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murd0c 06-14-2014 06:41 AM

The Official 2014/2015 Canucks & NHL Thread
Well its the start of the Benning and Linden era new so hopefully getting this new coach will go down a little better then it went with Tortz last year. I haven't been this excited about the draft in a long time which its nice having a GM that other GM's respect and has all of this drafting experience as well.

EuterVanWasser 06-14-2014 06:43 AM

This.. should be an interesting year.

Gumby 06-14-2014 07:37 AM

It's nice to have some people in management that are well respected across the league once again.

hypediss 06-14-2014 08:11 AM

Stevens for coach pls pls pls pls plsssss

EmperorIS 06-14-2014 09:18 AM



Infiniti 06-14-2014 10:18 AM

^ easy there tiger!

CRS 06-14-2014 10:21 AM


Originally Posted by EmperorIS (Post 8487214)


You're really pushing to get banned from the thread again, eh?

Not really racist! 06-14-2014 11:32 AM

Tegra_Devil 06-14-2014 12:05 PM


Vale46Rossi 06-14-2014 12:09 PM


HonestTea 06-14-2014 12:14 PM

First page!

Vale46Rossi 06-14-2014 12:14 PM

LsquareD 06-14-2014 01:40 PM

Ronin 06-14-2014 01:46 PM

Please make a big splash at the draft, Benning.

spoon.ek9 06-14-2014 02:08 PM

god i love this thread already lolol

murd0c 06-14-2014 02:13 PM

I was shocked when I woke up this morning and no one made one yet. 3rd year in a row making the Canucks thread :fuckyea:

Not really racist! 06-14-2014 02:14 PM

1st page missing some content so lets throw some up

GMJB Team 1040 Interview yesterday

credit to CDC

- Has done a couple coach interviews and has a bunch more scheduled for next week. Will then sit down, discuss with management and make a decision based on who is the best guy fitted for the job.

- Coaching candidates are all which JB and staff are familiar with. Have previous history with them whether it be following them in the minors, scouting, etc and won't get a coach they are not familiar with.

- Yelling-screaming coaching style is "embarrassing" and coaches that used that before will not succeed in todays NHL. Says the game has changed and there's not room for that style of coaching anymore and wants a coach who communicates well and gives lee-way for players to learn from mistakes. A coach that is "Firm but fair."

- Praised Portland Winterhawks coach Mike Johnston quite a bit and is definitely a coaching candidate. Likes him quite a bit and has already interviewed him which "went really well."

- Deciding if they will use their last compliance buyout. Window is only a few days as it will close after the Cup finals.

- Talks with Kesler's agent on a daily basis and won't comment any further on that. Trying to find out what will go on there. Way he sounded, doesn't seem like Kesler will be here much longer.

- Likes this draft class. Likes the top 6 guys and will be happy with whoever falls at #6.

- In constant communication with teams picking ahead of Vancouver and will try to trade up. Closer to draft, things will heat up and more likely trades happen then. Right now it's too far away from the draft to make anything certain regarding trades for all teams.

- Negotiations have started with Santorelli, Kassian, and Tanev and will continue to work on getting deals done. Santorelli is feeling better and will address his status moving forward.


Owners, open your wallets. We’re counting down to buyout season.

The second and final window for the NHL clubs to use their amnesty buyouts will begin the later of June 15 or 48 hours after the 2014 Stanley Cup final concludes. The buyout window slams shut for good at 5 p.m. ET on June 30. Bought-out players become unrestricted free agents and can sign with a new club on July 1.

Each team was granted two compliance buyouts to use either last summer or this one, a clause embedded in the new CBA to provide some previously spend-silly GMs with a mulligan. Or two. Some teams have already hinted at their intentions publicly; others are remaining tight-lipped and will work the trade phones until they’re left with no other options.

In order to be bought out, the player must not be injured, however. He must also pass through waivers, although that is more a matter of formality since no one is jumping to pay Ville Leino what the 2011 Sabres are. Important to note that a player cannot re-sign with the same club that bought him out until a full calendar year passes.

Here, in brief, is what we know about where your favourite team stands on using its buyouts before the window closes.

Anaheim Ducks Buyouts used: 0
The Ducks, quiet thus far, will likely sit pat — a testament to GM Bob Murray’s salary cap management.

Boston Bruins Buyouts used: 0
General manager Peter Chiarelli has committed big money and term to a handful of players, but they’ve all performed. The Bruins announced early last summer that an amnesty buyout wasn’t in the plans. Wouldn’t be surprised if they do the same this June.

Buffalo Sabres Buyouts used: 0
Ville Leino ($4.5-million cap hit until 2016-17) is the posterboy buyout candidate, but former GM Darcy Regier pulled the trigger on forward Nathan Gerbe ($1.45 million cap hit through 2013-14) last season instead. Gerbe’s buyout, however, did not fall under the amnesty category. He signed with the Carolina Hurricanes and scored 31 points; Leino scored no goals this season. New manager Tim Murray said in April there would be “a very good possibility” he buys out Leino now.

Calgary Flames Buyouts used: 0
Positioned well under the cap and prepared to spend, it’s highly doubtful the Flames use a buyout.

Carolina Hurricanes Buyouts used: 0
The Hurricanes traded their leading buyout candidate, Tuomo Ruutu ($4.75 million cap hit until 2015-16), to the New Jersey Devils at the March deadline.

Chicago Blackhawks Buyouts used: 2
They aren’t headline-grabbing names, but Chicago bought out Steve Montador ($2.75 million cap hit until 2014-15) and Rostislav Olesz ($3.125 million until 2013-14) after winning the 2013 Stanley Cup in order to free up cash and re-sign Bryan Bickell, then a pending UFA.

Colorado Avalanche Buyouts used: o
In 2013, Joe Sakic used a standard buyout on defenceman Greg Zanon ($2.25 million cap hit through 2013-14). Although P.A. Parenteau has spent time in coach Patrick Roy’s doghouse, he’s more likely to be traded than bought out.

Columbus Blue Jackets Buyouts used: 0
No buyouts last summer. This summer, there is an outside chance 32-year-old forward R.J. Umberger ($4.6 million cap hit through 2016-17) is a candidate.

Detroit Red Wings Buyouts used: 1
Defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo ($2.5 million cap hit through 2013-14) got the buyout last summer; he signed a cheap, one-year deal with St. Louis and played sparingly on the Blues’ blue line. The contracts of overpaid forwards Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson are set to expire, giving the Red Wings some cap space to play with this summer. On April 29, Detroit GM Ken Holland said he would not pursue a buyout of forward Johan Franzen ($3.95 million cap hit through 2019-20) but is considering using the team’s final amnesty buyout on Jordin Tootoo ($1.9 million cap hit through 2014-15). Tootoo played just 11 NHL games in 2013-14, registering a single assist.

Dallas Stars Buyouts used: 0
Veteran forward Eric Cole isn’t cheap ($4.5 million cap hit until 2014-15), and he wasn’t GM Jim Nill’s acquisition. The 35-year-old’s production (29 points in 2013-14) has fallen off sharply.

Edmonton Oilers Buyouts used: 0
The Oilers’ big-money deals have all been made with young, promising stars. Nothing to see here.

Florida Panthers Buyouts used: 0
Panthers GM Dale Tallon might take a look at buying out ailing captain Ed Jovanovski ($4.1 million cap hit until 2014-15). Under new ownership, the team has grown more keen to spend to win.

Los Angeles Kings Buyouts used: 0
Last spring general manager Dean Lombardi said his club was devoid of poor contracts and there would be no need to use a compliance buyout. But Eric Duhatschek of the Globe & Mail raises the possibility of Lombardi buying out 29-year-old centre Mike Richards this summer. Richards notched five points through his first 15 playoff games this spring but has seen his production decrease over the last three seasons. Despite playing all 82 games and bringing much coveted hockey “intangibles,” this year Ricahrds scored just 11 goals and hasn’t hit 20 since he left Philadelphia after the 2010-11 campaign. “Unlike Jeff Carter, who has gotten better and better in his time in L.A., Richards has really struggled,” writes Duhatschek. Whether or not the Kings re-sign pending UFA Marian Gaborik — red-hot this post-season — could play a factor here. Richards is signed through 2020 with a cap hit of $5.75 million, but he’ll make $7 million in actual salary next season. According to, buying out Richards would cost the Kings $19.33 million over 12 years.

Minnesota Wild Buyouts used: 1
Last summer the Wild used its first compliance buyout on defenceman Tom Gilbert ($4 million cap hit through 2013-14). Gilbert signed a one-year, $900,000 deal with Florida and provided the Panthers with good value. With forward Dany Heatley’s $7 million cap hit coming off the books, the Wild should be fine.

Montreal Canadiens Buyouts used: 2
The Habs have used up both buyouts already. After paying off Scott Gomez immediately after the 2012-13 lockout ended, Montreal gave defenceman Tomas Kaberle his pink slip. After single-season stints with San Jose and Florida, Gomez is a UFA once again. Kaberle spent 2013-14 playing for Kladno in the Czech Elite League.

Nashville Predators Buyouts used: 1
General manger David Poile tapped defenceman Hal Gill for a buyout in 2013. The free-agent veteran found a one-year, $700,000 gig with Philadelphia early in 2013-14 but played just six games.

New Jersey Devils Buyouts used: 1
Upon acquiring Cory Schneider from Vancouver, Lou Lamoriello bought out third-string goaltender Johan Hedberg in 2013. This year Anton Volchenkov ($4.25 million cap hit until 2015-16) has a target on him.

New York Islanders Buyouts used: 1
It is as if the compliance buyout was created for Rick DiPietro ($3.57 million cap hit until 2020-21), whom the Isles bought out in 2013. Regardless if another club signs him as a UFA, DiPietro will collect $1.5 million annually for 16 seasons. Read that sentence again. Now feel free to retrieve your jaw from the floor.

New York Rangers Buyouts used: 1
Perhaps the most compelling buyout candidate of all is centre Brad Richards, who was rumoured to be on the chopping block in 2013 but turned his game around under new coach Alain Vigneault. The Rangers already used up one get-out-of-jail-free card on defenceman Wade Redden, who enjoyed a brief NHL encore with the Blues and Bruins in 2013 before retiring. The 33-year-old Richards’ $6.67 million cap hit through 2019-20 is a strain in New York, even when he’s at the top of his game. “I really can’t make any comments about what’s going to happen during the summer,” Rangers GM Glen Sather said on June 3. “It’s not something that we need to get into talking with. He’s with the New York Rangers.”

Ottawa Senators Buyouts used: 0
Don’t expect to see a compliance buyout in the budget-conscious Canadian capital.

Philadelphia Flyers Buyouts used: 2
The Flyers cut two giant cheques — one to forward Danny Briere and one to goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov — in 2013, giving GM Paul Holmgren a pair of significant mulligans. It’s as if the whole idea of amnesty buyouts was created for this free-spending team. At reasonable rates, Bryzgalov (Minnesota) and Briere (Montreal) enjoyed stretches of success in 2013-14.

Phoenix Coyotes Buyouts used: 0
Buyouts are the least of the Coyotes’ worries; the rumour mill has been quiet on the amnesty front.

Pittsburgh Penguins Buyouts used: 0
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury ($5 million cap hit through 2014-15) was a rumoured candidate last summer. His bounce-back season has quieted speculation.

San Jose Sharks Buyouts used: 0
Past-his-prime forward Martin Havlat has been plagued with injuries and carries a $5 million cap hit through 2014-15. GM Doug Wilson has already informed Havlat that he will not be back with San Jose next season.

St. Louis Blues Buyouts used: 0
The St. Louis Blues’ player salaries have been very well managed. No buyouts here.

Tampa Bay Lightning Buyouts used: 1
Former franchise face Vincent Lecavalier ($7.73 million cap hit until 2019-20) became the recipient of the largest buyout in NHL history ($32 million plus) in 2013. He was snatched up by the Flyers. Depth forward Ryan Malone ($4.5 million cap hit through 2014-15) is the prime candidate to go this summer; his cocaine arrest didn’t help his trade value. Although players, such as Malone, who are enrolled in the league’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program cannot be bought out, Malone could be finished with the program before the buyout period commences.

Toronto Maple Leafs Buyouts used: 2
The cash-flush Maple Leafs pulled the plug on defenceman Mike Komisarek and centre Mikhail Grabovski in 2013. Komisarek played 32 games for Carolina in 2013-14, while Grabovski left angry and had a nice little bounce-back season in Washington.

Vancouver Canucks Buyouts used: 1
Defenceman Keith Ballard ($4.2 million cap hit until 2014-15) was bought out in 2013 and signed a two-year, $3-million deal with Minnesota. Much speculation has winger David Booth ($4.25 million cap hit through 2014-15) becoming the Canucks’ second compliance buyout this summer, although there is a case to keep him. Booth’s agent, Mike Liut, had a “good talk” with new GM Jim Benning at the NHL Combine about Booth’s future, according to News 1130. Interesting to note that former coach John Tortorella reportedly wanted the Canucks to buy out Alexandre Burrows. The winger scored just five goals in 49 games in 2013-14; he carries a cap hit of $4.5 million and is signed through 2016-17.

Washington Capitals Buyouts used: 1
Former Capitals GM George McPhee bought out defenceman Jeff Schultz ($2.75 million cap hit through 2013-14) last summer. Schultz signed with L.A. but only played for the Kings’ AHL affiliate this season. Forward Brooks Laich ($4.5 million cap hit through 2016-17) scored just eight goals in 2013-14 before injuring his groin; the 30-year-old had his least productive season since his rookie campaign. A team cannot buyout an injured player, however, and Laich, who underwent groin surgery in March, failed his end-of-year physical. The Capitals can bring him in for another physical before the buyout period commences.

Winnipeg Jets Buyouts used: 0
Despite rumblings that goaltender Ondrej Pavelec ($3.9 million cap hit through 2016-17) might not be long for Winnipeg, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff announced in April that Pavelec will be the Jets’ starting goaltender in 2014-15. The Jets are unlikely to use an amnesty buyout.

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mb_ 06-14-2014 02:15 PM


Hondaracer 06-14-2014 02:32 PM

Go panthers!

fliptuner 06-14-2014 02:43 PM


punkwax 06-14-2014 03:03 PM

This is how excited I am for the upcoming season.

XplicitLuder 06-14-2014 04:12 PM

can't wait. Kinda excited, whether we do good or bad

Tim Budong 06-14-2014 04:33 PM


Originally Posted by Spook.EK9
hahha I'm happy for a few reasons here:

1. Canucks fans would never shut up about firing a "cup winning" coach
2. Because Rangers
3. Because I disliked AV long before he was dismissed

Your last comment. I dont wanna dig through 3 years of threads

TypeRNammer 06-14-2014 06:58 PM

In for the first page!

slicrick 06-14-2014 07:09 PM

in for first page, Changed my signature :okay:

Hell of a year for NYR regardless of making the finals and not winning, remember when they were getting out scored 8-1, 9-1 and were the worst team in the league
too bad Brad Richards contract is another 5 years at 6.6 or else they could buy out Rick Nash both have under performed but Nash especially

Excited to see what changes are coming for both NYR and the Canucks this year, NYR has to re-sign Zuccarello, Brassard, John Moore, Kreider and Falk as RFA and lots of UFA's also Stralman, Diaz, Boyle, Dom Moore, Pouliot and Carcillo it's almost certain that some are gone hopefully they can keep most of those guys though.

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