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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In their Infinite Weise-dom, Canucks Again Avoid Arbitration

Thomas Drance
July 25 2012 12:43PM

 

During Mike Gillis' tenure as General Manager of the Canucks, we've seen the team narrowly avoid arbitration on a nearly annual basis. The team has skipped going through the arbitration process Mason Raymond twice, they settled on a three year deal with Jannik Hansen on the eve of his hearing last summer, and cowed Shane O'Brien into accepting his qualifying offer in the summer of 2010. With the exception of Kyle Wellwood, Mike Gillis and company have never allowed an arbitrator to set the price-point for any of the club's contracts, a trend which will continue as the Canucks and fourth line winger Dale Weise have reportedly settled on a one year deal.

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On Injuries, Luck, Keith Ballard and Willie Mitchell

Thomas Drance
July 24 2012 11:24AM


Who wasn't happy to see Willie Mitchell hoist the mug this past June?

In professional hockey, an extremely physical sport played by quasi-armored players who use literal blades for locomotion, injuries are an everyday challenge at any level.

With the exception of the Minnesota Wild, hockey folks (players, coaches, executives and fans) are usually reluctant to use injuries as an excuse for a team's success or failure, but needless to say, an untimely injury can sink a team's fortunes. In the case of the Los Angeles Kings, the reverse is also true, and a team can accrue an extraordinary competitive advantage if they're able to defy the odds and stay healthy.

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The Canucks and Analytics: Focus on Performance

Thomas Drance
July 24 2012 09:23AM


The Canucks main analytical focus probably isn't Corsi stats, it's "fatigue," "readiness," and "peak performance."

On Monday afternoon, Mike Gillis appeared for two hours on the Team 1040. The segment was hosted by Matthew Sekeres who god bless him, spent a sizable portion of the show asking the General Manager and President of the Vancouver Canucks about analytics.

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Should Gillis Have Made The Holmgren Offer?

Thomas Drance
July 23 2012 09:32AM

Is it fair to criticize Mike Gillis for not being as bat-shit crazy as Paul Holmgren? I don't really think so, not that it will stop anyone.

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