The Northwest Beefs Up

Jeff Angus
July 01 2012 11:56AM

The Northwest Division is beefing up. The Avalanche have apparently signed forward/defenseman/goon Matt Carkner (Update: Matt Carnker will in fact sign in the Eastern Conference with the New York Islander) and the Wild have signed faceoff specialist/goon Zenon Konopka. The West is beefing up as a whole too, as the Sharks gave 4 years and nearly 8 million to Adam Burish...

Do the Canucks need to react to these moves? Should they? Popular opinion seems to indicate they should, as Vancouver’s current toughness consists of Dale Weise, Max Lapierre, Zack Kassian, and Kevin Bieksa.

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Strombabble: Florida Re-Signs Clemmensen

Thomas Drance
July 01 2012 11:02AM

One of the first signings of the day concerned the Panthers, a team that has long been rumoured as a likely - and preferred - destination for Roberto Luongo. Moreover it concerned a goaltender, Scott Clemmensen, which means that the Panters now have three capable NHL goalies under contract in Clemmensen, Theodore and Markstrom. Are the Canucks out of luck, and down a potential Luongo dance partner as a result of this trade?

Click past the jump for more.

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Nations UFA Frenzy Live Chat

Kent Wilson
July 01 2012 09:47AM

Join us at 12pm MST (10am EST) to criticize, mock or applaude all the big additions and/or mistakes NHL GM's will make today.

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Justin Schultz Snubs the Canucks

Thomas Drance
June 30 2012 01:10PM


After months of speculation, a week of pitches and meetings, and a breathless afternoon, in which, Schultz and his agents called teams who'd been on his shortlist one by one to let them know he wouldn't be signing with them - Justin Schultz has decided to sign with Edmonton, rather than the Canucks, reportedly his favorite team growing up.

It's not a big surprise, the Canucks are deep on the blue-line and were likely unwilling to guarantee him either ice-time or a roster spot. Schultz's signing would've been a coup and a game-changer for Vancouver's prospect pool. As Corey Pronman explains:

Oh well, at least the Canucks still have Chris Tanev - who is definitely NHL-ready, and is a possession demon!

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July 1st Preview: Inventory, History and UFA Targets

Thomas Drance
June 30 2012 11:36AM

On Sunday at noon EST (9 am PST), unrestricted free agents will be free to talk to teams, and sign with them. This years free agent class has been described as one of the thinnest in history, and beyond the "big name" players like Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the lack of quality if evident. 

After Suter, the most highly regarded defenseman is probably Jason Garrison - he of two and a half seasons of NHL experience, and 34 points last year. Matt Carle will also be pursued heavily, and while he's an advanced stat darling, he's constantly grated on Philadelphia Flyers fans as a result of his penchant for turning the puck over. At forward, beyond Parise, the most heavily sought after guys will likely be either Shane Doan, who is old and has a penchant for cheap shots, or the younger P.A Parentheau - who is only a few seasons removed from being waiver fodder. Up the middle, the top available name is Olli Jokinen, and in goal, the best available free-agent is likely to be Martin Brodeur, who is ancient and struggled mightily this past season and then put together some solid performances in the playoffs. Yikes.

A shallow pool has been even further gutted over the past several days, as many of the tier-two free agents who were due to the hit the market, ultimately re-signed with their current teams. It's going to be slim picking on the open market this year, and teams looking to significantly improve their roster simply won't have as many options as they've had in previous years. Not that, that will stop teams from throwing mind-blowing amounts of money and term around in an effort to land those few difference makers who are available.

Let's look at what the Canucks "need" to find on the market, what free-agents the team should target, and take a quick glance at Gillis' history on July 1st in the past. Click past the jump!

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