Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Canucks chasing Marian Hossa and Ryan Malone? / Alex Auld to Canucks rumor

Hey, it's no doubt that Mike Gillis is going to make a huge splash this offseason. Just how many players he will obtain seems to be the question. He has about as much money to spend on players on Britney Spears does on psychotherapy.
The Pittsburgh Tribune has just made a bold statement:

Marian Hossa will have several clubs pursuing his services July 1, and Vancouver is considered a fast-charging contender as the Canucks look to make a splash in the offseason.
The Canucks also plan to chase left wing Ryan Malone, who said last week he will exercise his unrestricted option.
Vancouver likely cannot offer Hossa $8 million annually over five years - the deal he is believed to be seeking - but would bid high for Malone, possibly more than $5 million annually on a long-term contract.
First of all, how do they know how much we can or cannot spend? We're rich in cap space right now.
Secondly, I really don't want to see Hossa in a Canucks jersey. Malone, yes, depending on money. But Hossa? No way. I'd rather eat a rotten sardine sandwich.

There are several rumors/desires for the Canucks to bring back Alex Auld, as he is officially being squeezed out of the goaltending picture in Boston thanks to Fernandez and Thomas. I see Alanah at Canucks and Beyond did a poll about this recently and 60% of her readers voted "yes", 36% voted "no", and 5% (including myself) voted "other". The conditions of the poll question were "if both Auld and Sanford asked for about the same money they made last season, which is around $600,000.
I don't want Auld back. What kind of dollars is Auld going to be asking for? A raise is coming to him, after performing fairly well in 23 games with the Bruins last season. So if he commands even over $1 million, he should be out of the question, because he's only going to be a bench warmer behind Luongo anyway.
I would like to see especially Cory Schneider or Drew MacIntyrewarm that bench and get some experience. They are 22 and 25 years old respectively. I know Schneider did very well with the Moose last year, so I would expect him to make the club this fall.

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At June 25, 2008 at 5:12 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...'re big into Wellwood, the Sami Salo reclamation project that he is AND you want Luongo to have no legitimate back-up with any NHL experience?

Can you please add a widget to your template where I can virtually bitchslap you? :)

At June 25, 2008 at 5:21 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Well, is Schneider any worse than Sanford or Auld? He could be better than them!!
Hey, if Wellwood is consistently injury prone, I'll eat my words! And no, I cannot find that widget! :) I did find one for you though.. a lobotomy widget. ha

At June 25, 2008 at 5:23 p.m. , Anonymous GZ Expat said...

Your Choice...Hossa or Naslund...which one do you take??

At June 25, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Whoa, question of the week no doubt......maybe YOU should be posting here! :) I like it!
OK, avoiding the question....I'd take Hossa for sure.

At June 25, 2008 at 5:37 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...

Even with a lobotomy I'd know Wellwood isn't going to be much more then a fill in for the third and fourth lines, second PP unit sometimes. Actually, knowing Vigneault, he'll play with the Sedins for 30 seconds and THEN go back to the fourth line.

BTW - The second Wellwood gets injured (before the end of the November) I better see a picture of you eating a puck on your homepage. And if he goes down in the same game with Salo, you have to eat the goalposts too.

At June 25, 2008 at 6:04 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Ha! Wellwood will be a 2nd line center! You haven't seen him play much, have you?

I can't eat goalposts, but I will eat a hat that has been grinded up or something like that. But he has to be injured before November though otherwise deal is off. If he remains healthy past November, I am going to send you a turd sandwich.

At June 25, 2008 at 7:42 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...

It's true, I don't watch the Leafs because I'm not psychotic (following the Canucks, mind you, is a close second).

Turd sandwich it is. I want to see you get that through customs. Don't start yelling at me when Zandberg gets linked to bioterrorism. ;)

At June 26, 2008 at 10:53 a.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

OK, so we have to make limits. How long does Wellwood have to be injured for? I say 3-4 games minimum. That increases your chances of eating poo.

At June 26, 2008 at 12:17 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see it now. On opening day, the puck gets dropped, Wellwood goes down in a crumple from a face-off slap to the groin, it bounces from there to Salo's face, breaking 53 bones and straining his calf muscle, the sight of which causes both Sedins to visibly pale and get sick on the ice, the entire scene being watched over by captain Naslund, who shows no reaction other than to maintain the same bored, glassy expression he's had for two years.

And it will ALL BE YOUR FAULT, Zandberg!!!

At June 26, 2008 at 1:35 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...

Sean - Three to four game minimum injury by the beginning of December/end of November. Is that the bet?

Kevinv - ...and THAT'S just day one. Imagine the fun with the remaining 81!

At June 26, 2008 at 2:11 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Mike: Deal!

Kevin: Haaaaaa! Nice! Except, the 'Captain Naslund still playing for us' part really disturbs me!

You forgot the part where both Sedins get sick on the ice, pass out, falling into Luongo, who does a swan dive and pretends like he's injured, laying on the ice for 10 minutes. The Gina Luongo sees her hubby laying on the ice on TV and starts crying. Her despair causes the Luongo's child to start crying. Tired of the racket, the concerned Gina calls Alain Vigneault's cell phone. When Vigneault hears his phone ring, he digs into his pocket to get it. Only problem is, he brushes against Ryan Walter's ass with his elbow as he goes for his phone. Walter, out of concern, questions AV's sexuality. AV is pissed. He yells out "asshole!" to Walter. Little did AV know, he had opened his cell phone in his pocket, so Gina thought AV was calling HER an asshole. After the game, she calls Luongo and tells him to demand a trade..........

At June 26, 2008 at 4:29 p.m. , Blogger Mike said...

Seriously, Ryan Walter will provide no shortage of humor this entire season. The more they lose, the more he absolutely must be referenced.

With Vigneault, Walter and Mellanby alone there's a "three stooges" quality in there I can't put my finger on yet...


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