Jul 062009
 

In the Canucks busiest day of free agency, if you can call it that, the Canucks have inked a new backup to sit with Luongo – former Colorado Avalanche goalie Andrew Raycroft.

Raycroft after having a terrible season with a struggling Avalanche team gives the Canucks a solid backup behind Roberto. Raycroft who cannot be a starter would make a solid backup for the Canucks and as it is it’s hard to find a goalie that wants to play second fiddle to a superstar when they’re likely only going to see 12 games a year. His deal is for $500,000 which saves us 350k off of Labarbera’s salary, and a former Calder winner at a league minimum salary, as a back up, is hard to complain about. Even if he is terrible, how badly can you screw up 10 games?

The Canucks also signed rugged blueliner Shane O’Brien for what has to be Mike Gillis’ first mistake. Amidst all the struggles to fit inside the cap SOB has signed a one year 1.6 million dollar contract which is about a 600k increase from what he made last year. He had 0 Goals and 10 Assists last year’s regular season and in the playoffs, Canucks fans around BC could be heard rejoicing when he got his first ever goal in a Canucks uniform. O’Brien developed a lot as a player, but I really don’t think he’s worth a 1.6 cap hit. The signing for such a short term, and at 1.6 leads me to believe that Gillis really isn’t going to go after that top 4 defenseman, and the cap space is slowly running out.

Today Kyle Wellwood also elected to slap the Canucks with salary arbitration after rejecting their qualifying offer. This throws a wrench in Mike Gillis’ plans to sign players for cheap and lock up next year’s lineup, but I think Wellwood just bought his ticket out of Vancouver and will probably get a thank you card from Hodgson for freeing up a third line center spot for the Canucks rookie.

  • http://www.downgoesbrown.com/ Down Goes Brown

    “Raycroft… gives the Canucks a solid backup behind Roberto.”

    Does the word “solid” mean something different in Vancouver than it does in Ontario?

    Raycroft is awful. You’ve been warned.

  • http://www.downgoesbrown.com/ Down Goes Brown

    “Raycroft… gives the Canucks a solid backup behind Roberto.”

    Does the word “solid” mean something different in Vancouver than it does in Ontario?

    Raycroft is awful. You’ve been warned.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com Richard Loat

    He can’t be a starter. I think if he’s given as few as 10 games he’ll handle them decently.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com Richard Loat

    He can’t be a starter. I think if he’s given as few as 10 games he’ll handle them decently.

  • Laker

    Odd, the big price tag for SOB surprised me too. SOB might pan out, but after last year’s media screw ups, dumb penalties and other missteps it sure caught me off guard.

  • Laker

    Odd, the big price tag for SOB surprised me too. SOB might pan out, but after last year’s media screw ups, dumb penalties and other missteps it sure caught me off guard.

  • http://www.VancityAllie.com VancityAllie

    Shane O’Brien was my least favourite player on the Canucks. Disappointed that he is going to be making MORE than last year. What kind of message does that send to the players?

    Rycroft’s not a bad deal, glad we saved some money.

  • http://www.VancityAllie.com VancityAllie

    Shane O’Brien was my least favourite player on the Canucks. Disappointed that he is going to be making MORE than last year. What kind of message does that send to the players?

    Rycroft’s not a bad deal, glad we saved some money.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    @DownGoesBrown – We can’t really complain at $500K. If Raycroft can win even 50% of his 10 starts, I think he’ll be considered a “success”. (Talk about low expectations, eh?)

    Personally, I would’ve loved to see Stephen Valiquette, but he’s probably looking at a contract closer to a $1 million.

    I suspect Raycroft’s signing is as much to do with the dollars he was willing to sign for as his actual ability.

  • http://canuckshockeyblog.com J.J. Guerrero

    @DownGoesBrown – We can’t really complain at $500K. If Raycroft can win even 50% of his 10 starts, I think he’ll be considered a “success”. (Talk about low expectations, eh?)

    Personally, I would’ve loved to see Stephen Valiquette, but he’s probably looking at a contract closer to a $1 million.

    I suspect Raycroft’s signing is as much to do with the dollars he was willing to sign for as his actual ability.

  • http://www.viewfrommyseats.com/ Matt Reitz

    I know that most Canucks fans disagree with me on this… but Jason LaBarbara is absolutely awful. The fact that you got someone that has actually HAD a good year in the NHL (and not the AHL) is an upgrade. Being a discount guy, thats good too. Its not like Gillis wants to spend much money on the backup.

    Besides, if Raycroft is playing a ton of games, something else went tragically wrong.

    Begrudgingly, UPGRADE!

  • http://www.viewfrommyseats.com Matt

    I know that most Canucks fans disagree with me on this… but Jason LaBarbara is absolutely awful. The fact that you got someone that has actually HAD a good year in the NHL (and not the AHL) is an upgrade. Being a discount guy, thats good too. Its not like Gillis wants to spend much money on the backup.

    Besides, if Raycroft is playing a ton of games, something else went tragically wrong.

    Begrudgingly, UPGRADE!

  • ya

    raycroft was bad on those two teams cuz he had beer league players playing in front of him obrien is a menace solid number 5 or 6 guy ya he takes stupid penalites but he started to improve on that last year and he sticks up for his teammates which was one of the biggest turnarounds gillis made takin over for nonis who made the vancouver ballerinas

  • ya

    raycroft was bad on those two teams cuz he had beer league players playing in front of him obrien is a menace solid number 5 or 6 guy ya he takes stupid penalites but he started to improve on that last year and he sticks up for his teammates which was one of the biggest turnarounds gillis made takin over for nonis who made the vancouver ballerinas

  • Steve-uk

    Firstly, What sort of moronic is comment is from ya! Uncalled for!
    Secondly, Raycroft for $500k is a good deal, in my book. Luo likes to play as much as possible and as long as he does not get injured, he will continue too. Especially in his contract year.
    Thirdly, SOB for $1.6 mill!!! I find that a bit bizarre. Yes, he came on by leaps and bounds last season, but not that much.

  • Steve-uk

    Firstly, What sort of moronic is comment is from ya! Uncalled for!
    Secondly, Raycroft for $500k is a good deal, in my book. Luo likes to play as much as possible and as long as he does not get injured, he will continue too. Especially in his contract year.
    Thirdly, SOB for $1.6 mill!!! I find that a bit bizarre. Yes, he came on by leaps and bounds last season, but not that much.

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