Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Canucks sign Curtis Sanford / other signings

It is a 1-year, $600,000 contract. So it's not Schneider backing Luongo it's Sanford then? The 28-year old goalie has 73 games of NHL experience, in 3 seasons, all with the St. Louis Blues. He has a 26 win-26 loss record with a 2.79 GAA, .901 save percentage, and 4 shutouts.
Sanford's NHL, AHL, ECHL stats can be seen here.

I think I'm missing something with this signing. Is Cory Schneider not ready for the NHL yet, or is Nonis working on a big trade? Maybe Wade Flaherty is retiring from the Moose. I have no clue.
Sanford is a major upgrade from Sabourin though. Maybe Luongo will get more nights off now so he can mentally rest for a long playoff run.

Dammit! The Wild have re-signed Wes Walz. So much for my Walz-to-Vancouver thinking patterns. Oh well. It's impossible to predict what Nonis does anyways!

The Wild have signed goalie Nolan Shaefer away from the Sharks. I guess the Wild needed to fill the gap with the Houston Aeros left by Josh Harding this coming season. That or Shaefer, who has more NHL experience, will back up Backstrom.

Rumors are swirling that Slava Kozlov, probably the best leftover UFA (already) is in Dallas hammering out a deal with the Stars.

The Lightning have signed Brad Lukowich to a 3-year deal.

When it rains, it shits in Edmonton. The Oilers are crying foul play by Michael Nylander, saying they had a deal with him completed and then Nylander signed with the Capitals instead.

"On Sunday, July 1, 2007, Kevin Lowe, Oilers general manager, and Mr. Mike Gillis, certified agent for Michael Nylander, negotiated and agreed to a multi-year NHL Standard Players Contract, starting in 2007-08. Mr. Gillis confirmed same to the Oilers in writing," the Oilers' statement read Tuesday.

"However, while the Oilers were expecting the returned signed agreements from Mr. Nylander and Mr. Gillis, the Oilers discovered through public announcements made mid-afternoon on July 2, that Mr. Nylander had subsequently entered into a long-term contract with the Capitals.

"The Oilers can find no precedent for such conduct in our history. The Oilers are examining and pursuing every course of action available in the best interest of the team and our fans.

"For legal reasons, the Edmonton Oilers hockey club will not be discussing the details any further at this time."

The Kings have just signed Brad Stuart to a 1-year $3.5 million deal. (5:16 PM)

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At July 3, 2007 at 9:42 p.m. , Anonymous GZ Expat said...

I think the Sanford deal makes sense. If you read or listen to Nonis or Viggy all along, they have said they want Schneider to play in Manitoba...it would be a good opportunity for him to adjust to the longer pro-type of schedule...which is an adjustment for most goalies. Putting him down there, getting him some meaningful minutes makes sense.

Sanford has played in the NHL and can be a proven back-up to Louie.

But then...Nonis could be setting himself up for a larger deal...but, it just feels as though they are adding small pieces to a team they feel pretty good about.

At July 3, 2007 at 10:53 p.m. , Blogger The KEMPNER's said...

I have figured out Nonis (I think). He is CHEAP. He would rather spend the $ on a bunch of guys who are a gamble then to go out and get that LW we really need on the Morrison - Naslund line...like Kariya ($4 mil well spent). I like Isbister but we will see how he pans out in Van.

Rumour has it Schneider will play in Manitoba to get tons of playing time and to develop. Good move I think.

Sanford is a good back up. But let's be honest if Luongo goes down Vancouver is screwed.

At July 5, 2007 at 10:47 a.m. , Anonymous The Chief Canuck said...

Sanford is NOT an upgrade on Sabourin.. But Sabby wanted to play more and he's not goign to get that behind Roberto.

Think about this.. if Sanford was a better goalie, wouldn't Pittsburght (who signed sabourin to a multi year deal) have gone for him insteand.

Sanford will be fine, but he only needs to play 10-12 games this year and wil likely finish the season 5-5-2.

As for Schneider, he needs to play. A lot. He'll start on the farm and be teh starter. As long as he does that well fo ra couple years he'll be in the NHL very soon.

Schneider will do no good sitting behind Luongo all year, he may as well stay in boston if that was the case.


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