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06-25-2008, 11:20 AM
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Oh we've been through Byron Ritchie and Lee Goren on our PP in recent years, we can survive anything.
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06-25-2008, 11:20 AM
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Hopefully AV wips him into shape... low risk though, he stinks, put him on waivers again

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06-25-2008, 11:21 AM
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Ryan Walter work your magic!

I dunno how I feel about this. Though they are obviously getting the Steve Sullivan / Marc Savard hype of this guy. It just better not affect our ability to sign Hossa.

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06-25-2008, 11:22 AM
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IF this isn't Gillis' move to add a 2nd line center, then I am happy with it. If training camp rolls around and we still don't have a legit center, someone's head is going to roll.

PS: Does anyone know if Wellwood was a client of Gillis?

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06-25-2008, 11:22 AM
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I think they need Roger Takahashi for this one. Start him out on the Grouse Grind with the prospects on Friday.

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Gillis won't touch this guy because of his attitude and conditioning problems.
You were saying?

Good luck to Kyle in Vancouver. If he starts to take his conditioning seriously, he can be a good player.

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06-25-2008, 11:23 AM
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IF this isn't Gillis' move to add a 2nd line center, then I am happy with it. If training camp rolls around and we still don't have a legit center, someone's head is going to roll.

PS: Does anyone know if Wellwood was a client of Gillis?
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06-25-2008, 11:23 AM
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Hopefully AV wips him into shape... low risk though, he stinks, put him on waivers again
Wow, I'm tired of the "Low risk" Wellwood has no heart, no grit and is soft. Just what we need.

Gillis is starting to be Nonis2

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06-25-2008, 11:26 AM
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i suppose this means that Mo won't be back for sure now.

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06-25-2008, 11:27 AM
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This could turn out to be a good addition for the Canucks if Wellwood turns his season around this year. Good pickup IMO as of right now

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I'm honestly not that familiar with him as a player...what are the actual chances he pulls a Marc Savard? I realize he has 108 points in 189 career NHL games.

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06-25-2008, 11:29 AM
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Wow, I'm tired of the "Low risk" Wellwood has no heart, no grit and is soft. Just what we need.

Gillis is starting to be Nonis2
You can't even begin to validate that statement yet. If training camp rolls along, and Hodgson and Wellwood are the two guys battling for the number two center spot, then yes, you can go ahead and make that claim. (Plus Nonis picked up guys with "good plumber" upsides, never really any guys with "Great PP" upsides.) Putting a "project" in as a top 6 winger was the Nonis all the way, but we have no idea if Gillis is going that route yet. Oh July 1st, we wait for you so.....


But as for now, all Gillis has done is pick up a guy, who if properly motivated, has slick hands and can help out a team that had an awful awful powerplay. At worst, he comes in fat, and is sent off to the waivers again. Look at last year, with injuries, we ended up having to throw Ritchie on the PP. Well, at the very least, Wellwood would be able to handle that duty should injuries rack up and we need to throw a body out there to help run the PP.

As of right now, all this does is give Gillis more options, at the cost of basically nothing.



Though if anything, we should hire Elisha Cuthbert to help Wellwood sweat off some of those pounds.


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I realize the Canucks need centers, but this move baffles me. He can't play on a checking or energy line. Can he get in shape and crack the 2nd line? Maybe.

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Low risk, potentially high reward move here. Wellwood won't be making very much so it isn't a huge deal if it doesn't work out.

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i suppose this means that Mo won't be back for sure now.
Replacing one guy with a history of injuries with another.

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06-25-2008, 11:32 AM
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I'm guessing that Gillis sees Wellwood as a contingency plan. This gives him the opportunity to negotiate exclusively for a week. Can't say I like the move, but I won't criticize it until I see how the team shapes up over the next couple weeks.

Maybe they think he can help them lure Sundin. haha

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06-25-2008, 11:34 AM
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Wellwood used to have a leading role on our powerplay. He's got great vision on the ice and can be a great playmaker and passer. As you all are aware, he lacks motivation. In an interview with the FAN yesterday, he admitted the reasons Toronto cut him loose are primarily due to his poor conditioning. Everyone in Toronto was high on him at one point, but his sports hernia really set him back. He even admits he doesn't train in the off-season.

He's also an awful skater, shies away from contact, is lazy, and he was benched a half-dozen times last year (and if you can't crack our roster, that's just sad). Maybe changing teams will be a wakeup call for him.

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06-25-2008, 11:34 AM
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No big deal, you meet with the guy in the next couple days, outline his summer conditioning program, and if he balks, let him walk on the 1st.

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You can't even begin to validate that statement yet. If training camp rolls along, and Hodgson and Wellwood are the two guys battling for the number two center spot, then yes, you can go ahead and make that claim. (Plus Nonis picked up guys with "good plumber" upsides, never really any guys with "Great PP" upsides.)


But as for now, all Gillis has done is pick up a guy, who if properly motivated, has slick hands and can help out a team that had an awful awful powerplay. At worst, he comes in fat, and is sent off to the waivers again. Look at last year, with injuries, we ended up having to throw Ritchie on the PP. Well, at the very least, Wellwood would be able to handle that duty should injuries rack up and we need to throw a body out there to help run the PP.

As of right now, all this does is give Gillis more options, at the cost of basically nothing.



Though if anything, we should hire Elisha Cuthbert to help Wellwood sweat off some of those pounds.
But Gillis has been preaching character and intelligence as pre requisites as to what he is looking for. By all accounts Wellwood has neither.

While indeed low risk, It just seems like an odd move.

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Waiver wire claims have the be the single most criticized moves on these boards BY FAR. Though I will admit Beech was terrible. Cowan was momentarily a hero around here, and the contract was a different issue then the waiver claim.

It's a WAIVER CLAIM...seriously what sort of the end of the franchise stuff could it cause.

I wonder if we have the outside chance of signing Wellwood to a two-way contract. That would be sick.

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After watching the utter lack of offensive creativity on the second PP unit for so many years, I'm actually OK with this move. It sounds like his biggest problem is his ego, so this kind of public humiliation could be all he needs to turn his game around. It will be obvious to everyone by the first week of camp how he responds to this, so where is the risk?

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06-25-2008, 11:38 AM
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Wellwood used to have a leading role on our powerplay. He's got great vision on the ice and can be a great playmaker and passer. As you all are aware, he lacks motivation. In an interview with the FAN yesterday, he admitted the reasons Toronto cut him loose are primarily due to his poor conditioning. Everyone in Toronto was high on him at one point, but his sports hernia really set him back. He even admits he doesn't train in the off-season.

He's also an awful skater, shies away from contact, is lazy, and he was benched a half-dozen times last year (and if you can't crack our roster, that's just sad). Maybe changing teams will be a wakeup call for him.

Yep, that's all we can hope for. Some players have all the talent in the world, but don't bother trying to play hard. We've seen it with Druken, and I'm sure we'll see it countless times again.


All we can do is hope that this wakes Wellwood up and makes him realize his NHL dream is starting to slip away, so he better damn well start working out in the off-seasons. He needs to lay off the Grant Fuhr "Pack a day" workout regiment that used to work so well in the 80's!

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No big deal, you meet with the guy in the next couple days, outline his summer conditioning program, and if he balks, let him walk on the 1st.
He has a broken foot, don't expect him in shape for camp. He can't even be in shape when he's healthy.

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06-25-2008, 11:41 AM
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Lots of complaining. . .

There's no way Gillis is going to claim that Wellwood is the answer for our top 6. He's a smart man and he knows hockey. Only a moron would make that claim.

Can somebody, maybe one of the whiners, tell me please, what's the downside of claiming a guy without a contract off of waivers?

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i dunno what to do with my wellwood jersey

i wish leafs could have kept him around another year and given him another shot in a new system. He could end up being a great pickup for you guys.

My theory is he will play really well for u guys in camp/preseason and the beginning of the season then settle down. he seems to play well when hes got something to prove, and be lazy when he's "comfortable"

he definitely has nice hands and good passing and talent but had an inconsistent underachieving year last season, not much of a physical player either

I wish him all the best with u guys

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