PITB’s 2014 free agency day meta-liveblog spectacular!

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.

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2:56 PM (DW) – Still deals happening. Tampa Bay signs Evgeny Nabokov to a one-year deal, I assume to backup Ben Bishop. And Marcel Goc re-signs with Pittsburgh, 1 year, $1.2 million.

2:39 PM (DW) – Team USA’s Tim Howard is making a strong argument against Belgium that the Canucks signed the wrong American goalie.

2:29 PM (DW) – I noticed some Canucks fans wanting Brian Boyle yesterday, but they already have enough third-line players. Thankfully, he instead signs with Tampa Bay for three years, $2.3 million per year.

2:14 PM (DW) – Man, I miss Luongo.

 

2:09 PM (DW) – GeezMoney, in the comments:

I wonder how many people are offended that Eddie Lack isn’t the defacto number one because of his hilarious twitter account? In no way is he ready to be a number one.

I agree that he’s probably not ready this season. I do, however, think that he’s just one year away from being ready. He was very capable as a rookie backup last season and only stumbled when basically the entire team went all to hell. I personally felt that he was ready to be part of a tandem that split starts, giving him around 40 next season. Instead, he might end up limited to under 20 games and I don’t think that will be particularly good for his development.

2:00 PM (DW) – The Capitals added two defencemen today, Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, both on very expensive contracts and both former Penguins. The Orpik contract is awful as he is severely overrated, while Niskanen is a risk on a long-term deal as he has been very inconsistent throughout his career.

1:58 PM (DW) – Florida signs Willie Mitchell, who rejoins Roberto Luongo. His deal is apparently 2 years, $8.5 million.

1:56 PM (DW) – Biggest deal of the day comes towards the end, as Matt Niskanen signs with the Washington Capitals for seven years, $40.25 million.

1:42 PM (DW) – Richards is apparently signing for 1 year, $2 million, which is incredibly cheap. There will be some trade’s coming from the Blackhawks this summer as it puts them about $2.2 million over the cap.

The Western Conference is absolutely stacked down the middle. Meanwhile, the Canucks centres are Henrik, Bonino, Matthias, and Richardson, with Horvat in the wings. Like, not literally in the wings, he’s still a centre.

1:39 PM (DW) – Man, how much of a paycut is Richards taking to fit under the cap in Chicago? They’re already over the cap and already needed to shed salary this summer.

1:36 PM (DW) – So, Chicago’s going to be deeper than the Marianas Trench next season. Nah, that’s a lousy joke. Deeper than Socrates? Deeper than a stoner thinks a first-year Philosophy student is? In any case, the Blackhawks are signing Brad Richards.

 

1:33 PM (DW) – The Oilers bring back Luke Gazdic, for some reason. He’s kind of terrible. In the meantime, Belguim and USA are still knotted at nil-nil. These two facts are unrelated.

1:17 PM (DW) – Good point here:

 

If the Canucks aren’t going to use the capspace to go big on a scoring forward in free agency, but they’re still going to look for scoring help elsewhere, which might block a spot for a young player, why bother buying out Booth?

1:13 PM (DW) – Devan Dubnyk signs with the Arizona Coyotes. He’s an interesting guy to watch: he just had a terrible season, but could bounce back with the defensively sound Coyotes. Meanwhile, Ray Emery re-signs with the Flyers for one year, $1 million.

Meanwhile, I’m watching Belgium vs USA in the World Cup because the trade coverage on TSN is just press conferences now and the Canucks have already done their one for Miller. Still following all the action on Twitter and online, but it looks like things are dying down.

1:08 PM (DW) – According to Nick Kypreos, Ryan Miller’s modified no-trade clause means that he will list just 5 teams that he’s willing to go to. That is very limiting and will make it tough to trade him down the road, but not impossible. Would have been a lot better without the NTC, obviously, or with one that asked for a list of 10 teams.

1:06 PM (DW) – BREAKING NEWS: My TV is working again. Just in time to hear Brad Treliving talk about signing Mason Raymond to the Flames. There are apparently rumours that the Flames are interested in David Booth as well. Could be interesting to see the two of them face the Canucks next season.

12:55 PM (DW) – Benning talks about Miller acting as a mentor to Lack and says that you don’t necessarily know what you have in a goaltender until they’re “26 or 27 years old.” I suspect that Benning isn’t aware that LACK IS ALREADY 26!

12:49 PM (DW) – Benning insists at the press conference that he’s not done and will be looking at the secondary free agent market and other avenues to add scoring. One possibility we haven’t talked about much is offer sheeting an RFA, but that has been hampered by trading away their third round pick next season. They can’t give a big offer sheet to Ryan O’Reilly or Ryan Johansen without that pick.

12:39 PM (DW) – One good sign: Miller talked about wanting to constantly improve and about how he is willing to take instruction. I’m not sure how much a 33-year-old can change, but Rollie Melanson will surely try to get him to.

Miller even specifically says that he’s open to being coached by Melanson, noting that he’s stubborn and will push back, but will listen if something is explained.

12:34 PM (DW) – Jim Benning describes Ryan Miller as a “proven winner” and talks about how many wins he has. That’s not what people mean when they say “proven winner,” Jim. He’s got a silver medal and no Cup rings. Not that those are indicators of how good a goaltender is, but neither are wins, so…

12:20 PM (DW) – The Canucks could still target Radim Vrbata, Brad Richards, or Mikhail Grabovski, I suppose. Grabovski would be an interesting fit as a second line centre. Otherwise, they could sign no one at all and just run with prospects next season. That would mean plugging both Nicklas Jensen and Bo Horvat into the lineup:

Daniel – Henrik – Kassian

Higgins – Bonino – Jensen

Burrows – Horvat – Hansen

Richardson – Matthias – Dorsett

That looks really nice at the bottom of the lineup, but my goodness is that second line one massive, massive question mark. Like, the type of question mark the Riddler would use to decorate his secret hideout.

12:18 PM (DW) – What in the hell, Calgary? They sign Derek Engelland, for some reason, but it’s the cap hit that’s insane.

 

12:12 PM (DW) – Harrison and I are having an argument on Yahoo Messenger about the Miller deal. He doesn’t mind it anywhere near as much as I do, basically arguing it’s harmless given the Canucks’ current position as a non-contender and with their room under the capspace. In other words, it’s not a good contract, but it won’t hurt the Canucks either.

12:01 PM (DW) – Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh. $6 million and a no-trade clause, even a modified one? Ugh.

 

11:59 AM (DW) – Meanwhile, Tom Sestito knows who’s going to score all the Canucks’ goals this season:

 

11:57 AM (DW) – Roberto Luongo breaks the bad news to Ryan Miller about Vancouver weather:

11:54 AM (DW) – Things have quieted down a little bit here, which is good, because my TV still isn’t working. I’ve settled on listening to the Team 1040, that’s how bad I’ve got it.

11:37 AM (DW) – Bergberg in the comments with the counterpoint on Ryan Miller:

Seems like this wont be the popular opinion, but I love this move. 3 years is the perfect term to give Lack the time to come into his own as a bonafide NHL starter. I’d much rather they spend their money shoring up the goaltender situation for the short term then spend a bunch of money on overpriced older players that are going to take spots away from some of the younger players we need to get in the lineup. I realize we may not be the best team in the league next year, but I really like the overall direction.

The issue is that Lack is 26. By the time Miller’s deal ends, he’ll be 30. How much time does he need to come into his own?

To me, this seems exactly like spending a bunch of money on an overpriced older player that is taking a spot away from a younger player.

11:32 AM (DW) – Great, my TV picked right now to stop working for some reason. Thanks a lot, Telus.

In other news, Anton Stralman signs with the Tampa Bay Lightning for five years, $20 million. They have a pretty nice defence corps in Tampa Bay now.

And that Iginla deal with Colorado is three years, $16 million. Uh, that’s too much. I am now perfectly okay with the Canucks not signing him.

11:29 AM (DW) – Okay, this is great:

 

11:27 AM (DW) – I don’t mind the Sanguinetti signing, actually. It’s super-cheap and he’s put up good numbers in the AHL the last couple years. He didn’t score much for the Hurricanes in 37 games in 2012-13, but his underlying possession numbers were superb, albeit against weaker competition and starting mainly in the offensive zone.

Sanguinetti had a Corsi% of 57.3 last season (+7.0% CorsiRel) and had a PDO of just 956, so picking him up on a cheap contract is pretty smart. He’s decent defensive depth, at the very least.

11:23 AM (DW) – CANUCKS MAKE A DEAL!

 

Oh.

11:22 AM (DW) – No Jarome Iginla with the Sedins. The sniper signs with the Colorado Avalanche. I honestly think the Avalanche are going to be terrible next season, but Iginla boosts their top-six and would be an interesting fit with Nathan MacKinnon.

11:20 AM (DW) – Okay, so he’s not as funny as Roberto Luongo, but Ryan Miller is on Twitter.

 

11:15 AM (DW) – kavi36 in the comments:

I would have been alright with this signing if they had spent less on him… Miller is a definite upgrade on Markstrom, but not at $6M per. And if they’re spending that much on him, he’s not going to be a backup; I have a hard time seeing him split starts with Lack for that money either. :(

Yeah, at that salary, he’s the number one guy, which stinks for Lack, who I really think is ready to play more games. We’ll see how Willie Desjardins and Rollie Melanson handle the situation. It will be very interesting if Miller falters at any point and Lack plays well.

11:13 AM (DW) – What the hell is happening on Sportsnet?

 

11:10 AM (DW) – In other sports news, amazing news for Milos Raonic at Wimbledon.

 

Raonic avoids Nadal and faces a 19-year-old coming off the match of his life. Really good chance for Raonic to move on, especially considering he beat Kyrgios easily at the French Open.

11:09 AM (DW) – Lack = best.

 

11:07 AM (DW) – Devils sign Martin Havlat for 1 year, $1.5 million. Decent gamble for New Jersey on a cheap contract. If he can stay healthy, he’ll provide good value. Hell, even if he misses half the season with an injury, he could provide good value.

11:04 AM (DW) – Matt Moulson signs with the Sabres. He’s not a guy I wanted for the Canucks, but he’s one of the few good goalscorers left on the market. Don’t know how he’ll fit in Buffalo, since they have no centres to feed him the puck.

11:03 AM (DW) – Time for another goaltending controversy! Good job, Benning and Linden, it’s just not the Canucks without one.

 

11:01 AM (DW) – Did I mention Stephane Robidas getting signed by Toronto? So much has happened that it’s hard to keep track.

Meanwhile, my wife and kids are heading out to a Canada Day lunch thing. I’m missing hanging out in the sun with my family to watch the Canucks overpay Ryan Miller and get no help for the top-six.

10:57 AM (DW) – TSN just showed a graphic with the biggest cap hits of the day so far. Miller is third highest. The more I think about this, the more I feel sick. Either that or my cough medicine is wearing off.

10:51 AM (DW) – I love Tanner Glass as a person. He’s not very good at hockey, though. He signs with the Rangers for three years and $1.45 million per year, which is an overpayment. They go from having Derek Dorsett, who’s a decent fourth-liner, to Glass, who isn’t.

10:42 AM (DW) – Looks like Thomas Vanek is heading to the Wild, as pretty much everyone expected.

10:36 AM (DW) – And Calgary signs Jonas Hiller for two years, $4.5 million per year. Ryan Miller signed for three years, $6 million per year. Sigh.

10:31 AM (DW) – Keith Aulie signs with Edmonton. Toronto trades to get Matt Frattin back. Matthieu Perrault signs with the Jets. There are too many things happening!

10:29 AM (DW) – Did Darren Dreger get raptured? There was a noise, then Gord Miller glanced over and Dreger’s chair was empty and spinning.

10:28 AM (DW) - Here’s Harrison’s take on the Ryan Miller deal.

10:23 AM (DW) – Brooks Orpik gets paid by Washington. 5 years, $27.5 million. He’s severely overrated and I can see the Capitals really hating this deal very soon.

10:20 AM (DW) – Mitch in the comments:

Re: Miller

Could be worse. Could be Dave Bolland at 5.5 for 5.

So there’s always that.

The difference is that, for whatever reason, there was demand for Bolland. Florida had to overpay to get him because of that. There was no demand on the market for Miller, so paying $6 million per year seems silly. I suspect Benning’s past relationship with Miller (he was with Buffalo when they drafted him) played a role here: he didn’t want to play hardball.

10:18 AM (DW) – Curious to know if Ryan Miller’s deal comes with a no-trade clause. I could conceivably see Eddie Lack outplaying Miller as early as this season, so if Miller can be moved after one or two years once Lack is ready to be a number one, then that softens the blow of this deal considerably.

10:16 AM (DW) – Jarome Iginla and Mikhail Grabovski are still available, so there’s time for Jim Benning to bring in a top-six forward. I would love to see Iginla play with the Sedins for a couple years.

10:15 AM (DW) – Shawn Thornton signs with the Panthers, so thank God for small graces. At least we don’t have to deal with Thornton signing with the Canucks.

10:12 AM (DW) – Thomas Greiss, a guy the Canucks could have signed instead of Miller, signs with the Penguins to back up Marc-Andre Fleury. His deal: 1 year, $1 million. His save percentage last season: .920. Miller’s save percentage: .918.

10:07 AM (DW) – Giving Ryan Miller three years and $6 million per year is really, really dumb. You can get league-average goaltending for cheap, have him split starts with Eddie Lack, and spend the money somewhere else.

That said, at least it’s only three years. It won’t hamstring the team for years.

10:05 AM (DW) – And Ales Hemsky has signed with the Stars. So, the Canucks get a goaltender they don’t really need for $6 million per year and the top-six forwards are dropping like flies.

10:03 AM (DW) – Ryan Miller has reportedly signed with the Canucks for three years. Ugh. Waiting to hear how much money the Canucks are spending on him.

10:00 AM (DW) – Mike Weaver re-signs with the Canadiens, who also added Tom Gilbert earlier. Pretty good defence corps shaping up there.

9:57 AM (DW) – BREAKING NEWS: I just changed a dirty diaper.

9:51 AM (DW) – Holy crap.

 

That’s a dumb deal.

9:50 AM (DW) – Yep.

 

But if the Canucks don’t sign anyone, I’m going to really regret ignoring the World Cup.

9:48 AM (DW) – And Chris the Curmudgeon is out of here.

And, there goes the only guy on the market that I really wanted (Stastny). See you all later then.

See ya, Chris! Happy Canada Day!

9:47 AM (DW) – So, uh, the Canucks are going to do something at some point, right? Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they didn’t go after Bolland or try to bring Raymond back, but I was expecting something at some point.

9:46 AM (DW) – Toronto Maple Leafs’ fans are cheering like crazy because the Florida Panthers have saved them from Dave Bolland. The centre signs in the Sunshine State.

9:45 AM (DW) – The Rangers needed a Boyle replacement with Bryan Boyle hitting free agency. They got it: Dan Boyle, 2 years, $4.5 million per year.

9:44 AM (DW) – Pierre McGuire just said that Raymond is a good replacement for Cammalleri and that is hilarious.

9:42 AM (DW) – Mason Raymond is coming back to the Western Conference!

 

Considering how many goals he scored against Calgary, maybe playing in the Saddledome will turn him into a Rocket Richard candidate?

9:40 AM (DW) – Jussi Jokinen to the Panthers, Tom Gilbert to Montreal, Brad Malone to the Hurricanes. THINGS ARE HAPPENING WAY TOO QUICKLY, GET RID OF THE PRE-FREE AGENCY TALKING PERIOD!

9:39 AM (DW) – Now the Ducks have signed Clayton Stone. Finally, a western team getting worse.

9:37 AM (DW) – Cammalleri signs for five years, which will take him to 37. Tough term given the short-term deals that are going around right now.

9:36 AM (DW) – Mike Cammalleri to the New Jersey Devils and James Duthie is dancing with Jamie McLennan. What is going on?

9:34 AM (DW) – Blues beat the media as well.

 

4 years, $7 million per year. That’s a pretty reasonable deal for the Blues.

9:31 AM (DW) – Incredible! A solid 7 seconds of James Duthie staring silently into the camera. He was ostensibly interviewing Christian Ehrhoff and, judging by his face, he could hear him, but we couldn’t. That was some of the most compelling dead air ever.

9:30 AM (DW) – Josh Gorges has apparently been traded to the Buffalo Sabres, according to Darren Dreger. That means he wouldn’t waive to go to Toronto, but would to Buffalo. Tough day for Toronto when a hockey player would rather play for a Buffalo team expected to finish last next season than in the centre of the universe.

9:28 AM (DW) – Ah! TSN is talking about corsi percentage!

Wait, mainstream media talking fancy stats, Islanders with good goaltending, Oilers signing guy with good underlying possession numbers…it’s the end of the world, isn’t it?

9:25 AM (DW) – The Senators have re-signed Milan Michalek for three years, $4 million per year. Pretty good deal for the Senators.

9:21 AM (DW) – The Islanders have signed goaltender Chad Johnson, who had a great year as a backup in Boston last season. Smart pickup by the Islanders.

Between Jaroslav Halak and Johnson, the Islanders goaltending might actually be really good next season, which will be very, very confusing.

9:19 AM (DW) – Ray Ferraro’s tie may not go with his suit at all, but it’s spectacular. Shiny gold paisley. That’s a tough tie: doesn’t really go with anything.

9:15 AM (DW) – 5 years, $20 million for Pouliot? That seems like a lot of money and term for someone whose career highs are 16 goals and 36 points. Lot of talk on TSN that he’s a character guy, but I’m more intrigued by his possession numbers.

9:14 AM (DW) – Pierre McGuire used the phrase “instantaneous leadership momentum for Manny Malhotra” and I don’t have the first clue what that’s supposed to mean.

9:13 AM (DW) – The Oilers official Twitter account beats the media to the punch:

 

9:08 AM (DW) – That’s insanely cheap for Ehrhoff, who I guess doesn’t need the money after his massive buyout. He could have gotten a much bigger deal for longer term, but took a cheap contract hoping to win now with the Penguins.

Of course, it makes sense that he’d be desperate to win some hockey after several years in the wasteland of Buffalo.

9:07 AM (DW) – Dammit.

 

9:06 AM (DW) – Bob McKenzie breaks the first deal of the day, because of course he does. Manny Malhotra signs with the Montreal Canadiens. Good for him.

9:05 AM (DW) – Gord Miller presents: Housekeeping. I hear he’s really good at dusting furniture and is hellacious with a vacuum.

But seriously, all he’s doing is talking about waivers and such.

9:02 AM (DW) – WHY HASN’T ANYONE SIGNED YET?!?!

9:00 AM (DW) – It’s noon eastern: free agency is open!

8:57 AM (DW) – There’s been a lot of talk that the Canucks will be signing Ryan Miller, to the point that it seems all-but certain. While my preference would be to spend less money on more unknown goaltender to split time with Eddie Lack, I can live with the Canucks signing Miller to a short-term deal for a reasonable amount of money.

Anything longer than three years would be a mistake and I’m hoping he’ll sign for under $5 million per year. If he’s willing to play briefly for the Canucks as they rebuild the team, then he won’t be a millstone.

What I would really like to see, of course, is for the Canucks to save their money for Christian Ehrhoff and Paul Stastny/Ales Hemsky.

8:48 AM (DW) – With teams having a period of time prior to the start of free agency to talk to players, things might be very different this year. Normally, TSN has nothing to talk about for the first several hours of their Free Agent Frenzy show, making it about as frenzied as a game of Bridge at a Senior’s Home.

We’re expecting things to happen a lot more quickly this year, so we won’t have as much awkwardness to talk about from TSN, but who knows?

40 comments

  1. bluemoonjones
    July 1, 2014

    Please great spirit in the sky: Give the Canucks someone who can at least somewhat regularly put the puck in the net today (uh, while playing in the NHL; there is that little caveat…). That’s ll I ask…

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  2. Chris the Curmudgeon
    July 1, 2014

    And, there goes the only guy on the market that I really wanted (Stastny). See you all later then.

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    • Chris the Curmudgeon
      July 1, 2014

      Wait, nope, spoke too soon, I’m back to complain about the Miller deal. Seriously terrible. Combined with I see as a very mediocre draft, can’t say I’m entirely in love with this new regime at this point. But hey, they traded Kesler right?

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  3. Vincent
    July 1, 2014

    I’m laying in bed while a beautiful sunny day exists outside all so I can find out if the canucks do anything. I’ve got it bad

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  4. BMo
    July 1, 2014

    Best update of the day is from Elliot Friedman, “I feel like a crack addict.”

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  5. Mitch
    July 1, 2014

    Re: Miller

    Could be worse. Could be Dave Bolland at 5.5 for 5.

    So there’s always that.

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    • Mitch
      July 1, 2014

      Ugh. That Hiller deal. Agh.

      I gotta sit down. You guys go ahead, I’ll catch up.

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  6. Pete
    July 1, 2014

    And now instead of 17 million to sign 4 guys they have 11. The more things change the more they stay the same.

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  7. Walker
    July 1, 2014

    Okay, I was aboard the Benning/Linden bus until this stop. Why would you pay Miller that much? Was there really a bidding war?

    I haven’t completely drunk the advanced-stats kool-aid – but I do think that goalies are fetish items. No nhl-level goalie is worth is amount of money. They’re all about the same…

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  8. peanutflower
    July 1, 2014

    Ugh. I would love to be surprised and amazed. I thought I would be, but the more things change, the more they seem to stay the same.

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  9. akidd
    July 1, 2014

    drafting for size, high-priced, free-agent goalies…a perfect strategy to start the new millennium….

    weren’t jim and trev at the symposium? they shoulda been at the symposium.

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  10. John Matrix
    July 1, 2014

    Vancouver is a prime destination for free agents!

    Sincerely,

    Kool-Aid Man

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  11. peanutflower
    July 1, 2014

    Sanguinetti, Santorelli, maybe someone forgot to use spell check…

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  12. Chris the Curmudgeon
    July 1, 2014

    Plug Linden Vey into that lineup for sure. He’s easily as NHL ready as Horvat or Jensen.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      July 1, 2014

      Yeah, that’s a good point. Just not sure exactly where. He might take Jensen’s spot on right wing and maybe push Jensen to third line and Hansen to the fourth.

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  13. Naturalmystic
    July 1, 2014

    Say goodbye to Eddie Lack at the end of his contract if not before. There is no way he can be happy about this development. The new GM has shown no confidence in Lack as a starter and Eddie is ready as he will ever be to be the starter for this team. What will 2 more years behind Miller do to help his development. I wonder if Lack is going to be traded.

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  14. Jack Fanning-Milsted
    July 1, 2014

    Daniel, I love you, but you’ve somehow warped ahead in time twelve hours. Unless, that is, Ryan Miller’s signing has warped time and it is indeed three minutes to one in the morning in Vancouver.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      July 1, 2014

      Ha, forgot to switch from AM to PM.

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      • Jack Fanning-Milsted
        July 1, 2014

        Also I’m totally with Harrison on Miller’s signing; the Canucks can afford him, I think he’s probably still got three years of decent goaltending left in his tank and Eddie Lack just isn’t ready for 50+ starts. It would’ve been nice to have gotten him for 4.5 a year instead of 6 but Benning’s gotta spend all that juicy Kesarrisooth mony somewhere.

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  15. naturalmystic
    July 1, 2014

    I think the Benning honeymoon ends today. The Miller signing is ridiculous.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      July 1, 2014

      You had a Benning honeymoon?

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  16. GeezMoney
    July 1, 2014

    I wonder how many people are offended that Eddie Lack isn’t the defacto number one because of his hilarious twitter account? In no way is he ready to be a number one.

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  17. Smokey
    July 1, 2014

    I really like this Miller signing, I was frankly dreading another decade of sub-par goaltending here in Vancouver. Eddie Lack is an awesome guy but neither he nor Markstrom are full-time starting material right now, Markstrom could be a terrific AHL tender and give our kids some solid backing down in the minors. Lack is best suited to playing 35 games tops, which works perfectly with an older starter like Miller. Three years is a good term for Miller and we have the cap space to spare, it really solidifies what was the Canucks’ weakest position, you ask me, all the pieces have fallen into place in the crease.

    I’d still like to see them bring back Santorelli, another versatile guy who can play wing or center, all over the depth chart, both ends of the special teams, won’t cost too much.

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  18. Dan
    July 1, 2014

    “Benning talks about Miller acting as a mentor to Lack and says that you don’t necessarily know what you have in a goaltender until they’re “26 or 27 years old.” I suspect that Benning isn’t aware that LACK IS ALREADY 26!”

    I’m gonna be sick. How is management so obtuse about how these moves are looking?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      July 1, 2014

      I dunno that anyone should really be all that worried about Lack’s feelings, though. If he’s not good enough to do the job, that’s that. He’s a pro. He can handle it.

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      • Dan
        July 1, 2014

        I agree, but Benning just repeated the “don’t know about goalies until they’e 26 or 27″ on the TEAM1040 just now. The only two options as to why he said that are:

        A) He doesn’t realize that despite his young kid-goalie looks, Eddie is actually 26
        B) He knows Eddie is in that 26-27 range and he knows what he knows about him and doesn’t think he’s the guy to move forward with.

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  19. Walker
    July 1, 2014

    Strangely, I don’t miss Lou.

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  20. Ali
    July 1, 2014

    Are we going to try to steal Ryan O’Reilly?

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    • Daniel Wagner
      July 1, 2014

      Can’t. Canucks traded their 2015 third round pick on Friday, which means they can’t sign anyone to an offer sheet over $3.3 million, unless they go over $8.4 million and then have to give up four first round picks.

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      • Chrìs
        July 1, 2014

        Bring on subban!!! 9.2 per year for 8yrs. trade edler for a bag of pucks, and let’s go to town!!

        Hahaha if it didn’t cost us 4 first rounders I would be all over it.

        On a more of a sober note,, can’t we subb a secound round pick for a third? Personally I don’t Jim benning wants to be that guy. Otherwise Riley smith/Torrey krug would have got an offer sheet today. I can see us trading for a stubborn rfa in one of those deals where we agree to a contract before the trade.

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  21. T-Canuck
    July 1, 2014

    Wow what a day! Good entertainment value for sure.
    I’m guessing Miller is buying dinner.
    Well things could be way worse and I guess it wouldn’t be Vancouver without goaltender questions. One thing for sure if Eddie wants to be a number 1 he’s gonna have to prove himself now. Only thing I don’t like is that it is very likely that one of these guys could get traded at deadline and being that Miller has NTC we could be saying a sad good bye to a great character in Eddie Lack.

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  22. Dog
    July 1, 2014

    Perhaps the Canucks should look into signing Devin Setoguchi. At the age of 27, he’s still relatively young, plus he’s got speed and skill to go along with a decently sized 6′ frame. On top of that, he’s a right-winger, which is a position the Canucks are supposedly lacking depth in.

    Granted, I have no idea what the advanced stats say about his play, but at face value it seems to me like he’d be a good fit with the team.

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    • Chrìs
      July 1, 2014

      Advanced stats or fancy stats is just useless math created by nerdy bloopers to back there propaganda. It’s kind of like global warming, there’s lots of talk about it on the internet but no one really cares or believes in it.

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      • Daniel Wagner
        July 2, 2014

        This is my favourite comment ever.

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        • Chris the Curmudgeon
          July 2, 2014

          I wouldn’t normally feel the need to do this, but just to clarify, that isn’t my non-Curmudgeon alter-ego, it’s an entirely separate person with whom I have the misfortune of sharing a first name.

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          • Chrìs
            July 2, 2014

            Whoa whoa whoa, you know the deal budy. Where’s there is one of us there is usually two or three more lurking around corner lol. That comment was so magnificent that d.w. Is replying on your other comment. Either that or he is being being distracted by his family or Harrison being Harrison.

            Hmmmm Daniel you should get a dark wing duck avatar after flossing the dw monacor for this article.

            I know I should grab a different pysnuedonym, or a title. I would like to go the title route like you did, it’s hard to find a good title these days.

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            • Harrison Mooney
              July 2, 2014

              Harrison being Harrison! I rule at that.

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  23. BBoone
    July 2, 2014

    To develope young forwards you can’t have them scored upon every time they make a mistake
    They had to improve the goaltending. Perhaps the gamble is that Miller will settle in with a new team , a new season , and some decent help from an experienced D .http://vansunsportsblogs.com/

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  24. Bergberg
    July 2, 2014

    Wow! I made it into the blog. How cool!! :)

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  25. Chris the Curmudgeon
    July 2, 2014

    Oh my God, yes, we just re-signed Alex Biega. My prayers have been answered. I hereby rescind everything I typed about Benning having his priorities all twisted. And by rescind, I mean re-affirm.

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