Canucks elect to keep Alex Burrows through 1st buyout window

Thomas Drance
June 30 2016 10:47AM

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The dragon slayer will remain in Vancouver, at least for now.

On Thursday at 9 a.m. PST, the NHL posted waivers and Alex Burrows' name was reportedly not present on unconditional waiver wire. Players without no-movement clauses - and Burrows' deal only has a no-trade clause - have to pass through unconditional waivers before buyout proceedings can begin and this was the last opportunity to waive a player for buyout purposes before the close of the first buyout window.

All of this is a too-complicated way of communicating that we can infer from Burrows' absence on the waiver wire that he will very likely remain with the club. 

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Hamhuis has spoken with 3 teams: 'I will find a team that values what I do'

Thomas Drance
June 30 2016 07:40AM

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The Vancouver Canucks have told long-tenured defenseman Dan Hamhuis to expect to hit free agency and teams are showing interest in him. The veteran blue liner told Elliotte Friedman in the latest 30 Thoughts column that he'd like to go to a contending team and has spoken to three clubs, while a smattering of others have indicated their interest. 

“I believe I have many good years of hockey left," Hamhuis told Friedman. "I played in the Olympics two years ago. Last year, there were two major injuries and in the last 10 weeks I played my best hockey in a long time. I’ve got lots of ‘top-4 D’ hockey left in me, and my goal in summer training is to be the best defenceman on my new team. I will find a team that values what I do.”

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Report: Canucks will allow Ronalds Kenins to test free agency

Thomas Drance
June 29 2016 12:47PM

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The Vancouver Canucks will reportedly allow Ronalds Kenins to test unrestricted free agency, the News 1130 Sports twitter feed revealed on Wednesday.

Kenins, 25, will be a Group VI unrestricted free agent, having failed to play sufficient games at the NHL level to merit a qualifying offer. The club decided against bringing him back and its been reported that he didn't have much interest in returning anyway.

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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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