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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:09 PM

Not sure if Salo himself has said anything about retiring, only thing I can remember is during the Canucks superskills he might king of hinted at it. Any new information on this?
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:13 PM

Mike Gillis said on radio last week that he hasn't talked to Salo yet but now that his and AV's contracts are taken care of, he would be talking to Salo in the near future.

I'm sure we'll get news soon on that front. If he can be healthy scratched every now and then to ensure that he's fresh I think he still has some good hockey left in him
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:16 PM

Man. I really hope Salo is back. A big part of this team

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:17 PM

I only heard Salo near the end of the season saying he was interested and planned on playing "somewhere" next season.

He is in for a bit of a raise on what he made last year though as he showed he still has it.

MG hinted at doing some more radical things regarding sleep and fatigue next season. I suspect that he is going to give the veteran guys "mini-breaks" a couple of times during the season. Like give them 3-4 days off in a row including not practicing and scratching them for a game or two.

It breaks up a long season and gives shorter term goals that they can aim towards and would help keep the effort level up.

Salo would be a major beneficiary of this sort of thing and he would be remarkable again I think.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:20 PM

I would like to keep him with the team. It seems right ... but it would have to be in a greatly diminished capacity IMHO. This was part of our problems this year. A 37 year old Salo who was never quick to begin with and not overly productive or flashy in his career should not be on the first/second line with Edler (who needs someone quick or young to play with(or Lidstrom)). He should be on the third every couple games and in the pressbox the rest of the time. I highly doubt this sits well Salo who was upset when he was rested on back to backs, or even with the Canucks, and the Canuck fans. It may unfortunately be time to say good bye. This team needs to start fixing it's obvious deficiencies.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:24 PM

I think the fact that he had a relatively healthy season last year will mean he will be playing for at least 1 more year. He'll probably take it on a year to year basis. I'm sure the Canucks and Salo will reach a fair deal.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:26 PM

I really hoping he's retiring. I like him but his injuries keep becoming a factor for team consistency. I'd rather that role go to a developing athlete that will have inconsistent play than an aging and physically deteriorating defenceman that is in and out of the line up due to injuries.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:33 PM

I really hoping he's retiring. I like him but his injuries keep becoming a factor for team consistency. I'd rather that role go to a developing athlete that will have inconsistent play than an aging and physically deteriorating defenceman that is in and out of the line up due to injuries.


He played 69 games...would have been more had it not been for that rat Marchand. Id take Salo for 60+ games over last years Bieksa (and I like Bieksa)

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:33 PM

Salo is great when healthy, unfortunatley the poor guy is so accident prone that he will most likely hurt himself washing the dishes a week before the season starts and miss two months with a broken wrist.
IMO MG should start using guys like Tanev, Corado, Sauvet, Connauton. this team is getting like the Flames and Detroit, old fat and slow! it is time to start getting a little younger before we suck like the Flames and Detroit!

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:33 PM

While he didn't really have any injuries last year and remained relatively healthy, his spot needs to be given to someone younger. Even though no injury, he is REALLY slowing down, and it was really evident at the end of the season and in the playoffs.

As much Canuck as he is, and as much I love the guy, the team needs to be giving those minutes to someone that can CONSISTENTLY be not only offensive, but also defensive.

If Gillis brings in a good right handed D to take Salo's spot with Edler, I'd be all for re-signing Salo but it deifnitely has to be with reduced minutes.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:37 PM

While he didn't really have any injuries last year and remained relatively healthy, his spot needs to be given to someone younger. Even though no injury, he is REALLY slowing down, and it was really evident at the end of the season and in the playoffs.

As much Canuck as he is, and as much I love the guy, the team needs to be giving those minutes to someone that can CONSISTENTLY be not only offensive, but also defensive.

If Gillis brings in a good right handed D to take Salo's spot with Edler, I'd be all for re-signing Salo but it deifnitely has to be with reduced minutes.


He was probably one of our best defenseman last year- he's one of the smartest defensive players in the game...

I have no idea what your talking about.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:40 PM

He was probably one of our best defenseman last year- he's one of the smartest defensive players in the game...

I have no idea what your talking about.


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:41 PM

I'm hoping Salo comes back for another year - and I think that is what he was leaning towards - he played some great hockey last year and could really give them a lot of depth and options particularly if they decide to acquire another guy like Garrison or if they decide to move Luongo and receive a blueliner in the package. With Tanev, Alberts, Connauton, Gragnani, Sauve...(potentially Shultz?), they sure have a wealth of youth and prospects to push for the 6th spot...

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:45 PM

Really hope he comes back next year. Besides Hammer, he was probably our most reliable Dman last year.
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:56 PM

He played 69 games...would have been more had it not been for that rat Marchand. Id take Salo for 60+ games over last years Bieksa (and I like Bieksa)


exactly. I believe Salo even said during the season that he was feeling the best he has over the past few seasons. He is the most consistent D man on the team, and our younger players can learn a lot from him.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 12:57 PM

I hope he does come back. He did address the media that there is still some hockey left in him, and he's not done yet. He said " I don't know where I'll play, whether it's in Vancouver or somewhere else, I'll still play, I feel good, but hopefully it will be here in Vancouver". He has been looking good this year, not many injuries, he's been a beast this year. I hope he comes back in a Canucks jersey, even if it's for 1 year, he deserves to wear the Canucks jersey with pride!!

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:04 PM

I love Salo and agree he has always been one of our top d-men every year, but i also kind of hope he retires only for the sake of his health. He said it himself that he doesnt want to end up a sore old man because he played hockey for too long. I'll be happy either way though, would love to see him dress for one more season with the Nucks and show our young guys how its done ;)
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:12 PM

He'll be back after a better than expected 2011-12 campaign.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:19 PM

He'll be back next year, he even said at the end of the season he's never felt this good in his career.

Our most consistent defensemen.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:22 PM

He was probably one of our best defenseman last year- he's one of the smartest defensive players in the game...

I have no idea what your talking about.


How can you say he was one of our best defensemen last year at only 25pts and a +/- +7? 0 points and a -3 in the playoffs.

I'm not arguing that he's not one of the smartest defensive players in the game. What I am arguing is that he is Edler's right handed partner. If he's going to come back at reduced minutes and maybe be Ballards right handed parter, fine.
But the fact is whoever is Edler's partner needs to be getting ~20 minutes again and NEEDS to be able to keep up and be as consistent as he is (Not that Edler was very consistent at all in the playoffs this year...).

Salo, as great as he is, shouldn't be Edler's partner this up coming year and this should be one of THE biggest areas Gillis addresses in the summer.

Edler and Salo were absolutely brutal in the playoffs. You can't argue that. The team needs a fix in that right sided D position, and an older, not so reliable Salo when the playoffs come around, is not who I want filling that role.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:28 PM

Tough to say, but he looked gassed down the stretch. Maybe a 'mysterious off-season injury' is required to shorten his season. Or a lockout. Cheers.


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Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:40 PM

if he does come back, he should only play in the third pairing...not top 4 material anymore

personally, i want him to retire just to start a new chapter...i just hope he doesnt play one too many years
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 01:52 PM

Let's win one with and for Sami!
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Posted 30 May 2012 - 02:00 PM

I hope he doesn't, he stills play with poise plus he has a calming effect on Edler.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 02:14 PM

salo will be back 100%
I asked him, he came to my work

me--wow yo salo
salo-- hello
me--1 more year man
salo--okay
me-- for real?
salo--yes
me-- serious for real 100%
salo-- yep 100% ...see you later

and he walked out

no one on here will believe me but whatever

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:17 PM

Salo in any other jersey would look wrong, He's been a key piece on that team, hope he has another yr left in em'...with us!

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:21 PM

Hope he comes back.

If he does we can limit number of games for next season as he can have some 'Maintenance' days.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:26 PM

salo will be back 100%
I asked him, he came to my work

me--wow yo salo
salo-- hello
me--1 more year man
salo--okay
me-- for real?
salo--yes
me-- serious for real 100%
salo-- yep 100% ...see you later

and he walked out

no one on here will believe me but whatever


wow yo salo LOL

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:29 PM

How can you say he was one of our best defensemen last year at only 25pts and a +/- +7? 0 points and a -3 in the playoffs.

I'm not arguing that he's not one of the smartest defensive players in the game. What I am arguing is that he is Edler's right handed partner. If he's going to come back at reduced minutes and maybe be Ballards right handed parter, fine.
But the fact is whoever is Edler's partner needs to be getting ~20 minutes again and NEEDS to be able to keep up and be as consistent as he is (Not that Edler was very consistent at all in the playoffs this year...).

Salo, as great as he is, shouldn't be Edler's partner this up coming year and this should be one of THE biggest areas Gillis addresses in the summer.

Edler and Salo were absolutely brutal in the playoffs. You can't argue that. The team needs a fix in that right sided D position, and an older, not so reliable Salo when the playoffs come around, is not who I want filling that role.


How can you say he wasn't ?

stat's aren't everything + he wasn't playing 20 + minutes a game he was roughly around 16-19 minutes a game while not being a defensive liability - if you think salo was a defensive liability I have no clue what hockey team you've been watching..

during the LA series - please tell me what defender on our team was actually good?

however do agree we do have a bad defensive situation right now on our team - we do need a top 4 or top 2 guy to slot in on this team as a right side defenseman - if luo gets traded hopefully we get something like that..

but i do not agree on your views about salo.

he's also been more than just a player - old man salo has mentored guys like tanev and if knauts and sauve get a chance next year he'd definitly help them out being around the game for so long - a guy like sundin did wonders for kesler - i know salo can do the same for our kids while still playing solid defensive hockey.

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Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:43 PM

It's a bit ironic how at 37, Salo played the most games in a season since pre-lockout. This while given a couple of maintenance days and an injury due to a cheap hit.
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