Author: J.J. Guerrero

Something to Prove

Something to Prove

I won’t call Canucks top prospect Cody Hodgson a diva like my friend Richard did a few months ago. I won’t label him a bust like some Canucks fans already seem to have. However, I will say that this is perhaps the most important year of his young career so far. Hodgson’s 2009/2010 season was as disappointing as his 2008/2009 one was impressive. In 2008/2009, he was the CHL Player of the Year, a gold medalist with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships, and the Canucks best, most highly-touted prospect in a long time (arguably ever). Last year,...

You Can’t Change Horses In Midstream

You Can’t Change Horses In Midstream

I’ll go on record here that I don’t oppose the idea of adding a defined maximum contract length in the next CBA. I think it goes without saying that long-term deals such as the ones given to Marian Hossa, Roberto Luongo, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Duncan Keith and others carry a bit of risk, and IMHO, should be looked at during the next round of negotiation sessions. What I don’t agree with though is the idea that the current CBA – the one that has governed every move, every signing and every trade that every NHL GM has made in...

Cap Circumvention or Market Value?

Cap Circumvention or Market Value?

In his ruling on Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract a few weeks ago Richard Bloch noted the substantial “salary reductions that extend over the tails of the Agreement” in several player contracts in their mid-to-late 30’s and early 40’s, including, of course, that of Roberto Luongo’s. For reference, here is a table of Luongo’s salary over the next 12 years: We can see the “diveback” that Mr. Bloch noted starting in the 9th year of Luongo’s contract. What is worth noting too though is that Luongo will be 39 years old then, and this got me curious. How does Luongo’s yearly salary...

Value Signing

Value Signing

Mike Gillis addressed another need yesterday by signing left-winger Raffi Torres to a one-year, $1 million contract. Torres boosts the Canucks’ bottom-six and adds some sandpaper and grit to the lineup. From Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province): Torres brings things to the table the Canucks are woefully lacking in. He brings size/muscle/sandpaper. He will forecheck, be a net presence and score garbage goals. His seven power play goals last year with Columbus are more than Steve Bernier managed during his entire Canucks career. It’s also more than Kyle Wellwood and Bernier had last year combined. Torres can move up to the...

Mitchell Will Be Missed

Mitchell Will Be Missed

Photo credit: Vancouver Sun It’s probably not a coincidence that, on the same day Willie Mitchell signed with the Los Angeles Kings, Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province) had a piece on the increasing possibility of Kevin Bieksa staying with the Vancouver Canucks (more on that thought in a separate post later). On some level, I think most of us knew (and Mike Gillis as well) that there was a market for Mitchell – concussion history be damned – and unless he was willing to leave a lot of money on the table, the chance of him re-signing with the Canucks was...

Bieksa for Fleischmann: Why and Why Not

Bieksa for Fleischmann: Why and Why Not

By now, you’ve all heard of the Kevin Bieksa trade rumor that has the Canucks defenseman going to the Washington Capitals for forward Tomas Fleischmann. Here are a couple of quick thoughts. At first glance, Fleischmann doesn’t seem to fit the Canucks’ remaining roster needs. Ideally the Canucks would still make improvements to their penalty-kill and defensive depth; unfortunately, he doesn’t solve either of those issues. While fast and skilled, Fleischmann has a reputation for being a perimeter player and ineffective forechecker. His $2.6 million salary also provides little cap relief to the Canucks, a key factor because clearing cap...

The Vancouver Canucks: Life in Technicolor

The Vancouver Canucks: Life in Technicolor

I just saw the following video posted by a CDC user named Electric Light Orchestra. It’s one of the best montages I’ve ever seen done on the team, and like the Inception video I posted a week ago, has me counting down the days until the start of the 2010/2011 season. PS. To be exact, there are only 23 days until the Canucks Young Stars Tournament, 29 days until training camp, 32 days until their first preseason game, and 48 days until the start of the Canucks’ 40th season.

From Shorty and Mike: Thanks for the Memories, Tom

From Shorty and Mike: Thanks for the Memories, Tom

The following video is courtesy of Gladys (@gloomybb); it’s a tribute by John Shorthouse and Michael Buble (from Michael Buble’s concert on Friday night at GM Place Rogers Arena) to retiring Canucks color commentator Tom Larscheid. Nice touch. Who knew Shorty could sing?

Dollars and Sense

Dollars and Sense

There are reports out there that Willie Mitchell, who is still looking for a contract for the upcoming season, has already worked out for the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, and is supposed to be working out with the Washington Capitals as we speak. There are also reports that the Kings are ready to offer (or have already offered) him a two-year deal, but Willie, a good ol’ BC boy, is hoping to stay in Vancouver and is waiting to see Mike Gillis’ offer first. The rumored two-year term may be the key to Willie’s future....

Video: Inception and the Vancouver Canucks

Video: Inception and the Vancouver Canucks

This video comes courtesy of a poster on HF Boards. If it doesn’t make you wish it was October already, I don’t know what will.

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