The Dreaded Two-Goal Lead is an infrequent PITB feature used specifically to recover quickly after falling behind. What’s with the name? Well, as you no doubt know, a two-goal lead – often called “the worst lead in hockey” – is super easy to come back from. Similarly, while Canucks’ news comes fast and furious, and sometimes (say, in the summer, when we’re busy resting
on our laurels) we find ourselves playing catchup, this feature allows us to catch up almost effortlessly.
Samuel Pahlsson signs with Modo, the Swedish franchise that sounds like it’s part of Middle Earth
You might recall Samuel Pahlsson (a.k.a Sammy, Sami, Samme, and SamJam99, as his friends call him) from the final 19 games of the 2011-12 regular season, when he was a member of the Vancouver Canucks. (What’s that? He played in the playoffs too? I don’t remember that.) But if the name doesn’t ring a bell, no matter — he doesn’t play for the Canucks anymore, so you don’t need to know who he is.
As first reported by Thomas Drance on Sunday, Pahlsson has left the NHL to sign with Swedish Elite League franchise Modo, in his hometown of Örnsköldsvik.
Pahlsson told Swedish reporter Jonatan Lindqvist that he spoke with the Canucks prior to leaving the NHL, but there wasn’t much to the talks, as the team had “big things in the making.” Clearly, these things didn’t involve the veteran centre (unless Mike Gillis is planning to move the Canucks’ AHL affiliate to Örnsköldsvik). Presumably, these things involve some other centre, however, because until Ryan Kesler gets back, the team only has three pivots. That is, unless they’re planning to promote Jordon Schroeder to the NHL, but no plan involving Jordan Schroeder should ever be called “big.” He’s quite small.
Canucks remember Aaron Volpatti exists, re-sign him
Speaking of players you might have forgotten about, remember Aaron Volpatti? The fourth liner, most known for A) one-punching Brad Winchester that one time in the preseason and B) having a name conducive to puns, has re-signed in Vancouver for another year. It’s a two-way contract that will pay him $600k at the NHL level and $105k at the AHL level.
Volpatti’s second professional contract is a downgrade from his first. When he signed with Vancouver the first time around, he was fresh out of the NCAA and had a number of suitors. As a result, he was able to strike a two-year deal that paid him $612,500 at the NHL level and $200k at the AHL level. Unfortunately, he was unable to prove himself as an NHL commodity, and with no leverage, he was forced to take a step backward.
Hopefully, this is the only step Volpatti has lost due to his injury-shortened sophomore campaign. He can hit like a truck, but he’s had very few opportunities to show this at the NHL level, because he hasn’t had the NHL footspeed to get to the puck-carrier in time to make solid body contact. If he can’t get faster, he’ll spend most of next year with the Chicago Wolves.
Cory Schneider, Eddie Lack, and Dale Weise get qualifying offers, which in news only in the sense that it’s a thing that happened
Qualifying offers are boring. Basically, it’s just a promise to start negotiations with a team’s restricted free agents around the same amount they made last year, and your only other options are to tell a player he’s not worth what he made last year by taking him to arbitration to hopefully get him for less (the Mason Raymond approach), or to tell a player he’s not worth what he made last year by not calling him (the cowardly breakup approach).
With Schneider, Lack, and Weise, the Canucks simply opted to qualify them. We shouldn’t be surprised. Most feel the first two will be the Canucks’ goaltending tandem in 2012-13, and Dale Weise quietly had a very good rookie season.You may think he didn’t, but think about this: how often did you find yourself shaking a fist at Weise’s boneheaded defensive miscues? Not very often, eh? Think back to the fourth-liners of the past. That’s not all that common, is it? You like Dale Weise. You just don’t know it yet.
Craig Mactavish leaves Chicago for Edmonton, dumped Canucks immediately look up old flame
When he took over the Chicago Wolves at the beginning of last season, there were rumblings that it wouldn’t be long before Craig MacTavish was back in the NHL, especially if he showed he could still coach. He only sort of did, but that was good enough for the Edmonton Oilers, who decided, well, he can’t come back and coach since we fired him from that position recently, so hey, let’s make him the Vice President of Hockey Operations, because why the Hell not, let’s go to Arby’s.
The Canucks said all the right things, but they probably weren’t all that sad to see him go. The Wolves under MacTavish were a middling team most of the year and they played a modified neutral-zone trap. It was the first time in the Gillis era that the Canucks’ AHL affiliate played a completely different style than they did. Gilly no likey.
So who’s going to replace MacTavish in Chicago? My money’s on Scott Arniel, whose reputation as an NHL coach was extirpated by his Hellish exit from Columbus. (Seriously, before you talk about the Blue Jackets’ 2011-12 season, you have to throw a handful of midnight dust on the fire and say, “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society.”)
But it’s not just that he’s crazy available and desperate to prove he “didn’t forget how to coach overnight,” as he said after being let go in Ohio. Arniel was the coach of the Manitoba Moose from 2006-2010, so he knows the Canucks well. Furthermore, the two sides are pretty into one another, if the mash notes they passed through Elliott Pap are any indication. “There are five or six names that we’ve tossed around and Scotty is one of those names for sure,” Canucks’ Assistant GM Lorne Henning told Pap in the Vancouver Sun. “I don’t know what he has planned. I mean, I’m sure he has some things on the burner, too.”
Do you have a date for the prom yet? Because, um, neither do I. I mean, you probably already do, but if you don’t…
And here’s Arniel, from the same article:
I want to be an NHL head coach again but I don’t know if there is anything for me this year. Certainly there are some assistant jobs available but this one [Wolves] is intriguing.
“I know the organization very well and I’ve obviously worked with Mike Gillis and Lorne and Laurence Gilman. There is lots of respect there and I think we’ve had a really good arrangement in the past.”
Seriously, get a room, you guys. Then go into it and sign a contract.
Canuck release preseason schedule, it has those stupid split-squad games on it again
The Canucks released their preseason schedule Monday. Just like the last two years, it will begin with two Flames games at the same bloody time, forcing you to PVR the one on TV while watching the other one on a choppy Canucks.com livestream because they hate you.
Anyway. Here’s the complete schedule:
And now we’re fully caught up.Tags: are you afraid of the dark, Canucks, craig mactavish, samme pahlsson we hardly knew ye, scott arniel, The Dreaded Two-Goal Lead, volpatti, you like dale weise