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.
July 05 2013 11:35AM
Interesting tweet from News 1130 here…
Don't write off Vancouver native Gilbert Brule just yet - his agent says he's ready to re-start his career.— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) July 5, 2013
…for the last couple of months or so, I've been intrigued with the idea that there's a market inefficiency when it comes to former high draft picks that never panned out. This comes from Tyler Dellow's excellent post noting that Bottom Six forwards are predominantly high draft picks.
July 02 2013 11:27AM
Photo source: www.londonknights.com
Warning: this post is a "The Trade" discussion-free zone.
This post is about Bo Horvat, the player the Vancouver Canucks selected at 9th overall at Sunday's draft. I think the basics we already know about Horvat. He is a size-y two-way centreman for a very good hockey club. His scoring wasn't as good as some prospects', but his defensive and finishing games are well above average.
In short, he's the sort of exciting prospect the Canucks need that could rejuvenate the cabinet. One really good prospect makes them all look good, and Horvat is the highest-drafted Canuck since Henrik Sedin went 3rd overall in 1999. He will compete for a spot on Team Canada in December as an 18-year-old, a year behind most players on the team, and has been a key player on two OHL championship teams.
But that doesn't matter. How soon can he play in the NHL?