July 17 2012 04:31PM
Forget fifth graders, I'm not sure the NHL and NHLPA are smarter than any kid in Kindergarten. You remember that glorious first experience with organized education: half days, naps, snacks, poking each other in the eye. Ok, maybe that last one resembles the ongoing relationship between the NHL and NHLPA, but one of the biggest things you learn in Kindergarten is how to share. On that point, the NHL and NHLPA fail miserably.
And until they figure out how to behave like your average 6 year old, we're probably not going to have any hockey to watch.
July 16 2012 03:36PM
Last night, Mike Gillis' son Spencer posted this photo of his dad's latest acquisition on Twitter. The image was promptly retweeted far and wide by the official Vancouver Canucks Twitter feed (@VanCanucks), and shortly thereafter the photo found its way to the Canucks dot com (CDC) message boards. This set off an uncharacteristically salient, and amusing thread discussing Gillis' latest catch. Check out some highlights past the jump...
July 16 2012 01:02PM
Over the past week, Roberto Luongo was seen bluffing his way into the money in Las Vegas, while Mike Gillis was reeling in some truly mammoth Tuna in Panama. Meanwhile the Strombonian trade saga continued to drag on. The conflagration didn't rest for Gillis' vacation or Luongo's card games, rather it had some gasoline poured on it this weekend courtesy a fascinating leak. Could super pest Dave Bolland, widely loathed Sedin nemesis, be headed to the Canucks in exchange for Vancouver's former franchise netminder?
Read past the jump for more.
July 16 2012 09:10AM
Should the Canucks roll with this goaltending tandem next season?
(September 30, 2010 - Source: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images North America)
Yesterday was the deadline for restricted free agents to accept their qualifying offers. Among Vancouver's RFAs that remain unsigned (only Dale Weise and Eddie Lack), neither player accepted their qualifying offer. Of the two, hot-shot goaltending prospect Eddie Lack is easily the highest profile.
The News1130 Twitter account has breathlessly covered this formal adventure in paperwork, but structurally it remains very much likely that Eddie Lack will return to the Canucks organization next season. If Lack had accepted his qualifying offer, he'd have been entitled to a 10% raise, meaning he'd have cost the team 660k if he played in the NHL next season. That's a paltry amount to pay for one of the best goaltenders in the American Hockey League, so it's not surprising that Lack didn't accept his QO.
Read past the jump for more!
July 15 2012 11:22AM
While the UFA "frenzy" remains a sort of tepid, apathetic singles dance, in the distance one can hear the rumble of thunder that signifies the impending battle between the league and the NHLPA. Gary Bettman has already fired a few shots over the bow of Donald Fehr and company, so it looks like the CBA talks are going to be...contentious at the very least.
For now, we'll continue to ignore the whole "there might be another lock-out" thing and keep on talking trades and stats. This week, Allan invited number crunchers and hockey writers from around the league including Benjamin Wendorf, James Mirtle and Corey Pronman to help with our denial.
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