On the Vancouver Canucks Reported Interest in Thomas Vanek

J.D. Burke
June 28 2016 09:00AM

Though free agents can't sign with a new club until July 1st, the week-long period that precludes that allows for preliminary discussions to begin between teams and players on the verge of hitting the open market. At least that's what this window is supposed to allow for. Realistically, it's tampering season.

So far the Vancouver Canucks have been connected to anyone of circumstance. Most especially Milan Lucic and Steven Stamkos. They've also declared their interest in acquiring P.K. Subban -- landing themselves in hot water for the trouble. Very little's been made of the secondary market and the Canucks plans therein, though. Until, of course, the indispensable Canucks Now (who I recommend you follow as soon as yesterday) dropped this nugget connecting the Canucks to Thomas Vanek.

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Vancouver Canucks Re-Sign Emerson Etem

J.D. Burke
June 27 2016 04:23PM

Emerson Etem and the Vancouver Canucks have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension, valued at $775,000. It's a curious move for Etem, who was due a qualifying offer of $892,500 for next season -- a five percent increase on his previous salary of $850,000.

It's a one-way contract and upon its expiry Etem will once again be granted restricted free agency. 

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Linden on Quinn's HHOF induction: 'I know how proud he would be if he were still with us today'

Thomas Drance
June 27 2016 03:44PM

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When former Canucks owner Frank Griffiths and his son Arthur met with Pat Quinn at the patio bar of a San Diego hotel late in 1986, Quinn – who was still working for the Los Angeles Kings at the time – took a break from his scotch and from puffing on his cigar and asked the ownership group recruiting him what they wanted from him in the big picture.

“Respectability,” said the elder Griffiths.

Quinn was surprised. He expected the former Canucks owner to say “to win a Stanley Cup” or something more tangible. 

Frank, who had owned the Canucks for 13 years with only intermittent success, assured Quinn that a Stanley Cup would follow if respectability was achieved. First though, the club needed to achieve something more ephemeral.

In his 10 years as the president and general manager of the Canucks, Quinn achieved that and more.

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Pat Quinn inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Thomas Drance
June 27 2016 01:50PM

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Pat Quinn has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, along with Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov and Rogie Vachon, the Hall of Fame announced on Monday.

Quinn, who is in the Ring of Honour at Rogers Arena and has a street named after him outside the rink, served as president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks from 1987 through to 1997 with occasional stints as a head coach during that decade. One might argue - although Quinn's lieutenant Brian Burke has a strong case as well - that Quinn did more to transform the Canucks franchise from a perennial laughing stock to a big-revenue power house than any other individual in the history of professional hockey in Vancouver.

Mike Commito contributed a guest post remembering Pat Quinn at CanucksArmy.com back in November, on the one year anniversary of the Big Irishman's death. Quinn also granted CanucksArmy.com an interview back in 2012, when we were a fledgling site. 

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Chris Higgins waived to be bought out

Cat Silverman
June 27 2016 11:42AM

Chris Higgins saw a massive production decline this past season - and as a result, the Canucks are parting ways. 

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