April 25 2016 01:00PM
Last week, the Vancouver Canucks signed top goaltending prospect Thatcher Demko to an Entry Level NHL Contract. Given all the angst from fans following Demko’s announcement that he’d be taking a few weeks to make a decision, I’m sure that most Canuck fans would have zero issues with the organization throwing buckets of money at the San Diego born netminder.
One of the common criticisms about the current management group is their perceived tendency to overpay players. The good news is that it’s extraordinarily difficult to overpay players on Entry Level deals, as there are strict limitations on how much a player can make when they sign their first Standard Player Contract.
One way a young player can vastly increase their compensation is through performance bonuses, and Demko’s potential bonuses are mighty high. So how do these bonuses work, and could they ever cause salary cap problems for the Canucks?
April 25 2016 11:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks management team have had as good a couple of weeks as anyone could reasonably ask for. They started by locking Troy Stecher up to an entry-level contract in NCAA Free Agency and followed that up with team property, Thatcher Demko.
Though they've plucked the low lying fruit to great success, there's no reason they can't climb to the top of the orchard for another coveted piece. One such player is North Dakota's Drake Caggiula - teammate of Canucks prospects Stetcher and Brock Boeser. The 21-year-old winger, who just finished his senior season, is highly coveted in the NHL, following a prodigious campaign with 51 points in 39 games en route to the NCAA title.
TSN's Frank Seravalli reported last week that the Canucks are very much in the hunt. The problem being that Buffalo, Philadelphia, Chicago, Edmonton and Ottawa are too. Caggiula is playing the role of rock star, touring these towns before coming to a decision - the left handed winger was spotted at the Flyers and Capitals game last week.
April 25 2016 09:00AM
I'm of the belief that even the most inconsequential of transactions, events and whatever you may have leaguewide affects every team, at every level, to some extent. Newton's law and so on.
With that in mind, there just simply isn't enough time or resources to give them all the attention they deserve in this space. Ideally, though, one can scratch the surface of these events - linked directly to the Vancouver Canucks or otherwise - and examine their far-reaching impact to Roger's Arena and beyond.
With that, here are my Monday Morning Musings for the week that was.
April 23 2016 11:47AM
Though it was difficult to notice amid the Vancouver Canucks struggles as a team, Chris Tanev really solidified himself as a bonified top pairing defender for this franchise. His influence on the young Ben Hutton, and being able to play well despite playing with players like Alex Biega, Andrey Pedan and Matt Bartkowski proves he deserves the respect he is given. This was magnified even more so with the loss of Alexander Edler for a large chunk of the season. Let's dive in.
April 22 2016 01:00PM
Photo credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
For the second time in their three year history, the Comets are headed to the Calder Cup playoffs. Their journey will begin tonight as they take on the Albany Devils, the AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils in a best-of-five series that kicks off in Albany, New York.
Today we'll break down the two teams, their top players, and their head-to-head season series.