July 09 2013 12:02PM
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The dog days of summer won’t set in for a few more weeks, but the craziness of the past few weeks (heck, since January) has finally started to slow down. We will be rolling out a lot of prospect content in the coming weeks, too. The Canucks have had a pretty bare prospect cupboard since… ever, but thanks to the Cory Schneider trade and a highly-touted prospect falling into their lap, the future looks a bit brighter.
But how about the present? Let's take a look at some potential line combinations for opening night.
July 09 2013 11:24AM
We rarely do housekeeping posts at CanucksArmy. We generally prefer for this blog to remain uncluttered and pure with only unfiltered, opinionated, numbers based takes on all things Canucks hockey. But we'll make an exception today, becasue we're reshuffling the decks somewhat and are looking for new talent.
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July 07 2013 04:09PM
Look, I understand. You watched that free agency feeding frenzy Friday and think the Canucks missed out yet again. Well take a deep breath and relax. For the most part it was all just empty calories. Rather than adding to their strength, much of what happened in the first day of free agency was teams gorging themselves on bloated contracts.
Yes, there were a handful of solid deals made on Friday, but the vast majority involved teams paying for past, as opposed to future, performance.
So, I for one, am glad Gillis had his hands tied by being right up against the cap.
July 06 2013 11:23AM
The Vancouver Canucks have made another depth signing this morning, inking centreman Mike Santorelli to a deal with terms that are undisclosed at the moment. The signing was first reported by 1130 Sports, I believe. At least, they were first in my timeline:
#Canucks have announced the signing of depth forward Mike Santorelli— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) July 6, 2013
The Province has a story up and the Canucks have confirmed the signing via their website.
July 05 2013 05:18PM
On the first day of free-agency a year ago the Canucks signed Jason Garrison in the early evening. So it's still possible that more moves are forthcoming from Griffiths Way (and we don't mean moves of the Jeremie Blain variety). But regardless, the opening "frenzy" period of free-agency is drawing to a close and I feel comfortable recapping the action from a Canucks perspective.
The Canucks mostly stood pat, as everyone and their grandmother's milkman expected, laying down a couple of bunts and adding Yannick Weber and Brad Richardson in free-agency. Mike Gillis said he was looking for "specific things" in terms of depth players in free-agency, and we'd imagine Weber's right-handed cannon for the power-play and Richardson's status as a live body that plays centre fit the bill. In total Mike Gillis and the Canucks added two players for a grand total of three million over two years, adding only 1.8M in committed salary cap-space for next season. Yey austerity!
Meanwhile there were no extensions for Dale Weise, or Chris Tanev, or Jordan Schroeder were announced, though on the bright side at least Chris Tanev wasn't inked to a predatory offer sheet. The biggest news, however, was out of Las Vegas where Roberto Luongo still hasn't commented publicly on his "still in
purgatory Vancouver" status, and has yet to confirm that he'll even report to training camp. At this point Luongo's silence speaks volumes, and is by far the bigger story than the signing of depth players like Richardson and Weber.
Read past the jump.