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07-06-2013, 03:02 PM
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Canucks sign UFAs Jeremie Blain, Alex Biega, Pascal Pelletier to Two-Way Deals

Three minor-league signings, figured we could condense it into one thread.

Link for Biega, Blain: http://canucks.nhl.com/club/news.htm...id=DL|VAN|home

Source for Pelletier:

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Pascal Pelletier, former Bruin & Hawk who played for Canada at Spengler Cup has returned from Switzerland to sign two-way deal w Vancouver.
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Pelletier career stats:
http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=11731

- Seems like a good top-line forward for Utica.

Blain career stats:
http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=37074

- Depth defensemen for Utica, from where I sit.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=11427

- Veteran defenseman to pair with some of the prospects in Utica.

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I am almost as excited about Utica this year as I am about the Canucks! Feels good to have our own AHL team!

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Pelletier's a good AHL pickup. He put up really solid AHL numbers the first time and was a Captain of his team over in Switzerland.

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I am almost as excited about Utica this year as I am about the Canucks! Feels good to have our own AHL team!
Owning and building our own AHL team will go a long way in our development program. I am excited and hope the sports networks start airing some AHL games when the Nucks aren't playing.

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I am almost as excited about Utica this year as I am about the Canucks! Feels good to have our own AHL team!
I like all 3 signings. Some AHL depth to help the prospects develop.

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I thought they were giving those spots to our prospects!!!11!!1!

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I thought they were giving those spots to our prospects!!!11!!1!
THere are only so many spots for our prospects. It's not like we have 23 AHL ready prospects.

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THere are only so many spots for our prospects. It's not like we have 23 AHL ready prospects.
You missed the sarcasm.

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THere are only so many spots for our prospects. It's not like we have 23 AHL ready prospects.
I think he was being sarcastic.

Good signings for the farm team. I am very excited for next season!

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Good signings. You need some veteran leadership at the AHL level to teach the kids how to be professionals. It is not a Chicago situation where the AHL ownership is signing players and controls their ice time. Vancouver is signing them and they will know their rolls which is to provide leadership and to hopefully help provide a winning environment to develop in.

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Good for Utica, they needed some veteran AHL scorers. Could mean Jensen plays the right wing if he's going to be on the top line.

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Has the Pascal Pelletier signing been announced?

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Has the Pascal Pelletier signing been announced?
It will probably be announced by Monday.

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Pascal Pelletier... that name rings a bell.

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You missed the sarcasm.
I did, too many of our fans are the sky is falling. I apologize...and I like the signings

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I'm not sold on the AHL d hands so far but the forwards look good.

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Next step is to hire a coach, unless Pelltier is going to Reggie Dunlop it!

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Pascal Pelletier Signed - Really?

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks have signed left wing Pascal Pelletier, the club announced Sunday.

The 30-year-old played in 46 games last season with Langnau of the Swiss League where he had 19 goals and 35 points with 76 penalty minutes.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward has played in 13 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.

He's played in 357 career AHL games, collected 283 points and 277 penalty minutes.

Pelletier was a member of Canada's 2012 Spengler Cup winning team.

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Define two way contract. Then we can proceed.

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VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks have signed left wing Pascal Pelletier, the club announced Sunday.

The 30-year-old played in 46 games last season with Langnau of the Swiss League where he had 19 goals and 35 points with 76 penalty minutes.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward has played in 13 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.

He's played in 357 career AHL games, collected 283 points and 277 penalty minutes.

Pelletier was a member of Canada's 2012 Spengler Cup winning team.
You need somebody to play 1st line center on the farm. Guance and Horvat can't play in the AHL next year. Schroeder is expected to be on the Canucks. Lain and Friesen are #2 and #3 AHL centers at best.

Anyway, you can't field an AHL team made up entirely of 20-23 year olds with limited pro experience. You need 4-5 veteran players to help mentor the developing players. Mullen & Pelletier will be 2 of the players asked to bring veteran leadership to the team.

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Define two way contract. Then we can proceed.
Player gets $X if he plays in the NHL, $Y if he plays in the minors.

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I like all 3 signings. Some AHL depth to help the prospects develop.
Which is the complete opposite reaction on any post by the Canucks on Facebook regarding the same signings.

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07-07-2013, 11:43 PM
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Pelletier is a good signing... should help our prospects develop and also help Utica win a few games (and hopefully make the playoffs). AHL success is quite important for properly developing prospects tho i do wish some of the signings (if possible) were to AHL contracts instead of NHL contracts just so it doesn't count towards our contract cap.

Alex Biega i don't think would play any game for the 'nucks even if we have 4 dmans hurt and really no NHL upside... really just a depth move for the AHL so we probably could have given him an AHL contract instead of wasting a contract slot (tho i guess we do have some extra's right now, it never hurts to have a few more in case you get some surprises in training camp/invite). Given what appears to be a lack of leverage, probably should've tried giving him an AHL contract. Probably could give the same argument for Blain but given he's a few years younger with a bit more upside, there might be more interest in him.


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I'm not sold on the AHL d hands so far but the forwards look good.
I'm actually the opposite... i'm excited on the D more than the forward group. Mostly due to the fact the D looks like it will consist of 3-4 of our prospects and for most of them its probably a make or break year for their development.

Andersson looks like a lock to be top pairing and was probably the best dman on the team after the NHL season started (Tanev was probably the best before). Tommernes appears to be an interesting prospect who should slot right into Kconn's spot given the lack of offensive dman there. Corrado looked great in limited action if he actually spends the year there (probably would be lock for top pairing like Tanev was and likely perform even better than Tanev due to the simple fact he actually has a half decent shot!).

Polasek (no idea how to do those funny characters in his name) appears to be in a make or break year. Going into last year, he looked like he was progressing to be a decent bottom pairing NHL dman but last year he didn't really take any steps forward. Its contract year for him so if he wants a new deal, its make or break time. Yann Sauve, pretty much exact same situation (except you could argue he took a step back, he did look better in the ECHL... but again thats vs. lesser competition) and i'm guessing he's only getting a 1 year deal this time so might be his last chance.

Then you add in the "vets" (Mullen, Biega, and Blain) so to speak and you have what appears to be a fairly solid defense group (at least until injuries start happening).

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I'll be happy knowing that one of Pelletier or Santorelli is going to be centering Jensen in Utica next season.

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Is Pelletier a center as well? Thought he was a LW.

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