June 27 2012 08:45AM
(Photo: David E. Klutho/SI)
The player comes off the ice in a huff. He's pissed. The look on his face says it all: in the biggest game of his life, nothing is working.
In an expression of the depth of his frustration, he kicked the bench....
June 19 2012 03:30PM
I got paid!
Today, Darren Helm signed an extension with the Detroit Red Wings that will pay him $8.5 million over four years (2.125 million dollar cap-hit). Superficially, that looks quite similar to the contract that Alex Burrows signed in 2009, doesn't it? How the heck does a player which just 32 career goals find himself signing a contract similar to Burrows'? Is Helm going to break out like Burrows did and score 89 goals over the next three years? Unlikely, but that isn't what Detroit is paying him for...
Read more about the parallels between Helm's new deal and Burrows' 2009 contract after the jump!
June 08 2012 02:46PM
Jordan Schroeder took a proverbial big step forward this season, but is he ready?
(Photo: Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
Clearing the decks: it's been a busy month for me and I've perhaps neglected my CA duties a bit. Over the next week or so, I'm going to be review the Wolves' minor league season. As we transition into next season, let's ask the question; who should we be watching next year and what obstacles might they face?
The agreement with the Wolves was, for the most part well received in Chicago. The Wolves were said to be pleased with way the Canucks management were involved in the development of their prospects. On the other hand, one has to wonder how pleased the Canucks might have been with the Wolves' proclivity to sign AHL veterans. It will be interesting to see what veterans are brought back next season; in the past, the Canucks have always worked hard to make their AHL team competitive, but with several young scoring prospects coming through, how much time can be afforded for the older, more skilled players?
Let's start our review with a look at the forward prospects who spent time with the Wolves this season:
May 08 2012 03:54PM
Ryan Kesler is going to have plenty of time to ponder his fans.
(Photo: Loxy!!/flickr creative commons)
The Canucks announced today that Ryan Kesler has undergone a procedure on his shoulder to repair a torn labrum. If that was an on-going issue for him, then it's no surprise his production decreased this year. The labrum is the cartilege that connects the head of your arm bone to the inside of your shoulder socket. Without it, your shoulder would blow apart.
April 30 2012 10:40AM
Like their parent club, the Chicago Wolves are skating off into the night.
(Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
On Friday night, the Wolves were looking to do what the Canucks couldn't do the weekend before - perform the reverse sweep and snatch a series win away from an opponent. Despite dominating the second and third periods, Chicago fell vicitm to their own bad ice. The visiting Rampage watched calmly as the Wolves couldn't connect on several golden opportunities, before finally taking an opportunity of their own in the second overtime period to seal the series win.
Look for analysis, chance and zone start data after the jump!