Canucks acquire Brandon Sutter from Penguins for Bonino, Clendening

Thomas Drance
July 28 2015 10:04AM

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The Vancouver Canucks have been linked to Pittsburgh Penguins centre Brandon Sutter for years, certainly since he was the rumoured centrepiece in a Ryan Kesler trade at the 2014 NHL trade deadline. 

On Tuesday the club actually acquired the 26-year-old defensive centre in a deal that included the actual centrepiece of the Kesler deal, Nick Bonino. In addition to Bonino the club will send the Penguins a second-round draft pick and defenseman Adam Clendening, while the Penguins will even out the deal (sort of) by sending Vancouver a third-round pick.

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VIDEO: Watch a compilation of Jake Virtanen's finest murders from last season

Thomas Drance
July 20 2015 09:41AM

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Vancouver Canucks top prospect Jake Virtanen didn't have the most successful draft plus-one season offensively, but there's no question that his physical game is 'NHL ready'. 

Virtanen hits like a damn truck, and has a propensity for throwing the sort of show-stopping hits that get fans out of their seats and will, in the not-too-distant future, prompt a tonne of biased instant Twitter reaction even if the hits are clean. And they're clean (mostly) and also dramatic and hilarious, as all big hockey hits should be. 

And now we can watch some of Virtanen's biggest hits from last season in a well-edited compilation totalling just a tick over three minutes, thanks to Canucks Prospects' youtube page.

Click past the jump!

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Ducks sign ex-Canuck Ryan Kesler to massive 6-year, $41.25 million contract extension

Thomas Drance
July 15 2015 12:43PM

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After forcing his way out of Vancouver, former Vancouver Canucks centreman Ryan Kesler was dynamic in leading his new team, the Anaheim Ducks, to the Western Conference Final this past spring. And now he's been rewarded for his stellar work with a massive 6-year, $41.25 million contract extension with no-trade protection.

That's an awful lot of money for a 30-year-old centre, and Kesler will be 31 by the time his extension kicks in, who has gone under the knife with a good deal of frequency over the past five years. On the other hand, it's probably market value for a defensive ace and special teams stud with a well-earned reputation for elevating his game in the postseason...

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Canucks invite 9 free agents to development camp, including 1 giant goalie

Thomas Drance
July 03 2015 08:30AM

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The Vancouver Canucks invited 29 players to their three day prospect development camp on Thursday, a group that includes 2015 first-round pick Brock Boeser, nine free agents and one massive goaltender.

The camp will take place at a private boarding school called Shawnigan Lake this year, which means we won't get the annual post Grouse Grind rookie shot this time around. Anyway let's take a quick look at the list of invites after the jump.

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Canucks fire front office executives Laurence Gilman, Lorne Henning, Eric Crawford

Thomas Drance
July 02 2015 01:16PM

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On Thursday the Vancouver Canucks took the unusual step of firing three senior executives from their management team, including assistant general managers Laurence Gilman and Lorne Henning, and director of player personnel Eric Crawford.

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