June 28 2013 09:51AM
Mike Sullivan, Scott Arniel and Glen Gulutzan: three guys who might fill out Vancouver's coaching ranks.
Screencaps via nhl.com
Did you think the official rollout of the John Tortorella hire earlier this week would mark the end of our relentless updates about Vancouver's coaching situation? Well think again, because there's a variety of news as it pertains to the team bringing in some veteran assistance for John Tortorella behind the Canucks bench. So whom might these veteran Assistants be?
We'll round up all of the latest on the other side of the jump.
June 27 2013 04:20PM
Today at Canucks Army we argued that there's no reason to be skeptical about Canucks ownership allowing hockey operations to brandish the "Compliance Buyout" hammer, looked at some WHL prospects whom the Canucks might consider with their first round pick, examined the impact of player size on Mike Gillis's draft strategy and considered the possibility of the team chasing Vincent Lecavalier in free-agency.
For more Canucks news and draft tidbits read on past the jump.
June 27 2013 03:09PM
Image courtesy wikimedia commons.
Surely the most shocking piece of hockey news on Thursday involved Vincent Lecavalier, and the decision of the small market Tampa Bay Lightning to use a compliance buyout to get out from under his contract. The Lecavalier buyout will run the Lightning close to thirty-three million dollars over fourteen seasons according to capgeek.com, an NHL record that surely won't be topped (a Luongo buyout would run the Aquilini Group $27 million).
Over the past three seasons Lecavalier has recorded one-hundred and thirty-five points in one-hundred and sixty-eight games, so he's scored at a .8 points per game rate since his age thirty season. That's pretty impressive even though some of Lecavalier's production appears to be percentage driven of late and he's only an even possession player at this point in his career. Also he'll turn thirty-four by the first playoff round next season. Still, Lecavalier is an enormously productive top-six centreman who measures in at 6,4. Oh, he's also now poised to hit the open market in free-agency this summer.
Needless to say Lecavalier will have plenty of suitors, including the Canucks to hear Pierre LeBrun tell it on the Team 1050 on Thursday. "The Canucks front office has already talked to John Tortorella about this," Lebrun passed along on Thursday, "and they see this as a possible fit if they can get out of cap hell, which they're in now."
Read on past the jump.
June 27 2013 01:59PM
Laurence Gilman and Vancouver's Scouts Meet to Discuss Draft Strategy.
Screencap via Canucks TV
Hey did, you know the NHL has an Entry Draft this weekend? Yup, not joking. On the Sunday morning of a Monday-long weekend, no less. Count teh ratingz, suckas.
Anyway, the draft is always a lot of fun, though generally not as much fun for the Vancouver Canucks, who usually pick pretty low. This year, the Canucks pick 24th overall in each round except for the second, as that pick is owed to the Dallas Stars. It makes this year’s instalment slightly more exciting than last year’s (five picks), 2010’s (five, with none in the first three rounds) and 2008’s (five), though not as enticing as 2011’s (eight picks) or 2009’s (seven).
I highlight those years, of course, because those are the five drafts that have taken place under the rule of General Manager Mike Gillis. Drance did a nice job breaking down Gillis’ draft history by league earlier this week, and I’m here to follow up on Lord of the Drance’s 2012 piece on Gillis’ preferences by player size.
But first, some background on why people tend to discuss the size of players in the NHL, specifically at draft time.
June 27 2013 09:08AM
The Canucks have seemingly made a habit of avoiding picking players from the WHL at the NHL Draft in recent years, especially with high draft picks (Taylor Ellington notwithstanding). Year after year this fact is lamented by fans who watch hometown kids develop into NHL studs like Milan Lucic and Brendan Gallagher.
The Canucks will be re-emphasizing the WHL at the draft this year – just as they should. The WHL is a fantastic developmental league, the second biggest source of NHL draft picks, and it's about time that the team used its geographical advantage.