Tuesday, June 29, 2010
In the third installment of the series, we synthesize the Canucks needs, and provide them with some options that are presently available via free agency.
As Part One demonstrated, the Canucks have scoring depth, but lack size and depth in their bottom six. GM Mike Gillis has come out and said that their third line needs to get bigger, so let's look at some options out there.
Let's take a look at who is under contract for next season, and their depth chart.
Line #1 - D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Burrows
The Canucks top line will likely remain intact, with reigning Hart Trophy winner Henrik Sedin centering Daniel Sedin and spark plug Alexandre Burrows. While Burrows may miss some time early with off-season surgery, this line should be together for the season, with occasional tinkering a la Mikael Samuelsson.
The Canucks sent forwards Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner, and their 1st Round pick (25th overall) to the Panthers in exchange for Defenceman Keith Ballard, and forward Viktor Oreskovich.
Many Vancouver fans and members of the media feel that the Canucks overpaid, and that is probably true - but let's analyze the deal a bit more.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Edging out Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby surprised some and certainly comes as an extreme honour to Henrik Sedin. In typical Sedin twin fashion however, he deflected the praise worthy of a Hart winner, stating that Ovechkin and Crosby were the two best players in the league, and how excited he is to be mentioned in the same breath as them and the previous greats who won the trophy.
As part of an 8 player deal, Byfuglien heads to Atlanta along with Ben Eager, Brent Sopel, and prospect Akim Aliu (you can read up on him here). Aliu is touted by some as a very underrated prospect, while Eager and Sopel are obviously useful journeymen at this stage. Heading back to Chicago are the Thrashers 1st round pick, (24th overall), a 2nd round pick, prospect Jeremy Morin , and journeyman forward Marty Reasoner.
As TSN.ca reports, Byfuglien, 25, had 17 goals and 17 assists in 82 games with Chicago last season. He became a hero to Chicago fans in the playoffs with clutch performances and five game-winning goals during the Blackhawks' post-season run.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Mission accomplished. The Blackhawks are as pre-occupied with Chris Pronger as the Vancouver Canucks were with Dustin Byfuglien. CBC reported before Game Five that the Blackhawks have been complaining to the league about Pronger's style of play going undisciplined, and apparently after Game 4 especially.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
"I couldn't hear him, I don't speak gibberish," said Pronger, who picked up a misconduct penalty at the very end and got into it with Eager.
Where's the puck, Pronger was asked.
"It's in the garbage," Pronger replied. "Where it belongs."
You shot a towel at Eager when he complained?
"So what," Pronger replied.
You're collecting pucks now?
"Why not? What's wrong? It's sitting there. What else is gonna happen to it? It's sitting there. Sure, why not. You got a problem with that?"
Are you gonna sell it on eBay?
"I don't know. Apparently, it got him upset. So I guess it worked, didn't it? It's too bad. I guess little things amuse little minds."
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Schneider, 24, played 60 games for the AHL's Manitoba Moose last season, collecting a career-high 35 wins, along with a .919 save percentage and four shutouts.
Canucks' fans may remember Schneider played two NHL games for the Canucks, including a marvelous performance against the Dallas Stars. He was credited with a loss, but stood on his head in making 45 saves in a 2-1 loss. At one point in that game that Canucks were outshot 40-16, while only trailing 1-0.