NHL fines Canucks $50k for 'inappropriate public comments' violating tampering By-Law

Thomas Drance
June 28 2016 11:14AM

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As expected, the Vancouver Canucks have been levied an enormous $50,000 fine by the NHL for violating the league's tampering By-Laws, the league announced on Tuesday.

The fine has been levied as a result of comments Canucks general manager Jim Benning made this past Thursday in Buffalo, in which he expressed his interest - during an appearance with Matt Sekeres and Blake Price on TSN 1040 - in Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos, a pending unrestricted free agent, and Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban.

The amount is double what then-Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson was fined for tampering back in 2009, when he made significantly more suggestive and pointed comments indicating that his club was interested in pursuing the Sedin twins. You'd think that perhaps the league just doubled the Wilson fine because Benning mentioned two players, but then, that doesn't make sense, because Henrik and Daniel Sedin are two distinct individuals also, even if we often group them together for obvious reasons...

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Report: Canucks enlist mayor Gregor Robinson in recruitment pitch to Milan Lucic

Thomas Drance
June 28 2016 10:46AM

The Blue Water Cafe is the new Italian Kitchen and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robinson is the Vancouver Canucks' newest Mariano Rivera-style closer, according to a variety of reports surfacing from the often ahead of the game News 1130 Sports Twitter account.

News 1130 Sports reported on Tuesday morning that the Canucks met with unrestricted free agent winger Milan Lucic at the Blue Water Cafe - the same restaurant the club reportedly used to pitch Drake Caggiula on joining their club back in May - on Monday night, at a dinner that was attended by Jim Benning, Trevor Linden and Francesco Aquilini. The club even had the mayor drop by, presumably to outright offer his position to Lucic should the former Vancouver Giant and apex predator power forward opt to join his hometown team. 

The details are fun, but taken together, what the trickle of news positively suggests is that the Canucks are all in on pursuing Lucic in free agency.

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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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