September 04 2012 10:39AM
In mid-summer Mike Gillis discussed whether or not an aging but highly sought after unrestricted free-agent, the captain of his former club, and a player with a tremendous sense of loyalty to the franchise with whom he spent his career, would fit with the Canucks. Here's how he put it:
It’s natural that players who have played in one place for a long time have a degree of attachment. But I think we offer a unique opportunity and one that presents some different options. We’re cautiously optimistic.
We knew going into this that a player of [his] calibre wasn’t going to make a decision lightly and it wasn’t going to be based on just compensation — it would be based on a variety of different factors. We have been patient and we are prepared to be patient longer.”
Of course, Mike Gillis wasn't discussing Shane Doan in that quote. No, that quote is from the summer of 2008 and if Gillis had been courting Doan then, well, it would've been tampering. The General Manager's language four years ago however, should sound eerily familiar to Canucks fans who've been paying attention this summer - but in that particular quote Gillis was discussing his drawn out but ultimately successful courtship of one Mats Sundin.
Read on past the jump.
August 29 2012 07:47AM
Can the Canucks go back-to-back-to-back? (And then get eliminated in the first round again?)
Partly because they play in such a thoroughly woeful division, the Canucks managed to repeat as President's Trophy winners last season. But their first round playoff exit, in five games at the hands of the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, marred the 2011-12 campaign as a "failure."
Being at the absolute top of the table is a testament to the quality and consistency of the roster, but regular season dominance simply isn't the goal for this club, or their management team.
August 23 2012 12:48PM
When he first arrived at the Penticton Young Stars tournament in September of 2011, no one knew anything about 5th round draft pick Frankie "don't call me Frank" Corrado. That changed rapidly as the Woodbridge born two-way defenseman put in a series of impressive performances at the Prospects Tournament. The rave reviews Corrado earned crescendoed with an absurdly competent showing in a pre-season game against the opening day roster of the Edmonton Oilers, in which Corrado was second on the club in ice-time and helped "shutdown" the likes of Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.
Shortly after that impressive outing in the pre-season, Corrado was sent back to the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL but not before the Canucks inked him to an entry-level deal. Back in Sudbury, Corrado was named an "assistant captain" and put in a quietly remarkable season, transforming himself into one of the single most dominant defensive players in the Ontario Hockey League.
Canucks fans, and those in the "industry" may not have known much about Frank Corrado in September of 2011, but they know about him now. And many expect big things from the feisty, quick-footed defenseman.
August 22 2012 08:54PM
Kevin Bieksa wants the diving to stop.
As a team, the Canucks have a reputation for being the diviest divers in diverville. During the London 2012 games for example, Twitter was routinely ravaged by predictable jokes that riffed on Vancouver's NHL club using Olympic diving events as a... uh... springboard. I suppose that's the cost of having players who are reputed to be "floppy," and the Canucks employ several in the Sedin twins (not actually divers), Maxim Lapierre, Alex Burrows, Roberto Luongo, and Ryan "tumbleweed" Kesler.
August 21 2012 03:46PM
On Tuesday afternoon Canucks Assistant General Manager and "master negotiator" Laurence Gilman co-hosted the mid-day show on the Team 1040, alongside Matt Sekeres (listen to the first hour of the podcast here). Gilman and Sekeres talked about the difficulty of making trades when you're up against the salary cap, they spoke about Shane Doan, and which Canucks uniforms are the most attractive (the flying V? Are you kidding me?).
More revealingly, Gilman gave us some insight into the way the Canucks recruit players, and how they negotiate extensions with their own players. Considering the undeniable quality of the management team's contract work over the past four years, I think some of his comments are worth examining in further detail.