Canucks Sign Alexander Sulzer

Thomas Drance
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.

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Canucks Sign Goaltender Matt Climie

Thomas Drance
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

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.

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Canucks Army Podcast: Episode 1

Thomas Drance
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!

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The Calm Before the Storm

Thomas Drance
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:

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Agony, Tradition, Hope.

Thomas Drance
June 21 2011 10:00AM

It's been hard to deal with, but in a contest of wills, the Bruins won. Now it's time for the Canucks, and their fans to look forwards.
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Canucks fans tend to be pretty emotional, and I'm no different. It shouldn't come as a huge surprise then, that I haven't written a single word on the Canucks since last Wednesday's game 7 pantsing, and the thoroughly embarrassing riot that followed. It has been a rough week.

I watched Monday's game 6 at a bar, and within minutes regretted it. It's tough to be in public when the Canucks get blown-out, and the game 6 loss left me particularly dejected. Not even good company, delicious wings and ribs were enough to cheer me up.

I spent Tuesday in a fatalistic stupor, and though I managed to work up a certain false arrogance for Wednesday, I had a premonition of what was to come. I watched the game at home, I wasn't going to spend another night moping in a bar. Even before the first goal was scored, the game was agony.

To twist what Pat Riley said about the Heat-Mavs NBA Finals series recently – it's hip and popular to say that the Canucks choked, but really the Bruins went out and took the cup. Lets give credit where it's due: the Bruins dominated those last two games. Tim Thomas clearly got good value for his soul – because that old man was unbeatable. In game 7, the Bruins simply wanted it more and played a great game to ensure their Cup victory.

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