and Dan Hamhuis to injury. Maybe they'll go on a 10-game losing streak and miss the playoffs entirely. But for right now, the Vancouver Canucks are perfect. As of Wednesday, October 8th, 2014, Vancouver leads the NHL in points and has yet to lose a game . They won't be perfect for long, and we don't even know if they'll be good for long, so we might as well enjoy the possibility of a perfect 2014-2015 season while we can.
Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames was far from perfect. The defense made some sloppy turnovers, the team sat way too far back in the third period, and the Sedins got buried in possession, but a win now is worth the same as a win in March or April or May. What's important is that they win 44 more games over the next 8 months.
Read past the jump for a recap on what was a night of many firsts for the 2014-2015 Vancouver Canucks.