The Free Agent frenzy underway, Canucks fans are waiting with baited breath to see what Gillis’ next move will be. After making a small move and grabbing Aaron Rome formerly of Columbus for 550,000 for one year, Gillis is playing smart. He’s courting Free Agents that can handle waiting a day or two before signing their lives away a la Hossa to the tune of 12 years 60 million. Gillis’ plan involves getting younger, getting faster, and as is always the case, increasing scoring. The Canucks now need to find a top 4 defenseman and top 6 forward. So what...Click here to read more.
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The Canucks made their first signing this free agent season by inking defenseman Aaron Rome to a one-year, one-way deal worth $525,000. Rome has spent the last couple of years in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, but only played in 25 NHL games. No doubt this is a depth move a la last year’s Rob Davison signing, though at only 25 years old, perhaps there’s potential for Rome to stick longer with the Canucks. Here’s his Hockey Futures profile: Rome is a self-described stay at home defenseman who can add a little offense. He is a strong skater with great...Click here to read more.
With the Sedins now locked up for another 5 years with a no-movement clause – a contract term that will take them to 14 years of service with the Vancouver Canucks – it may be time to start paying attention to where they stand among the franchise’s all-time leading scorers. CANUCKS FRANCHISE LEADER IN POINTS [Table=31] CANUCKS FRANCHISE LEADER IN GOALS [Table=32] CANUCKS FRANCHISE LEADER IN ASSISTS [Table=33] In fact, the Sedins only need to average 60 points per season for the next 5 seasons to catch up to Markus Naslund as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Considering both have...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
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)...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
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...Click here to read more.
In talking about the Sedins’ contract extension talks this morning, Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province) mentioned something interesting: The Canucks’ bargaining strategy hinges on two things: The belief the twins were honest when they said they are willing to take less to stay in Vancouver, and the fact Gillis is willing to walk away. Without a deal nearing the middle of June, it’s clear Gillis believes life can go on without the twins. He wouldn’t have let it go this long if he didn’t believe he can reload without the Sedins. It’s neither ideal nor his first choice. Both the trade...Click here to read more.
Gillis made clear yesterday in a press conference that amongst his priorities of inking Kesler and Luongo to long term deals before they hit free agency, and re-signing the entire coachign staff, one of his foremost concerns (and rightly so) was re-signing the Sedins. There’s been talk that the Sedins are not worth re-signing and the Canucks should let them go. They’re asking for about 7 million dollars each, basically double what they earned per year under their old contract and while that may be warranted by the way their stats look, with the cap headed down, not this season...Click here to read more.