Salo Out... NOW What?

Cam Davie
July 25 2010 02:02PM

CHICAGO - MAY 09: A trainer attends to Sami Salo #6 of the Vancouver Canucks at the end of the first period after Salo suffered an injury against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on May 9, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Canucks defeated the Blackhawks 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Oh, Sami. Why are you so broken?

We learned late this week that oft-injured defenseman and longtime Canuck Sami Salo ruptured his Achilles tendon in his native Finland.

Not that we should be surprised given Salo's history, but does this change the Canucks' plans to help with their salary cap concerns?

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The Trouble With Jannik

Cam Davie
July 23 2010 10:40AM

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 03:  Jannik Hansen #36 of the Vancouver Canucks skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 3, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Canucks defeated the Flyers 3-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Where, oh where will Jannik end up? 3rd line? 4th line? Manitoba? Elsewhere?

After a salary arbitration hearing, Jannik Hansen was awarded a one-year, one-way contract at $825,000. That's great news for a gritty player that has certainly paid his dues with the Canucks.

But there's a problem...

Can the Vancouver Canucks justify keeping a player who will likely play the fourth line and limited minutes at over $800K? That's the trouble with Jannik.

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Let's Find a Dance Partner

Cam Davie
July 15 2010 01:52PM

"So Danny. Where do you think I'll end up in October?"

After a recent appearance on TSN's "Off The Record", it seems even Kevin Bieksa knows the writing is on the wall, and he's probably on his way out of town.

What are some of his possible destinations? Let's look at the top 5 teams with defensive needs who could be a willing dance partner with the Canucks.

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Canucks Sign Four, But...

Cam Davie
July 13 2010 12:34PM

Looks like Shane could be seen at the establishment above this season.

The Vancouver Canucks announced the signings of restricted free agents Shane O'Brien, Tanner Glass and Alexandre Bolduc, as well as the signing of goaltender Tyler Weiman.

While this helps shore up the bottom half of the Canucks forward lines, as well as help finalize their defensive lineup, the Canucks are officially over the salary cap, and still have not yet signed Mason Raymond or Jannik Hansen.

So what do the Canucks do?

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The Next Steps

Cam Davie
July 05 2010 02:28PM

VANCOUVER, CANADA - JANUARY 7: Mason Raymond of the Vancouver Canucks look to take a shot on net during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes on January 07, 2010 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The first, next step? Deal with Mason Raymond.

The Vancouver Canucks were one of the biggest winners on the first day of 2010 Free Agency. Not because they landed the biggest free agents. They filled two very specific needs and did so overall for reasonable money.

With the signings of Dan Hamhuis, Manny Malhotra, Jeff Tambellini, and Joel Perrault, as well as the trade acquisitions of Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich, the Canucks management have visibly improved their team and filled known gaps in their lineup.

But the question now is: "What are the next steps for the Vancouver Canucks?"

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