July 07 2011 12:19PM
Alexander Sulzer battles a Czech Forward at the 2010 Winter Olympics
Clearly the Canucks management team decided to go to the office today, and the results have been scintillating. Okay not really, but, as the Canucks have proved time and time again in the franchises generally tragic history - you can never have enough blue-line depth.
July 07 2011 11:15AM
Matt Climie makes a toe-save against the St. Louis Blues in the Spring of 2009. He will backup Eddie Lack in Chicago this upcoming season.
It's the so called "dog-days" of summer, and Canucks news has been dribbling out at a glacial pace this week.
Luckily for those of us desperate for some hockey news - great or small - Mike Gillis made a move this morning, inking goaltender Matt Climie to a contract. Details were not released as of this writing, but here's the media release from Canucks.com.
Matt Climie is a big (6,3) 28 year old Alberta kid who has bounced around in the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes organizations since 2007. In the last four seasons he's appeared in 42 ECHL games, 104 AHL games, and 5 NHL games. With the exception of one NHL start where he got shellacked for 5 goals on 38 shots (in game where the Stars were thoroughly dominated by the 2009-10 Blackhawks) - he's acquitted himself reasonably well at every level. In his lone NHL appearance last season, against the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins, he stopped 15 shots in 32 minutes in a relief effort, allowing a single goal against.
Assuming that Cory Schneider remains with the Canucks to begin next season (a safe assumption, I think), you can pencil in Climie to replace Tyler Weiman in a backup-role with the Chicago Wolves.
July 06 2011 12:49PM
Despite the warmth of summer, and the whole "enjoying having a social life" and enjoying numerous patio parties thing - the offseason can be a dull-time. I know I'm already praying for October to hurry up and arrive. To help bridge the gap - we've launched the "Canucksarmy Podcast" to help keep you entertained!
July 05 2011 10:45AM
The Juice is Loose with the Canucks for five more years!
Who else did the Canucks wrangle for the upcoming season?
(Photo by Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
When your team reaches the Stanley Cup Final and gets within one game of winning, it's pretty hard to rationalize any sweeping changes to your team's roster.
A minor adjustment here... a tweak there... and hulking power forward to play along side Ryan Kesler. You know... the little things.
Well, two out of three ain't bad and we knew the third wasn't going to come easy, fast or cheap.
July 04 2011 03:14PM
The trade that sent Brett Lebda to the Nashville Predators is an intriguing one for two reasons, and the strategy behind the deal for both teams is one that we may see more often as rich teams attempt to maximize their spending money and lesser teams attempt to maximize the value they get from their players.