Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wellwood Signs for 1.2 Million

So the has up today that Wellwood has signed with the Canucks for 1 year. As per club policy, terms of the deal was not disclosed, but as per The Province reporting policy, they can be found here. It's 1 year at 1.2 million.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Wellwood Arbitration

The hearing took 4 hours today, with each side getting 90 minutes to present their case and then offer a rebuttal.
No agreement has been made as of today, and the arbitrator will make his ruling by Thursday.

The Canucks are offering Wellwood a raise of $2500 to his salary of $997,500 salary last year. It kinda sounds bad when you say it like that, no?

They are actually just rounding up to a cool $1 million dollars. Fair I'd say based on his play from last year. Yes he did get 18 goals...but he also did go through a 21 game stretch with nada. It was frustrating to watch, kinda like watching Bernier not being able to bury those goals like he should have....but let's not dwell on the past.

So we should hear the news on Thursday from the arbitrator unless they somehow come to an agreement mutually before then. Hopefully no feeling or scales were broken at the hearing...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Wellwood Arbitration Tomorrow

...and really that's all that is interesting about the Canucks these days. The Province feels the same way about this, heck, they're not even writing a story about it. They just posted a headline about the arbitration and told readers that basically "it's too hot outside so just talk amongst yourselves" . Priceless.

Cycle Like the Sedins' re-draft is well underway now, we're up to #26 with the Sabres taking Zetterberg. I didn't explain the point of spending the time re-drafting the league since it all started so quick, so, besides summer hockey boredom, we will use the NHL 10 simulation to see which team will will end up the best team. There is a salary cap of 57 million and the order is a reverse snake, so I will have picks 57 and 63 coming up next. I'll keep you posted as I get closer to the picking.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

With the second pick, Vancouver selects...

...Sidney Crosby. How could I not?

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

CLS Re-Drafts the League

What do hockey bloggers do when there is no hockey to talk about?

We decide to re-draft the league. No joke. This is what hockey bloggers do when they don't have their daily fix of hockey. Check out the message board here. I can't wait to see the attempt at coordination that will occur over the next few days.

Vancouver has ended up with the #2 pick, which we all know in real-life that would never happen, because, let's face it Vancouver, we love mediocrity here. But let's step aside from our love of winning just enough to give the ticket holders a little hope that maybe next year is our year, and dare to dream a little.

Five Hole Fanatics (Calgary) had the first pick with Alex Ovechkin, so he's off the market...

So here's my question Vancouver fans: If you could pick any player currently playing in the NHL right now, who would YOU pick with your 2nd pick? Which superstar do you design your team around?

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Apologies to readers...

This is my half-assed attempt at an apology, that I'm only kinda sorry for.

So I have been a little MIA in the blogging world these days. There were some players transactions which were a little exciting for like 5 minutes, but that's over and done with now (for the most part). The schedule was released this week, and it looks like I will be attending a ridiculous amount of home games in December and January, interrupted by the Olympics (that I will be staying in town for, unless someone convinces me Mexico really is gonna be more fun than Holland House) then a ton more home games in March. But all in all, hockey has be well....not really happening. No?

Instead of hockey...I have been spending far too much time on Lainey Gossip....god I love her. She's the only gossip smut I can read, and is she ever good.

I've also been reading a ton of books. I love book swaps. Especially from L's bookshelf and maybe her roommates (who doesn't notice that I've taken anything). Tonight I'm going to go fanout over HP tonight. If you are anywhere near the Scotiabank theatre tonight...that will be me squealing in excitement leaving the theatre. You may feel free to pretend you don't know who I am if this embarrasses you.

So this post was mostly just to say that I'm not dead or anything...just not blogging madly like I was during the regular season. I'll blog when I find something interesting to talk about...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Canucks Schedule Released

Sorry, no thoughts on it now, have to make this quick, but click here for the full schedule.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

State of the Franchise Info

Here's some info about tonight. You need tickets to go, if you don't have them, I think will stream the event.


Please join us for the 12th annual State of the Franchise, where you will have the opportunity to hear directly from our General Manager, Mike Gillis and other team personnel.



5:00PM TO 6:15PM
  • Canucks Family BBQ – enjoy hot dogs, sides and non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will also be available.
  • Interactive Zone – shoot to win great prizes, test out your NHL hockey skills on Playstation and have your picture taken with FIN, the Olympia, Canucks Pay-Per-View TV sets and much more
  • Canucks prospects - Meet some of the future Canucks stars in town for Development Camp
  • Formal portion of the event - fans will have the opportunity to ask Mike Gillis and other members of the Canucks organization questions about the team, next season, and any other topics of interest.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

State of the Franchise Tommorrow

The Canucks will have their annual State of the Franchise tomorrow night at GM Place. Season ticket holders will get to meet the Canucks prospects, check out some interactive zone do some family Canuck stuff like take a photo with Fin.

The formal portion of the event: fans will have the opportunity to ask Mike Gillis and other members of the Canucks organization questions about the team, next season, and any other topics of interest.

It all goes down at 6pm tomorrow night, you need tickets to get in, but I heard that will be streaming the feed of it. I'll try to take some pics and post them when I get back from it. If you are going, send me an e-mail.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Canucks Sign Tanner Glass and Mike Funk

Props to Canadian vs. the Yanks, where I read that the Canucks have signed forward Tanner Glass. I don't know much about him, but she seems pretty excited to have the Canucks pick him can read more about her excitement about Glass here.

The Canucks have also signed free agent defenceman Michael Funk to a 1 year, two-way contract. He has had a few concussions (2) and post concussion syndrome this year. He was supposed to become Buffalo's RFA this summer, but they chose not to offer him a contract. Funk had interest also from Calgary and Ottawa, but this home town boy (from Abbotsford) chose to sign a contract with the Canucks

Monday, July 6, 2009

Quick contract stuff about O'Brien, Raycroft and Wellwood

Sorry for the lack of stuff going on here....I spent an amazing 3 days up in the Okanagan this weekend with no internet. This weekend had great friends, campfires, lots and lots of wine tasting...oh and sun! Just a few quick things today, since my brain is not functioning properly from my exhaustion.

Guess what happened today? Shane O'Brien agreed to a 1 year contract extension! Wooo! The contract is worth 1.6 million. There were a few times this season that I thought that SOB's time was over as a Canuck...such as when he was in Vigneault's doghouse or the times he was yapping to the media about his discontent. But the Canucks were patient and didn't trade him... and he even got his first goal as a Canuck!

The Canucks also signed Andrew we shall see what this means for Cory Schneider, whether he'll be traded or competing with Raycroft to be the backup. Whatever happens, the contract was super cheap at $500, 000.

And, Wellwood has filed for salary arbitration.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Are you disapointed?

From Day 1 of the free agent frenzy:
  • I hear people are disappointed in Vancouver about Gillis' day 1 of free agency. I'm not. Maybe because it was expected that the Sedins would re-signed, so it didn't seem like a big deal, but it was. Gillis was able to convince the Sedins to work on much shorter term than they requested and still managed to re-sign them. The deals come with a no movement clause.
  • Mattias Ohlund is now a Tampa Bay Lightning, he signed a 7 year contract for 26.25 million dollars. Congratulations to him.
  • The Canucks have signed Aaron Rome. Who? Um he's just some defenceman that has been added for depth. Not much to talk about here.
I think we'll see more from Gillis tomorrow while he tries to fill in the holes for the Canucks. We still need a defenceman, a couple forwards (depending on how big of a role he is expecting Hodgson and Grabner to play next year) and a backup goalie.

Sedins in Vancouver for 5 more years!

TSN reports that the Sedins have re-signed a pair of 5 year contracts at 6.1 million a year.
Vancouver fans now collectively exhale....

Vancity Canuck on CLS

I've invaded Cycle Like the Sedins can find the link for my post here.

To read more from Vancity Canuck, read her Vancouver Canucks blog as well as her work at The Hockey Bay. Thanks again, VC!

1. Which player, for the love of God, do you NOT want to see in your team's sweater in the 09-10 season?

Any player with a girl's name, namely Marian.

Gaborik: When he's not injured, he's a really exciting player to watch. But he does get injured, 27 injuries since 2000 injured. There's also a lot of obstacles when you play in Vancouver, he could trip and break his leg on the seawall, sprain his ankles on the Grouse Grind, break both legs snowboarding on the mountains...or just trip on some electrical tape.

Marian Hossa really might be the best in the litter, but I can't get over the feeling that he's cursed in the Stanley Cup Finals.

2. Conversely, pick a potential move by another team that would just crush your soul/favorite team's chances.

Bouwmeester in Calgary! Imagine having Jay Bo and Phaneuf shutting down Vancouver's top two lines six times a year. I want him on my team, and if we can't have him, I'd rather see him in an Oilers jersey than being a Flamer.