Author: J.J. Guerrero

Kovy’s Contract Rejection Puts Doubt In Luongo’s Contract Extension

Kovy’s Contract Rejection Puts Doubt In Luongo’s Contract Extension

Now that the NHL has started getting serious about cracking down on those long-term contracts designed to lower cap hits and an independent arbitrator has sided with them and their rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year/$102 million contract, aren’t we glad that the Canucks got Roberto Luongo’s 12-year/$64 million contract extension done last year? Well, wait a minute. I read Richard Bloch’s ruling on the Kovalchuk contract this evening and saw this dandy of a footnote on page 19: It is true, as the Association observes, that the NHL has registered contracts with structures similar to the Kovalchuk SPC PA Exh....

Tommy Larscheid Retires, Dave Tomlinson To Replace Him

Tommy Larscheid Retires, Dave Tomlinson To Replace Him

After 33 memorable years, Tom Larscheid is done as the Canucks colour commentator. He was the colour-man on Vancouver hockey broadcasts for all but four NHL seasons since 1977, and for more than a generation of hockey fans Larscheid’s insight and instincts provided a blunt barometer of the team’s performance – good or bad. “When you have a job you’ve loved each and every day, you’re sorry to give it up,” Larscheid said late Wednesday. “But the simple reality is I’m 70 years old and it’s time to pass the baton. It will be strange not to be up there...

No more Canucks on Pay-Per-View

No more Canucks on Pay-Per-View

Some good news from the Vancouver Canucks today: The Vancouver Canucks in partnership with Rogers Sportsnet announced today that they have reached a three-year agreement to broadcast 13 regular season games a year on Rogers Sportsnet ONE, beginning in the 2010.11 National Hockey League season. (skip) This new partnership is in addition to Rogers Sportsnet Pacific’s 45 game Canucks broadcast schedule available to fans in British Columbia and the Yukon Territories. This is another extension of the strong strategic alliance with Rogers Communications. A little bit more info about Rogers Sportsnet ONE here. A quick look at the Canucks’ schedule...

Mason Raymond Re-Signed

Mason Raymond Re-Signed

Photo credit: canucks.com Count me among those pleasantly surprised to hear this morning that the Canucks and Mason Raymond agreed on a new two-year contract before their scheduled arbitration hearing. The contract pays Raymond $2.5 million this upcoming season and $2.6 million the season after that; the cap hit is $2.55 million. As Jason Botchford noted in his piece, there were comparables on the low and high ends. Consider that heading into Monday’s arbitration hearing, Raymond’s agent J.P. Barry was armed with two big-money comparables — Travis Zajac, whose cap hit is nearly $3.8 million a year and Ryane Clowe,...

Sami Salo Tears Achilles Tendon; Out 4 Months

Sami Salo Tears Achilles Tendon; Out 4 Months

Photo credit: Vancouver Sun I’m at the point now where I’m no longer surprised by news of a Sami Salo injury. At times, I don’t know whether to feel bad for the guy or laugh at his obvious bad luck. But anyway, in case you’re interested, Sami apparently suffered another injury in Finland not too long ago. If you can’t read Finnish, the piece reports that he tore an achilles tendon while playing hockey as part of his summer training regimen. It also reports that Sami will be out at least 4 months. Maybe it’s not quite time to throw...

GM Place To Be Renamed Today

GM Place To Be Renamed Today

From Canucks Sports and Entertainment: Canucks Sports & Entertainment (Canucks) and General Motors of Canada Limited (General Motors) today announce a new sponsor partnership that will see General Motors focus its activities on in-arena activations to build stronger awareness for its new products and services. As part of this new partnership, the home of the Vancouver Canucks will no longer be known as General Motors Place. The Canucks have scheduled a news conference at 2 PM to announce the new name. More to follow.

SOB’s Time To Grow Up or Get Out

SOB’s Time To Grow Up or Get Out

Shane O’Brien has accepted his $1.6 million qualifying offer. Pending a trade, the Canucks now have 9 signed, NHL defensemen. Going to arbitration was never an option for SOB: “They probably have got a lot of material they can use against me and it probably wouldn’t work too well,” O’Brien joked with reporters. “If a one-year deal is all I’m going to get, I’ll come in and play hard.” We’ll see. When he has his head on straight, SOB has actually proven to be a solid bottom-pairing defenseman. When the Canucks defense corps got decimated by injuries last season, he...

Canucks Prospects Development Camp Starts Today

Canucks Prospects Development Camp Starts Today

In case you missed it, the Vancouver Canucks Prospects Development Camp starts today at GM Place. The 36-player roster includes: DEFENCEMEN Peter Andersson, Kevin Connauton, Maury Edwards (University of Massachusetts Lowell)*, Taylor Ellington, Brendan Ellis (Westside Warriors, BCHL)*, Taylor Fedun (Princeton)*, Sawyer Hannay, Patrick McNally, Kevan Miller (University of Vermont), Adam Polasek, Jeremy Price, Yann Sauve, Chris Tanev FORWARDS Steven Anthony, Kevin Clark (University of Alaska-Anchorage)*, Jack Downing (University of Vermont)*, Matt Fraser (Kootenay Ice, WHL)*, Alex Friesen, Mats Froshaug, James Henry (Vancouver Giants, WHL)*, Tayler Jordan (Portland Winterhawks, WHL)*, Taylor Matson, Pierre-Olivier Morin (Lewiston MAINEiacs, QMJHL)*, Prab Rai, Anton...

Raymond, Hansen and Glass Elect Salary Arbitration

Raymond, Hansen and Glass Elect Salary Arbitration

Three Canucks – Mason Raymond, Jannik Hansen and Tanner Glass – filed for salary arbitration before today’s 12:00 noon deadline. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I wasn’t surprised that Raymond went the arbitration route. He had a breakout season in 2009/2010 and going this route effectively guarantees he remains a Canuck (unless of course he receives an extraordinarily high award the Canucks may be forced to walk away from). Teams can’t offer him and offer sheet, and by most reports, it sounds like Raymond and the Canucks may agree on a contract prior to the arbitration hearing...

Five Hole For Food: It Starts Tonight

Five Hole For Food: It Starts Tonight

By now, you’ve hopefully heard of Five Hole For Food, a cross-country food fundraiser organized by CHB’s own Richard Loat. If you haven’t, here’s the trailer: Finally the puck drops tonight just outside of Montreal with the beneficiary being the NDG Food Depot. With a lot of help from Kyle Roussel of Cow Hide and Rubber fame, the Habs organization (who donated a team-signed stick to give away), and numerous other sponsors, friends and fellow bloggers, the game should be a good time… and all for a good cause!

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