August 31 2009 01:06PM
Darren Dreger of TSN first broke the news that elements within the NHLPA were dissatisfied with Paul Kelly’s performance as the head of the NHLPA. At 3AM eastern time, Dreger passed on the news that the NHLPA executive board (made up of the thirty team representatives) had voted to terminate Kelly’s employment.
August 31 2009 10:25AM
Mike Gillis has too many players and too much salary on the Canucks roster, and must shed a little of both before the October 1st deadline. However, the ideal players to trade away have no-trade clauses in their contracts.
That's a problem for Gillis, because he has to convince players to waive their NTC. Right now, how do you convince a player to leave Vancouver and the Canucks?
August 30 2009 11:07AM
With the signings of Mathieu Schneider, Christian Ehrhoff, and Brad Lukowich, the Vancouver Canucks have eight NHL-caliber defencemen in their stall to start the season. Arguably, the Canucks have the deepest set of blue-liners in the NHL right now.
That's the good news.
The bad news is that it can't and won't stay that way.
August 29 2009 09:46AM
Well, in a surprisingly busy late-August Friday on the National Hockey League transaction wire, ex-Flame Alex Tanguay has finally found work and the Vancouver Canucks look like they're serious about not running out of defencemen this coming season after seeing their blueline take a pounding over the past couple of winters.
Friday's movement brings up a few points:
August 28 2009 01:36PM
Mike Gillis was a busy guy on Friday.
First, Gillis and the Canucks announced that they traded Patrick White and Daniel Rahimi to the San Jose Sharks for Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich. Minutes later, the club announced the official signing of UFA Mathieu Schneider.
So what was previously a perceived weakness this coming season, the Canucks now have a very solid defence corps, and a need to move a couple of defencemen to make room in the roster and the salary cap.