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.
July 29 2015 11:00AM
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 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.