August 10 2015 09:23AM
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Back during the 2010-11 season Kingston Frontenacs defenseman Evan McEneny lost his draft eligible season to injury, and so he appeared to be an intriguing gamble when a previous Vancouver Canucks regime signed him to an entry-level contract.
In the years since, McEneny's on-ice performance has mostly improved, and he's been leaned on heavily by his coaches at the OHL level. This past season for example, McEneny continued to post auspicious offensive totals and led all OHL defenseman in estimated time-on-ice per game, according to CHLstats.com.
On the other hand it's almost never a good sign when an NHL caliber prospect returns to major junior for their overage season, and it would seem that McEneny could be in tough to earn playing time with the Utica Comets this upcoming season. He kicks off our summer prospect profile series, checking in at #20.
August 04 2015 04:31PM
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The Canucks will have a big bodied defensive centre in the middle of their lineup for the forseeable future.
As expected the Vancouver Canucks extended the contract of recent trade acquisition Brandon Sutter on Tuesday, handing the six-foot-three pivot a hefty five-year contract worth $21.875 million (for an annual average value of $4.35 million).
July 30 2015 11:40AM
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The Vancouver Canucks are close to signing newly acquired centreman Brandon Sutter to a five-year extension worth somewhere in the neighbourhood of $22 million in total, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
Sutter, 26, is a pending unrestricted free agent who managed to score more than 20 goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. He's a large and sturdy defensive centreman with a propensity for getting buried in his own end of the rink and producing even-strength offense at a pedestrian rate.
If the annual average value of Sutter's contract extension comes in a just under $4.4 million per, as Friedman expects, then that will be roughly in-line with what we've seen high-end third-line centremen paid for their unrestricted seasons recently.
July 29 2015 03:30PM
It was the second year the Vancouver Canucks' very fun West Coast Express era, and though the club earned the good will of the city by reacquiring Trevor Linden in a deal with the Washington Capitals, they were poised to miss the playoffs.
Then they got hot...
July 28 2015 04:00PM
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The Vancouver Canucks have locked up their final restricted free agent player, Swiss-born winger Sven Baertschi, with a one-year, one-way deal the club announced on Tuesday.
Baertschi didn't accept his qualifying offer by the July 15 deadline, and was reportedly told to wait on the club clearing salary cap space. With the consummation of the Brandon Sutter trade earlier on Tuesday afternoon, it would appear that young Bae's wait is over.
The total value of the deal is $900,000 according to Elliotte Friedman (by way of the great Taj1944). That's about what you'd expect, and continues the Jim Benning era trend of locking up pre-arbitration restricted players to cheap one-year deals in July.