August 01 2012 09:47PM
As the calender turned from July to August on Wednesday, Canucks management had still yet to address the club's need for another centreman, prefearbly one of the "third-line" variety.
With Ryan Kesler recovering from labrum surgery, the club's sudden lack of depth down the middle could be compounded and exposed (in the unlikely event that the 2012-13 season starts on time). Asked at the draft (after selecting mostly centremen), if the middle position was the team's biggest need this summer, Mike Gillis cryptically answered: "hypoethtically," so it's no wonder that centres like Dave Bolland and Nick Bjugstad have surfaced in rumours regarding thepotential return for Roberto Luongo...
Or perhaps the Canucks will address their need for centre depth by signing a large 37 year old who remains available on the open market. To that effect, Ben Kuzma posted over at the White Towel on Wednesday regarding a conversation he'd had with Jason Arnott's agent (and brother) Wade Arnott, who described his client and the Canucks as having a "mutual interest" in cutting a deal.
So does Arnott make sense in Vancouver? Yep. Read past the jump.
August 01 2012 10:58AM
Thrilled to be joined by Manny Malhotra for this Sunday's— Patrick Burke (@BurkieYCP) August 1, 2012
@vancouverpride parade. Unprecedented step by the Canucks organization here.
Manny Malhotra faces some of the toughest circumstances in the league. He has a very specific job: win defensive zone draws, clear the puck and change. It's not glamorous work, and it depresses his individual plus/minus numbers, which, in turn leads to questions about his effectiveness. But he does his job well, and handles himself with perpetual class.
That class is on display again. It was announced today, per an official press release on Canucks.nhl.com that Manny Malhotra has agreed to march in the Vancouver 2012 Pride Parade taking place Sunday August 5th, alongside Vancouver's Gay Men's Hockey Team "The Cutting Edges" and Patrick Burke of You Can Play.
Read on past the jump.
July 31 2012 09:23PM
Apparently Shane Doan, the highly sought after unrestricted free-agent (and mythical beast) met with the Canucks on Tuesday evening. Or, at least that's the word out of Vancouver, via the @News1130Sports Twitter feed:
BREAKING - Shane Doan sighting in Vancouver. Sources tell CKWX he had meeting with the Canucks this evening.— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) August 1, 2012
Read past the jump.
July 31 2012 01:31PM
When you look at his production, Alex Burrows appears to be a bonafide top-line forward and an elite offensive talent. In the past four seasons, for example, he has recorded as many five-on-five markers as Corey Perry (97), and he's scored more often than the likes of elite-wingers Phil Kessel, James Neil and Zach Parise* over that time frame. He's been the tenth most efficient even-strength goal scorer over the past handful of seasons, and no one else on that list made anywhere in the neighbourhood of the 2 million per that Burrows has brought home the past three seasons.
(*) Zach Parise's inclusion should be qualified since he missed the majority of the 2010-11 campaign.
Burrows scores like Perry, but gets paid like Alexei Ponikarovsky, and with his contract expiring after the 2011-12 season, he's clearly in-line for a sizable raise either this summer, or next. Of course, because Burrows has scored so many of his goals playing with two of the best passing forwards in the game, it's tough to determine how much value he brings on his own.
Read past the jump.
July 31 2012 10:45AM
Two Bronze Medals for Diving - insert totally original joke about diving, the canucks and the sedins ahurahurahraurhaurahuha— R dot S E N (@monotonelol) July 31, 2012
This summer, thanks to the presence of diving and synchronized diving events at the Olympics, and also because of the Euro soccer tournament in June, diving has functionally dominated the sports fan consciousness. As such, Twitter has filled up on a daily basis with highly original, creative Canucks diving jokes, that aren't at all repetitive.
Let's look at some of the best (and the best-worst) ones, and judge them on a scale of one to ten.