The Buyout Window Opens: Will the Canucks Take Advantage?

Thomas Drance
June 27 2013 07:35AM


Keith Ballard is Vancouver's prime buyout candidate.
Screencap via Canucks TV

The NHL's "first buyout window" opened late last night, at 8PM PST. It will extend through regular NHL business hours (or until 5 PM EST, 2 PM PST) on July 4th, the eve of free-agency. For this season and next the buyout window will be especially interesting because, per the terms of the 2013 NHL/NHLPA collective bargaining agreement (CBA), teams will be able to use a maximum of two "compliance buyouts," or buyouts which will carry zero salary cap ramifications. We broke down the mechanism in detail earlier this month if you want a quick primer.

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Evening Headshots: June 26th

Thomas Drance
June 26 2013 07:01PM


Don Taylor wastes no time trying to goad John Tortorella in a controversial answer about Larry Brooks.

Today at Canucks Army we broke down essentially every method the Canucks might use to get out from under Roberto Luongo's contract, and took a longer look at Mike Gillis's draft strategy as it pertains to player age.

Read past the jump for more Canucks links and other goodies!

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Strombabble: Salary Cap Surgery

Thomas Drance
June 26 2013 02:23PM


Image via wikimedia commons.

In the immortal, tasteful words of the popular early oughts band Staind: "Its been a while."

Distracted by Vancouver's seven week coaching search and a variety of American Hockey League gymnastics of late, we haven't spilled any digital ink on the topic of trading Roberto Luongo in what seems like forever. What's clear is that the best goaltender in franchise history, one way or another, won't be in training camp next fall. What's less clear is precisely how the gold medalist and former Hart Trophy nominee will punch his ticket out of Vancouver.

Let's handicap the possibilities after the jump.

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Late Night Headshots: June 26th

Thomas Drance
June 26 2013 12:17AM


The new Canucks brain trust.
Image via Jay Durant.

Today at Canucks Army we wondered whether or not the Canucks accidentally leaked their 2010 NHL Draft board, looked at the opening of the John Tortorella era in Vancouver, recapped both of his press conferences - the one with the fans, and the one with the media - and complimented the Canucks on their clever alt-media blitz.

More Canucks news - but who are we kidding, really it's just a recap of reactions to the John Tortorella hire - after the jump.

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Tortorella Has a Five Year Deal, Wants the Twins to Kill Penalties and Doesn't Use Behindthenet.ca

Thomas Drance
June 25 2013 03:37PM


Image via Canucks.com

As the book opens on the John Tortorella era in Vancouver, the Canucks unveiled a clever media blitz and deployed a lobotomized Willy Loman version of Tortorella in an interview with the fans. As such, Tortorella had made a mostly favourable impression on the fan-base before he even met with reporters on Tuesday afternoon in Vancouver.

During Tuesday afternoon's newser, Tortorella and Mike Gillis address a wide variety of concerns about the coaching hire and answered questions on topics like style of play, what this Canucks club needs to get back to the summit, and how involved ownership was in the hiring of the man who prefers to go by "Torts." It was a disappointing performance, in that it was a mostly respectful affair with Tortorella even showing contrition for his handling of the media in the past, but there was still a lot of grist for us to chew over.

Click past the jump for more.

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