November 01 2013 01:10PM
Image via @VanCanucks
After weeks of speculation, on Friday morning the Vancouver Canucks locked up Daniel and Henrik Sedin to twin four-year contracts. The pair were scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in July, but the latest deal will keep the Canucks' top two scorers in franchise history through their 37-year-old seasons.
Terms of the deal were came out almost immediately after the deal itself. The twins will again make identical dollar amounts: $28-million over the four years for a $7-million average annual salary cap hit. While the contracts aren't of the length that make you think this is the last NHL contract the two will ever sign, it will probably be a cap-friendly deal, owing to the fact it's relatively short compared to other UFA deals for high-priced talent, and the salary cap is expected to increase.
October 31 2013 06:52PM
Well, although the Canucks' uniforms have certainly improved since then, I don't think I can say the same for Halloween costumes in general.
When did every womens' costume get the "sexy" adjective appended to it anyway? Sheesh.
I'll give the Canucks credit for one more thing, though. Not only does their ice cleaning crew at least have a few males on it, they don't make the female members of the ice crew wear the revealing outfits that most of the other teams do. I found the Avalanche ice crew outfits to be especially distasteful when I watched a pre-season game in Denver back in September.
But anyway, enough with the rant. Let's get on with this Halloween grab bag of graphic comments...
October 31 2013 12:40PM
In his post-game presser, John Tortorella answered a question about the powerplay the same way I might have:
"Yeah, it could have helped us tonight. It wasn't good tonight. Other night's it's been good, but tonight it wasn't good."
It may have drawn a bit of surprise from some commentators. Canucks powerplay… good? But they're clicking at just 9.3% on the season! They were 0-for-3 against Detroit and have scored just 4 powerplay goals on the season. That doesn't seem particularly good. The problem is that "good" too often conflates with "results" in the narrow minds of broadcasters and fans that focus all too often on what happens in a small sample. Leading up to the game, Tortorella made some points about the shots and chances the Canucks have been getting with the man advantage. He says some interesting things and it's worth a read.
October 31 2013 10:15AM
Courtesy of @EverettStalker
Happy Halloween and welcome to this weeks Canucks Prospect Report. It was a good week for many Canuck prospects as many goals were scored, points were acquired, lots of transactions and people returning from injuries. As always, follow me @nuckprospects for the latest in prospect news and feed free to send me any feedback on anything prospect related you wish me to cover.
October 31 2013 12:32AM
The Canucks brief win streak came to a halt Wednesday night against Detroit, thanks in part to a weak-looking goal by Tomas Tatar that held up as the winner, but mostly because of a fairly tepid offensive performance from everybody. Generally, the Western Conference has dominated the Eastern Conference this season, but the Red Wings, who are really a Western team in disguise, had their way defensively with Vancouver, and it was like they never really left.
Despite a late third period burst, the Canucks never really mounted anything offensively and their top line lost their matchup quite heavily to Pavel Datsyuk & Co. Still, the Canucks had a late chance with a powerplay, but ultimately wound up on the wrong side of a 2-1 game. The Canucks record is not properly reflected in their play, and they've so far won a disproportionate number of one-goal games. After Wednesday's loss, the team is now 7-1-1 in games decided by a single goal.
Live by the one-goal game, die by the one-goal game.