May 17 2012 10:07AM
Google “Ryan Parent bust” and close to 200,000 results come up (although in fairness many of them link to article about Ryan Leaf). Parent was once an important piece of the trade that sent Peter Forsberg from Philadelphia to Nashville. How far has he fallen? In December 0f 2011, the Chicago Wolves pawned him off on Canada’s Spengler Cup team. Parent was barely playing, and the Wolves wanted to give ice time to their better defensemen.
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May 16 2012 02:22PM
White Rock native, BCHL veteran and pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Jason Garrison was interviewed on Vancouver's local news radio station "News 1130," today. According to the @News1130Sports Twitter account, he expressed a frank interest in joining the Canucks this offseason, if he can't close a deal with the Panthers. News 1130 hasn't uploaded a podcast of the interview yet, but I caught an audio snippet on live radio and I'll update this post when they do.
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May 16 2012 11:37AM
What is more ironic? That David Booth, who has struggled to finish pucks throughout his career, shares a last name with John Wilkes Booth, a man famous for his short range accuracy. Or, that his precision shooting has generated more attention this offseason than it did on the Canucks five game playoff run? I can't decide, but I am beginning to worry that David Booth's style of play isn't conducive to driving on-ice shooting percentage.
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May 15 2012 02:55PM
If this doesn't perfectly sum up the essence of Canucks' nation, I don't know what does.
Top tier goalie on a team that has in the past resorted to Toronto Maple Leafs cast-offs? Boooooooo.
Coach takes you to top of the league two years in a row, and within one win of the Cup? #fireAV.
Selke winning centre hampered by a pretty serious injury? Trade him!
Yup, that's about as irrational as you can get. But again, I take no credit for the idea. It is one of the two things I learned listening to our very own Thomas Drance on the Nation Radio podcast this week. The other one is that Thom is a very nice young man. Seriously.
May 15 2012 12:47PM
Photo credit: Post Media News/Mark Van Manen
In four years as General Manager and Team President of the Canucks, Mike Gillis' tenure has been a massive success - that is so long as you don't subscribe to a doltishly narrow view of success. Sure, the Canucks current management team has yet to hoist a Stanley Cup, has a mixed record on the trade market, and has yet to draft a real impact player - but they've overcome these short comings to a large extent, and built their success on the strength of their contract work.
When it comes to the club's handling of player contracts, resident "capologist" Laurence Gilman, who is the management team's "chief negotiator" and is "also responsible for the administration and application of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement and the development of the club’s strategic salary cap plan," has been the driving force. Hiring Gilman away from Phoenix was one of Gillis' first acts as General Manger (Gilman was hired less than two weeks after Gillis was), and it has worked out to be inarguably one of his shrewdest personnel moves in Vancouver.
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