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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby Jovocop » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:14 am

Canucks sign 2011 draft pick Ludwig Blomstrand

http://vansunsportsblogs.com/2013/03/15 ... witterfeed

When Blomstrand was drafted, Laurence Gilman described him as “very much like Jannik Hansen.” Considering how Hansen has developed to become a legitimate offensive threat and is currently third in scoring with the Canucks, that’s high praise. Maybe a little too high, as Gilman wasn’t necessarily speaking of his offensive upside: “He’s a tremendous skater who plays with some level of tenacity. We think he can be a solid two-way guy in the NHL.”


Wouldn't that be nice if another 4th round pick turn out to be very much like Jannik Hansen? :D
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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby Per » Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:32 pm

Blomstrand's stats: http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=21651

I'm sceptical. If he's not ready for the SEL, how can he be ready for the NHL? :hmmm:

Sure, he's described as a role player, and in Sweden players at the top level are expected to be more allround, so sure. If they have a specific limited role in mind, maybe. I still think this guy needs another two or three years before he should be knocking at the Canucks' door.

But then, maybe they think he'll develop better in Chicago?
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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby Uncle dans leg » Sat Mar 16, 2013 5:50 pm

Anyone who enjoys watching the failings of the Maple Laughs should be enjoying the game today. :P

I sense Nonis will be sending GMMG an apologetic text in the very near future
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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby BigTuna » Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:53 am

[quote="Uncle dans leg"]Anyone who enjoys watching the failings of the Maple Laughs should be enjoying the game today. :P

I sense Nonis will be sending GMMG an apologetic text in the very near future[/quote]

The funny thing is, the Leafs lost and moved up the standings last night. I'll be shocked if they miss the playoffs. Look at the East right now.
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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby Jovocop » Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:30 am

Canucks sign U.S. college free agent Kellan Lain. The Canucks are really trying hard to get bigger.

http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Canu ... story.html

VANCOUVER – The Canucks found a gem through U.S. college free agency in defenceman Chris Tanev and they hope they have found another in 6-6, 220-pound centre Kellan Lain after signing him Saturday to a one-year contract.

Lain, 23, is a native of Oakville, Ont., and has played the last three seasons with the Lake Superior State Lakers of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Lain had eight goals, eight assists and 111 penalty minutes during the 2012-13 campaign. The Canucks intend to assign him to the American League’s Chicago Wolves.

“He has a good blend of both speed and skill,” said Canuck assistant general manager Laurence Gilman. “We’re going to bring him to Vancouver, as we usually do with new players, to get him acclimated to our organization and he will then join Chicago sometime in the midweek.”

Lain received a $92,500 signing bonus on his one-year contract, which was the longest he could sign for based on his age. He will receive a $70,000 salary (pro-rated) in the American League and $832,500 (pro-rated) if he is called up to the Canucks.

According to Gilman, Lain had been heavily scouted by Canuck senior advisor Stan Smyl, whose duties include watching U.S. colleges.

“He’s been on Stan’s radar for quite some time and we have followed him very, very closely,” Gilman said. “We were in competition for him with a number of other NHL teams.”

Lain shoots left and led the Lakers in faceoff wins with 313. The Canucks are in dire need of a left-handed centreman adept on the draw after shutting down Manny Malhotra (vision) earlier this year.

Reached at his parents home Saturday, Lain was understandably excited to sign his first professional contract. He said 10 teams were originally in the hunt for his services before it came down to a final four.

“It was a tough choice,” he said. “Picking an NHL team is never easy when more than one wants you. Growing up in Canada, it’s the same story -- we all want to play in the NHL. Now that it’s a possibility, it’s really exciting, especially coming to an organization like Vancouver. It’s a special city and they have a great team.”

Asked for a scouting report on himself, Lain said: “I’m pretty much described as a big centreman who can skate, is good in his own end, is good on faceoffs, can kill penalties and chip in once in a while offensively. So that’s pretty much how I’m described and I agree. I also like to play feisty. I’ve played feisty my whole life.”

Plans call for Lain to fly to Vancouver on Sunday and watch the Canucks play Monday against Minnesota and Tuesday against St. Louis before he heads off to the Wolves. By the way, Lain played against Tanev “a little bit” in the greater Toronto minor hockey system. He is four months older than Tanev but added that he doesn’t know the Canuck defenceman personally.
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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby Arachnid » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:16 pm

Perry 8 years 66 mil

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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby Lancer » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:30 pm

Arachnid wrote:Perry 8 years 66 mil

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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby dbr » Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:23 am

Lancer wrote:
Arachnid wrote:Perry 8 years 66 mil

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Bye bye Bobby?

It is to wonder.


You can bet they'll be dealing Jonas Hiller, which isn't exactly great news to any other team hoping to acquire a goalie.. :look:

As for other players on the club, I would guess they try to hold onto Ryan at the expense of other depth. Teemu Selanne can't play forever and losing both players would be a huge blow.

Like I said they'll move Hiller, they'll take a hard line with Koivu, they'll probably do the same with Toni Lydman or just allow him to walk, they can afford to do this now that they have a few prospects cracking the roster (Holland, Palmieri, Etem) and others learning the pro game (Smith-Pelly, Lindholm, Vatanen).

Beyond that, the Ducks have some revenue sharing money to play with starting this year which probably makes the ~$10m in raises to Getzlaf, Perry and Fowler a little bit more bearable.
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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby Diehard1 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:30 am

dbr wrote:
Lancer wrote:
Arachnid wrote:Perry 8 years 66 mil

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Bye bye Bobby?

It is to wonder.


You can bet they'll be dealing Jonas Hiller, which isn't exactly great news to any other team hoping to acquire a goalie.. :look:

As for other players on the club, I would guess they try to hold onto Ryan at the expense of other depth. Teemu Selanne can't play forever and losing both players would be a huge blow.

Like I said they'll move Hiller, they'll take a hard line with Koivu, they'll probably do the same with Toni Lydman or just allow him to walk, they can afford to do this now that they have a few prospects cracking the roster (Holland, Palmieri, Etem) and others learning the pro game (Smith-Pelly, Lindholm, Vatanen).

Beyond that, the Ducks have some revenue sharing money to play with starting this year which probably makes the ~$10m in raises to Getzlaf, Perry and Fowler a little bit more bearable.


They'll lose some players, they've never been a cap team and with 16 players signed for next year they are basically at their payroll for this year. Still need to sign 7 guys and that's with Selanne and Koivu gone.

Even with Hiller gone they would need to do some manipulation to sign their guys. I really see this year's Ducks team as a 1 year wonder, absolutely everything is going right for them, they are not as good as their record.
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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby dbr » Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:11 am

They may not be as good next year (it's hard to believe any franchise would sustain the kind of success the Ducks and Blackhawks have had so far) in fact they may not be as good later this year.

That being said the Ducks ownership pushed hard to get revenue sharing and I understand they promised to use it to improve the team.

They are close to next year's payroll right now but dealing Hiller and replacing him with a ~$1m guy helps, Teemu Selanne has accepted some pretty friendly contracts the last few years and may do so again so that could save them another chunk of change, and like I said earlier they will probably need to rely on some young players in key roles in order to remain within a few million of this year's cap number.

But I wouldn't be surprised to see them end up spending more next year - which in this case means keeping their core together rather than going on a Darcy Regier style spending spree.
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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby Benjo » Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:41 am

The Ducks also have a promising up and comer in Etem who had a cool 61 goals in 65 games in his last whl season.
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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby Jovocop » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:35 am

Komisarek is free now, except with his $4.5m cap hit.

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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby Todd Bersnoozi » Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:38 pm

Hmmm... I wouldn't mind taking a chance on Komisarek. Not sure how much of his game has deteriorated, but he's a right-side D, has some muscle and used to play with an edge. If we can find someone to take on Ballard's contract, I'd trade him for next to nothing like a 6th round pick (pure salary dump) and claim Komisarek.


Jovocop wrote:Komisarek is free now, except with his $4.5m cap hit.

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Komisarek has waived no-move clause. He will report if claimed. If not willl report to Marlies.
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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby Hockey Widow » Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:45 pm

Todd Bersnoozi wrote:Hmmm... I wouldn't mind taking a chance on Komisarek. Not sure how much of his game has deteriorated, but he's a right-side D, has some muscle and used to play with an edge. If we can find someone to take on Ballard's contract, I'd trade him for next to nothing like a 6th round pick (pure salary dump) and claim Komisarek.


Jovocop wrote:Komisarek is free now, except with his $4.5m cap hit.

Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger 1h
Komisarek has waived no-move clause. He will report if claimed. If not willl report to Marlies.



A swap of Ballard and Komisarek would be good but I think if the Canucks were interested they could have grabbed him for a 6th round pick already.
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Re: Around the league (signings, RFAs injuries)

Postby Aaronp18 » Wed Mar 20, 2013 1:48 pm

Hockey Widow wrote:A swap of Ballard and Komisarek would be good but I think if the Canucks were interested they could have grabbed him for a 6th round pick already.


Or for Ballard for that matter.

Keith may fit in much better in TO.
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