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In what seems like an odd move, the Hurricanes decided to bring another defenseman on board for next year by signing Marc-Andre Gragnani to a one-year, two-way deal. The contract will pay Gragnani $800,000 in the NHL and $105,000 in the AHL, which is a slight raise over the $550,000 he made last season. He spent all of last season in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres and the Vancouver Canucks and was used almost exclusively in offensive situations.
Gragnani is very well-versed as an offensive defenseman as he led all AHL defensemen in scoring in 2010-11 with 12 goals and 60 points in 63 games. However, his game in the defensive zone is still coming along. He is a high-risk player who will make aggressive pinches when given the chance, so he can produce a lot of offense but he is also proned to give up a lot at the other end. His coaches seem to know this as he started over 63% of his even strength shifts in the offensive zone, faced mostly below average competition and saw a lot of t...
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RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Vice President of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Gragnani $800,000 on the NHL level or $105,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level.
“Marc-Andre was in the NHL all...
He was once considered Buffalo's top D prospect. Who among us will ever forget Grags' coming out party durinng the first round series vs. Philly in 2011. 7 points in 7 games ain't bad, rookie.
Gragnani started slowly for the Sabres in 2011-12, and was eventually dealt to Vancouver on trade deadline day.
Today, he's a Carolina Hurricane.
Marc Andre Gragnani...
Vancouver’s UFA’s in 2013 – Part 1
It’s going to be a long summer. So over the course of it I’ll be taking a look at some of Vancouver’s players who have contracts set to expire in the summer of 2013. We’ll examine the pros and cons of each player, determine their career potential and where that potential fits in with the Canucks.
Name: Alexander Edler
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Last week the Vancouver Canucks top prospect Nicklas Jensen was discussing the possibility of foregoing his last year of major junior eligibility with the Oshawa Generals in order to play a season in the Swedish Elite League should he not make the Canucks roster for the 2012/13 season.
It is an ambitious and intriguing notion from a thought provoking player.
Roberto Luongo's future is a mystery. He appears destined to leave the Vancouver Canucks, a story we talked about here. Where will Luongo play in 2012-13? What twists and turns will life deal Luongo next?
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Vancouver’s UFA’s in 2013 – Part 2
Hey everyone, hope you enjoyed part 1 of our look ahead series on Alex Edler. Today in part two we take a look down the middle of the ice. It’s not the Canucks deepest position, and depending on how this season goes, it could get a little thinner around July 1st, 2013.
Name: Manny Malhotra
Contract Expires: July 1st, 2013
Current Cap Hit...
Mason Raymond is running out of time for excuses. The 26-year-old left winger signed a one-year deal July 9 to remain in Vancouver. He accepted a pay reduction to $2.27 million from $2.6 million after the Canucks made the unusual move of filing for arbitration against him. The club gets the reduced salary it was looking for while avoiding a nasty arbitration hearing. Raymond...
I posted the top 20 players by their adjusted Corsi rate in 2011/12. Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks leads the league with +22.5 Corsi events per 60 minutes of even strength play. This is a four point lead over anyone else in the league. This shows that Sedin had the largest difference between the puck possession of his team when he was on the ice when compared to when...
Vancouver’s UFA’s in 2013 – Part 3
In Part 1 I looked at Alex Edler.
In Part 2 I looked at Manny Malhotra.
This may be a no brainer, but today I take a look at Alex Burrows and his pending UFA status. What’s in store for him and the Canucks in 2013?
Name: Alex Burrows
Contract Expires: July 1st, 2013
Current Cap Hit: $2,000,000
Everyone knows the story...
Eric Staal got some very good news a few weeks back when his Hurricanes made a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins to acquire one of Staal’s, brothers, Jordan, to play in Carolina. It not only made the Staal brothers happier, but it also made the Hurricanes much better.
But as it sounds, Eric is hoping that his Hurricanes are not quite through adding some key pieces...
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News broke yesterday that Mason Raymond was re-signed for 2.275 million. Ordinarily, a signing like this would fall by the wayside, with not much being mentioned about it. But yesterday was July 9th, and there was absolutely nothing going on in the world of...