June 27 2013 03:09PM
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Surely the most shocking piece of hockey news on Thursday involved Vincent Lecavalier, and the decision of the small market Tampa Bay Lightning to use a compliance buyout to get out from under his contract. The Lecavalier buyout will run the Lightning close to thirty-three million dollars over fourteen seasons according to capgeek.com, an NHL record that surely won't be topped (a Luongo buyout would run the Aquilini Group $27 million).
Over the past three seasons Lecavalier has recorded one-hundred and thirty-five points in one-hundred and sixty-eight games, so he's scored at a .8 points per game rate since his age thirty season. That's pretty impressive even though some of Lecavalier's production appears to be percentage driven of late and he's only an even possession player at this point in his career. Also he'll turn thirty-four by the first playoff round next season. Still, Lecavalier is an enormously productive top-six centreman who measures in at 6,4. Oh, he's also now poised to hit the open market in free-agency this summer.
Needless to say Lecavalier will have plenty of suitors, including the Canucks to hear Pierre LeBrun tell it on the Team 1050 on Thursday. "The Canucks front office has already talked to John Tortorella about this," Lebrun passed along on Thursday, "and they see this as a possible fit if they can get out of cap hell, which they're in now."
Read on past the jump.
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.
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!
June 26 2013 02:23PM
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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.
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.