the downside is that it's not a hard shot, and he falls down when he comes in contact with any of the following:
a players stick
a loose stick laying on the ice
a groove in the ice
a chip in the ice
a small breeze
a speck of dust
you forgot to mention coloured lines
His upside is utilizing his speed to help defensively and on the penalty kill. He'd be better used in a 3rd/4th line role, but 2+ million is a lot to pay for that when we still have bigger roles to fill.
Morris Berger-Poll, on 09 May 2012 - 11:37 AM, said:
If he's wanting to play again, give him one year $600,000 deal and get him into playoff condition. He could put up Selanne-like points if he's in game condition. He's only capable of playing in the top 6, though so if we go deep in the playoffs next year he'd probably be in regularly by the 2nd round.
Russian ice hockey stars of the past have beaten their Team World rivals, 7-5, in an exhibition game commemorating the legendary 1972 Canada-USSR series. However, that was definitely not the point at the packed Megasport arena in Moscow.
The eight historic games at the height of the Cold War may have been played in September 1972, but celebrations are already underway with Moscow taking center stage on Saturday – the Russian capital hosted a match between the Soviet star veterans and North American and European stars of the past.
The Russians, enhanced by three Superseries participants, Vladislav Tretyak, who playing in defense this time, as well as Vladimir Lutchenko and Aleksandr Yakushev, got the better, outscoring their opponents 7-5. The Russian Rocket Pavel Bure claimed a hat-trick, while Andrey Kovalenko, Valery Kamensky, Vyacheslav Fetisov and son of the legendary Soviet forward Valery Kharlamov, Aleksandr, also made their contribution.
Dave McLlwain, Glenn Anderson, Ron Duguay, Cliff Ronning and Greg Adams put their names on the scoreboard for Team World, symbolically coached by Phil Esposito, who was captain of the Canadian contingent back in 1972, and his Soviet nemesis Boris Mikhailov and his teammate Vladimir Petrov.
Earlier on Friday, some of the participants were warmly welcomed by the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in his residence in Novo-Ogarevo, before holding a master-class at Moscow's Red Suare.
“Regardless of all the tension, these games contributed to establishing more human, more normal relations between people,” Putin said addressing his guests.
Though the series was “viewed through the prism of international relations,” but rose above politics to bring West and East together and would live long in the memory, Putin said.
“The ’72 series was absolutely one of the most brilliant events in world hockey in the 20th century,” the prime minister said, before adding: “The main thing isn’t the points. You were all such bright stars that continue to shine not only on the hockey landscape, but also on sport as a whole.”
Esposito, the joint top point-scorer in the Summit Series alongside Aleksandr Yakushev, said that the series was the best he ever played.
“We thought it would just be an all-star game, that’s nothing serious, just playing for the crowd, but it was the hardest and best series of my life,” he recalled.
“You played with all your passion, and we gave it everything,” the Canadian said adressing his former opponents.
The next round of celebration is schedule for September in Canada.
Media Release: Mike Gillis agrees to contract extension with #Canucks Sports & Entertainment.
#Canucks GM Mike Gillis agrees to a contract extension. No surprise. Conference call at 4:15 p.m.
Vancouver, B.C. – Canucks Sports & Entertainment announced today that President & General Manager Mike Gillis has agreed to terms on a contract extension.
“This is a significant announcement for our hockey club,” said Francesco Aquilini, Chairman, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. “These past four years have been the most successful in Canucks history. Mike and his management team have done an excellent job to position us for long term success on and off of the ice. We believe Mike’s presence in this organization is important to the long term success of this hockey club and we are confident that we will continue to compete at the highest level under his leadership.”
“I am very pleased to be signing this extension to remain the President & General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks,” said Gillis. “I am proud of the work our entire organization has done these past four years and look forward to continuing to build on our success. We are driven every day to try and win the Stanley Cup and will continue to focus on being a strong organization both on and off of the ice.”
Mike Gillis is the 10th General Manager in the history of the Vancouver Canucks and is completing his fourth season in the club’s front office. As President & General Manager, Gillis has led the Canucks to Northwest Division titles every season since joining the organization and to two Presidents’ Trophies. He also set a franchise record with 117 points in the regular season, and winning the Clarence Campbell Bowl as the Western Conference playoff champions in 2010.11. He received the General Manager of the Year Award at the 2011 NHL Awards.
Gillis is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Canucks Sports & Entertainment working in partnership with Chief Operating Officer, Victor de Bonis. He provides strategic leadership to the Hockey Operations Department, overseeing the Canucks top minor league affiliates, negotiating player contracts and executing viable, long-term strategies for player growth and development. Over the past four seasons Gillis has secured core players on the Canucks roster to long-term deals through the 2012.13 season including Kevin Bieksa, Chris Higgins, Dan Hamhuis, Manny Malhotra, Ryan Kesler, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Roberto Luongo, Alex Burrows and Alex Edler.
Gillis was selected fifth overall by the Colorado Rockies in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft and played 246 games, recording 76 points (33-43-76) with Colorado and Boston before retiring due to injury. A native of Kingston, Ontario, Gillis earned a law degree from Queen’s University, where he later served as a professor of sports law. Prior to joining the Canucks, Gillis enjoyed a successful 15-year career as a NHL player representative.
He'll be fine. It's May. He's got months to recover. This is the first time in a long time that anyone from the Canucks have had the chance to play at the World's. Do you really think that a guy that came from playing ball hockey and then the ECHL is going to say no to a TEAM CANADA invite?