Tom Sestito and the Enforcer Market

Thomas Drance
June 13 2013 01:51PM

Nearly a month ago, Tom Sestito broke the news about his having signed a new two-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Twitter. The restless denizens of Canuckistan were mostly unmoved by the news, while we reacted with a brief, subdued shrug.

In describing why the team decided to sign Tom Sestito - a player who was only months removed from being waiver fodder -to a one-way deal worth 1.5 million, Canucks Assistant General Manager Laurence Gilman told the Vancouver Sun that “Players like Tom Sestito are a commodity, they really are." 

You can debate the utility of pure enforcers in the modern game, and I tend to think a club is better off employing a twelfth or thirteenth forward who can kill penalties, bring speed and possesses hockey ability. But Laurence Gilman's assessment of Sestito's value has proven to be astute. Read past the jump.

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Plugging the Holes: Looking at Line Two

Jeff Angus
June 13 2013 10:20AM

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Assuming the Canucks go with the status quo for next season (relatively speaking, there will be some inevitable change to the roster), what holes do they need to fill?

Today, we will take a look at some options for the second line wing spot next to David Booth* and Ryan Kesler**.

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Nation Network 2013 Mock Draft: Day 2

Jonathan Willis
June 13 2013 10:14AM

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Yesterday we asked readers network-wide to vote their choices for the first 10 slots in this year’s entry draft. The results are in; which teams landed which players?

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"I'm gonna go with f*ck myself" -- Graphic Guide to the SC Final

Graphic Comments
June 12 2013 03:48PM

I'm gonna go with f*ck myself

That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it?

Seriously, is there a worse possible match-up out there, if you're a Canucks fan? If there is, I'm at a loss. Of course, as a Canucks fan, that's my natural state of being.

Well, now I think about it, Leafs/Oilers would seriously suck. As would Leafs/Flam...hahahahaha. Sorry, couldn't keep a straight face for that one.

Anyway, back to the Bobby Orr Series? er, Phil Esposito Series?...hmmm, just what are we going to call this series anyway?

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Coaching Candidate Profile: John Tortorella

Cam Charron
June 12 2013 01:51PM

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He was a surprise late entry to the group, but John Tortorella brings what fans and media in this town have wanted for so long. He's a brash personality that holds players accountable. He has Stanley Cup experience. He has a grizzled, no-nonsense attitude and he doesn't speak French. Clearly, everything fits.

You got the sense in the Eastern Conference this year that the New York Rangers, Torts' old team, weren't really into it. After the big offseason acquisition of Rick Nash, the Rangers stumbled out of the gate, kept stumbling through midseason, stumbled into the playoffs and tripped over their own sticks in a seven-game playoff win over the Washington Capitals. Their only post-first round victory came thanks to Tuukka Rask stumbling all over himself and letting in the reelist blooper you'll ever see.

So the Rangers weren't good last season. The Rangers have banked on their goaltender and their goaltender alone for two straight playoff runs, winning three rounds in two seasons, but that ultimately resulted in John Tortorella getting fired... Read past the jump for more.

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