Summer Thoughts: Where are the goals going to come from?

Rhys Jessop
July 07 2015 03:10PM

So far this offseason, we've had a ton of questions surrounding the state of the Canucks. We've wondered about their drafting, we've wondered about their trading, we've wondered about their front office, and we've wondered about the overall direction of the franchise. All this is big picture stuff that will have a huge effect on the team's long-term future, but the short term future of this franchise bears some examination too.

Going into the 2015-16 season, we have a pretty good idea of what the Canucks are going to look like, so we can wonder about how this team will do when the first puck drops in October. And, of course, we'll have questions we'll want answered. We always do.

Today's question: just who is going to score the goals next year?

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Canucks Free Agent Frenzy Recap: Rearranging the Deck Chairs

Rhys Jessop
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.

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First Look: Zack Kassian Traded to Montreal for Brandon Prust

Rhys Jessop
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.

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Brad Richardson signs in Arizona

Rhys Jessop
July 01 2015 11:06AM

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, soon-to-be former Canucks centre Brad Richardson is close to inking a 3-year, $2.08 M/yr deal with the Arizona Coyotes. The deal is now official.

The Canucks had hoped to get Richardson re-signed to reprise his bottom-6 C and top penalty killer role, but now they'll have a hole to fill in the bottom of the lineup. Let's take a look after the jump.

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Canucks Sign Markstrom to Two-Year Deal

Rhys Jessop
June 29 2015 05:37PM

Vancouver's busy afternoon continues, as the club announced that they have re-signed goaltender Jacob Markstrom to a two-year contract. With Eddie Lack now a Carolina Hurricane, Markstrom will be expected to play a significant role next season.

Let's have a look after the jump.

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