Archive for September 2006

Goalie Wire – Columbus

September 29, 2006

This one wasn’t on my radar.  But Ty Conklin was waived by the Columbus Blue Jackets today.  They’ve elected to go with Fredrik Norrena as back-up to Pascal Leclaire today.

Conklin has shown brilliance at some points, but faltered more often than not.  Which resulted in Edmonton going out and getting Roloson at the trade deadline.  The rest they say is history.

I wouldn’t expect Nonis to move on Conklin.  I think he would have seen enough of him last year to know that he’s not what this team needs as far as depth in goal.

The Chief Canuck

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Canucks Trim Roster

September 29, 2006

The team is starting to resemble what it’s going to look like on opening night.

The following players have been assigned to the Manitoba Moose:

Bouck, Tyler Right Wing Manitoba Moose AHL
Brown, Mike Right Wing Manitoba Moose AHL
Edler, Alexander Defence Manitoba Moose AHL
Goren, Lee Right Wing Manitoba Moose AHL
MacIntyre, Drew Goaltender Manitoba Moose AHL
McIver, Nathan Defence Manitoba Moose AHL
Reid, Brandon Centre Manitoba Moose AHL
Schultz, Jesse Right Wing Manitoba Moose AHL
Tremblay, Yannick Defence Manitoba Moose AHL

The following player has been assigned to his junior team:

Grabner, Michael Right Wing Spokane Chiefs WHL

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Preseason Game File: Canucks 4 Oilers 5

September 28, 2006

I’m working on a format for a game review for the regular season.  Be patient with me as I continue work this out. 

Preseason Game: 5

Record: 1-5-0

Canuck Scorers: Burrows, Kesler, Coulombe, Hansen

Shots on Net: 19

Opposition Shots on Net: 21

THE GOOD

Kesler proved to be in fine form.  Despite his 3 points, the homer selection crew of the 3 stars decided to give all three to Edmonton players (they all played well, but come on, he got 3 points). 

Let me clarify somethign about Marc Chouinard.  It was the media that said he’s a faceoff specialist, not the Canucks.  So any expectation that he’s the guy to put in the circle for crucial end of game face off’s is incorrect.  He’s here for his work ethic and defensive skills.  But for those of you still set on making him our faceoff specialist, he did improve to 55% last night.

THE BAD

Despite the young guys working hard, too many mistakes were made, which resulted in numerous breakaways and5 goals. 

THE UGLY

Wade Flaherty, our only option right now to backup Roberto Luongo let in 5 goals.  Ouch.  I wonder if they’ll give him another chance?

The Chief Canuck

Goalie Wire – Chicago

September 28, 2006

While I’m still not sure if Boucher obtained the one-way contract he was looking for, I do know that Sebastian Caron was put on waivers this week from Chicago. 

Best guess is that is exactly what happened after Lalime got injured.

Here is another possibility in goal for the Canucks, and with Caron’s relatively inexpensive one year NHL contract at $646k, it makes it a possible solution for the Canucks depth chart.

Caron has been a pro for 5 years after being drafted 86th overall by the Penguins in the 1999 Entry Draft.  During that time he has played in a respectable 90 NHL contests on some miserable Pittsburgh teams.

I’m a little surprised that 3 goalies have already been sent through waivers with a week still left in training camp.  Clearly they know that there is a high possibility of these goalies getting claimed on their way down and doing it early allows them enough to time find a replacement should they be taken.

The Chief Canuck

Goalie Wire – Dallas

September 28, 2006

Dallas came to a decision early on their goaltending and are trying to send Dan Ellis down to the farm.  Dallas had Ellis and Mike Smith fighting for the backup role behind Turco this year.

Ellis reportedly felt that he lost this job last year when him and Smith were battling for ice time with the Des Moines Bucaneers.

Dan Ellis is currently on a one year deal paying only $450 at the NHL level.  That is definately right in the Canucks price range.  If the Canucks were going to pick up anyone on the waiver wire, you have to think that Ellis would definately be a great option for them.  At a minimum it adds some depth to their farm club which is sorely needed. 

Dallas has to know that they were going to lose one of these guys this year.  I have a couple theories on why they did this so much in advance of the season starting. 

First, they may be trying to see if they can catch other teams off guard before they set their rosters for the season and sneak him through the waiver wire.  The other theory is that because they know they’ll lose him, they want to have it happen now, so that they can pick someone else up later and put them down on the farm.  There would be no point in waiting it out and leave themselves hanging in the balance right before the season. 

Dallas had to have seen what happened with the Canucks depth last year when Washington picked up Brent Johnson when they tried to send him to Manitoba when the season started.

Either way, don’t be surprised to see Dan Ellis join the Canucks organization in the next few days.  There are other options out there, but this one makes a whole bunch of sense.

The Chief Canuck

Clouts

September 28, 2006

Okay, I admit it.  I like Dan Cloutier.  I’ve always liked Dan Cloutier. 

Mind you, I was on vacation when the Lidstrom goal happened, so I never felt the same level of frustration as other Vancouver fans had to face.

But seriously, how can you not love a guy that will stick up for your team the way Cloutier would.  The time I saw this clip of Cloutier taking on Salo when he was with the Rangers left me with a vivid impression of a guy that won’t give up… ever.

Or how about this clip of him stepping up and taking on Roloson?

Another favourite memory of Cloutier was when he got into it with Scott Mellanby and slashed him while the referee was already trying to hold him back. 

Needless to say, it’s this competitive nature that convinced Marc Crawford to talk to Dean Lombardi about bringing him to L.A.  And now today, Lombardi’s signed him to a two year contract extension, effectively keeping him a King until 2009. 

Wow. 

I honestly didn’t see that one coming.  Especially with Garon and LaBarbera in their system already.  Apparently they saw enough of these guys last year to know they aren’t going to be able to compete for the No. 1 job ever.

Lombardi is no Burke when it comes to goalies.  This guy’s track records shows that he knows what he’s doing.  A significant amount of depth in the San Jose Shark organization is because of Lombardi’s great drafting.  He’s obtained Nabokov, Kiprusoff, Toskala, & the up and coming Nolan Schaeffer (yes, he is the brother of Peter Who!).

Clearly they believe in this guy.  Don’t be surprised to see Cloutier take the Kings to a playoff berth and get over 30 wins in his first season there.

 The Chief Canuck

Canuck Trade Rumour – Cooke : Hartnell

September 27, 2006

This is a trade rumour with some legs. 

It’s been well documented that the Canucks could use some depth down the right wing with the loss of Carter & Bertuzzi.

However, the team is waiting to see if any of their young guys can step in and fill this void.  That’s been a problem to date though.  The problem started when Jason King & Josef Balej signed to play in Europe this season.  Both had the potential to not only make the team, but also get onto one of the scoring lines.

Jesse Shultz broke through as a potent scorer in the AHL last year after not being drafted by an NHL team.  Yet, he’s played himself out of a roster spot since coming to camp.

Pyatt, Reid, & Kesler are all options.  Pyatt is likely the only one that is primed for any kind of breakout.  Kesler is getting better, but he’s not ready for second line duty and moving him to the wing may do more harm than good at this point in his development.

So, there are options, but there’s another one that got me thinking today

The Deal: Trading Matt Cooke for Scott Hartnell from Nashville.  You can expect Nashville to get a lot of interest from other teams on Hartnell, but the Cooke option makes a lot of sense for them and the Canucks.

After losing Scott Walker this summer to free agency, Nashville needs a bit of grit if they are going to make a push deep into the playoffs.  They consider themselves a Stanley Cup contender’s and need to make moves that show this.

Matt Cooke fits that bill perfectly and Scott Hartnell gives the Canucks a proven number two right winger.

Salary Cap:  A trade is only realistic these days if you’ve made consideration of the salary cap of the teams involved.  Cooke earns 1.5 million this season and next.  Hartnell earns 1.75 and will be a UFA at the end of the season.  As much as I don’t like the idea of trading Cooke for a player that will become a free agent at the end of the year, if they can get him early in the year, it will make for a decent deal.  I’d expect to get a bit more than Hartnell back due to the difference in salary and his UFA status, but this may take the form of a pick.

You should see a trade like this take place if the Canucks struggle to find chemistry in their scoring lines over the next few preseason games.  They’ll be left with no other choice.

The Chief Canuck