July 30 2015 04:15PM
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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'.
July 30 2015 01:12PM
As the off-season roars along in Vancouver, this city becomes increasingly fond of times past. With today's recap of the 2002-03 season, I aim to provide one such incarnation of a younger, more exciting and promising iteration of this franchise. With the West Coast Express entering the height of their league wide dominance, accompanied by an intriguing mixture of youth and veteran talent in the peripheries this team was primed to contend and almost did just that.
The results left much to be desired, but the fun that this city had following this franchise was unmatched in a nearly decade long period thereafter. The Canucks were fast, they were fun and I'll be damned if they weren't a pretty mean bunch to boot.
And they got pretty much nowhere for their troubles! Relive it all, on the other side of the jump.
July 30 2015 11:40AM
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The Vancouver Canucks are close to signing newly acquired centreman Brandon Sutter to a five-year extension worth somewhere in the neighbourhood of $22 million in total, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
Sutter, 26, is a pending unrestricted free agent who managed to score more than 20 goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He's a large and sturdy defensive centreman with a propensity for getting buried in his own end of the rink and producing even-strength offense at a pedestrian rate.
If the annual average value of Sutter's contract extension comes in a just under $4.4 million per, as Friedman expects, then that will be roughly in-line with what we've seen high-end third-line centremen paid for their unrestricted seasons recently.
July 29 2015 03:30PM
It was the second year the Vancouver Canucks' very fun West Coast Express era, and though the club earned the good will of the city by reacquiring Trevor Linden in a deal with the Washington Capitals, they were poised to miss the playoffs.
Then they got hot...
July 29 2015 02:07PM
In his 5 Things column, our old pal Ryan Lambert takes a stab at projecting how much more the Canucks are going to keep overpaying for their newest addition: Brandon Sutter.