Thursday, January 10, 2008

Canucks go to Beech

Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have claimed centre Kris Beech off of waivers. Beech, 26, joins the Canucks from the Columbus Blue Jackets where he played 16 games, scoring nine points and recording two penalty minutes in the 2007-08 season.
>> team release
Well, Nonis did say he wanted to find a replacement for Brendan Morrison...



At 1:58 p.m., January 10, 2008, Anonymous Matt Gunn said...

I played with and against Beech during our minor hockey days. He's from Sicamous, BC... so maybe playing in his home province, he might be able to find an extra gear.

Let's hope so. His numbers in CBJ weren't all that bad...

At 2:38 p.m., January 10, 2008, Blogger trbrown said...

When I saw that Beech was going on waivers this morning, I thought that he might be a player the Canucks would pursue.

First, he's a big-body forward who has underwhelmed during his NHL career to date. The Canucks have been willing to take a flyer on such players before: Pyatt, Isbister...Bertuzzi. (They'd hope so!)

Second, the Canucks organization has dreadful center depth right now with the absence of Morrison and Jaffray up.

Third, he's BC born. He's played on some pretty terrible teams like Washington and Pittsburgh during their dark, dark days. With this, he's going to get a chance to play in front of his family and friends in a well-operating system. The Canucks are going to give him a shot to get his career back on track. Otherwise, this may be his last shot.

Center depth aside, this further clouds the bottom-six of the Canucks. The Canucks could easily ice a fifth and sixth line of NHL calibre players.

At 2:42 p.m., January 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't he traded for Jagr once?
Kind of like trading Selanne and getting the immortal Chad Kilger back in return???
Doesn't he have concussion problems?

At 2:50 p.m., January 10, 2008, Blogger trbrown said...

He was the central prospect in return for Jagr.

Funnily enough, it's the second player the Canucks have acquired who was previously part of a deal for Jaromir Jagr. Anson Carter being the other player.

A further curiousity. The Canucks have now had a fifth of the players from the first round of the 1999 entry draft on their roster: Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, Taylor Pyatt, Kris Beech, Maxime Ouellet, and Steve McCarthy.

And Patrik Stefan is still a free agent. ;)

At 2:52 p.m., January 10, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Stefan retired earlier this year.

At 3:00 p.m., January 10, 2008, Blogger trbrown said...

He retired out of embarrassment.

I suspect that if he figured he would still get a one-way NHL contract, he would not have put his mittens away.

At 3:02 p.m., January 10, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

He signed in Switzerland, played three games and retired due to unspecified injury problems. He really was chronically hurt throughout his career.

"It is hard to make this decision at 27 years old," Stefan said. "Nevertheless, I knew that once the time would come, I must make it. But all physicians assured me that it was better for my health, if I carry out this step now."

At 4:36 p.m., January 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Canucks could easily ice a fifth and sixth line of NHL calibre players.
It would be better if they could ice a first and second line.

At 5:38 p.m., January 10, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Center depth aside, this further clouds the bottom-six of the Canucks. The Canucks could easily ice a fifth and sixth line of NHL calibre players.
If you're considering Beech a NHL calibre player, than I highly question the viability of some of the other players you claim as NHL calibre in Vancouver's organization.

Kris Beech was passed by a bunch of teams on waivers before Vancouver took him, and Vancouver only took him because he's a local kid and they have injury problems.

In fact, I don't know why this got Mirtle's attention (other than he's a Canuck fanboy) and the trades of Magnus Johansson to Florida from Chicago and the Darryl Bootland/Matt Keith swap didn't, because this is about as noteworthy of a pickup as those are. Actually, the Johansson one I think is the most noteworthy, but that's just deatils.

At 6:19 p.m., January 10, 2008, Blogger Jeremy said...

Obviously it's not a flashy move, but what have the Canucks got to lose? They could use a center, the guy is a near-minimum-wager (and half the season is done already) with better stats than their current bottom six forwards, and probably with more potential to do something interesting than most of them. Nonis could look pretty smart at the end of the year if Beech can fit in centering the third or fourth line and adding maybe 20 points by the end of the season.

At 6:31 p.m., January 10, 2008, Blogger Kel said...

Maybe saskhab can go back and see how James cheered for the Canucks last season all the way to the Playoffs. Answer: James cheered for the Canucks to lose. He picked the Canucks to miss the playoffs (finish 10th in the West) in the beginning, and then he picked them to lose to Dallas in the first round, in 6 games.

At 6:35 p.m., January 10, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

It's okay Kel — at this point I've been told I'm biased for, and against, every team in the league.

At 12:29 a.m., January 11, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Relax, guys, I was just teasing. :)

And I also don't think making a prediction indicates a preference for or against a team. It's simply what you believe is the likely scenario.

At 3:57 a.m., January 11, 2008, Anonymous vadim sharifijanov said...

i know a lot of teams take flyers on former first rounders or top prospects whose stock has dropped off the charts and occasionally one of these guys pans out and the team gets a serviceable NHLer for nothing or next to nothing. the aforementioned chad kilger was one of these guys. but is it just me or have the canucks done this more than any other team in the last ten years? they got lucky twice, with naslund and gelinas, and got a couple of other solid contributors in lachance and pyatt. but it seems like they'd pick up two or three guys from the scrap pile every year and almost none of them were even worth a regular roster spot -- isbister, baumgartner, josh green, steve mccarthy, ouellet, balej, fedorov's brother, butenschon, sean brown, bouck, grenier, pronger's brother, warriner, lindgren, berehowsky, washburn, convery... they even took a shot on yours truly, vadim sharifijanov.


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