August 13 2013 02:16PM
I made a similar sour puss face when I heard the news; (Image via Tumblr)
Yesterday, news broke that Chris Tanev was at a standstill in his contract negotiations with the Canucks, and that he was receiving interest from teams in both the KHL and Swiss Elite League. Today, Jim Jamieson of The Province reported that the team has been "kicking the tires on huge free agent defenseman Douglas Murray".
Read on for more about why Douglas Murray is not the solution.
August 13 2013 11:15AM
The Canucks were one of the teams most affected by the reduced salary cap for this coming season (one of the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement that was signed back in January).
How has the salary cap affected Mike Gillis (and what he has been able to do) this summer? How will it affect some of the potential training camp battles which are looming? Let’s take a look.
August 13 2013 10:00AM
Image via Matthew Henderson
A year ago, we ranked Darren Archibald number 19 on this list. This year, he's number 14.
That's a sign of improvement, right? I'd say so. And I should know, considering I was tasked with writing up Archibald's profile last year, as well. When I got into this industry I'm not sure I was prepared for becoming the authority on all things Archibald, but I guess you never really know where life will take you.
The undrafted winger remains something of a project, but he's one that's made clear progress. He's moved himself from 'might play in the NHL status' to 'probably will play in the NHL status.' Which has proved to be enough to bump up this list.
For bits on his trajectory over the past two seasons and what might happen this year, click past the jump.
August 12 2013 03:56PM
It could happen.
Both The Province's Jim Jamieson and the Vancouver Sun's Brad Ziemer tweeted around lunch time that Tanev's agent got out his pots and pans by suggesting that his client doesn't want to go to Russia, but that he'll go there if he doesn't get a fair deal from the Canucks.
A mea culpa and a few other details after the jump.
August 12 2013 11:03AM
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New Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella has a reputation for coaching a physical style, specifically one that involves a lot of shot blocking. During the team's summer summit a few weeks ago, he let his thoughts on the matter be known:
"We talk about shot blocking a lot. I think it's part of good defense, and trying to get the puck back. We saw it happen in New York - I think the whole team takes on the mindset of trying to be a harder team to play against. That's the proper way to play."
One would think if that were the case, Tortorella’s teams would often go deeper on the depth chart than an average team. After all, shot blocking can take a physical toll, as can playing a more physical brand of hockey. A large number of players used could also indicate a coach with a short leash and little patience for mistakes.
Read on for more about Tortorella's usage of depth players.