Report: Nicklas Jensen likely to play in the SEL next season

Thomas Drance
June 20 2012 12:37PM

It has been reported today by News 1130 sports that Nicklas Jensen will look to play in the Swedish Elite League (Eliteserien) next season should he fail to make the Vancouver Canucks roster out of training camp.

The 19 year old Danish winger, who led all Canucks prospects in NHLE goals with the Oshawa Generals last season, has apparently already informed his OHL club of his intentions, and is talking to three or four Swedish clubs about joining them next season.

Jensen's agent Anton Thun, who is being quoted by News1130 and the Province's Jim Jamieson has indirectly cited "level of competition" and his client's need to play professional hockey next season as major reasons for his client potentially shirking the Ontario Hockey League next season.

Read past the jump for more.

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Who is Dylan Reese? And why the Canucks should snag him

Cam Charron
June 20 2012 11:56AM

Dylan Reese.

I'd never heard of the guy, I've never seen him play, but his name popped up in two places of note: a spreadsheet, and this particular tweet:

There's a reason Thom forwarded me that tweet.

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Burrows' value through the Prism of Darren Helm's Extension

Patrick Johnston
June 19 2012 03:30PM


I got paid!

Today, Darren Helm signed an extension with the Detroit Red Wings that will pay him $8.5 million over four years (2.125 million dollar cap-hit). Superficially, that looks quite similar to the contract that Alex Burrows signed in 2009, doesn't it? How the heck does a player which just 32 career goals find himself signing a contract similar to Burrows'? Is Helm going to break out like Burrows did and score 89 goals over the next three years? Unlikely, but that isn't what Detroit is paying him for...

Read more about the parallels between Helm's new deal and Burrows' 2009 contract  after the jump!

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Strombabble: Frenzy

Thomas Drance
June 19 2012 12:55PM

Last night, Nick Kypreos tweeted that the Canucks are telling teams calling to ask about Roberto Luongo, that they have "multiple offers" on the table. That echoes Mike Gillis' comments in a Team1040 interview last Friday when he answered Farhan Lalji's question about whether or not teams have an interest in acquiring Luongo with, "Of course there have been [teams inquiring], he's an all-star goalie, he's one of the top 3 or 4 goalies in the league!" 

The 2012 NHL Draft begins in Pittsburgh this Friday night, and despite the repeated protestations of Canucks General Manager and Team President Mike Gillis, many expect that the Canucks will pull the trigger on the long rumoured Roberto Luongo deal this weekend. As the draft nears, the scuttlebutt has heated up, and the misinformation is flowing freely. Let's cut through the haze, by engaging in a harmless spot of Strombabble.

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A Graphic Guide to the NHL Draft

Graphic Comments
June 19 2012 11:33AM

Pierre McGuire has no brain

There are only two things we can be sure of on NHL draft day. First off, no matter the hype, very few picks fall into that "no brainer" category, and second, most draft day commentary does not involve the use of a brain. The latter is especially true of Pierre McGuire.

Read on for more in our Graphic Guide to the NHL Draft.

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