July 05 2013 11:15AM
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Looking at Vancouver's forward depth, Vancouver Province beat-writer Jason Botchford (not to be confused with his evil, fake alter-ego Fake Jason Botchford) believes the Canucks' lines are set - at least along the wings:
Wings already look set on canucks top 3 lines. Kassian/Daniel, burrows/Higgins, Hansen/booth— Jason Botchford (@botchford) July 5, 2013
That's pretty interesting, and in some ways - Kassian on the top-line, a worker bee second group, and David Booth on the third line - fits in with Tortorella's pledge to bring the team more "bite." Let's get into it a bit more after the jump.
July 05 2013 09:15AM
A reminder: there are lots of jerks on Twitter posing as legitimate reporters and trying to stir the pot with hot nonsense today. It's easy to figure out if an account is fake or not, you just have to know what to search...
Kudos to this guy for that crappy fake "verified" check mark. Wow.
July 05 2013 08:53AM
A Mad TV Classic
Headed into the opening of free-agency, the Canucks have limited space to maneuver under the salary cap's upper limit. There's still a possibility of the team trading one of their surplus defenceman for help at forward (and indeed Jason Botchford reported yesterday that the team is still hosting an Alex Edler listening party), but I might suggest that the club's current unbalanced structual position under the salary cap is a one season inconvenience, and is an insufficiently large issue to warrant trading a 28 year old, talented defenceman for any less than a loonie on the dollar...
The names being bandied about for the Canucks to chase today are, well, not particularly Doan-er inducing. Matt Hendricks, Boyd Gordon, Jonathon Blum and maybe Matt Cullen on the high-end. So Canucks fans would be wise to read the writing on the wall and head into the opening of the free-agent market with decidedly Lowered Expectations, read on past the jump.
July 04 2013 03:32PM
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I wish we could've churned out more free-agent preview content this week ahead of Friday's hockey news meltdown. Alas I only got back from New York (where I covered a marathon draft this past weekend) on Tuesday afternoon, I was then promptly as sick as a dog, and have spent the past two days moving, unpacking, assembling Ikea furniture and such.
But enough of my sob story, I have some time on this crazy day of hockey news (Grabovski buyout, Seguin trade, what?) to sit down and recap at length where the Canucks stand going into the opening of the free-agent market on Friday, what they need, and what players they might target.
Read past the jump.
July 01 2013 01:56PM
VAN's Keith Ballard is on conventional waivers. Not $100 unconditional waivers, which is necessary for buyout purposes.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2013
With the Canucks deciding not to trade Alex Edler on Sunday before the Swedish blue-liners no-trade clause kicked in, it's pretty clear that the inglorious Keith Ballard era in Vancouver is at an end. The Canucks placed the talented, frustrating, over-priced seventh defenceman on waivers today; and not the unconditional variety of waivers, which a player must clear before a team can excercise a "compliance buyout" on that players contract...
It would be a Miracle on Ice level upset if Keith Ballard were claimed by an NHL team on waivers for the full price of his deal. After all anyone who visits capgeek.com/canucks and sees that the club has seven players to sign, and a hair more than four million in cap-space, can figure out that one way or another the math doesn't make sense in Vancouver unless the Canucks can get rid of Ballard's deal. Or is there a way to make the math make sense?
Read past the jump for more.