On Malhotra's Value

Yankee Canuck
August 18 2010 01:57PM

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 4: Manny Malhotra #27 of the San Jose Sharks skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets on November 4, 2009 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


Mike Gillis has been plenty busy this summer, honing in on Keith Ballard during the first night of the draft and delivering a hometown discount (however slight) for Dan Hamhuis once the clock struck noon on July 1st.

One signing that went under the radar - but not before inviting some immediate scrutiny - was the three-year, $7.5 million dollar deal for 30-year-old Manny Malhotra. Some were quick to wave a nagging finger at the deal, including Pierre McGuire who kindly took it upon himself to suddenly become Cody Hodgson's agent. Others questioned why Malhotra was a better choice over similar forwards, particularly at a reduced cap hit and one that wouldn't muddy the waters of the bottom six where there are plenty of existing options (like Hodgson, Jordan Schroeder, Jannik Hansen, Tanner Glass and the newly acquired Joel Perrault and Victor Oreskovich to name a handful).

Make no mistake: not only was Manny Malhotra a smart signing, it was necessary and one that will make the Canucks immediately better in several of their weaker areas.

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The Last of Willie Mitchell

Cam Davie
August 16 2010 02:57PM

VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 16: Willie Mitchell #8 of the Vancouver Canucks slides the puck past goalie John Curry #36 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period of NHL action on January 16, 2010 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

(**psst - I'm back!**) As rumours continue to swirl about the immediate future of WIllie Mitchell, it seems the fleeting optimism about Mitchell's return to Vancouver may be somewhat premature.

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Canucks Hire Newell Brown

Jonathan Willis
August 04 2010 07:31AM

VANCOUVER, CANADA - MAY 11: Henrik Sedin #33, Mikael Samuelsson #26, Daniel Sedin #22 and Kyle Wellwood #42 of the Vancouver Canucks along with coaches Ryan Walter and Alain Vigneault sit on the bench during the final minute of play against the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period in Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 11, 2010 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Blackhawks defeated the Canucks 5-1 to win the series 4-2. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

By now, everyone is likely aware that the Canucks have sent away assistant coach Ryan Walter, and replaced him with Newell Brown, most recently a coach with the Anaheim Ducks. What does Brown’s background look like?

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The Profile Of A Top-30 Scorer, Pre- And Post-Lockout

Jonathan Willis
August 04 2010 07:23AM

LAS VEGAS - JUNE 23: Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Awards at the Palms Casino Resort on June 23, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

As a guy who spends a lot of his time watching and writing about hockey, I also read a lot of hockey publications. And suffice to say that if I had a nickel for every time I read how the “New NHL” encourages speed and “opens up the game” for skill players, allowing small players who otherwise would never have had a chance at the big leagues to get a taste of it, then I’d have a lot of nickels to throw at the guys who do the write-ups for THN draft previews.

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Raymond Signs... The First Domino Falls

Cam Davie
July 26 2010 10:15AM

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates his goal in front of Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in game three of the Western Conference Semi-final at Staples Center on April 19, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Canucks fans have two more years to watch Raymond pot some beauties.

The Vancouver Canucks avoided an arbitration hearing, signing an 11th hour deal with Mason Raymond for 2 years at an average of $2.55 million. With Raymond back in the fold and the top 6 forwards locked, Mike Gillis and the Canucks will now turn their attention to dealing with their cap situation and their blue line.

So what's the next move?

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