June 18 2014 12:44PM
In yesterday's profile of Kasperi Kapanen, commenter JJ-T stated that "let's go with your pick [Kapanen] and see how we do against the Boston's [sic], LA's [sic] etc. [sic], you know, the cup contending type of teams. I do believe we're in the bottom percentile when it comes to size, no?"
I doubt the Canucks are in the bottom percentile when it comes to size. Percent literally comes from "per hundred" and there are only 30 teams in the league. The Canucks are in the bottom third when it comes to weight, yes, but not height. Size wasn't the Canucks issue last year. It was goal scoring, and, somewhat by coincidence, the five of us Canucks Army draft prognosticators have collectively identified several smallish, offensive forwards who can help the Canucks alleviate the major problem.
Which brings us to the 5'10" 165-lb Robby Fabbri of the Guelph Storm. We've ranked him 8th. Eeeep.
June 17 2014 03:27PM
It's incredible how Shawn Thornton has become one of the most overrated players in hockey. The news that the Boston Bruins won't re-sign the beloved enforcer, who has averaged fewer than five goals per 82 games over his 11-year career including playoffs, shook the hockey media Tuesday.
June 17 2014 12:00PM
The first sentence of Kasperi Kapanen's Wikipedia entry is "Kasperi Kapanen is a Finnish ice hockey player." Generally, that's enough to make me actually want a player. I don't think the Canucks have ever played a Finnish player that I disliked, from Jyrki Lumme and Esa Tikkanen in the 1990s to Jarkko Ruutu and Sami Salo in the 2000s.
June 17 2014 11:02AM
It was just yesterday morning, hours after the window for the last wave of compliance buyouts opened up, that we ran a post highlighting the 4 most conceivable ways in which the Vancouver Canucks would choose to utilize this asset that they had in their back pocket until June 30th.
We didn't have to wait long to find out the answer, as news broke this morning that David Booth - the candidate that led that aforementioned post as the most likely option - has been placed on unconditional waivers.
His turbulent time in Vancouver is officially up, so let's say farewell.
June 16 2014 03:00PM
It's tough to preview an offseason, or gauge the likelihood of certain moves, when the new faces of Vancouver Canucks hockey operations - particularly new general manager Jim Benning and new president Trevor Linden - have shallow track records as top NHL decision makers. Linden has already proven himself an effective salesman and alliance builder in his new job, but he's never worked in an NHL front office (or any hockey front office for that matter). We've seen Benning give advice in documentary snippets from hockey operations meetings, but this is his first go as an NHL general manager.
Though Linden and Benning have given a myriad of interviews since taking over, we know little about their plans or preferences. Come to think of it, I don't think anyone even has a good sense even of how the dynamic duo's internal decision making process is going to work.
There's one major data point available to us, however, and it speaks volumes. It's the way that Ryan Kesler saga has, to this point, unfolded.