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July 03 2015 06:30AM
We've got you covered with the best articles from the CRAZIEST week in hockey's off-season, check it all out in this week's Roundup.
July 02 2015 01:16PM
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On Thursday the Vancouver Canucks took the unusual step of firing three senior executives from their management team, including assistant general managers Laurence Gilman and Lorne Henning, and director of player personnel Eric Crawford.
July 01 2015 09:32PM
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A lot of people will tell you that nobody won the Cody Hodgson-Zack Kassian trade and statistically speaking they may have a point.
In my opinion, however, the Canucks won the trade because intentionally or not, Zack Kassian is hands down one of the most entertaining players in the league. Kassian was born to play in a time where everything is giffable. Here are his top 5 funniest and strangest and Zack Kassianest moments as a Canuck.
July 01 2015 06:10PM
In terms of volume, the Vancouver Canucks were reasonably active on the opening morning of unrestricted free agency, making four signings and a depth trade to shore up their roster for next season. They added some much-needed depth to their blueline, and dealt from a position of strength to address a position of need. It could have been a good, productive day for the team...
...had they not made a questionable decision in trading a young and improving asset for a much older one that's just a year away from depreciating into nothing thanks to unrestricted free agency.
There were some positives and some negatives today, so we'll go over what went down after the jump.
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.