August 23 2013 11:55AM
Image via Matthew Henderson
For my debut post on this platform - which came just under a year ago, on August 30th, 2012 to be exact - I was charged with writing a profile on the 2nd ranked prospect in the team's system, even though I hadn't even participated in the rankings process. I had disagreed with how the ranking team had evaluated the system, and in particular the player in question, making the assignment a rather unenviable one for yours truly.
Here's the result of said profile. The handful of Canucks Army writers that had been responsible for setting the rankings had Swedish goaltender Eddie Lack as the team's best prospect behind Zack Kassian heading into this past season, which I thought was a little bit overzealous. I had him somewhere in the 5-to-7 range; but that had more to do with the position he plays - and my philosophy when it comes to valuing goaltenders - and less to do with Lack himself, who is a fine talent.
Suffice it to say that I feel far more comfortable with where we have him in this year's edition of the series. Read on past the jump for more on "The Stork".
August 23 2013 10:21AM
Even with Roberto Luongo's media silence, it's not like the situation between the pipes this summer has been totally drama-free. Luongo fired his agent, but committed to joining Canucks camp in September. As it turns out, Luongo had gone to the NHLPA back in May to see if there was a way out of the remaining $40-million on his contract so he could get a fresh start in another market.
TSN has the exclusive with Luongo later today at 3 p.m., but NHL on TSN host James Duthie has already tweeted out a few choice details:
August 22 2013 03:25PM
As the sun rose on this beautiful late-August Thursday in Vancouver, and we enjoyed our morning coffee, we figured that there were still some serious questions surrounding the current state of the the hometown team's back-end. While there were technically 6 defenseman under contract, the prospect of having two of those guys play regular minutes throughout the entire season surely left even the biggest optimist feeling uneasy.
Just a few hours after news broke that Chris Tanev had accepted a 1-year deal (worth $1.5 million), there are reports that the team has decided to bring back hulking veteran defenseman Andrew Alberts (paying him $600k for 1 season). You can now breathe easy and enjoy this glorious weather with your loved ones, guys and gals.
We'll have some analysis on the deal after the jump.
August 22 2013 11:44AM
Decent money for a 3-year old (Image via ESPN)
As reported by the internet (I don't actually know who had it first, since everyone and their grandmother tweeted it in between times I refreshed my timeline) RFA defenseman Chris Tanev and the Vancouver Canucks have come to terms on a 1-year deal worth $1.5 million, finally ending the stalemate between the two sides.
Read on past the jump for more on Tanev, and his new deal.
August 22 2013 09:42AM
Image via Matthew Henderson
When the Canucks hit the breaks on Jordan Subban's draft day freefall by selecting the diminutive Belleville Bulls blue-liner in the fourth-round of the 2013 NHL entry draft, the general consensus in the industry was that the pick was something of a steal. That's an assessment that I and the other writers at CanucksArmy obviously share considering where Jordan Subban finds himself ranked on our top-20 Canucks prospects list.
The skinny on Subban is that he's an extraordinarily talented puck moving defenceman with a deceptive shot from the point and high-end skating ability. Subban was available in the fourth-round this past June, however, because his projected development carries a well above average degree of risk for a variety of reasons. We'll get into those reasons after the jump.