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Report: Canucks shopping former 1st-rounder Schroeder


From Vancouver’s News 1130 Radio:

Schroeder, the 22nd overall pick in 2009, has struggled to fit in at the NHL level due to his lack of size (5-foot-8, 175 pounds) and a myriad of injuries. Last year, he missed 41 games after undergoing ankle surgery; the year prior, he missed time with a broken left foot.

His best season came during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign, when he scored three goals and nine points in 31 games.

Per 1130, it’s “very unlikely” the Canucks will qualify Schroeder, a pending RFA, on June 30. A former collegiate scoring sensation — he’s America’s all-time points leader at the World Juniors, and had 45 points in 35 games as a rookie at the University of Minnesota — Schroeder could be seen as a worthy gamble given the recent success other small guys had this year: Mats Zuccarello emerged from John Tortorella’s doghouse to become the Rangers’ leading scorer; Nathan Gerbe matched a career-high 31 points in Carolina after being bought out by Buffalo; Cam Atkinson scored a career-best 21 goals and 40 points in his first full season with Columbus.

It’ll be curious to learn Vancouver’s asking price for Schroeder. While he’s clearly not in the mix, the Canucks did pass on a number of other quality players to get him in ’09, including Ryan O’Reilly, Marcus Johansson and Kyle Palmieri.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.