Canucks Roster Ready To Go, Season Or No
As posted on TSN.ca the Vancouver Canucks have re-signed the Sedin twins to one year contracts. This is great news for Canucks fans because love them or hate them they solidify the second line and provide some much needed secondary scoring. Terms of the contracts have not been released due to team policy; however, it will be interesting to see if the coaching staff gives the twins more ice time this coming season as this was one of the twins main concerns during contract negotiations.
Last season Daniel posted very respectable stats of 82gp 18g 36a 54p. In one game against Detroit, he scored a career high 4 goals. The knock against Daniel is that he is very inconsistent and easily pushed around. Daniel needs to become more consistent and assertive on the ice in order to become a scoring star in this league.
Henrik Sedin played in only 76 games last year and found himself in coach Marc Crawford’s doghouse several times during the season. He posted stats of 11g 31a 42p. Like his brother Henrik needs to work on his consistancy and assertiveness. One stat from last season that stands out with Henrik is his +23 plus minus rating, showing that he is a responsible two way forward.
Also resigned today was Canuck goalie of the future, Alex Auld.
Auld, who will begin the season (if there is one) as Dan Cloutier’s back-up, performed admirably in the playoffs last season when Cloutier went down with an ankle injury, posted 18W 16L 4T 4SO 2.55GAA .915SP with the Manitoba Moose last season.
With these three signings today, The Canucks have all their RFA’s under contract and will be returning a line up almost identicle to the one that won the Northwest division last season. Now GM Dave Nonis must turn his attention to signing a player to play on the second line with the twins. A player such as Glen Murray or Paul Kariya would fit the bill perfectly, although their asking prices may keep the Canucks from pursuing them seriously. Also the Canucks have been guilty of being a little soft on the back end, so signing a gritty stay at home d-man would help the swashbuckling Canuck defence corps.
In closing the Canucks look poised to take another run at the Northwest division title and hopefully stick to playing hockey and not providing headline news for CNN.
stats from NHL.com, NHLPA.com and manitobamoose.com