The Canucks and the 2015 qualifying offer deadline

Thomas Drance
June 29 2015 11:48AM

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Monday, July 29 is the deadline for NHL teams to submit qualifying offers to their restricted players.

A qualifying offer is the equivalent of a one-year deal tendered to a potential restricted free agent. It's not very often that a pending restricted player accepts their qualifying offer, though it happens, but teams have to submit the offers by the end of the business day on Monday if they hope to maintain their right of first refusal and the protection of draft pick compensation for any potential restricted player. The value of a qualifying offer is subject to arbitration if a player is eligible to file for it.

So what we can expect from the Canucks in terms of tendering qualifying offers to their potential restricted players on Monday? A brief rundown after the jump.

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Report: 'approximately' 10 teams still interested in Bieksa after scuttled Sharks deal

Thomas Drance
June 28 2015 12:30PM

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Kevin Bieksa is still a member of the Vancouver Canucks following a stalled trade with the San Jose Sharks during draft weekend, but it seems unlikely that he'll begin the season with the club based on both the painful way this situation has played out and the high-level of interest in acquiring Bieksa around the league.

On Sunday, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman shed some light on how the Bieksa situation unfolded  - or, more accurately, didn't - and also reported that there are as many as 10 teams with interest in completing a complicated transaction for the veteran defender.

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Report: Bieksa trade hit a snag when Sharks wouldn't offer pick in 2015

Thomas Drance
June 27 2015 08:23AM

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The second-day of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft opened with the San Jose Sharks trading up from the 39th pick in the draft to the 31st by leveraging their 2016 second-round pick in a deal with the Colorado Avalanche. The Sharks then used that pick to select defenseman Jeremy Roy out of the QMJHL.

It was an interesting deal from the Canucks' perspective, and not only because it emphasized the high cost of moving up in a second-round that's widely seen to be loaded with talent. It's also interesting because it would appear to put the final nail in the coffin that was the widely expected Kevin Bieksa to San Jose trade, which reportedly fell apart on Friday afternoon.

Read on past the jump.

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Canucks select Brock Boeser with 23rd overall pick

Thomas Drance
June 26 2015 07:50PM

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The Vancouver Canucks selected hard-nosed scoring forward Brock Boeser from the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL with the 23rd overall pick at the NHL Entry Draft.

Boeser will head to the University of North Dakota next season, but he was extremely impressive in his age 17 season in the USHL, scoring 35 goals in 57 games and tallying 68 total points. He also lit up the Ivan Hlinka tournament with six goals in eight games.

At six-foot-one and 191 pounds, Boeser isn't a behemoth, but he's thick and possesses a versatile offensive tool kit. Over 40 percent of the 17-year-olds who were a similar build and scored at a similar rate in the USHL managed to play over 200 games in the NHL, and forwards Kyle Okposo and Justin Abdelkader are included among his comparables.  

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Report: Long-awaited Canucks-Sharks Kevin Bieksa trade hits a snag

Thomas Drance
June 26 2015 03:43PM

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The general problem with attempting to deal players who have contractual trade protection is that the deals become three-dimensional in nature. It's not Kevin Bieksa who is holding up a long-awaited trade between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks though, at least according to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger.

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