July 07 2011 01:33PM
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July 07 2011 12:19PM
Alexander Sulzer battles a Czech Forward at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Clearly the Canucks management team decided to go to the office today, and the results have been scintillating. Okay not really, but, as the Canucks have proved time and time again in the franchises generally tragic history - you can never have enough blue-line depth.
July 07 2011 11:15AM
Matt Climie makes a toe-save against the St. Louis Blues in the Spring of 2009. He will backup Eddie Lack in Chicago this upcoming season.
It's the so called "dog-days" of summer, and Canucks news has been dribbling out at a glacial pace this week.
Luckily for those of us desperate for some hockey news - great or small - Mike Gillis made a move this morning, inking goaltender Matt Climie to a contract. Details were not released as of this writing, but here's the media release from Canucks.com.
Matt Climie is a big (6,3) 28 year old Alberta kid who has bounced around in the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes organizations since 2007. In the last four seasons he's appeared in 42 ECHL games, 104 AHL games, and 5 NHL games. With the exception of one NHL start where he got shellacked for 5 goals on 38 shots (in game where the Stars were thoroughly dominated by the 2009-10 Blackhawks) - he's acquitted himself reasonably well at every level. In his lone NHL appearance last season, against the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins, he stopped 15 shots in 32 minutes in a relief effort, allowing a single goal against.
Assuming that Cory Schneider remains with the Canucks to begin next season (a safe assumption, I think), you can pencil in Climie to replace Tyler Weiman in a backup-role with the Chicago Wolves.
July 06 2011 12:49PM
Despite the warmth of summer, and the whole "enjoying having a social life" and enjoying numerous patio parties thing - the offseason can be a dull-time. I know I'm already praying for October to hurry up and arrive. To help bridge the gap - we've launched the "Canucksarmy Podcast" to help keep you entertained!
June 28 2011 11:45AM
The evil empire is re-loading - are you ready to Embrace the Hate?
(Thanks to @notafullcolon for the photoshop work.)
The week before July 1st tends to be a lot less interesting than the week before the draft – and this year has been no different. In comparison with Holmgren's drinking binge, the comedy of errors that was the Albertan team bidding war for Ryan Smyth, and the draft itself – a week of qualifying offers and over-priced extensions seems dreary – but there is still much to discuss.
Gillis – the former player agent – has been especially busy the last couple of days, inking two players yesterday in Bieksa and Lapierre, qualifying two RFAs (Hansen and Oreskovich), and choosing not to qualify diminutive defenseman Lee “Rudy” Sweatt, and skilled Russian winger Sergei Shirokov. Lets take a quick look at the moves he made, and their implications going forward: