October 12 2016 03:44PM
So I was reading Thomas Drance's piece on the Canucks over at Sportsnet the other day and I couldn't help but play the video of Benning talking about the Gudbranson trade.
What really struck me was how he describe the trade coming together:
"...it came together fast...they called us...they asked us about Jared...they brought up Eric's name..."
Now, if you've ever been involved in any kind of business negotiations, you might recognize this as somebody that took a very passive approach to making this deal. Florida clearly had the entire negotiation process mapped out. They decided how they wanted it to go, and pulled every trick in the negotiating book to make sure it did.
But listening to Benning talk, it suddenly became clear that the Panthers pulled off the perfect crime. Benning was had, and he didn't even know it.
So let's take a look at how you get away with plunder...
September 17 2016 11:59AM
If you've ever been a season ticket holder in the NHL you know what a money grab those pre-season games are. Most, if not all, teams charge full price for those games. Given that there are usually about four home pre-season games each year, that's a 10% bump up in the cost of your season tickets.
I finally gave up my tickets this year, but that was always the thing that stuck in my craw the most every year. Paying full price to see a bunch of guys that had no business being in the NHL playing meaningless games. And once I couldn't tell the difference between the pre-season and the regular season, it was time to get out.
But enough about meaningless regular seasons, let's talk about the World Cup of Hockey.
September 08 2016 01:07PM
A new hockey season is almost upon us, but if it's anything like the last few years, something will be missing.
Sure, a lot of it will be the same. Beer will still cost too much. The corporate seats in the lower bowl will still be empty until half way through the first period. The referees will still hate your team. But something won't feel quite right. And it hasn't felt quite right for a few years now.
You know what I'm talking about. You don't go to games to watch Corsis and PDOs. You got to see goals. That's what hockey is all about. It's why they put them up on the scoreboard. But if the trend continues, we'll see fewer goals scored than ever before.
And you know who's to blame for that?
That's right. Millennials.
August 31 2016 03:30PM
Well, if you haven't heard yet, the Florida Panthers have claimed another victim.
Reports are that yet another Canucks Army alumni, former editor Rhys Jessop has joined the growing team of analysts supporting the front office down in Sunrise. I always did think Rhys should be fired into the sun, but this isn't quite what I had in mind.
There's no word on what, exactly, Rhys will be doing for the Panthers, but I really, really, really hope his job is to edit whatever work Josh Weissbock is producing.
So think what you may about the quality of the analysis here at Canucks Army, there is clearly enough in the analytical approach to player evaluation, asset management and data driven decision making that at least some NHL front offices see value in it.
The Florida Panthers are certainly a prime example. Just yesterday they posted an interview with Assistant GMs Steve Werier and Eric Joyce on their website, and the language used when describing the roster moves over the summer was quite telling.
July 01 2016 09:09AM
The next six months are make or break for the Vancouver Canucks.
I know I've criticized
one or two pretty much all of Jim Benning's moves over the last year or so, but that has largely been because almost every one has been slowly whittling away their assets. Death by a thousand cuts, some might say.
But other than the Sutter contract, none of those moves can really be characterized as anchors that this franchise will have to drag around for years after Benning is finally, mercifully, sent to the farm...er, to the farm team. To do scouting and stuff. Yeah, I definitely didn't mean to imply anything else there.
Anyway, my point is this: Jim Benning has done much to be concerned about, but at least he hasn't caused any long term damage, or saddled the next GM, and there will be a next GM, with an inescapable contractual mess. At least not yet.
But the next six months could see that change. Winter is coming, and Jim Benning has money to spend.