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July 17 2015 07:00AM
Kesler's new contract and the Dave Nonis effect, Leafs salary cap situation, Flames new guys provide more options, what the numbers predict for Vancouver next season, Oilers interested in Seabrook, have no one to blame but themselves for Justin Schultz and more in this week's Roundup.
July 16 2015 02:39PM
After a few weeks of madness, it's been a relatively chill week for the Canucks. HIghlights include discussion of Jake Virtanen's thighs and a farewell to hockey's prettiest blue eyes.
July 16 2015 12:39PM
In hockey there are
many forms of waivers - unconditional waivers, fans who participate in the wave at games and so on - but the key waivers are used when a team sends a more veteran player
down to the minor leagues. These waivers prevent teams from hoarding talent and gives more veteran players that aren't being used by their current team an opportunity to carve out an everyday job elsewhere in the league.
Normally prospects, for their first few years, are exempted from waivers, but as the player becomes older, usually right before they are ready for full time NHL jobs, they are required to pass through waivers should they be deemed unable to hold a position in the NHL (yet).
There are a few Canucks prospects who have been discussed in terms of their ability to earn an NHL job this year. Let’s dive deeper into their status to figure out their waiver-status.
July 15 2015 12:43PM
Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports
After forcing his way out of Vancouver, former Vancouver Canucks centreman Ryan Kesler was dynamic in leading his new team, the Anaheim Ducks, to the Western Conference Final this past spring. And now he's been rewarded for his stellar work with a massive 6-year, $41.25 million contract extension with no-trade protection.
That's an awful lot of money for a 30-year-old centre, and Kesler will be 31 by the time his extension kicks in, who has gone under the knife with a good deal of frequency over the past five years. On the other hand, it's probably market value for a defensive ace and special teams stud with a well-earned reputation for elevating his game in the postseason...
July 15 2015 10:00AM
With dwindling cap space and a limited amount of openings throughout the Canucks lineup, the likelihood that they can find a free agent which advances either their short or long term goals has become increasingly unlikely. At best, the unrestricted free agent pool offers players at the 27 or 28 year old mark, so cross-out
no on getting younger. In the case of these players, the signing team is generally paying for peak performance right as they are exiting that wheelhouse, so you're not exactly building a core group either.
This has forced teams in a cap crunch or with a stated goal to get younger to find alternative means of team building in the asset-free-cost market. High-profile college free agents have been hitting the market with increasing frequency, but they are still relatively few and far between. A newer, more readily available pool of asset-free-cost talent is coming directly from Europe and more specifically the KHL.
Last year it was Jori Lehtera leading the charge and so far this year it's been the likes of Artemi Panarin and Sergei Plotnikov, among others. Yet, strangely enough, one can't count Andrei Loktionov among them. With no KHL commitment for the 2015-16 campaign and a vocal desire to return to the NHL, is Loktionov a player the Canucks should pursue? Catch me on the other side of the jump to find out.