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.
August 27 2009 11:15AM
Mike Gillis continues to do things differently; in an era where both the media and NHL GM’s seem to focus on young players, he’s going the opposite direction – and we aren’t just talking Mathieu Schneider.
August 26 2009 01:02PM
With all the craziness yesterday about the NHL formally submitting a bid for the Phoenix Coyotes, I found myself wondering what, exactly qualifies someone to submit a bid for an franchise.