Tag Archive for Vancouver Canucks

From Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: Defending McDonough

Tom Benjamin blogs on/for/re the Canucks and weighs in on the Hawks fiasco: The good news going forward was that the excellent young team grew into an excellent team period. The bad news was that they did this despite the fact that Tallon did little to demonstrate competence. Indeed he made several mistakes – Savard,…

From Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: Bettman’s Nightmare

This a Tom Benjamin post from February, so factor in personnel changes etc. since then. Revenues would have to fall by about 15% to get to a $46 MM salary cap, so this may be a very pessimistic view. Nevertheless, if it happens, the NHL is screwed. The Leafs are in good shape but many teams…

From TSN: Tavares or Hedman? Remember “Daigle or Pronger?”

Well if the year was 1993, the Ottawa Senators would select slick centre Alexandre Daigle and leave stalwart defenceman Chris Pronger for the Hartford Whalers. In some cases, having the second overall pick can work out pretty well. The New York Islanders have a similar decision to make heading into Friday’s first round of the NHL Entry…

The Hockey News: Heating up

Heatley reportedly wasn’t happy playing for coach Cory Clouston, who replaced Craig Hartsburg at mid-season and reduced the winger’s playing time, including moving him for a spell onto the team’s second power-play unit. With five years and more than $37 million remaining on his current contract, Heatley’s decision sparked considerable vitriol from Senators fans as…

Ottawa Sun: More LeCavalier/Johnson — Johnson wants $5.5MM?

Some new rumor plot-points, in bold: Despite all the denials coming out of the Sunshine State, the Tampa Bay Lightning is trying to deal C Vinny Lecavalier. A league source told Sun Media yesterday the Bolts have informed the NHL they intend to spend at the salary floor of approximately $40.5 million next season. They…

Detroit discount? | Hockey | Sports | Ottawa Sun

The question for Detroit GM Ken Holland is whether he can fit Hossa’s contract into the club’s salary structure under the NHL’s salary cap. The NHLPA will vote later this month on whether they want to invoke a 5% increase in the cap, but it will likely stay close to $56.7-million (all terms US) range…