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Sedins ink 5 year $30.5 Million Extension

Sedins ink 5 year $30.5 Million Extension

In what has been an up and down drama all week Canucks fans can rest easy for the rest of the day. The tough work is done for now. After the Sedin’s accepted a 5 year 30.5 million dollar offer to come back as Canucks the collective remainder of Canuck nation heaved a giant sigh heard echoing through downtown. The Sedins had originally wanted a 12 year deal and it looks like Gillis won on that front getting them to stick to a 5 year deal. The cost was a larger cap hit which borders my comfort level with what...

The offer sheet option

The offer sheet option

The new compensation levels for signing restricted free agents (RFA) are in. Via HF Boards: $994,433 or below – No compensation Over $994,433 to $1,506,717 – 3rd round pick Over $1,506,717 to $3,013,433 – 2nd round pick Over $3,013,433 to $4,520,150 – 1st round pick and 3rd round pick Over $4,520,150 to $6,026,867 – 1st round pick, 2nd round pick and 3rd round pick Over $6,026,867 to $7,533,584 – Two 1st round picks, 2nd round pick and 3rd round pick Over $7,533,584 – Four 1st round picks Because these compensation levels are based on average player salaries, unlike the salary...

Free Agency – The Smaller Name Players

Free Agency – The Smaller Name Players

There are several smaller name players in the Canucks game who have equal importance to the team. This season the Canucks had depth they haven’t had before which proved beneficial in the long run and something that they should attempt to maintain, if the price is right. In particular there are RFAs Wellwood, O’Brien, Hansen, and UFAs Davison, Baumgartner, Vaananen, and Jaffray. Wellwood knows which side his bread is buttered and I don’t think he’s the type of player to hold out and make a scene, and if he was Gillis would drive him to the airport. Hansen provides a...

Less than 24 hours left for compromise

Less than 24 hours left for compromise

If Jack Bauer can save the world in 24 hours, surely Mike Gillis and the Sedins can compromise on a contract extension in the same time frame. Right? Some of the negotiation details that were leaked out in the past week are sketchy, but I’ll try my best to sift through them and determine where Gillis and the Sedins can compromise. The Sedins’ proposal was for identical, 12-year/$64 million contracts for each twin (front loaded in the amount of $43 million in the first 5 years); the cap hit works out to about $5.25 million each. (Jason Botchford, Vancouver Province)...

Free Agency – Mattias Ohlund

Free Agency – Mattias Ohlund

The Canucks’ Blue Line has in recent years been patrolled by one of the leagues’ best defenses which boasted grit, size, hard hitting, solid two way defensive play, offense, and which for 10 seasons was the stomping ground for Pitea native Mattias Ohlund. As July 1st approaches, Ohlund finds himself in a position he hasn’t faced since becoming a Canuck and his future as a Canuck looks grim. Mike Gillis’ tactics are past the game of hardball and since mid season when there was rumour of contract negotiation talks took place it’s been blatantly obvious Mattias Ohlund isn’t a part...

Kesler named to Team USA 2010 Orientation Camp

Kesler named to Team USA 2010 Orientation Camp

Ryan Kesler continues to get recognition for his breakout season. Fresh from his first Selke nomination as the NHL’s best defensive forward, he was named today to Team USA’s orientation camp roster. Among the forwards, Kesler joins guys like Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Patrick Kane and Phil Kessel – not a bad group to be associated with. The rest of the roster is here. Incidentally, David Backes was named to the roster as well. Maybe Kes will get a chance to say “hi” to Kelly in person.

Free Agency – Mats “I could furnish the penalty box with IKEA” Sundin

Free Agency – Mats “I could furnish the penalty box with IKEA” Sundin

The Canucks who have traditionally been rather passive when it comes to major deadlines like the trade deadline, and free agency, were the center of attention last year as they pursued the most coveted free agent of the 2008 summer – Mats Sundin. This year he’s a free agent again, less coveted and hyped, but equally as important to the Canucks now that he has had a chance to play on the team and prove his value. Now I know I was one of his hardest critics, but one thing people told me all through his season’s ups and downs...

Christmas in July is Just Around The Corner

Christmas in July is Just Around The Corner

With Free agency just a few days the focus has been all about the Sedins and everyone else seems to be forgotten. The potential long term deal to Luongo has distracted us further and all of a sudden we’ve forgotten that there are more than just two Canucks players hitting free agency. 2009 UFAs: Nolan Baumgartner, Jeff Cowan, Mark Cullen, Rob Davison, Jason Jaffray, Jason Krog, Jason Labarbera, Mattias Ohlund, Michel Ouellet, Taylor Pyatt, Curtis Sanford, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Mats Sundin and Ossi Vaananen. 2009 RFAs: Patrick Coulombe, Julien Ellis-Plante, Zach Fitzgerald, Jannik Hansen, Nathan McIver, Shane O’Brien, and...

Mr. Gillis, You Are Making a Mistake

Mr. Gillis, You Are Making a Mistake

Since hearing the news first break about the Sedins wanting a mammoth 12 year contract for $63 million each, there’s been little news of legitimate progress along those lines, or against them. I was recently discussing with Tyler of NHL Digest the value the Sedins have and how to measure their worth. Lets break it down then. They’re 82 point player. They’re point per game players during the regular and post season. For arguments sake lets look at players that get points in a +/- 4 point range from their 82 points. 86 – Joe Thronton 84 – Jeff Carter...

Draft day rumors

Draft day rumors

With the NHL Entry draft only a few hours away, the rumor mill is running rampant. Have the Canucks re-signed Roberto Luongo to a long-term extension? According to John Buccigross, he has; according to others, not quite but close. Have the Canucks acquired the negotiating rights to Jay Bouwmeester? As much as they’d like to, Mike Gillis isn’t too keen at the price. Are the Canucks moving up to draft Team Canada defenseman, Ryan Ellis? Talk is that they’re interested. Are the Canucks close to acquiring Dany Heatley? Well, the Canucks may be on Heatley’s wish list but the latest...

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