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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, The NHL transaction wire had Mike Gillis smiling Tuesday and Brian Burke reaching for the Maalox.
Gillis is laughing because now that Josh Harding signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild there is one less potential No. 1 goaltender on the free-agent market. That leaves the Vancouver Canucks general manager with the best available commodity in veteran Roberto Luongo.
As the GM most interested in acquiring a veteran No. 1, Burke probably had to resist the urge to fling a few things around his office. With Harding off an already thin market, it will cost the Toronto Maple Leafs more to get their hands on Luongo, 33, despite his $5.33-million (all currency U.S.) salary-cap hit that has another 10 years to run.
“He’s got the top guy to trade right now,” one of Gillis’s fellow GMs said.
BEST OF MAXIM
Earlier this week the Vancouver Canucks did the expected and tendered qualifying offers to restricted free-agent goalies Cory Schneider and Eddie Lack.
There were some guys from last years roster that were in limbo.
Marc-Andre Gragnani, Mike Duco, Victor Oreskovich and Ryan Parent. They had to be qualified or released by June 25.
On Monday Gillis...
The Draft Matters
With the 2012 NHL Entry draft going down this week on June 22-23 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, we thought we’d go back and take a look at some recent Vancouver Canucks draft picks since 2009 to predict who will crack the team’s lineup, and help the squad in its ever growing quest to win a Stanley Cup.
We give you 5 such players – The Young Canuck...
Mitch has been blogging faster than I can post lately. ‘Mitch the blog machine’ is what I call him. You can call him @Mitch_SBMedia on Twitter.
Last week the Vancouver Canucks decided to take Mason Raymond to club elected “cut-down” arbitration. What’s cut-down arbitration? You’re asking that like last week was the first time you had ever heard the term. Well, if that’s...
First we got NHL preseason schedule news from the Canucks on a busy Monday, now we're hearing via several news outlets (CKWX 1130, The Province, Team1040 etc) that the Canucks have made qualifying offers to 3 restricted free agents.
The list does include possible new NUMBER 1 goalie Cory Schneider.
Laurence Gilman confirmed the offers to Schneider.
Today we made...
from David Ebner of the Globe and Mail, It approached high noon in Las Vegas on Wednesday, the thermometer soaring towards 40 C, and Mike Gillis still had a somewhat-tattered ace in his hand: Roberto Luongo.
“A lot of a different teams talk to us about a lot of different scenarios involving a lot of different people,” said Gillis, general manager and president of the Vancouver...
via Scott Russell of News1130, The Vancouver Canucks have qualified the contracts of free agent goaltenders Cory Schneider and Eddie Lack, as well as forward Dale Wiese.
Schneider’s agent Mike Liut tells News1130 Sports that he will meet with the Canucks this week in Pittsburgh prior to the NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
If the Canucks or Schneider’s agent can’t get a new deal...
The Minnesota Wild have locked up the goalie position for at least the next few seasons.
The team announced Tuesday that they have re-signed goalie Josh Harding to a three-year contract. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the contract is worth 5.7 million.
Harding, 28, has spent six seasons with Minnesota, but has never played in more than 34 games in a single season.
I can’t believe I’m letting Mitch write about Patrick O’Sullivan. He seems to be pretty passionate about him though. So lets give him a chance. Mitch, you’ve got some explaining to do!
Disclaimer for those of you who are blinded with rage right now; I’m going to go a little off the board on this one here. I know that as soon as you see that name you think this is some...
The Minnesota Wild have re-signed goalie Josh Harding to a three-year contract.
The deal was done Tuesday. Harding would've been an unrestricted free agent next month.
The 28-year-old Harding has been a backup throughout his NHL career, but primary goalie Niklas Backstrom is about to begin the last year of his contract and he will turn 35 next February.
Harding tore the anterior...
The Minnesota Wild locked up 28 year-old goaltender Josh Harding for the next three years, a deal worth $5.7 million over that stretch. The contract is a raise for Harding, whose previous deal paid him $750 thousand last season. The contract sets the Wild up for the future after starter Nicklas Backstrom, age 34, becomes a free agent, scheduled for the summer of 2013.
The song has barely begun, but already the music is ready to end. And the teams scrambling for a solution to their struggles in goal could soon find themselves on the losing end of this high-stakes game of musical chairs. The free agency period doesn't begin until July 1, but another potential target was taken off the market on Tuesday. Minnesota goalie Josh Harding was re-signed...
Professional sports isn't always known for having a lot of nice guys. For athletes who are placed on such a high pedestal by our society, they could almost be forgiven for thinking a little highly of themselves. There are numerous examples where a great athlete turns out to be a bit of a jerk. Some of it may be by their arrogance, or their infallibility, by the actions...
via Michael Russo tweet, Source: Josh Harding signs a three-year, $5.7 million deal with #mnwild ($1.9 AAV)