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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 of last season, and will push for a job with us in the fall,” said Francis. “He has good size and has shown the ability to produce offensively both in the AHL and the NHL.”
Gragnani, 25, split the 2011-12 season between Buffalo and Vancouver, totaling two goals, 13 assists (15 points) and 26 penalty minutes in 58 games. The Montreal native played 44 games with the Sabres and had a plus-10 plus/minus rating prior to being dealt to Vancouver along with Zack Kassian in exchange for Cody Hodgson and Alexander Sulzer on Feb. 27.
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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...
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.
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...
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?
Interestingly enough, Luongo may have a potential career doing something completely unrelated to hockey. The World Series of Poker's biggest event, the Main Event, is currently...
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...
This is the fourth installment of Roberto Luongo Trade Rumour Bonanza! The first three editions looked at the possibility of Luongo going to Toronto, Edmonton and Florida. Today, we look at the chances of Luongo going to the arch rival Chicago Blackhawks.
Chicago is a potential destination for Luongo first and foremost because they could use a goalie. Corey Crawford...
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...
A few months ago, I used Gabe Desjardins' NHL equivalency values to project how some of the Hurricanes prospects might perform at the NHL level. The general idea behind equivalency values is that it is more difficult to play in one league than it is another and the NHL is top league in the world. Therefore, it is harder to score in the NHL than it is in the AHL, Swedish Elite...