Thursday, March 29, 2007

Salo signed

The Canucks signed Salo to a four-year contract extension Thursday that will pay the 32-year-old Finn US$3.5 million a season.
A good signing by GM Dave Nonis — although Salo's biggest problem during his tenure with the Canucks has been staying healthy. When healthy, he's a 15-goal, 40-point guy who eats up big minutes.

What's interesting is that, like the Maple Leafs, Vancouver now has its top three defencemen signed long-term. And while Toronto owes $15-million to their trio, the Canucks will payout $10.5-million to a crew that has helped them climb to the top of the league in goals against this season (with help from Bobby Lou, of course).

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At 8:31 a.m., March 30, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

"With help" should probably read "because of".

At 10:20 a.m., March 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, PPP, pithy comment. Keep up the good work. Really. Seriously though, this is a great signing for Vancouver. I'm not sure of the financials but according to your 10.5 mil calculation JM, sounds like his salary doesnt break the bank. I'm a little concerned about the contract length given his injury history but overall I was pleasantly surprised to hear of the re-signing of this impending UFA. - yabanjin

At 1:36 p.m., March 30, 2007, Blogger Kel said...

If it's "because of", then how can you explain why the same guy didn't backstop a different team to achieve the same level? His .923 save percentage this season isn't even his careert best, but his 2.26 GAA is. There's a difference between a team that allowed an average of 34+ shots a game and another team that allowed around 28 shots a game. This season, since Christmas, the Canucks have done a great job of penalty killing, clearing rebounds, and intercepting backdoor passes in their zone.

At 3:48 p.m., March 30, 2007, Blogger PPP said...

Thanks Anonymous! I appreciate the recognition. Oh wait, that was sarcasm? I guess that is the height of pithiness?

kel, I would say the difference is that the Panthers never installed a defence-first system the same way that the Canucks have.

At 5:46 p.m., March 30, 2007, Blogger Sean said...

So "Bobby Lou" should probably read "Bobby Lou and a defense-first system". This is getting pedantic in a hurry.

At 4:16 p.m., March 31, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think what he is trying to say is would Salo(and Vigneault)look so good with Dan Cloutier in net?

I doubt it, hence the original crack.

At 6:35 p.m., March 31, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

PPP has a point, Luongo is this year's Kippersoff - single handedly carrying a sad sack team that possesses two players capable of scoring into the playoffs.


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