September 28 2012 02:34PM
I have a fun little challenge for you - try discussing the Vancouver Canucks with someone, without the conversation eventually shifting over to the team's goaltending situation. You can't. It's by no fault of your own. It's the juiciest topic surrounding the team.
The Canucks currently have $9.33 million in cap space invested between the pipes, which puts them at the top of the league (technically the Bruins have $9.375 million devoted, but Tim Thomas' days as a Bruin are over). Sure, it's great having the best tandem in the league. But at that price it's more a case of poor asset management than anything else.
You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes - or even David Caruso for that matter - to figure out that it's not a matter of if, but rather when a deal is made. It's the one last trump card Mike Gillis has in his hand. The specifics of how he chooses to play it make all the difference in the world. And that's why people will continue to talk about it, until it's resolved.
With that in mind, I decided it was time to pick the great mind of Justin Goldman, from The Goalie Guild, in an attempt to make sense of the situation and get some answers. It turns out that he's familiar with the goaltending position.
Click Past the Jump to Read the Discussion.
September 28 2012 10:09AM
Michael Buble is not the first celebrity to feature prominently in the Canucks organization.
(Photo courtesy chfi.com)
It is hardly a secret that the Vancouver Canucks have had a dismal draft history. It is a source of constant head-scratching, foot stomping and table flipping among Canucks fans old and new. Here are a few names to cause your heart to shrivel and shrink just a little: Patrick White. Jason Herter. Libor Polasek. Mike Wilson. Brad Ference. The list goes ON and ON.
However, the Canucks have a less publicized, yet surprisingly impressive history of drafting "celebrities", dating all the way back to their first year in the NHL.
Do you care to hazard some guesses as to which famous members of film, music, TV and sport have been selected by the Vancouver Canucks? Read on past the jump!
September 28 2012 07:03AM
With the NHL and NHLPA at odds again for the 2nd time in eight years many hockey people and fans have expressed their concern over the new CHLPA. Who is the CHLPA? What are their plans? The CHLPA has taken a beating for the past month. Some of the backlash was deserved due to their inexperience at PR, but most of it was unwarranted and came from the mouths of people who fear change.
I read a few stories claiming the CHLPA was looking for massive increases in CHL player's weekly salaries. Understandably that didn't sit well with most fans and people connected to CHL teams. Last weekend I ran into the Executive Director of the CHLPA, Georges Laraque at the Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer event. I asked him about the CHLPA and he said that today (last Saturday) was about charity, but he agreed to come on my show on Tuesday to discuss the CHLPA.
September 27 2012 03:39PM
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September 27 2012 01:25PM
Petbugs on why Cloutier is a fine choice as the Canucks' newest goaltending consultant.
On Tuesday morning, the @News1130Sports Twitter feed dropped a little nugget of Canucks related information that set off a wave of cursing, recriminations and beach ball jokes among Canucks fans:
Cloutier has been hired by the Canucks but still waiting for official title.— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) September 25, 2012
Granted, Dan Cloutier was a below average goaltender in his career and for the Canucks, but he's far from the worst starting goaltender the team has ever employed. You wouldn't know that, however, from his reputation. From the epic Lidstrom flub, to that blown series and game 7 lead against the Minnesota Wild in the playoffs that one time; there are too many tough moments that overshadow Cloutier's string of 30 win seasons playing behind one of the most entertaining and offensively gifted clubs in team history. It's not fair, but that's life for a professional hockey goalie.
Read on past the jump for media reactions to the Cloutier hire.