July 05 2013 01:30PM
Craig Adams is among the UFA depth centers that the Vancouver Canucks have kicked the tires on— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 5, 2013
The last time Mike Gillis' Canucks were this quiet on "free agent frenzy" day, they at least inked Marco Sturm. Or before that, probably leaked the details of a massive offer to Mats Sundin.
There's a glimmer of Canucks news light from Pierre LeBrun, a reporter who has proven to be as plugged in with Canucks management as anybody over the past ten days. Reportedly the Canucks have "kicked the tires" on Penguins forward Craig Adams among other "UFA depth centres."
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July 05 2013 01:12PM
These guys look kind of bored, and maybe even a little sad.
Photo uncredited via freefantasyfootballpicks.com
Everyone and their grandmother knew that this would be a quiet
July 1st July 5th Free Agent Frenzy from a Canucks perspective, given their current cap situation. While it's always fun to see your club rumoured to be in the hunt for "name" players, it just wasn't reasonable to expect them to be in on any of the top guys available.
However, there were still some interesting, low-cost options available that we figured Mike Gillis and Co. would take a long look at on this day. That's why, leading up to today's festivities, we ran a series on team needs where we highlighted some potential targets to fill roles such as the third line centre position, secondary scoring, and the third pairing on defence.
Well, now we're just over 3 hours into the frenzy, and we've yet to see the Canucks dip their toes into the free agent pool. Who's still available, and what does the free agent landscape look like right now for the team?
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July 05 2013 11:35AM
Interesting tweet from News 1130 here…
Don't write off Vancouver native Gilbert Brule just yet - his agent says he's ready to re-start his career.— News1130 Sports (@News1130Sports) July 5, 2013
…for the last couple of months or so, I've been intrigued with the idea that there's a market inefficiency when it comes to former high draft picks that never panned out. This comes from Tyler Dellow's excellent post noting that Bottom Six forwards are predominantly high draft picks.
July 05 2013 11:15AM
Image via wikimedia commons.
Looking at Vancouver's forward depth, Vancouver Province beat-writer Jason Botchford (not to be confused with his evil, fake alter-ego Fake Jason Botchford) believes the Canucks' lines are set - at least along the wings:
Wings already look set on canucks top 3 lines. Kassian/Daniel, burrows/Higgins, Hansen/booth— Jason Botchford (@botchford) July 5, 2013
That's pretty interesting, and in some ways - Kassian on the top-line, a worker bee second group, and David Booth on the third line - fits in with Tortorella's pledge to bring the team more "bite." Let's get into it a bit more after the jump.
July 05 2013 10:40AM
Nice 'stache - courtesy of WikiCommons
The Canucks need a third or fourth line center. And getting a guy with some offensive ability in case of another Ryan Kesler injury makes a lot of sense. Could veteran center Matt Cullen be that guy?