June 26 2015 08:46AM
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Even though his relationship with his hometown has been rocky since he hoisted the Stanley Cup on Vancouver ice wearing Boston Bruins laundry, Vancouver Giants great Milan Lucic in a Vancouver Canucks uniform has been a cherished pipe dream of many hockey fans in the lower mainland since, oh, about 2007.
Could this long-held fantasy be realized this weekend? Probably not, but it would seem to be as close to a realistic possibility as its ever been. Maybe Buccigross knew.
June 26 2015 07:30AM
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The Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks appear to be getting close to a trade that would send veteran defender Kevin Bieksa to Northern California.
Bieksa has agreed to waive his no-trade clause, according to a report from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, which would indicate that these trade talks have matured significantly in the 12 hours since the Sharks' interest was first reported.
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June 26 2015 06:00AM
New salary cap and it's effect on teams, Mark Giordano's asking price, a fight between two first overall picks, Bieksa, Lucic, Bozak, McDavid and all the draft and trade news you can handle in this week's Roundup.
June 25 2015 07:41PM
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Kevin Bieksa's finest moment as a Vancouver Canucks defender came during the 2011 Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks, when he was hitting everything, fighting Patrick Marleau, and even scoring breakaway goals. The series winner, weird as it was, was just icing on the cake.
Since then Bieksa has publicly criticized the Sharks for diving, even going so far as to say the club lacked integrity.
And now? Well now the Sharks are reportedly keenly interested in acquiring the physical, 34-year-old Canucks blue liner who may or may not have been asked to waive his no-trade clause this week, according to a report from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
June 25 2015 07:00PM
As the calendar closes in on yet another NHL entry draft it is only reasonable that excitement is racing at a fevered pitch in most hockey crazed markets. And in most of these cases, it's a relatively healthy and fun sort of anticipation centered on which players will be added to their beloved franchises.
Meanwhile, in Vancouver, the franchise looks to close the book on another young and promising netminder's tenure with the Canucks - the second such occasion in the last three drafts, although the circumstances vary slightly.
Where things get interesting (because the fact that Vancouver is trading its third goaltender in a space of two calendar years surely isn't interesting enough) is the uncertainty surrounding which goaltender will be dealt. Conventional wisdom would suggest shipping out Ryan Miller, the 34-year old netminder with a $6-million cap hit to his credit. Unfortunately, there's not much of a market for the veteran netminder and Benning has specifically stated that he intends to keep him.
That leaves us with one of Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom being the shown the door. There's a legitimate argument to be had for trading either of the two, but today will focus on why the Canucks might trade Lack.