The Profile Of A Top-30 Scorer, Pre- And Post-Lockout

Jonathan Willis
August 04 2010 07:23AM

LAS VEGAS - JUNE 23: Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Awards at the Palms Casino Resort on June 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

As a guy who spends a lot of his time watching and writing about hockey, I also read a lot of hockey publications. And suffice to say that if I had a nickel for every time I read how the “New NHL” encourages speed and “opens up the game” for skill players, allowing small players who otherwise would never have had a chance at the big leagues to get a taste of it, then I’d have a lot of nickels to throw at the guys who do the write-ups for THN draft previews.

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Raymond Signs... The First Domino Falls

Cam Davie
July 26 2010 10:15AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates his goal in front of Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in game three of the Western Conference Semi-final at Staples Center on April 19, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Canucks fans have two more years to watch Raymond pot some beauties.

The Vancouver Canucks avoided an arbitration hearing, signing an 11th hour deal with Mason Raymond for 2 years at an average of $2.55 million. With Raymond back in the fold and the top 6 forwards locked, Mike Gillis and the Canucks will now turn their attention to dealing with their cap situation and their blue line.

So what's the next move?

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Salo Out... NOW What?

Cam Davie
July 25 2010 02:02PM

CHICAGO - MAY 09: A trainer attends to Sami Salo #6 of the Vancouver Canucks at the end of the first period after Salo suffered an injury against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on May 9, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Canucks defeated the Blackhawks 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Oh, Sami. Why are you so broken?

We learned late this week that oft-injured defenseman and longtime Canuck Sami Salo ruptured his Achilles tendon in his native Finland.

Not that we should be surprised given Salo's history, but does this change the Canucks' plans to help with their salary cap concerns?

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The Trouble With Jannik

Cam Davie
July 23 2010 10:40AM

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 03:  Jannik Hansen #36 of the Vancouver Canucks skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 3, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Canucks defeated the Flyers 3-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Where, oh where will Jannik end up? 3rd line? 4th line? Manitoba? Elsewhere?

After a salary arbitration hearing, Jannik Hansen was awarded a one-year, one-way contract at $825,000. That's great news for a gritty player that has certainly paid his dues with the Canucks.

But there's a problem...

Can the Vancouver Canucks justify keeping a player who will likely play the fourth line and limited minutes at over $800K? That's the trouble with Jannik.

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Let's Find a Dance Partner

Cam Davie
July 15 2010 01:52PM

"So Danny. Where do you think I'll end up in October?"

After a recent appearance on TSN's "Off The Record", it seems even Kevin Bieksa knows the writing is on the wall, and he's probably on his way out of town.

What are some of his possible destinations? Let's look at the top 5 teams with defensive needs who could be a willing dance partner with the Canucks.

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