Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Canucks Log Jam In Goal

Our buddy Ben who is living out in B.C these days chasing West Coast tail sent this our way.
The Vancouver Canucks have continued to complicate there goaltending matters. With goalies Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider splitting the starts in the lockout shortened season and Eddie Lack entering a one-way NHL deal in the 2013-2014 season, the Canucks went out and signed top European free agent goaltender Joacim Eriksson.

The 23-year-old Eriksson was a former 7th round pick by the Philadelphia Flyers back in 2008 and went unsigned. This past season, Eriksson posted a record of 21-9-0 with a goals-against average of 1.70, a .930 SV% and 5 shutouts through 30 games in the Swedish Elitserien. He is expected to be Cory Schneider's backup this year depending on how training camp battles go.

The Canucks are extremely close to the cap and currently have approximately 12 million dollars committed to four goaltenders. The Canucks have to move Luongo somehow as you can't have Lack and Eriksson battling for the #1 spot in Utica next year.

If Gillis can't make the moves I wonder if any of these guys can play forward since the Canucks lack depth in their top 6 forwards. As I sit here at 3 am drinking piss warm beer with pornhub as my background music, maybe the Canucks should try Luongo out as a forward? Putting Luongo as a forward allows him to be the captain again, or maybe he'll suffer an injury and be put on LTIR making Gillis' job a bit easier?

On the other side of the coin; how terrible is Eriksson’s agent? He reported 26 teams had offered a contract and then decides to get Eriksson to sign with a team where there were already 3 goalies under one-way contracts. There must have been a team offering Eriksson a contract that could guarantee him an NHL roster spot. Looking at you Calgary and Edmonton.

The Eriksson signing may show the frustration of Gillis in the goaltending market and may show that he’s willing to deal Schneider at one point in the near future as he will likely bring in a much larger package to fill the Canucks needs. But with the bloated goaltending market featuring the likes of Jonas Hiller, Jonathan Bernier, and Ryan Miller by trade as well as Niklas Backstrom and Jose Theodore via free agency it's tough to see how everything will play out. One thing is for sure, The Crease in Vancouver is going to be an interesting place come training camp and should have it's own reality TV show.

1 comment:

  1. You can cross Jonathan Bernier off that list of goalies on the trade market.

    Going to miss Frattin big time


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