August 23 2012 09:36AM
Aaron Rome was a divisive figure during his tenure with the Canucks, which is surprising considering he is a low-risk, low-event bottom pairing defenseman. Rome was a whipping boy for those in the fan base who disagreed with some of Alain Vigneault’s personnel decisions (namely playing Rome over the much more talented Keith Ballard).
Rome was a well-liked teammate, a hard worker, and a very solid defenseman relative to his cap hit. It is unfortunate how his 2011 season ended (the Nathan Horton hit), especially considering the Canucks were already without Dan Hamhuis, and both Alex Edler (broken fingers) and Christian Ehrhoff (shoulder injury) were far from being 100 percent.
Rome suffered a broken hand before the 2011-12 season even started, and he didn’t make his debut until November. And what a debut it was.
August 22 2012 08:54PM
Kevin Bieksa wants the diving to stop.
As a team, the Canucks have a reputation for being the diviest divers in diverville. During the London 2012 games for example, Twitter was routinely ravaged by predictable jokes that riffed on Vancouver's NHL club using Olympic diving events as a... uh... springboard. I suppose that's the cost of having players who are reputed to be "floppy," and the Canucks employ several in the Sedin twins (not actually divers), Maxim Lapierre, Alex Burrows, Roberto Luongo, and Ryan "tumbleweed" Kesler.
August 22 2012 10:01AM
With five goals and 20 points in 37 games in the WCHA in 2011-12, LaBate had a solid freshman campaign for the Badgers. While Wisconsin is returning most of their forwards from last season, they are losing a key piece on the back end (Justin Schultz, you may have heard of him) and LaBate looks ready to take on an even bigger role with the club as a sophomore. . LaBate is still very young, and already he brings a lot to the table for the Badgers. Expect them to ensure that he is given enough minutes to be a difference maker going forward.
August 21 2012 08:33PM
Sure, if you took a poll I'm sure most fans and certainly the media would be on players' side this time around. After all, didn't the owners impose this CBA? And aren't the players offering to make changes that would help the small market teams?
And BOOM! that's where they got you.
As long as the conversation remains framed on finding solutions to help the small market teams survive and even prosper, the owners are winning the PR battle. Controlling the terms of debate is much more important than the actual substance of the debate.
August 21 2012 03:46PM
On Tuesday afternoon Canucks Assistant General Manager and "master negotiator" Laurence Gilman co-hosted the mid-day show on the Team 1040, alongside Matt Sekeres (listen to the first hour of the podcast here). Gilman and Sekeres talked about the difficulty of making trades when you're up against the salary cap, they spoke about Shane Doan, and which Canucks uniforms are the most attractive (the flying V? Are you kidding me?).
More revealingly, Gilman gave us some insight into the way the Canucks recruit players, and how they negotiate extensions with their own players. Considering the undeniable quality of the management team's contract work over the past four years, I think some of his comments are worth examining in further detail.