Nation Radio - June 30, 2012

July 02 2012 09:39AM

'Twas the night before a frenzy and all through the league, every pundit was prepping for long weekend fatigue...

The big day turned out to be rather uneventful, with only a few notable names finding homes. That said, it was a good weekend for the Edmonton Oilers - they won the Schultz sweepstakes and retained the still very effective Ryan Smyth on an extremely reasonable deal. Those additions and others across the Nation were set-up and discussed yesterday by LT and a wide range of guests, including Terry Jones, Tom Lynn and Bruce McCurdy.

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Canucks Re-Up Andrew Ebbett on a one year, two-way deal

Thomas Drance
July 02 2012 09:36AM

After allowing Vernon born forward Andrew Ebbett to hit the open market yesterday, today Mike Gillis and the Canucks reeled the journeyman back in with a one year, two-way contract worth 600k in the show, and 300k in the American Hockey League. As per Darren Dreger:

Andrew Ebbett is a depth forward, but he's a particular type of depth forward in that he can legitimately handle a top-six role over the short-term. While he's not a world beater, or a point-per game player in your top-six, he can help your second line outshoot their opponents and be reasonably productive in that spot. Last season he contributed five goals in eighteen games (something of a mirage, seeing as how he shot 18.5%) but in 2008/09 he played 48 games on Anaheim's second line (mostly with Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne) and chipped in 32 points. 

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Jason Garrison: A Canuck Defenseman After All

Thomas Drance
July 01 2012 06:20PM

Despite reports from earlier in the day that the Canucks had been "priced out" of the Jason Garrison bidding, it appears that the Mike Gillis has landed the highly coveted former Panther. Jason Garrison, a native of White Rock British Columbia, will help satisfy both the team's need for a top-four defenseman, and placate those among us who possess raging Sea-to-Sky boners for any B.C. born defenseman. Here's the official media release from

Not only did Mike Gillis get one of the best defenseman on the market under contract, but he also managed to do so with a perfectly reasonable cap-hit, as per Darren Dreger:

The contract is worth 27.6 million over the next 6 seasons, for an average hit of 4.6 million. Consider that Sami Salo, who is 38 years old, scored 9 fewer goals than Garrison did last season, and has a medical record the length of the Nile will carry a cap-hit only 850k below Garrison's that's a big win for Mike Gillis. Or consider that Dennis Wideman will make well over 500k more than Garrison next season. Hilarious.

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Sami Salo Signs with Tampa

Thomas Drance
July 01 2012 03:55PM

Gillis' inaction today bothered Canucks fans, who are quick to point out that, while the team has most of its high-end core locked up, the roster only managed to win one postseason game this Spring and is clearly in need of augmentation and improvement. To rub salt in the wound, the team lost out on Unrestricted Free-Agent defenseman Sami Salo, who has signed a two year deal worth 7.5 million dollars with the Tampa Bay Lightning:

Sami Salo is a battler, and a very intelligent defenseman. He once took a Duncan Keith slap-shot in the balls during a playoff game, was taken to hospital, and returned to play in the very next game. Beyond that, Salo was a Canuck for 9 seasons and was a classy, low-key guy who led in the room, and carried himself well both on and off the ice. For his tenacity in always battling back from a myriad of injuries, for his loyalty to the organization, and for his persona in the community - he was beloved by the Canucks fan-base.

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Canucks Reportedly "Priced Out" on Jason Garrison

Jeff Angus
July 01 2012 02:01PM

According to the NHL Network, by way of Erin Brown (aka @Rinkside), a credentialed reporter who covers the Florida Panthers, the Canucks were priced out of the Jason Garrison sweepstakes. Not a huge shocker, as Garrison is looking to cash in on an impressive offensive season (16 goals, third among all NHL defensemen in 2011-12 behind only Shea Weber and Erik Karlsson). The crazy part is that they were priced out at a ridiculous $6.5 million.

Update: Jason Garrison is a Canucks Defenseman After All.

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