August 16 2011 03:13PM
There may not be a player in hockey whose positive on-ice performance is painted in such a negative due to his contract than Scott Gomez. Gomez is going to be 32 in December and makes a staggeringly Sather-esque $7.4M a season to be a serviceable two-way forward for the Montreal Canadiens. He scored just seven goals with 38 points this past season and was a minus-15. Yikes.
August 16 2011 02:07PM
Jean-Francois Chaumont of Radio-Canada.ca caught up with Roberto Luongo at the goaltender's celebrity golf-tournament in Anjou recently. The original French version of the article can be found here.
The piece contains some interesting insights into how the goaltender is coping with the Canucks close-but-no-cigar run to the Stanley Cup Finals this summer. Luongo japes that - because he lives in Florida in the summer - he's somewhat immune to much of the flack he's been taking in the Canadian Press. The most interesting part to me, however, is his admission that he got "caught up in the moment" after game five, and that he regrets criticizing Tim Thomas' goaltending style on Maxim Lapierre's game-winner in the fifth game.
August 16 2011 01:33PM
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August 16 2011 10:12AM
Adam Polasek scored 20 goals in 2 seasons with PEI. And he scored an entry-level contract in April.
But is he NHL material?
(Photo courtesy PEI Rocket/QMJHL)
Adam Polasek is a big, physical defenseman who put up some impressive-looking numbers in the QMJHL.
In fact, he did enough to impress the Canucks brass to earn himself a three-year, entry-level contract, signed this past April.
But is Adam Polasek big enough and physical enough to be an NHL defenseman?
August 15 2011 07:42PM
James Mirtle tweeted the news this evening that Rick Rypien was found dead in his Alberta home today. The cause of death is not yet known, but we'll update this post as we get more information.
In his time with the Canucks, Rick Rypien was the definition of a warrior, and one of the best technical fighters I've ever seen on hockey-skates. His ability to fight larger guys (Rypien was a shade under 6 feet), and not just hold his own - but often win - won him a special place in the hearts of Vancouver Canucks fans.