August 29 2012 08:11AM
We are both in this post! We made it!
According to all the information leaked about the NHL's proposal last night, the revised salary cap would be at about $58M. If there's room to negotiate, that number will eventually become higher, but the Canucks have the third highest amount of money committed, salary cap-wise, to players for the allegedy 2012-2013 hockey season, and will need to slash some of that to be able to play.
I thought it would be fun to look at Canuck contracts and locate the worst ones and the best ones. Which contracts, for instance, are the product of careful thinking by a strong management team that adheres to the principles laid out by Michael Lewis in Moneyball, and which were the reckless products of greed that helped inflate player salaries and nearly guaranteed that the season won't start at its scheduled time?
August 29 2012 07:47AM
Can the Canucks go back-to-back-to-back? (And then get eliminated in the first round again?)
Partly because they play in such a thoroughly woeful division, the Canucks managed to repeat as President's Trophy winners last season. But their first round playoff exit, in five games at the hands of the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, marred the 2011-12 campaign as a "failure."
Being at the absolute top of the table is a testament to the quality and consistency of the roster, but regular season dominance simply isn't the goal for this club, or their management team.
August 28 2012 06:28PM
Today's CBA meetings in New York produced some short-lived optimism after it was reported that the NHL owners had presented a counter proposal to the NHL Players' Association.
Turns out it was just a misunderstanding. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman brought the wrong file to the meetings and accidentally presented Donald Fehr with the quotes for his kitchen reno. Or maybe it wasn't an accident, and Bettman just wanted to rub it in that he pulled in $8 million last year and is spending it on gold plated cabinet pulls...
Either way, it didn't make for very productive meetings.
August 28 2012 01:18PM
While NHL fans do a slow burn and the league's player prepare for a season that may never come, the owners and Bettman appear to be enjoying another season of good times on Boardwalk, Park Place and Pennsylvania avenues. Allan Mitchell tackles the issues with some heavy hitters.
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August 28 2012 09:57AM
Throughout the summer, I have been fortunate enough to talk to some exceptionally bright, and insightful Canucks prospects. First, it was Sudbury Wolves defenseman Frankie Corrado. Then, it was Chicago Wolves forward Billy Sweatt.
Now, I present to you the chat I had with goaltending prospect Eddie Lack. Lack was 4th in the entire AHL in save percentage this past season (.925 save%), and wound up submitting his second consecutive stellar season overall. Most scouts will tell you that he is ready for the next level, and could be ready to work a backup goaltender's workload in the NHL.
Other than his outstanding on-ice performance, though, why did I specifically want to chat with Eddie Lack? As people that have seen his activity on YouTube and Twitter know, he is as good at cracking jokes as he is at stopping pucks. Heck, his Twitter bio says "I love chirping my teammates." That's something I can get on-board with.
What did he have to say to me? We started off with some actual hockey talk for all of you puck-fiends, and then quickly veered off into nonsense. He didn't let down.
Click Past the Jump For the Chat.