August 05 2013 09:36AM
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This is less a prospect profile about Alex Friesen and more an editorial comment on the state of the Vancouver Canucks prospect system pre-2013. My ranking of Friesen at No. 13 in the Canucks' system, which I understand is the highest that anybody gave him, was not based on any new information we learned in the 2012-2013 campaign, but just a general observation that he's further along in his development and I haven't learned anything about him over the last 12 months that would take away from the fact that I could "potentially see him play in the National Hockey League someday".
Not much in the National Hockey League, mind you. If you click on his profile from last year, you'll see that Friesen played an important role on recent Niagara Ice Dogs teams as the lead defensive centreman on the team. He's basically a more physical, offensive Manny Malhotra, which I suppose any NHL team would love to have, but it's unrealistic to project his junior talents to the majors at this point.
Read on past the jump for more on Friesen, our 20th ranked prospect in the Canucks system.
July 31 2013 02:43PM
Chris Tanev is not signed yet to a National Hockey League contract. That is okay. Several players are not signed to National Hockey League contracts that will play hockey games this season, and many of them are more valuable than Chris Tanev. Notable unsigned restricted free agent defencemen are Alex Pietrangelo, Jared Cowen, Cody Franson and T.J. Brodie.
Each defenceman has their own strengths and own weaknesses. The point of this post is not to attempt to guesstimate just what Tanev will make on the open market, but just to point out just how little leverage Tanev has in these negotiations.
July 26 2013 10:17AM
There aren't very many ways that this Roberto Luongo saga can end. For the second consecutive year, questions surrounding Roberto's future will be the centre of discussion at Canucks training camp, but for now, it appears he'll be there.
Turns out, Luongo won't go the "walk away from the team and have my contract voided and lose the remaining $40-million on my deal" route. New agent Pat Brisson yesterday confirmed that Luongo would at least be at camp, and for the foreseeable future, Luongo is the Vancouver Canucks' starting goalie.
July 17 2013 01:05PM
Reading over Blake's post from yesterday, stumbling across this line, and though back to a day when such a statement would be considered sacrilege:
Burrows hasn’t shown a strong chemistry with Kesler in the past...
The truth is that Alex Burrows and Ryan Kesler don't often play together at even strength any more, and when they do, the Canucks tend to get out-scored. This probably something to do with the fact that when Burrows is sided up with Ryan Kesler, the two face some extra-ordinarily tough competition. There's no way to quantify that unfortunately, but we CAN say that Kesler's primary parter on the penalty kill over the last five seasons has been Burrows.
July 13 2013 11:50AM
There's been some discussion on Twitter—and a lot of confusion—over why Ilya Kovalchuk's cap recapture penalty for the New Jersey Devils is so low in the wake of his surprise retirements while Roberto Luongo's would be pretty high.
The problem with the confusion surrounding the recapture process is that it's been tagged as a "penalty". There was a good post by Tom Tango a couple of days ago about how salary recapture isn't necessarily a penalty, it's just paying out salary cap savings from a previous date.