Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Some Player News

Some Canucks player news as we approach the start of free agency madness this weekend:

Jason Jaffray led the Manitoba Moose in scoring in the regular season and the playoffs; however, the Canucks couldn't call him up because he didn't have a pro contract. He will soon (Steve Ewen, Vancouver Province).

Jason Jaffray could handle a contract snafu keeping him from playing for the Vancouver Canucks last season.

He could handle toiling for five years in the minors and he could handle the Kootenay Ice trading him in the midst of their 2002 Memorial Cup run, despite him being team captain at the time.

Jaffray, a winger who is in the midst of finalizing a two-year, two-way deal with the Canucks, has been saddled with much worse than anything hockey can dish out at him.
Marc Chouinard, who does have a pro contract (one more year at $1.1 million), might not soon (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun).

The Vancouver Canucks have to make their intentions known this week on the potential buyout of disappointing centre Marc Chouinard.

Chouinard, who finished last season in the minors, has a year remaining on his contract at $1.1 million and must clear waivers before the buyout process begins (all figures are in U.S. dollars).
The Canucks are still talking contract with Jeff Cowan the Brabarian (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun).

Cowan, meanwhile, will become an unfettered free agent Sunday unless his representative, Rollie Thompson, and Canuck assistant GM Steve Tambellini can wrap up a deal.

"Steve and I had a couple of pretty good talks in Columbus over the weekend," Thompson said Monday. "We're going in the right direction. Both parties would like to make it happen."

Cowan, who was a waiver-wire pickup from the L.A. Kings in late December, earned $532,000 US last season. It's believed he's seeking a two-year deal.
They also qualified defenseman Lukas Krajicek with the mandatory 10% raise.

Tambellini, who is handling many of the contract negotiations, also opened discussions with Krajicek's agent, Petr Svoboda, at the draft. Svoboda described the talks as "positive" but declined any specifics on term despite reports of a two-year offer.

"It doesn't really matter as long as Lukas has another good year and plays well," said Svoboda, the former NHL blueliner. "He was happy with his first season in Vancouver, but he knows he could do better. He loves the town, the organization and the players, so that's the key."
Ditto newly-acquired center Ryan Shannon.

"Ryan is really thrilled about about this opportunity with Vancouver and he's looking forward to getting into camp. And, probably more importantly, he's looking forward to getting back from Europe in one piece."

Duberman said Canucks management has made no promises, other than the standard one of providing an opportunity. Vancouver already has three established centres under contract in Henrik Sedin, Brendan Morrison and Ryan Kesler. Shannon, presumably, would have to vie for fourth-line playing time with the likes of Rick Rypien and Alex Burrows.

"I know Ryan is a good enough player to be on their roster, especially with his speed, but nothing has been promised and we know that," continued Duberman.
I'll be at the Canucks State of Franchise event tonight. Fellow The Crazy Canucks podcaster John Bolwitt might join me as well. We'll talk more about it later tonight or tomorrow morning.

Comments/Questions: Feel free to post in the comments section or email me at gocanucksgo10 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:19 AM


At June 26, 2007 9:35 AM, Blogger Mike said...

You lucky people who can go to these things with such ease :) Have fun man, I expect a full report!

At June 27, 2007 9:12 PM, Blogger Dave The Hat said...

Great blog. I'm an Aussie who visited Canada this past Christmas and immediately fell in love with the city and the Canucks (though my formerly of Calgary father has created in me a bit of a support dilemma!)

Was just reading SI.com and it appears Dannius Zubrus is expecting to become a free aganet from Buffalo. Do yout think he could be a could fit in BC? He'd bring veteran presence to the locker room, and perhaps provide some more offense...

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