Alex Burrows' Next Contract

Thomas Drance
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.

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Grading the Best and Worst Canucks Themed Olympic Diving Jokes

Thomas Drance
July 31 2012 10:45AM

In case you hadn't heard, the Vancouver Canucks have a reputation for diving. Some of it is earned, some of it is media driven nonsense, but it is what it is. 

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.

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Canucks Add AHL Depth

Thomas Drance
July 30 2012 01:18PM

What is old is new again! Or at least, what is old and underwhelming is new again, and still underwhelming!

The Canucks have come to terms with right-wing enforcer and farm-hand Guillaume Desbiens. Desbiens played in thirteen games with the Canucks over the course of two seasons and played in many more with the club's former AHL affiliate the Manitoba Moose, where he actually put together a couple of productive seasons. Here's the official press release announcing the signing from Canucks.nhl.com.

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Strombabble: Punch Bjuggy, No Punch Back

Thomas Drance
July 30 2012 11:25AM

As July heaves itself over the finish line this week, ushering in the saddest month of childhood, Roberto Luongo remains property of the Vancouver Canucks.

Reportedly, the Canucks rejected an offer from Chicago that included Dave Bolland a few weeks ago; and more recently, indications were that talks with the Florida Panthers - Luongo's preferred destination - have jittered to a stalemateAccording to Kevin Allen of USA Today, highly touted American sniper Nick Bjugstad is the sticking point, and the major factor holding up any possible transaction.

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Doan's Camp Likely to "Get Aggressive" Next Week, Canucks on the Shortlist

Thomas Drance
July 26 2012 01:44PM

Shane Doan has been extraordinarily patient with the money-losing Phoenix Coyotes, a club without an owner that he's captained for the past decade. According to Doan's agent Terry Bross, his client may decide to pursue other opportunities with a greater degree of seriousness beginning tomorrow if a new ownership group isn't in place. To quote Bross, who appeared with on David Pratt's CKNW show "Sports Talk" on Wednesday night in the 9 PM PST slot, Doan has, "been told [the ownership situation] should be resolved by Friday, if it's not then the writing could be on the wall."

The Canucks are one of the many teams interested in acquiring the rugged, 36 year old "power-forward", which, we've known for a while. According to Bross they're also among a smaller group of clubs who would qualify for Doan's "short-list." 

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