January 02 2013 04:59PM
In discussing our "top Canucks story lines to watch for in 2013," we briefly discussed the likelihood of a salary cap that would fall significantly (by as much as 14%) by 2013-14 in a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). With the league reportedly standing firm on a 60 million dollar salary cap for the 2013/14 season, the upcoming cap-crunch should make for cap-wizard Laurence Gilman's "greatest test yet."
There could be some balm for the Canucks' cap-itch in the form on a "one time amnesty buyout" provision, but even so, balancing the need to ice a contending team, and retaining the services of Alex Edler, with the necessity of getting under a 60 million dollar cap in 2013/14 could prove to be a painful proposition.
Let's look at some of the team's options.
January 01 2013 06:06PM
From the trade of beloved rookie Cody Hodgson, to the team's unceremonious first round exit at the hands of the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, to the mystifying, frustrating NHL lockout - 2012 was a tough year for the Canucks and their fans. If you want to relive a bleak twelve months, Harrison Mooney broke it down exhaustively over at Pass it to Bulis on Tuesday morning.
Rather than looking back at the wasteland that was the Canucks' 2012, we figured we'd look ahead to what promises to be a very intriguing 2013. I've singled out five primary story lines that I anticipate we'll be following closely in the new year, and you can read all about it on the other side of the jump.
December 31 2012 10:23AM
Kovalchuk vs. Chara, Malkin's Magnitogorsk kills it, Ovechkin and Radulov go RRRAAAAWWWWRRRR! and more.
December 30 2012 04:28PM
Fifteen months ago, I gave the "#shapcrew" the mic at this blog, as @Mariomontega and @Vitamin_v12 - the original purveyors of shap - wrote a mission statement of sorts, explaining why Vancouver Canucks headcoach Alain Vigneault is a milt. Since then, shap has gone mainstream and the #shapcrew has expanded. At this point at least 30 individuals with varying levels of intelligence (from very smart to mind-numbling stupid), self-identify as "#shappers."
Last night, all of the group's momentum climaxed with a hilarious Roberto Luongo endorsement and a Twitter-based awards show - the second annual Shappy's - that was nothing short of rivetting.
I'll wade into the muck a bit on the other side of the jump.
December 30 2012 09:00AM
We're now in the thick of the holiday season and there's no NHL hockey, but there's still lots to talk about. The league made a new CBA offer this week, the World Juniors and Spengler Cup are on, and the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to butcher the handling of their top young players.