Archive for September 28, 2006

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

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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