For this special, non-postgame Clay’s Canucks Commentary, I check in from St. Peter’s Square in Rome. Perhaps the Canucks need some Divine Intervention as they battle the Minnesota Wild for the division lead and fight to stay in the top 8 in the Western Conference. In this CCC, I quickly touch on the opportunity that exists for both Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo to seize the job of “number one goaltender”. They’ve been playing it down publicly (while joking around about it with James Duthis on TSN) and they’ve both been good in spurts, but not great. The team is...Click here to read more.
According to Elliott Pap (Vancouver Sun), there’s good news on the Canucks injury front. First, on Alex Edler: “Eddie has gone from week-to-week to day-to-day but obviously not tomorrow,” Vigneault said after preparing his skaters for Friday’s date with the soaring Washington Capitals. Edler hurt his left shoulder Dec. 8 in Nashville when checked into the sideboards by Shea Weber. The hard-shooting Swede has been skating for five days so his conditioning is not an issue. He’s just concerned about the shoulder’s ability to withstand body contact. Second, on Michael Grabner: Meanwhile, rookie Michael Grabner is also close to returning,...Click here to read more.
Photo credit: canucks.com Since Mike Gillis took over as Canucks GM, there has been a lot of talk about pouring more resources into scouting and player development. After two off-seasons now, it’s easy to see the positive impacts this has had in the system. I don’t think it’s a secret that Cody Hodgson and Michael Grabner disappointed this preseason, but looking at the bigger picture, we’ve now found out that the organization is deep enough that the team doesn’t have to rush them into the big leagues. They can afford to keep guys like Jordan Schroeder (NCAA), Anton Rodin (Sweden)...Click here to read more.
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.