Player Profiles - Mikael Samuelsson

Cam Davie
September 02 2010 10:15AM

DENVER - OCTOBER 03:  Mikael Samuelsson #26 of the Vancouver Canucks controls the puck against the Colorado Avalanche during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on October 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Canucks 3-0.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)


We continue our series where Canucks Army will profile various players of interest leading up to the new season.

While he was never ever able to really break out and get consistent minutes with the Detroit Red Wings, given their glut of talent on the top 2 lines, Samuelsson had a break-out season with the Vancouver Canucks, as the team's second-highest goal scorer. One of the main reasons why GM Mike Gillis was keen on bringing Samuelsson to Vancouver was his playoff experience. That move paid off in spades, as Samuelsson was the Canucks' leading scorer in the playoffs last year with 15 points in 12 games.

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Luongo Contract to Be Voided (Maybe...)

Kent Wilson
September 01 2010 11:29PM

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo lays on the ice after hitting the back of his head on the goal post during Game 6 of their NHL Western Conference semi-final hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Vancouver, British Columbia May 11, 2010. REUTERS/Lyle Stafford (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

 

According to a bombshell of a report by Larry Brooks, Roberto Luongo's contract may be one the NHL is taking aim at in the wake of the ongoing Ilya Kovalchuk fiasco. Brooks claims the league has offered the players union an ultimatum, consisting of two choices:

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Player Profiles - Mason Raymond

Kent Wilson
September 01 2010 09:43AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks has the puck knocked away from behind by Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at the Staples Center on April 1, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

 

This is the first post in a series where Canucks Army will profile various players of interest leading up to the new season.

Perhaps lost in the shuffle this offseason was the retention of break-out youngster Mason Raymond. His 53 points represented a 30 point jump over his previous season. His emergence as a legitimate top 6 presence is a major coup for the organization and is another example of the Canucks developing quality players internally.

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A Closer Look at Raffi Torres

Kent Wilson
August 31 2010 09:58AM

BOSTON - APRIL 19: Raffi Torres #17 and Henrik Tallinder #10 of the Buffalo Sabres react after Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins scored the game winner in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 19, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Sabres 2-1. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

 

(Kent is a Flames fan/Flames Nation contributor and therefore a card-carrying member of the "Canucks Haters" club. He's also learned to shelve his disdain for Vancouver the last few years, instead replacing it with grudging respect. He'll be chipping in around here now and then)

The newest Canuck had quite the season of extremes last year. Cam Davies did a good job teeing up the Raffi Torres signing below, but the details of the player bear further examination.

A 19 goal scorer last year and a two-time 20 goal getter, Torres came pretty cheap this summer at $1M. The causes are two-fold: a stagnant buyers market in the UFA pool and a rotten run of results for Torres in Buffalo after he was acquired at the trade deadline. The first issue is just an ugly fact of life for any UFA who happens to be left of the inital frenzy in July.

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Canucks Ink Torres

Cam Davie
August 25 2010 09:36AM

PHILADELPHIA - JANUARY 19: Raffi Torres #14 of the Columbus Blue Jackets stretches prior to his game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center on January 19, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Torres heads west to join the Canucks

As reported by Rogers Sportsnet last night, the Vancouver Canucks signed LW Raffi Torres to a one-year, $1m deal. Torres, a noted Canuck killer throughout his career, brings much needed grit and added scoring depth to the bottom six of the offensive roster.

That is assuming he stays healthy and actually plays with some consistency.

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