The Vancouver Canucks have, in the past 24 hours, given a considerable amount of newsworthy items for fans and media to digest.
On Tuesday, the club held its Summer Summit with season ticket holders, where the discussion focused more on the announcement that Pavel Bure would have his No. 10 jersey retired to the rafters at Rogers Arena, as well as the future of Roberto Luongo.
Today, the items included a pair of signings, and tidbits remaining from Tuesday’s event.
CANUCKS SIGN SCHROEDER, WEISE
The Vancouver Canucks announced they re-signed centre Jordan Schroeder, who is a first-round pick of the team from the 2009 NHL Draft. Schneider broke into the NHL last season, scoring three goals and nine points in 31 games.
TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger reported the Canucks re-signed restricted free agent Dale Weise. The deal has not been made official by the Canucks, however, according to Dreger and Capgeek.com, it is a one-year deal worth $750,000.
TORTORELLA PRAISES WEISE FROM DAYS IN NEW YORK
Speaking of Dale Weise: head coach John Tortorella seems to be looking forward to their reunion. The two were together for a brief period with the New York Rangers.
The Canucks plucked Weise, a gritty winger, off waivers from the New York Rangers before the start of the 2011-12 season.
“We hated losing him,” said Tortorella on Tuesday night, prior to news of the Weise signing.
“(Weise) and I – I won’t lie about it – we’ve had a road of trying to understand one another. I thought we were beginning to get an understanding. He was improving as a player. He brings a lot of things.
“I love his willingness. He can play, he can give you minutes. I think you can bounce him around on different lines. So I’m anxious to get back with him.”
ANOTHER TWIST IN LUONGO SAGA
According to TSN’s Dreger, goalie Roberto Luongo has changed agents from Gilles Lupien to Pat Brisson and J.P. Barry of CAA Sports.
Canucks GM Mike Gillis visited Luongo in Florida last week, to talk about the upcoming season in the wake of the Cory Schneider trade to New Jersey.
Tortorella plans to meet face-to-face with Luongo in the near future.
IT COULD RAIN FOR HERITAGE CLASSIC
When it comes to Vancouver’s weather in the month of March, the best word to describe it would be unpredictable.
So, it’s possible the 2014 Heritage Classic between the Canucks and Ottawa Senators on March 2 at BC Place Stadium could still be played indoors.
“I would characterize (the weather) as a concern. It’s a consideration that we obviously took into account when we put the game here,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Tuesday.
“If worse comes to worst, and it needs to be a covered facility, it will be a covered facility. We hope that’s not the case.”
TICKETS FOR HERITAGE CLASSIC NOT PART OF CANUCKS SEASON TICKET PACKAGE
Tickets for the 2014 Heritage Classic at BC Place will not be part of the Canucks season ticket package, Canucks Sports and Entertainment COO Victor de Bonis told fans at Rogers Arena Tuesday night.
The NHL is in charge of ticket pricing, although Daly could not give any specifics or further details into ticket prices for the March 2 game.
“Look, it’s a special event. It will be priced like a special event,” said Daly.
“Having said that, it’s a big facility. I imagine there’s going to be a lot of tickets that are priced less than what you would find in Rogers (Arena) and by the same token I think there will be tickets that are priced more.”
NHL LOOKING AT PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
The Pacific Northwest, and perhaps more specifically Seattle, could be looked at as the next potential NHL site, should the subjects of relocation or expansion be brought up in the future.
Seattle was reportedly in the running for an NHL team, had the league been forced to relocate the Coyotes out of Glendale, Ariz. Daly quelled that notion to some degree.
“I don’t want to target Seattle specifically and…I’m not sure we ever addressed Seattle as a specific alternative in that process,” said Daly.
“But I think it’s safe to say that we’re very intrigued by the Pacific Northwest, generally.
“Going forward, I would expect to the extent expansion comes into the picture, or relocation is needed, I’m sure the Pacific Northwest is going to get serious consideration.”