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.
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.
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!