June 17 2014 12:00PM
The first sentence of Kasperi Kapanen's Wikipedia entry is "Kasperi Kapanen is a Finnish ice hockey player." Generally, that's enough to make me actually want a player. I don't think the Canucks have ever played a Finnish player that I disliked, from Jyrki Lumme and Esa Tikkanen in the 1990s to Jarkko Ruutu and Sami Salo in the 2000s.
June 17 2014 11:02AM
It was just yesterday morning, hours after the window for the last wave of compliance buyouts opened up, that we ran a post highlighting the 4 most conceivable ways in which the Vancouver Canucks would choose to utilize this asset that they had in their back pocket until June 30th.
We didn't have to wait long to find out the answer, as news broke this morning that David Booth - the candidate that led that aforementioned post as the most likely option - has been placed on unconditional waivers.
His turbulent time in Vancouver is officially up, so let's say farewell.
June 16 2014 03:00PM
It's tough to preview an offseason, or gauge the likelihood of certain moves, when the new faces of Vancouver Canucks hockey operations - particularly new general manager Jim Benning and new president Trevor Linden - have shallow track records as top NHL decision makers. Linden has already proven himself an effective salesman and alliance builder in his new job, but he's never worked in an NHL front office (or any hockey front office for that matter). We've seen Benning give advice in documentary snippets from hockey operations meetings, but this is his first go as an NHL general manager.
Though Linden and Benning have given a myriad of interviews since taking over, we know little about their plans or preferences. Come to think of it, I don't think anyone even has a good sense even of how the dynamic duo's internal decision making process is going to work.
There's one major data point available to us, however, and it speaks volumes. It's the way that Ryan Kesler saga has, to this point, unfolded.
June 16 2014 01:58PM
The Rangers deploying advanced systems tactics
Welcome to this week's version of the Journal of Hockey Analytics. The final game of hockey for the 2013-14 season has been played, which means that all of your favourite bloggers and writers will now be turning their attention towards the future; the draft, free agency, and trades.
So for your slow Monday at work, continue past the jump for analysis of draft picks, and lots of cool little nuggets regarding neutral zone data and luck!
June 16 2014 10:57AM
Now that the unspoken gentleman's agreement between the other 28 teams waiting for the two still competing for the Stanley Cup is over with, things should start picking up in the hockey world. The first order of business will be a medley of compliance buyouts across the league, as the final window to do so opened itself back up last night and will remain open all the way through to June 30th.
Our buddy Thomas Drance has gone ahead and compiled a list of "things you need to know" regarding the compliance buyouts, in case you need to brush up on them. They're handy because of the nice touch-up they can do on one's salary cap, wiping the slate clean and essentially handing a team a do-over of sorts.
After buying out underachieving defenseman Keith Ballard last summer, the Vancouver Canucks have just one of these "weapons in the arsenal of the collective bargaining agreement" remaining.
On Vancouver's books at the moment is one likely and two possible buyout targets. Let's evaluate the possibilities, downsides, and potential benefits of buying out each contract.