July 06 2013 11:23AM
The Vancouver Canucks have made another depth signing this morning, inking centreman Mike Santorelli to a deal with terms that are undisclosed at the moment. The signing was first reported by 1130 Sports, I believe. At least, they were first in my timeline:
#Canucks have announced the signing of depth forward Mike Santorelli— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) July 6, 2013
The Province has a story up and the Canucks have confirmed the signing via their website.
July 05 2013 05:18PM
On the first day of free-agency a year ago the Canucks signed Jason Garrison in the early evening. So it's still possible that more moves are forthcoming from Griffiths Way (and we don't mean moves of the Jeremie Blain variety). But regardless, the opening "frenzy" period of free-agency is drawing to a close and I feel comfortable recapping the action from a Canucks perspective.
The Canucks mostly stood pat, as everyone and their grandmother's milkman expected, laying down a couple of bunts and adding Yannick Weber and Brad Richardson in free-agency. Mike Gillis said he was looking for "specific things" in terms of depth players in free-agency, and we'd imagine Weber's right-handed cannon for the power-play and Richardson's status as a live body that plays centre fit the bill. In total Mike Gillis and the Canucks added two players for a grand total of three million over two years, adding only 1.8M in committed salary cap-space for next season. Yey austerity!
Meanwhile there were no extensions for Dale Weise, or Chris Tanev, or Jordan Schroeder were announced, though on the bright side at least Chris Tanev wasn't inked to a predatory offer sheet. The biggest news, however, was out of Las Vegas where Roberto Luongo still hasn't commented publicly on his "still in
purgatory Vancouver" status, and has yet to confirm that he'll even report to training camp. At this point Luongo's silence speaks volumes, and is by far the bigger story than the signing of depth players like Richardson and Weber.
Read past the jump.
July 05 2013 03:00PM
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The Canucks have come to terms with former Los Angeles Kings depth forward Brad Richardson. Per Bob McKenzie the pact will see the welter-weight grinder paid 2.3 million over two seasons:
Brad Richardson's AAV in VAN is $1.15M on a 2 year deal.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013
Brad Richardson isn't exactly an "impact player", nor is he credible Kesler insurance. But there's a lot to like about this signing. We'll recap after the jump.
July 05 2013 01:50PM
Yannick Weber signs 1 way deal/ Vancouver 650K #TSN— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) July 5, 2013
On Friday the Canucks dipped a toe into free-agency, at long last, signing Swiss defenceman Yannick Weber to a one year, one-way deal worth 650k next season.
Yannick Weber will turn twenty-five in late September, and he went unqualified after battling injuries and falling out of favour in Montreal this past season. More analysis, but not that much more, after the jump.
July 05 2013 01:30PM
Craig Adams is among the UFA depth centers that the Vancouver Canucks have kicked the tires on— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 5, 2013
The last time Mike Gillis' Canucks were this quiet on "free agent frenzy" day, they at least inked Marco Sturm. Or before that, probably leaked the details of a massive offer to Mats Sundin.
There's a glimmer of Canucks news light from Pierre LeBrun, a reporter who has proven to be as plugged in with Canucks management as anybody over the past ten days. Reportedly the Canucks have "kicked the tires" on Penguins forward Craig Adams among other "UFA depth centres."
Read past the jump.