Author: J.J. Guerrero

You have to give to get

You have to give to get

It’s no secret that the Canucks’ biggest need this off-season was to beef up their defense. UFA-to-be Willie Mitchell’s return was uncertain and defensive prospects Kevin Connauton and Yann Sauve were at least one, maybe two or more, years away from making the big club. So yesterday, on NHL Draft Day, GM Mike Gillis sent the Canucks’ 1st round (25th overall) draft pick, Steve Bernier and Michael Grabner to the Florida Panthers and acquired Keith Ballard and prospect Victor Oreskovich. The Canucks filled a need by acquiring Ballard. He is a legitimate top-4 defenseman with the ability to play big...

Henrik Sedin: Hart and Humble

Henrik Sedin: Hart and Humble

Photo credit: Vancouver Sun Amidst all the congratulatory things that Canucks fans said after Henrik Sedin’s Hart Trophy win last night were some good one-liners online. Referring to the Sedins’ long-time reputation as second-line players, one fan called him the “best second line player ever”. Referring to his inability to produce without his brother Daniel, another fan asked “how many unique Harts is that”? And a good friend of mine was ribbing another friend who wasn’t a huge Sedin fan in the past by simply by asking “if he’d still trade both Sedins for Olli Jokinen”. Surely, Henrik’s Hart changed...

How much for Mason?

How much for Mason?

With 25 goals and 53 points, the 2009/2010 season was a breakout season of sorts for Mason Raymond. As luck would have it, it also happened to be his contract year. Perhaps not surprisingly, there are reports that Raymond, a restricted free agent, is expected to file for arbitration. Compare and then shop. It’s the way of the NHL restricted free-agent world and that scenario is expected to play out with the Vancouver Canucks and Mason Raymond. Following a career 25-goal, 53-point season, the speedy left winger is in line for a healthy raise on his expiring $760,000 US salary...

Canucks Release 2010/2011 Preseason Schedule

Canucks Release 2010/2011 Preseason Schedule

From the Vancouver Canucks: The Vancouver Canucks released their 2010 pre-season schedule today featuring eight games beginning September 21 and concluding October 1. The Canucks begin the pre-season with a split squad playing one game at home and one game away against Calgary on September 21. Both games will begin at 7 pm local time. Vancouver will play the remaining six games both home and away against the Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks. In total, the Canucks will play four pre-season games at General Motors Place and four on the road. Each game features a Western Conference...

Canucks Re-Sign Aaron Rome

Canucks Re-Sign Aaron Rome

According to the Vancouver Sun, the Canucks have re-signed defenseman Aaron Rome to a new contract: Rome, 26, played in 49 games with Vancouver this season after being acquired via free agency last summer. He finished his first season with the Canucks registering four points (0-4-4) and 24 penalty minutes. Rome will earn $750,000 US a season on his new deal. He made $525,000 US last season. “He definitely wanted to be part of what the Canucks are doing,” Rome’s Vancouver-based agent Kevin Epp said of his client. “It’s unfortunate the way it ended for him being injured in the...

Cory Schneider: Backup Goaltender and Trade Bait

Cory Schneider: Backup Goaltender and Trade Bait

I originally started this post as part of a series to discuss what the Canucks should do with certain players as they near the draft and free agency. Now that the team has re-signed Cory Schneider to a 2-year, $900,000 contract, I’ve had to do a complete re-write. It didn’t surprise me that the Canucks signed Schneider to a new contract. After a couple of successful seasons with the Manitoba Moose, Schneider seems poised to make the jump to the NHL, and his RFA status only makes him that much more of an attractive target for offer sheets. (In 2009/2010,...

Moose Calling Claude Noel

Moose Calling Claude Noel

The search for Scott Arniel’s replacement as head coach of the Manitoba Moose appears close to being concluded. From Ben Kuzma (Vancouver Province): Claude Noel could succeed Scott Arniel as head coach of the Manitoba Moose, The Province has learned. The Vancouver Canucks have interviewed Noel to fill their AHL affiliate vacancy after the interim Columbus Blue Jackets bench boss was replaced by Arniel on June 8. Noel has a year left on his contract, but has an out-clause if he joins another organization. “He’s a very well thought of guy in the industry, has a terrific record and takes...

Burrows Has Shoulder Surgery, Out For A Few Months

Burrows Has Shoulder Surgery, Out For A Few Months

Alex Burrows had surgery on his injured shoulder last week and may miss the start of the 2010-2011 season. From Brad Ziemer (Vancouver Sun): Winger Alex Burrows had shoulder surgery last week to repair a torn labrum and it is far from certain he will be ready to play when the Canucks open the regular season in early October. Paul Corbeil, Burrows’ agent, said Monday that he does not expect Burrows to be ready for training camp and suggested he could also miss the early part of the regular season. “He may not be ready to play until sometime in...

Scott Arniel moves from Manitoba to Columbus

Scott Arniel moves from Manitoba to Columbus

According to Aaron Portzline (Columbus Dispatch), the Columbus Blue Jackets have hired Manitoba Moose coach Scott Arniel as their new head coach. After a two-month search that included one public rejection, the Blue Jackets have hired Scott Arniel to be their coach, The Dispatch has learned via multiple NHL sources. Arniel, who has coached the AHL’s Manitoba Moose the last four seasons, will be introduced at a news conference at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Neither Arniel nor Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson would comment when contacted by The Dispatch. Arniel is the third straight Moose head coach to make the...

Willie Mitchell calls out Colin Campbell

Willie Mitchell calls out Colin Campbell

Willie Mitchell talked to the media today, the first time he has done so since Evgeni Malkin rammed him into the boards, gave him a concussion and finished his season. You’ll notice just after the six-minute mark, Willie starts ripping into Colin Campbell: I’m not happy with the hit I took. We’re taught from a young age that you don’t hit from behind and I had my numbers facing a player and in a dangerous zone, in a dangerous spot, and he hit me. More than that, I’m disappointed in the league. I’m disappointed in Colin Campbell. Disappointed that he...

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