A Competitive Camp 2008

Posted October 7, 2008 by thechiefcanuck
Categories: Vancouver Canucks

Jason Krog – signed to a one way deal
Jeff Cowan – on a one way deal
Matt Pettinger – on a one way deal

Not one of them made the team.  What does that tell you.

GM Mike Gillis wanted a competitive camp, and wanted guys to work for their jobs.  But more than that, he’s shown he’s willing to pay these guys big bucks to play in the minors.  And with them keeping guys on two-way deals, it tells you that money is not the issue at hand, but rather, that he is going to keep the best player on the main roster and you’re going to need to work for you spot. 

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Retribution

Posted July 9, 2008 by thechiefcanuck
Categories: Vancouver Canucks

St. Louis signed the newly acquired Canuck, Steve Bernier, to a one year, 2.5 million dollar deal.  Less than a week after he was obtained via trade from the Buffalo Sabres for a 2nd and 3rd round pick. 

Clearly the Blues didn’t think that the Canucks would not accept the offer sheet and take a single 2nd round pick in return after just giving up more than that to obtain him.

I think this was a little childish from the St. Louis Blues organization.  I can’t even see John Davidson wanting to do this.  He’s too classy for a move like this.  Look at how swiftly he accepted the offer sheet given to David Backes despite pressure from other GM’s to make Gillis wait out the full 7 days.

Seems like an ownership battle to me.

The Chief Canuck

The Rising Cap

Posted July 7, 2008 by thechiefcanuck
Categories: Vancouver Canucks

I have a hard time underestanding why the public is SO overly concerned about the rising cap in the NHL.  I hear no complaints from NHL teams, despite the fact the floor is now as high as the Cap was 4 years ago.

Want to know why?

More Revenue and Profit Sharing.  Think about this.  A cap of 40M per team, with a 30 team league, along with a salary spend of 54% of total revenue, equals about (40M * 30 teams / .54) 2.2 Billion in Annual Revenue.  If the Cap is now 54.7M, then the League’s Revenues would be (56.7M * 30 teams / .54) 3.15 Billion.

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A New Direction?

Posted July 2, 2008 by thechiefcanuck
Categories: Vancouver Canucks

Signings to date – July 2nd

Curtis Sanford – Resigned 1 year; 700K?
Darcy Hordichuk – 3 years; 750K/season
Ryan Johnson – 2 years; 1.15m/season
Kyle Wellwood – 1 year; 977K

Darcy, Ryan, & Kyle essentially replace Byron Ritchie, Brad Isbister, & Trevor Linden in the bottom six forwards.  With Wellwood, there is definitely a skill level upgrade there.  But this isn’t what Gillis had in mind when stating the team needed to make bold moves.

Mats Sundin offer of 2 years at 10m per season is BOLD.  But it has so far failed to bring him to the West Coast.  At this point, I don’t think Mats is going to make it out here, despite the bold offer.

The 3 year offer sheet for David Backes was also very bold.  They took a player that was making just over 650K per season and offered him 3 years at 2.5m.  And they were calculated in picking a team and a position that they felt would have to think hard about whether or not they want to accept this contract.  St. Louis didn’t even blink before filing papers with the league to keep him a member of their hockey club. 

So far bold has gotten this hockey club absolutely nothing.  My question is, what other tricks do you have up your sleeve Mr. Gillis.  I’m still waiting for a new direction.

The Chief Canuck

A Roster Move

Posted June 25, 2008 by thechiefcanuck
Categories: Vancouver Canucks

After pulling a no show at the NHL Entry Draft Last weekend, Gillis makes his first major player move by picking up Kyle Wellwood from the Toronto Maple Leafs on waivers.

I’m definately surprised that TO let this guy go, he has a ton of talent.  But the knock on him has been his conditioning and that has resulted in 2 injury filled seasons.

Maybe this is why:

I saw a comment from a Vancouver fan that said:

‘Kyle Wellwood needs to understand that drinking beer beside the pool when you have a broken foot is MY method of rehab, and I’m not giving him permission to use it anymore.’

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it all pans out.  Maybe with Gillis’ strong approach to player development, he’ll be able to take some of these project players and turn them into true professionals.

THE CHIEF CANUCK

Trading the First Round Pick

Posted June 12, 2008 by thechiefcanuck
Categories: Vancouver Canucks

I’ve touched on this a few years ago, but I believe that NO team should ever trade away their first round draft pick.  Ever.

It’s your best chance at building your team.  A good draft for an NHL franchise is to have two players become full-time NHLer’s.  The first round gives you the best opportunity to get one of those, and one of those that can eventually play on one of the top 2 lines, a top 2 defenceman, or a future starting goaltender.

Don’t trade it Mike.  Don’t make this your first step in reshaping our team.  It simply tells me you don’t know what it takes to make a team successful in perpetuity.

See the rumour here:  http://www.thefourthperiod.com/news/van080611.html

The Chief Canuck

Mellanby Joins the Canucks

Posted May 14, 2008 by thechiefcanuck
Categories: Vancouver Canucks

Here’s the article from the Canucks website.  And another one from TSN.

Doesn’t this sound like a position that Trevor Linden should be sitting in?  Why Scott Mellanby with no connections to this city whatsoever.

I’m a little disgusted right now. 

Updated: Mellanby is not even moving here.  There goes your connection to the Vancouver Hockey Fan.  Despite not having a Stanley Cup, this team has done an amazing job of staying connected with the city.  Now Gillis has hired someone, who can’t be bothered to even move here. 

The Chief Canuck