Shortly after arriving in Vancouver, Jim Benning and Trevor Linden took stock, and decided they had 99 problems, but a trustworthy starting goaltender wasn’t one. It’s a defensible conclusion: Eddie Lack probably has what it takes, but as the wheels fell off the Canucks’ bus last season and he was dropped into a situation where there was no one behind him and, really, no one in front of him either, he didn’t look good. Hence, Benning and Linden decided to target a goaltender at the draft, and again in free agency.
In both instances, they got the biggest name available. At the draft, it was Boston College alumnus Thatcher Demko. In free agency, it was former St. Louis Blue nee Buffalo Sabre Ryan Miller.
The Canucks have signed the netminder for 3 years at $18 million dollars. It’s important to note that he vaguely resembles Roberto Luongo, so this should be an easy transition.Continue Reading —›
The first day of free agency is frequently an underwhelming proposition for the Canucks. They generally haven’t had much cap space and Mike Gillis, apart from his notorious $10-million offer to Mats Sundin, avoided targeting big names.
But now the situation is very different. Not only do the Canucks have a new GM, they have massive amounts of money available to spend after buying out David Booth and trading Ryan Kesler and Jason Garrison.
Who will they target? Paul Stastny to be the new second-line centre? Christian Ehrhoff to fix the power play? Ryan Miller to be the number one goaltender? Jarome Iginla to play with the Sedins? Who knows? But PITB will be here all day, not just blogging about free agency, but also blogging about TSN’s coverage of free agency. This is a meta-liveblog, see?
Keep refreshing throughout the day and comment as well, as your comments may make it into the liveblog itself.Continue Reading —›