December 04 2012 11:59AM
Alex Mallet needs to get back to driving to the net in Kalamazoo. (Photo: Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
Alex Mallet is off to Kalamazoo. The young Quebecer, a quintessential 'off-the-board' draft pick, was always going to be a project. Between the Wolves' lockout-bloated squad and the rawness of his skills, Mallet has struggled to get icetime and what little he's had, he's done little to stand out in a crowd.
But it's not like he's the first to have struggled to step up after gaining attention as a late-bloomer; Darren Archibald found the same challenges in his first professional season, just last year.
December 04 2012 09:10AM
I've been repeatedly hammering the point that if Tyler Bozak were to come to Vancouver as the major piece in exchange for Roberto Luongo, the Canucks lose on the deal. There was my own surprise over at The Leafs Nation that Bozak even carries trade value, and I very much agreed with Dimitri's post here over at Canucks Army last month.
Vancouver has already flirted with the idea of acquiring a centre in a possible Roberto Luongo trade. One of them is Tyler Bozak, who Vancouver believes has been miscast in Toronto and, if acquired, could slot into the Canucks third-line centre hole, and do it nicely.
Jason Botchford, who has given Canucks Army writers the slogan "meticulous, number-crunching whizzes" continues to repeat that the Canucks have interest in Tyler Bozak. I can think of two reasons for this, a) the team is legitimately interested in Bozak, or b) it's the lockout, he's bored, and he's trolling us.
For the purposes of this post, let's assume it's a).
December 04 2012 08:21AM
Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman will not be directly involved in today's meeting between six NHL owners and a select group of NHL players, but don't jump to a conclusion assuming that both sides will suddenly find some common ground with their leaders out of the room.
Bettman has long been the player's whipping boy. They actually believe that he wants to ruin the game and that he's the ultimate puppet master pulling the owner's strings. Meanwhile the NHL is certain that Fehr is not telling the players the truth, even though many of them have been present during most of the negotiations.
The lockout was asinine to begin with, but it's becoming more laughable by the day. It would be great if today's meeting will start an avalanche of positive negotiations, or as Steve Burton reported continue on the "significant progress" they allegedly made yesterday.
December 03 2012 12:20PM
Since he first reported to Canucks camp in the fall of 2011 - and actually technically before that at the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton that September - Frank Corrado has impressed Canucks fans, media and brass with his steady, two-way play. Corrado's play has apparently caught more than just the attention of Canucks observers and prospect-ophiles, and today it was announced today that Corrado has been invited to Team Canada's selection camp for the 2012 World Junior Championship tournament
Read on past the jump.
December 02 2012 07:13AM
After the jump, the answer to every question you've ever had. Provided, of course, that "every question you've ever had" relates to the NHL's return to Winnipeg, the true meaning of "one billion dollars," which NHL prospect got caught drunk and in a Teletubby costume, or something else that's answered in one of the excellent links below.