September 01 2010 09:43AM
This is the first post in a series where Canucks Army will profile various players of interest leading up to the new season.
Perhaps lost in the shuffle this offseason was the retention of break-out youngster Mason Raymond. His 53 points represented a 30 point jump over his previous season. His emergence as a legitimate top 6 presence is a major coup for the organization and is another example of the Canucks developing quality players internally.
August 31 2010 09:58AM
(Kent is a Flames fan/Flames Nation contributor and therefore a card-carrying member of the "Canucks Haters" club. He's also learned to shelve his disdain for Vancouver the last few years, instead replacing it with grudging respect. He'll be chipping in around here now and then)
The newest Canuck had quite the season of extremes last year. Cam Davies did a good job teeing up the Raffi Torres signing below, but the details of the player bear further examination.
A 19 goal scorer last year and a two-time 20 goal getter, Torres came pretty cheap this summer at $1M. The causes are two-fold: a stagnant buyers market in the UFA pool and a rotten run of results for Torres in Buffalo after he was acquired at the trade deadline. The first issue is just an ugly fact of life for any UFA who happens to be left of the inital frenzy in July.
August 25 2010 09:36AM
Torres heads west to join the Canucks
As reported by Rogers Sportsnet last night, the Vancouver Canucks signed LW Raffi Torres to a one-year, $1m deal. Torres, a noted Canuck killer throughout his career, brings much needed grit and added scoring depth to the bottom six of the offensive roster.
That is assuming he stays healthy and actually plays with some consistency.
August 23 2010 02:32PM
Sergei, it's time to step your game up.
A report out of Russia today indicates that Sergei Shirokov has his eyes set on making the NHL this year as a member of the Vancouver Canucks. From Dmitry Chesnokov on Twitter, "#Canucks' Shirokov tells SovSport he is focused on breaking into the NHL with Vancouver; didn't consider KHL offers this summer.".
So... do I think Sergei Shirokov has a shot at making the Vancouver Canucks this year? Well...
August 19 2010 11:09AM
Ah, the wonders of the internet. And family.
When Dan Hamhuis signed in Vancouver, Canucks fans were buzzing with excitement all over the web. When my cousin Simone found out, she remembered an article she wrote about the Smithers native and the interview she had with him when he was just a wee lad. After pulling some strings through the Bulkley Valley Museum (thanks!) and getting some e-mail addresses sorted out, she sent me a copy of the article and I've reproduced here for Canucks Army.
Enjoy. And huge thanks to my cousin, Simone Blais and the Bulkley Valley Museum.