July 12 2012 09:46AM
Kevin Connauton (left) protects the puck during a practice session.
Kevin Connauton is arguably the top defensive prospect in Vancouver’s system. He was profiled back in January, and at the time he was halfway into a very solid season with the Chicago Wolves. His defensive partner, Chris Tanev, had just been recalled to the Canucks. Connauton continued his solid play without Tanev, as the Wolves qualified for the AHL postseason.
July 12 2012 07:25AM
Thought this might be of interest. Mikael Samuelsson recently had an interview with Ronnie Johansson of HockeySvierge.Se. The full interview can be found here, but it is unfortunately in Swedish. We reached out to a Swedish friend of Canucks Army who was happily willing to translate the interview for us.
Samuelsson discusses some of his past issues with the Canucks, including his role, his feelings when he was traded away from the club last season, and finds a way to blame Alex Burrows for the Canucks losing the Stanley Cup Finals to Boston.
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July 11 2012 10:34AM
On Monday, the News1130Sports Twitter feed chatted with Shane Doan's agent Terry Bross, who told the Vancouver radio station that his client has some nagging interest in coming to Vancouver to play hockey, should things continue to combust in Phoenix.
Bross tells CKWX that Doan has held talks with Lawrence Gillman and the #Canucks and they are on his list of desired destinations.— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) July 9, 2012
The News 1130 folks weren't the only folks who chatted with Bross at some point on Monday. Bross started the day speaking with USA Today, dropped in on no less than eleven beat writers, and even ended up on CKNW with Dave Pratt. Bross's performance was a tour de force. Surely he ignited a bidding war, and at the very least he got hockey fans from Montreal to San Jose excited about the prospect of their team adding Shane Doan. Indirectly, that level of fan excitement applies pressure on the league's General Managers to go after his client...
Canucks fans, lustful for a Stanley Cup, are convinced that Doan's camp has eyes only for their team (local connections!), but Doan and Bross are basically holding an auction. Acquiring Doan promises to be costly in fortune and term, risk and opportunity cost - but make no mistake: the Canucks are on the hunt for this particular mythical beast.
Read past the jump.
July 10 2012 06:35PM
Mason Raymond can't catch a break. The shifty Canucks' winger took a significant pay cut to avoid arbitration and re-sign with the team for one year and got nothing but grief from the fanbase in return.
It didn't help that the same fanbase was all agog at the possibility of signing one of the two remaining free agents of any significance, Shane Doan. Canucks' fans, of course, have been wanting a tough, knock 'em down power forward ever since the organization traded away Cam Neely for the ghost of Barry Pedersen.
And what a long list of failures, disappointments and embarrassments that quest has been for the Canucks' fan base. Jim Sandlak. Alek Stojanov. Todd Bertuzzi. Taylor Pyatt. Steve Bernier.
But never ones to let constant failure get in the way, we want the Canucks to try again. And in that light, Mason Raymond just doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Er, I didn't really mean to say it like that. Ok, maybe a little.
July 10 2012 11:26AM
Canucks GM Mike Gillis has been reasonably quiet this off-season,
making safe, reasonable moves. Is it about due for a BOLD decision?
(Photo by Jason Payne , PNG)
It was 29 days ago that the LA Kings won the Stanley Cup on home-ice, and marked the commencement of the 2012 offseason. In the four weeks since, the Canucks have been relatively busy. The team made some curious decisions in terms of who they selected in the NHL draft, and who they've allowed to walk in free-agency. They've become younger too, as General Manager Mike Gillis re-signed Cory Schneider to a reasonable deal, and brought in 27 year old free-agent defenseman Jason Garrison with one of the best value deals of this 2012 "free agent frenzy."
Usually what we've seen already would constitute the "meat" of the offseason for the team. Between now and September there'd be a couple of arbitration decisions remaining, perhaps some minor trades, several PTO offers and that would be that. But this isn't your usual NHL offseason.