July 28 2015 07:36PM
Yesterday, the Toronto Blue Jays added a big, recognizable name to their roster in Troy Tulowitzki. They gave up a significant piece and some prospects and also took on a huge financial commitment to fill a need that didn't really exist on their roster, but they still got much better, even though the path they took was somewhat unconventional.
When the Canucks stepped to the plate today to take a swing at a trade of their own, they didn't perform nearly as well. As I'm sure you all know by now, Jim Benning dealt Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening, and Anaheim's 2nd round pick in 2016 (acquired in the Kevin Bieksa deal) to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for 26-year old centre Brandon Sutter and a conditional 3rd round draft pick in 2016.
To say this deal is a head-scratcher is definitely being generous to the Canucks, but it's a head-scratcher for sure. Nick Bonino was far from a foundational piece for the Canucks and he had many, many warts as a hockey player, but it's not clear that Sutter offers a significant upgrade in terms of actual on-ice impact. Add in the fact that Benning also dealt away arguably Vancouver's best defensive prospect as well as traded down in the upcoming entry draft, and you get the makings of a deal that could look like an absolute fleecing a handful of years down the road.
For a closer look at the newest Canuck, join us after the jump.
July 28 2015 04:00PM
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The Vancouver Canucks have locked up their final restricted free agent player, Swiss-born winger Sven Baertschi, with a one-year, one-way deal the club announced on Tuesday.
Baertschi didn't accept his qualifying offer by the July 15 deadline, and was reportedly told to wait on the club clearing salary cap space. With the consummation of the Brandon Sutter trade earlier on Tuesday afternoon, it would appear that young Bae's wait is over.
The total value of the deal is $900,000 according to Elliotte Friedman (by way of the great Taj1944). That's about what you'd expect, and continues the Jim Benning era trend of locking up pre-arbitration restricted players to cheap one-year deals in July.
July 28 2015 10:04AM
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The Vancouver Canucks have been linked to Pittsburgh Penguins centre Brandon Sutter for years, certainly since he was the rumoured centrepiece in a Ryan Kesler trade at the 2014 NHL trade deadline.
On Tuesday the club actually acquired the 26-year-old defensive centre in a deal that included the actual centrepiece of the Kesler deal, Nick Bonino. In addition to Bonino the club will send the Penguins a second-round draft pick and defenseman Adam Clendening, while the Penguins will even out the deal (sort of) by sending Vancouver a third-round pick.
July 27 2015 02:47PM
Much like this opener in a series of season by season reviews that we're set to kick off on Canucks Army, the 2000-01 campaign laid the foundation for an exciting and promising era in Vancouver Canucks hockey. It was Marc Crawford's second full campaign with the team and Brian Burke's third - great name, that second guy. It was also the first such campaign in a string of four straight campaigns resulting in a playoff birth.
It was a time of youth, hope and new beginnings. The Canucks cashed in on a pair of lottery tickets, with the inception of the West Coast Express. An unlikely hero pushed them to the post-season in thrilling fashion. And Dan Cloutier was awful as ever!
Lets relive each moment, on the other side of the jump!
July 26 2015 12:55PM
The hockey season may be over and done with, but the wound that is this last season as a Vancouver Canucks fan is still relatively fresh. There's plenty of meat left on these bones and with the draft and the opening of free agency now in the rear view mirror, it's time we got cookin'.