July 01 2015 02:02PM
Well, we can't say we didn't see this coming. Kassian has been rumoured to be on the move since January (originally speculated to be involved in a swap for new Canuck Matt Bartkowski), and we were fairly certain that he was going to be dealt this offseason one way or another. Still, our expectation was that Vancouver would target another "defective" young player or draft pick and take the cap space freed up to spend on the free agent market.
What we didn't expect is that Jim Benning would give up a 5th round draft pick in the deal to target a 31-year old pending unrestricted free agent who's very much a 4th liner and making $2.5 million dollars next season. New Canucks winger Brandon Prust brings a consistent hard-nosed and competitive game, but are the Canucks better right now?
Let's have a look.
July 01 2015 12:46PM
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The Vancouver Canucks have added to their stable of NHL-capable depth defenders by inking former Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks defenseman Taylor Fedun to a one-year contract. Though we don't have any confirmation of this, the Utica Comets sent out a press release announcing the deal, so we can safely assume that this is a two-way contract.
July 01 2015 12:09PM
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The Vancouver Canucks have traded Zack Kassian to the Montreal Canadiens, according to CSNNE's Joe Haggerty and confirmed by TSN's Bob McKenzie. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman is reporting that Brandon Prust will be coming back the other way in the deal, while the Canucks will send a 2016 fifth-round pick to Montreal in order to balance the deal (which seems odd...).
Based on an unrelenting torrent of reports over the past few months, a Kassian deal has, apparently, been in the works for months and months. Though Kassian's underlying performance has improved in recent seasons and he's been known to pot goals at a high rate (largely thanks to a high shooting percentage), his defensive game remained suspect and he's been injured plagued in recent seasons.
July 01 2015 12:03PM
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The Vancouver Canucks will count on Richard Bachman to replace Jacob Markstrom as the team's third-string goaltender next season.
The club announced on Wednesday that they've locked up the undersized, veteran goaltender with a two-year deal. The financial terms of the deal not disclosed.
July 01 2015 11:06AM
The Canucks had hoped to get Richardson re-signed to reprise his bottom-6 C and top penalty killer role, but now they'll have a hole to fill in the bottom of the lineup. Let's take a look after the jump.