Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Mike Gillis talks about the Sundin offer / Canucks sign Ryan Johnson

Canucks' GM Mike Gillis was quite candid about his huge offer to Mats Sundin today. This from Canucks.com:

“We put a major offer together to try and attract who we felt was the best centre ice man on the market,” said Gillis. “It’s an indication that we’re prepared to do what it takes to attract the best players here.”Gillis has not heard back from Sundin's agent JP Barry yet.
“We don’t [have a timetable for an answer]. Mats has gone to bed in Sweden,” said Gillis. “I know he’s thinking about things. From all indications he was very, very pleased that we stepped up and did what we did. We’re hoping to have some more dialogue in the morning and get a positive response.”
Gillis then touched on what some of us commenters were talking about today, which would be that if Mats Sundin was is signed, it may make the Canucks a more attractive team to play for (in regards to say, Naslund).
“We have discussed that issue,” said Gillis. “But again, until you have things executed and signed, it’s difficult to suggest what the next step will be.”
I think we’ve gone a long way to indicating that we’re trying to get player in here who play at the highest level.”
Screw the indications! Just get it done, man!
I guess we'll find out tomorrow.

In the meantime, the Canucks have signed now-former St. Louis Blue Ryan Johnson to a 2-year $2.4 million deal.
The positives about Johnson (from Sportsnet):
Has blinding speed and is a tenacious forechecker. Likes to get physical and play an energy role. Can play either center or left wing
The negatives:
Lacks offensive flair and struggles to put points on the board. Needs to become a more reliable defensive forward in order to secure more ice time.
Ah fuck. Ring a bell? Johnson will probably replace Byron Ritchie on the 4th line. He scored 5 goals and 18 points in 79 games for the Blues last year. Yeah...Jeff Cowan the 2nd.

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9 Comments:

At July 1, 2008 at 8:54 PM , Anonymous GZ Expat said...

Does the phrase; 'Throwing all of your eggs into one basket' sound familiar to anyone??

I'm also chuckling to myself...what if they find out that Naslund thinks Sundin is an asshole and would never play with him. Heh...

And Johnston...a career 102 points in 10 NHL seasons for $1.2M per season??? With 32 goals...that's $75K per goal. He is certain to be laughing all the way to the bank.

 
At July 1, 2008 at 9:28 PM , Anonymous GZ Expat said...

Big splash on the front page of the Aftonbladet sports section is all about the insane money offered to Sundin.

http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/hockey/nhl/article2811012.ab

 
At July 1, 2008 at 10:21 PM , Blogger KevinV said...

Ryan who?

Check out the fantasy hockey news text on your sidebar on this fantastic acquisition:

"Johnson spent the last six years in St Lous and managed to score just 5 goals and 13 assissts in 79 games this past season. He should not be on your fantasy radar at this time."

He also should not be on your real-world radar at this time, either.

I thought that Gillis would be able to pull this transition off, but it is obvious that he has been frozen out. Scraps, health problems, throw-aways. Man o man o man.

 
At July 2, 2008 at 12:07 AM , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Just wait, it's not over yet. But day 1 makes it difficult to feel optimistic for sure.

 
At July 2, 2008 at 8:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ryan Johnson is a great signing!He lead the NHL in blocked shots last year and we probley signed him to help our PK!

Now only if gillis would that clown Jeff cowan

I can garaunte you that if sundin signs then Naslund would follow(then we will see a post on here saying how pissed sean is:)


PS:careful on the F bomb

 
At July 2, 2008 at 8:32 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

edit:waive that clown cowan

 
At July 2, 2008 at 9:01 AM , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Pissed....fuck...
what's the difference? It's all fowl language. Oh by F bomb you mean Forsberg? Hey we should get Forsberg!
Are you serious...Johnson led the NHL in blocked shots? If that is true then by golly he IS a good signing

 
At July 2, 2008 at 9:48 AM , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/playerNews?statsId=1707&fantasyNews=true

Looks like he did.

 
At July 2, 2008 at 7:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

yup he's one fuckin crazy specail fuckin teams guy!!!!!

 

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