Casting Call, and some Self-Indulgence

Thomas Drance
July 09 2013 11:24AM


We rarely do housekeeping posts at CanucksArmy. We generally prefer for this blog to remain uncluttered and pure with only unfiltered, opinionated, numbers based takes on all things Canucks hockey. But we'll make an exception today, becasue we're reshuffling the decks somewhat and are looking for new talent.

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Sometimes You're Better Off Lashing Yourself To The Mast

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July 07 2013 04:09PM

There are two ways to win at free agency...

Look, I understand. You watched that free agency feeding frenzy Friday and think the Canucks missed out yet again. Well take a deep breath and relax. For the most part it was all just empty calories. Rather than adding to their strength, much of what happened in the first day of free agency was teams gorging themselves on bloated contracts.

Yes, there were a handful of solid deals made on Friday, but the vast majority involved teams paying for past, as opposed to future, performance.

So, I for one, am glad Gillis had his hands tied by being right up against the cap.

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Canucks Sign Mike Santorelli

Blake Murphy
July 06 2013 11:23AM


The Vancouver Canucks have made another depth signing this morning, inking centreman Mike Santorelli to a deal with terms that are undisclosed at the moment. The signing was first reported by 1130 Sports, I believe. At least, they were first in my timeline:

The Province has a story up and the Canucks have confirmed the signing via their website.

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Canucks Add Depth in First Day of Free Agency, Still Facing Uncertainty with Luongo

Thomas Drance
July 05 2013 05:18PM

On the first day of free-agency a year ago the Canucks signed Jason Garrison in the early evening. So it's still possible that more moves are forthcoming from Griffiths Way (and we don't mean moves of the Jeremie Blain variety). But regardless, the opening "frenzy" period of free-agency is drawing to a close and I feel comfortable recapping the action from a Canucks perspective.

The Canucks mostly stood pat, as everyone and their grandmother's milkman expected, laying down a couple of bunts and adding Yannick Weber and Brad Richardson in free-agency. Mike Gillis said he was looking for "specific things" in terms of depth players in free-agency, and we'd imagine Weber's right-handed cannon for the power-play and Richardson's status as a live body that plays centre fit the bill. In total Mike Gillis and the Canucks added two players for a grand total of three million over two years, adding only 1.8M in committed salary cap-space for next season. Yey austerity! 

Meanwhile there were no extensions for Dale Weise, or Chris Tanev, or Jordan Schroeder were announced, though on the bright side at least Chris Tanev wasn't inked to a predatory offer sheet. The biggest news, however, was out of Las Vegas where Roberto Luongo still hasn't commented publicly on his "still in purgatory Vancouver" status, and has yet to confirm that he'll even report to training camp. At this point Luongo's silence speaks volumes, and is by far the bigger story than the signing of depth players like Richardson and Weber. 

Read past the jump.

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Canucks Ink Brad Richardson

Thomas Drance
July 05 2013 03:00PM

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The Canucks have come to terms with former Los Angeles Kings depth forward Brad Richardson. Per Bob McKenzie the pact will see the welter-weight grinder paid 2.3 million over two seasons:

Brad Richardson isn't exactly an "impact player", nor is he credible Kesler insurance. But there's a lot to like about this signing. We'll recap after the jump.

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