August 25 2009 09:51AM
A number of news sources around Vancouver are reporting that the Canucks are close to signing veteran D Mathieu Schneider to a one-year deal.
It also appears that Canucks captain Roberto Luongo is nearing completion on a contract extension that will keep the all-star goaltender for a significant amount of length, possibly for the rest of his career.
There is a glimmer of hope that Mike Gillis is getting this team ready for the coming NHL season.
August 22 2009 02:00PM
The fact that the salary cap has changed the NHL landscape is something that anyone who follows hockey is constantly reminded of. For the Western Canadian teams, that salary cap was once something worth fighting for; but a number of factors – most importantly, the recovery of the Canadian dollar – have changed it from a blessing to a curse.
August 21 2009 01:32PM
A post in which the young author is held computerless for almost two weeks.
August 19 2009 04:53PM
Western Canadian hockey fans, commence grumbling. There's really nothing all that surprising about the TSN broadcast schedule released Wednesday but for those who enjoy complaining about Eastern bias and taking potshots at the so-called Centre of the Universe, you've been well served.
The Flames, Oilers and Canucks will all make 11 appearances on either TSN or TSN2 -- one pre-season tilt plus 10 regular-season matchups. The Ottawa Senators also get the exact same exposure.
The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, will be on the air 19 times -- two tune-ups and 17 regular-season games. Perhaps TSN will be able to coax Brian Burke out of his shell to make an appearance during at least one of those broadcasts.
August 19 2009 12:48PM
Mike Gillis has undoubtedly put his stamp on this team, from the ground up.
I was trying to think of a comparison of Gillis's work with the Canucks, since he took over last spring.
I thought of a water well. Mike Gillis has dug a deep well for this club, full of water. The problem is.. how good is the water in that well?