December 01 2016 09:00AM
Photo Credit: Isaiah J. Downing
A few short weeks ago, I suggested that the Canucks would be wise to make inroads on a long-term extension for Bo Horvat post-haste. The Canucks announced not long after that they'd signed Ben Hutton to a two-year extension.
Following the announcement of the Hutton deal, Horvat was brought up:
#Canucks GM Benning says management group will now focus on Horvat and they'd like a long term deal there, not bridge.— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) November 24, 2016
Music to many a Canucks fans ears!
November 30 2016 11:00AM
For a team in the Canucks position, they should be exploring ways to make improvements throughout the lineup at all times.
Those minor improvements here and there, would result in a tangible improvement without the cost of trading multiple assets for a big name.
Sometimes, players fall out of favour with their current team, and become a possibility to be moved. The Canucks used such a situation to their advantage when they acquired Sven Baertschi from the Calgary Flames.
November 24 2016 12:09PM
The Canucks took care of some business today, announcing a contract extension for defenceman Ben Hutton.
The deal is two years, with an average annual value of $2.8 million per season.
November 24 2016 09:36AM
Things are starting to pick up for Canucks prospect in the hockey world.
We have a new NCAA and CHL scoring leader (for Canucks prospects), Carl Neill continues to make waves, and Utica is now the Demko and Garteig show!
All of this, and more in this week's edition of Blackfish: Canucks Army Prospect Report!
November 22 2016 01:22PM
The Vancouver Canucks have an interesting off-season ahead of them, with quite a few contracts coming off the books.
Some are older players heading towards unrestricted free agency, many of which likely don't figure beyond another year with this franchise. There are, however, a couple pending restricted free agents who are obvious building blocks for the Canucks to take care of, too.
I want to focus today on Bowie Horvat.
Selected 9th overall in 2013, Horvat has come in and been a bright light, and that's why the Canucks should lock him up long term, as soon as possible.