Thank you, Mike Gillis!

Cam Davie
July 01 2010 10:21PM

 

If today was Christmas, then Santa Claus gave us some pretty kick-ass presents!

July 1st was a very busy for Canucks management. It was probably their busiest day ever, signing available free agents to replace exiting players and fill needs on the lienup exposed throughout last season and the playoffs.

GM Mike Gillis had a game plan, and he executed to a tee.

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Dan's The Man!

James C Edgington
July 01 2010 02:55PM

SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 29: Dan Hamhuis #2 of the Nashville Predators skates prior ot the game against the Florida Panthers on March 29, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Predators defeated the Panthers 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

For the Canucks fans the wait is over as they welcome home B.C. boy Dan Hamhuis, to a reported 6 year deal for $4.5million per year.  Last season he scored 5 goals and 19 assists for the Predators.  The 6ft 1", 203lb, 27 year old was coveted by many teams.

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Christmas Eve

Cam Davie
June 30 2010 08:54AM

What will the Canucks get in their stockings this year? A top 4 D? A 3rd line C?

Trade Deadline day has lost its punch. Under the new CBA, given the way contracts are escalating, it's harder and harder to pull of a blockbuster deal on the last day of trading in the NHL season.

The real blockbusters happen on July 1st - the first day of Free Agency. Otherwise known as Christmas in July.

So what will Canucks fans get for Christmas this year?

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Trade and Draft Redux

Cam Davie
June 28 2010 11:13AM

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 11: Goaltender Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks turns to his right to stop a shot by Keith Ballard #2 of the Florida Panthers on February 11, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Canucks defeated the Panthers 3-0. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Keith Ballard will spend the next 3 years keeping pucks out of Vancouver's net, rather than scoring on them. Oh and Roberto - keep your head up, son.

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft has come and gone now and the Vancouver Canucks made arguably the biggest draft day move in acquiring Keith Ballard from the Florida Panthers.

So what does Canucks Army think of the Canucks' moves over the weekend?

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NW Division Draft Preview

bingofuel
June 25 2010 09:41AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Taylor Hall is interviewed by a member of the media during NHL top prospect media availibilty prior to the start of the 2010 NHL Draft outside Staples Center on June 24, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Written by the Nation Network's Special Correspondent at the Draft, Matt Bugg.

LOS ANGELES - As on the ice, the teams that make up the Northwest Division represents both extremes at the draft table. Clubs who do not pick until the 3rd round will attempt to help their teams as much as those with double-digit picks, while emerging and elite teams will attempt to shore up already envious pipelines of talent as others continue to flounder in draft mediocrity. Any given draft can shape a team's future, but just as important as how the Edmonton Oilers do, it's who the other teams in the Northwest select that will shape the vision of future rivalries.

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