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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Canucks add defensive depth, sign Taylor Fedun to 1-year contract

Thomas Drance
July 01 2015 12:46PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have added to their stable of NHL-capable depth defenders by inking former Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks defenseman Taylor Fedun to a one-year contract. Though we don't have any confirmation of this, the Utica Comets sent out a press release announcing the deal, so we can safely assume that this is a two-way contract.

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Canucks trade Kassian, 5th-round pick to Montreal for Brandon Prust

Thomas Drance
July 01 2015 12:09PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have traded Zack Kassian to the Montreal Canadiens, according to CSNNE's Joe Haggerty and confirmed by TSN's Bob McKenzie. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman is reporting that Brandon Prust will be coming back the other way in the deal, while the Canucks will send a 2016 fifth-round pick to Montreal in order to balance the deal (which seems odd...).

Based on an unrelenting torrent of reports over the past few months, a Kassian deal has, apparently, been in the works for months and months. Though Kassian's underlying performance has improved in recent seasons and he's been known to pot goals at a high rate (largely thanks to a high shooting percentage), his defensive game remained suspect and he's been injured plagued in recent seasons. 

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