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07-01-2011, 11:57 PM
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News and Notes:

- The Salary Cap is $64.3 million for the 2011/2012 season, with an expected floor of $48 million.

July 7, 2011
- The Vancouver Canucks signed G Matt Climie to a contract
- The Vancouver Canucks signed D Alexander Sulzer to a contract

July 6, 2011
- Jeff Tambellini signed a 3-Year Deal to play in Switzerland

July 3, 2011
- Guillaume Desbiens signed a 1-Year, $525,000 deal with the Calgary Flames(Two-Way--$125,000 in AHL)
- The Vancouver Canucks signed F Steven Pinizzotto to 1-Year, $600,000 Deal(Two-Way--$275,000 in AHL)

July 2, 2011
- Rick Rypien signed a 1-Year, $700,000 deal with the Winnipeg Jets

July 1, 2011
- The Vancouver Canucks re-signed D Nolan Baumgartner to a 1-Year, $525,000 Deal(Two-Way--$250,000 in AHL)
- Tanner Glass signed a 1-Year, $750,000 deal with the Winnipeg Jets
- The Vancouver Canucks signed UFA F Andrew Ebbett to a 1-Year, $525,000 Deal
- The Vancouver Canucks signed UFA F Marco Sturm to a 1-Year, $2.25m Deal
- Alex Bolduc signed a 1-Year, $575,000 deal with the Phoenix Coyotes
- Raffi Torres signed a 2-Year, $3.5m deal with the Phoenix Coyotes
- The Vancouver Canucks signed UFA F Mark Mancari to a 1-Year, $525,000 Deal
- The Vancouver Canucks re-signed F Chris Higgins to a 2-Year, $3.8m deal($1.9m/year cap hit)
- The Vancouver Canucks re-signed D Sami Salo to a 1-Year, $2m Deal
- Vancouver F Sergei Shirokov has signed a 3-Year Deal with CSKA Moscow of the KHL

June 30, 2011
- The agents for UFA Fs Raffi Torres and Chris Higgins have confirmed they have had preliminary contract discussions with the Vancouver Canucks, although nothing is close.

June 29, 2011
- The Vancouver Canucks re-signed D Andrew Alberts to a 2-Year, $2.45m Deal ($1.225m/year cap hit)

June 28, 2011
- The Vancouver Canucks traded the rights to UFA D Christian Ehrhoff to the New York Islanders in exchange for a 4th Round Draft Pick in the 2012 Entry Draft

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Agents for Andrew Alberts, Tanner Glass and Rick Rypien have had NO contact with the Canucks with free agency 3 days away.
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So what now for Christian Ehrhoff?

With Kevin Bieksa returning to the Canucks' fold, agreeing Monday to a $23 million, five-year deal, contract talks continue between Vancouver and the Ehrhoff camp. The German defender can become an unrestricted free agent Friday.

A source told ESPN.com there has been an offer and counteroffer between the Canucks and veteran agent Rick Curran.

The general ballpark for Ehrhoff is somewhere between Bieksa's new deal and the one signed by Dan Hamhuis last July 1 (six years, $4.5 million per season). But don't look for Ehrhoff to take less than either player.

Does it get done before Friday? It might. Then again, the Detroit Red Wings are sitting there with money to spend and a need for a top-four defenseman ...
Source: http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/i...t-for-sullivan

June 27, 2011
- The Vancouver Canucks re-signed D Kevin Bieksa to a 5-year, $23m deal ($4.6m/year cap hit)
- The Vancouver Canucks re-signed F Maxim Lapierre to a 2-year, $2m deal ($1m/year cap hit)

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Talks between pending UFA blueliner Kevin Bieksa and the Canucks are progressing. The betting money is a deal gets done.
Link: http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/i...atch-continues

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The agent for pending UFA blueliner Christian Ehrhoff, Rick Curran, told ESPN.com Monday he has had a conversation with the Vancouver Canucks since the Cup finals ended and the two sides plan on meeting in Minnesota this week to continue that conversation. Maybe it's just me, but with the Detroit Red Wings openly flaunting their intention to be aggressive July 1 on the blue-line front, I'd be keeping all my options open if I were Ehrhoff, even though he does love playing in Vancouver.
Link: http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/i...bryzgalov-more

Unrestricted Free Agents:
F Raffi Torres (Signed with the Phoenix Coyotes, NHL)
F Chris Higgins (Re-Signed by the Vancouver Canucks)
F Tanner Glass (Signed with the Winnipeg Jets, NHL)
F Jeff Tambellini (Signed in Switzerland)
F Alex Bolduc (Signed with the Phoenix Coyotes, NHL)
F Rick Rypien (Signed with the Winnipeg Jets, NHL)
F Jonas Andersson (Signed with Atlant Mytishchi, KHL (Russia))
F Guillaume Desbiens (Signed with Calgary Flames, NHL)
F Andrew Peters (Announced Retirement February 11, 2011)
D Kevin Bieksa (Re-Signed by the Vancouver Canucks)
D Christian Ehrhoff (Traded to the New York Islanders for a 2012 4th Round Draft Pick)
D Sami Salo (Re-Signed by the Vancouver Canucks)
D Andrew Alberts (Re-Signed by the Vancouver Canucks)
D Nolan Baumgartner (Re-Signed by the Vancouver Canucks)
D Nathan Paetesch (Signed with Grizzly Adams Wolfberg, DEL (Germany))
G Tyler Weiman

Restricted Free Agents:
F Jannik Hansen
F Maxim Lapierre (Re-Signed by the Vancouver Canucks)
F Victor Oreskovich
F Sergei Shirokov (Signed with CSKA Moscow, KHL (Russia))
F Mario Bliznak (Signed with HC Sparta Praha, Czech League (Czech Republic))
F Macgregor Sharp (Not tendered a Qualifying Offer)
D Lee Sweatt (Not tendered a Qualifying Offer)

Vancouver Canucks' Current Starting Lineup:
D. Sedin(6.1) - H. Sedin(6.1) - Burrows(2)
Sturm(2.25) - Kesler(5) - Samuelsson(2.5)
Higgins(1.9) - Malhotra(2.5) - Raymond(2.55)
Mancari(.525) - Lapierre(1) - Ebbett(.525)

Bieksa(4.6) - Hamhuis(4.5)
Edler(3.25) - Ballard(4.2)
Alberts(1.225) - Salo(2)

Rome(.750)

Luongo(5.33)
Schneider(.900)

More to be updated.


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07-02-2011, 12:04 AM
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Take Callahan's hit numbers with a grain of salt - MSG is the worst over-counter of hits in the league. Not to say he isn't a physical player who throws his body around quite a bit, but his numbers are inflated from that.
Do you have any evidence of this? I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just curious.

Cally had 136 hits in 30 games at home last year and 88 hits in 30 games away last year. That may seem like a wide gap but many players in the league have higher hit stats at home. (Cally was 54% higher at home)

Hansen - 86 at home, 63 away. (37% higher at home)

Torres - 79 at home, 55 away. (44% higher at home)

D. Brown - 193 at home, 107 away (80% higher at home)

I think a big part of it is that players feel more confident at Home and really want to try to set the tone.

But even working off of his away hits only (which is unfair to him, looking at other hitters in the league) he was still on pace for 241 hits.

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07-02-2011, 12:05 AM
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Samuelsson needs to go.

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Samuelsson needs to go.
Because we saw so many 30 goal, 50 point guys that are clutch in the playoffs getting signed for less than 2.5m this season, right? Oh wait, worse players signed for 4m+.

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Who else would have taken Ryder at 3.5? That's just a little over a million than Sturm.

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I, for one, am happy that Gillis was patient today and didn't break the bank.

We're well positioned to take advantage of any RFA deals that go south, if the players and their parent clubs can't reach any agreements.

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07-02-2011, 12:19 AM
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I think we really need to go after Callahan, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Booth or Vertmette. They'd fit nicely with Kesler.

Also maybe trade a pick or picks for the following GOOD bottom 6 guys:
Matt Martin NYI, Chris Neil OTT, Eric Nystrom MIN

All very phyiscal bottom 6 guys that can come cheap because thier respective teams are rebuilding.

Also Sign Konopka, Sjostrom, Winchester or Matt Bradley for cheap.

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Is sturms contract the same as raymonds?

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I think we really need to go after Callahan, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Booth or Vertmette. They'd fit nicely with Kesler.

Also maybe trade a pick or picks for the following GOOD bottom 6 guys:
Matt Martin NYI, Chris Neil OTT, Eric Nystrom MIN

All very phyiscal bottom 6 guys that can come cheap because thier respective teams are rebuilding.

Also Sign Konopka, Sjostrom, Winchester or Matt Bradley for cheap.
Dubinsky would be killer.

For the 4th line, I wouldn't mind getting Ruutu back to smash some bodies out there consistently, plus he's a good shadow on the other teams top players, if he's coached well and he's a good pk'er. I remember him being all over Forsberg every game, and threw him off his game all the time lol.

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Samuelsson needs to go.
Samuelsson - 2nd/3rd line winger that can score 45-50 points: $2.5 million
Raymond- 2nd/3rd line winger that can score 40-45 points: $2.25 million
Sturm- Jury's out but his ceiling is probably 40-45 points if all goes well: $2.25 million
Higgins- 2nd/3rd line winger that has shown chemistry with Kesler: $1.9 million

Leino....Fleishmann...Ward.... The list goes on and on.... All have larger and longer contracts than these four players. Samuelsson needs to stay. He's a huge bargain compared to the contracts thrown around today.

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I think we really need to go after Callahan, Dubinsky, Anisimov, Booth or Vertmette. They'd fit nicely with Kesler.

Also maybe trade a pick or picks for the following GOOD bottom 6 guys:
Matt Martin NYI, Chris Neil OTT, Eric Nystrom MIN

All very phyiscal bottom 6 guys that can come cheap because thier respective teams are rebuilding.

Also Sign Konopka, Sjostrom, Winchester or Matt Bradley for cheap.
Callahan, like Kesler, is the type of guy that wins you playoff games. I doubt the Rangers would part with their future captain though, so I'd be happy with Dubinsky. I'd gladly trade Hodgson+pick for him since he's the type of player I see him becoming in the long run.

No to Anisimov and Vermette though. I don't see them as legitimate 2nd liners at this point. Florida's keeping Booth IMO.

I'd also love Neil on our 4th line. That would involve trading away one of our 2nd/3rd line tweeners though, so I don't know about that. Ideally, when Raymond returns we ice a line-up like this next year:

Sedin-Sedin-Burrows
Higgins-Kesler-??? (Callahan/Dubinsky/somebody)
Raymond-Malhotra-Samuelsson
Sturm-Lapierre-Hansen

Big improvement at forward over what we had against Boston. Obviously numbers change based on linemates and icetime, but this is what we'd be looking at in terms of depth...

D.Sedin: 40 goals, 95 points
H.Sedin: 20 goals, 95 points
Kesler: 35 goals, 75 points (Selke defence)
2nd liner: 25 goals, 65 points
Burrows: 25 goals, 50 points (Selke defence)
Samuelsson: 20 goals, 50 points
Higgins: 20 goals, 45 points
Raymond: 20 goals, 45 points
Sturm: 15 goals, 40 points
Malhotra: 15 goals, 35 points (Selke defence)
Hansen: 15 goals, 30 points
Lapierre: 10 goals, 25 points

That's a deep line-up. You can also throw in Edler at 50 points and Bieksa at around 40. Of course, not every player will reach those numbers due to injuries and playing time, but having depth likes that makes it harder for the opposition to defend. this also gives AV more options. We currently have 8 forwards capable of playing in the top 6, plus another if Gillis makes a trade.

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Dubinsky would be killer.

For the 4th line, I wouldn't mind getting Ruutu back to smash some bodies out there consistently, plus he's a good shadow on the other teams top players, if he's coached well and he's a good pk'er. I remember him being all over Forsberg every game, and threw him off his game all the time lol.
Callahan could've had 300Hits 30+ Goals 30+ Assists & 105BS if he played the whole season.

I would love if we dealt Schroeder + for him, especially since Rangers may need cap space for Richards and Callahan is far apart in talks with the NYR.

Callahan for Schroeder, 2nd this year & next, Samuelsson?

Also

Matt Martin for 4th round pick & Patrick McNally?
Sign F. Sjostrom

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FORWARDS
Daniel Sedin ($6.100m) / Henrik Sedin ($6.100m) / Alexandre Burrows ($2.000m)
Ryan Callahan ($4.750m?) / Ryan Kesler ($5.000m) / Chris Higgins ($1.900m)
Marco Sturm ($2.250m) / Manny Malhotra ($2.500m) / Jannik Hansen ($1.750m?)
Matt Martin ($0.852m) / Maxim Lapierre ($1.000m) / Fredrik Sjostrom ($0.750m)
(Mason Raymond ($2.550m) ) LTIR***

DEFENSEMEN
Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m) / Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m)
Keith Ballard ($4.200m) / Alexander Edler ($3.250m)
Sami Salo ($2.000m) / Andrew Alberts ($1.225m)
Aaron Rome ($0.750m)

GOALTENDERS
Roberto Luongo ($5.333m) / Cory Schneider ($0.900m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $63,110,833; BONUSES: $237,500
CAP SPACE (21-man roster): $1,189,167

Beast team there...

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Would have to give up more than that for Callahan. Hodgson is more like it. Or some 1sts... or Tanev. Basically a sizeable package.

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Because we saw so many 30 goal, 50 point guys that are clutch in the playoffs getting signed for less than 2.5m this season, right? Oh wait, worse players signed for 4m+.
well, he never hits...

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Would have to give up more than that for Callahan. Hodgson is more like it. Or some 1sts... or Tanev. Basically a sizeable package.
1st + Samuelsson + Schroder maybe

We can always deal Schneider to COL for thier 1st next year + when Varly bolts to the KHL.

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Do you have any evidence of this? I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just curious.
Hockey Analysis had a good study on this but they've taken it down since they revamped their site.

Basically, players (both home and away) get a ton more hits at MSG than they do elsewhere. You're right about players tending to hit more at home than on the road, but if at MSG it's systematic for both teams, which means that playing half your games there will inflate your totals.

You're right though, it's not as though Callahan is a shrinking violet.

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Would have to give up more than that for Callahan. Hodgson is more like it. Or some 1sts... or Tanev. Basically a sizeable package.
Yeah no way NYR gives up Callahan unless he wants $5M+ per long term, then they might think of moving him.

Dubinsky is bit more realistic imo.

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I think got worse today. I sincerely hope Gillis has a plan because we still have no one for Kesler to play with. Losing Torres means we also got softer.

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I loved what Torres brought to the team but I'm actually happy we let him go for no other reason than the NHL removing the "blindside" wording from the headshot rule. With Torres' reputation along with the new wording of the rule and the way his hits were already called I think he's somewhat of a marked man in terms of someone who's going to have to significantly change his game or he'll be (fairly or not) spending a lot of time in the penalty box.

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I think got worse today. I sincerely hope Gillis has a plan because we still have no one for Kesler to play with. Losing Torres means we also got softer.
ehrhoff is a big loss, and the sturm signing is a head-scratcher for me, but i don't see how the canucks got dramatically worse...you could say that their competitors have improved more than they have, especially san jose and los angeles, but the roster doesn't look significantly different than last year...just staying out of the cap floor-induced crazyness of yesterday is a slight win in my book

dubinksy, callahan, or ladd would go miles to address the team's major weaknesses, namely the lack of a consistent linemate for kesler and having another physically involved top-6 forward that can score

however, i hope boarders realize that it's going to cost either schneider or hodgson at the very least, as schroeder + picks + complementary players isn't going to get a deal done

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anyone know where I can see a list of remaining free agents?

just found a good one on capgeek.

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vancouver only has 4.5 in cap space left. with hansen unsigned, oreo and others i think.

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vancouver only has 4.5 in cap space left. with hansen unsigned, oreo and others i think.
That can't be right, and if it is, then clearly a trade is our option for a top 6 forward

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That can't be right, and if it is, then clearly a trade is our option for a top 6 forward
It isn't right. That number accounts for Raymond when we know he won't be ready as well as Ebbett/Mancari who will be in the minors. So add 3.6 to that number.

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woops nvm my bad around 8.1million in cap space.

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That can't be right, and if it is, then clearly a trade is our option for a top 6 forward
According to Capgeek that's the case.

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