Cox: Canucks inquired about compensation for former assistant Mike Sullivan; were 'quickly told no'

Thomas Drance
December 12 2015 07:51PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have already been big winners during the NHL's short-lived executive and coaching compensation regime, which will be done away with as of January 1. It was suggested on Saturday by Sportsnet's Damien Cox that the Canucks sought to press their advantage this weekend, in the wake of the PIttsburgh Penguins' decision to hire former John Tortorella lieutenant, Canucks assistant and interim head coach Mike Sullivan to replace Mike Johnston as their bench boss. 

"Quick other note on Mike Sullivan, by the way, the Vancouver Canucks may have inquired as to whether they could get compensation for him," Cox said during a Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada. "They were quickly told no."

That's fascinating and hilarious, so let's unpack this a bit.

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Update: Canucks' Hamhuis 'probably broke his jaw' when hit in the face by errant slapshot

Thomas Drance
December 09 2015 10:55PM

In a scary incident late in Tuesday night's game between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers, Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis was struck in the face by an errant Dan Boyle slap shot. Hamhuis was bleeding profusely and was helped off of the ice and down the tunnel in obvious pain.

Hamhuis, who wears a visor, left the arena on a stretcher and "probably has a broken jaw" according to Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins.

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Canucks loan Virtanen to Utica for conditioning; decision on WJC to come next week

Thomas Drance
December 08 2015 06:51PM

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Jake Virtanen has recovered from his hip pointer is on his way to the East Coast to suit up for the Utica Comets of the American League on a conditioning loan, the club announced on Tuesday.

Virtanen, 19, is expected to get in a pair of practices and to play in two of Utica's upcoming three games this weekend, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. I'd think he's most likely to avoid the back-to-back and play against the Toronto Marlies on Friday at the Aud and again on Sunday at Ricoh Coliseum.

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Canucks prospect Dmitry Zhukenov left off of Russia's WJC team

Thomas Drance
December 08 2015 01:53PM


Vancouver Canucks prospect and Chicoutimi Saguenéens centreman Dmitry Zhukenov has been left of Team Russia's pre-tournament evaluation camp roster ahead of the 2016 World Junior Championships. He won't represent Russia at this year's U20 tournament.

Zhukenov, 18, has been a mainstay on the Russian national team throughout his late teens. He competed for Russia at the U17 tournament and was a point-per-game player with Russia's U18 side last season, which probably played a substantial role in catching the eye of Canucks management, who selected Zhukenov in the fourth-round pick at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Though Zhukenov has been left off of the U20 side for the 2016 WJC championship, it's not a huge upset or a surprise. And as an 18-year-old, this won't be Zhukenov's last shot at representing his country at the U20 level.

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Brock Boeser invited to Team USA's WJC training camp

Thomas Drance
December 07 2015 01:53PM

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There was very little suspense about whether or not Vancouver Canucks prospect Brock Boeser would be invited to Team USA's pre-tournament camp ahead of the 2016 World Junior Championships. He was always going to be invited and you can probably feel pretty safe about penciling him onto the team.

Boeser, 18, was included on the list of players invited to Team USA's orientation camp on Monday and is having a ridiculous freshman campaign with North Dakota of the NCAA. The skilled scoring winger is playing on one of the most lethal forward lines in the nation - alongside countryman and Chicago Blackhawks prospect Nick Schmaltz, who will probably be his centre during the World Junior Championship tournament - and is putting up absurd numbers. He currently leads all NCAA freshmen in goals, goals per game, total shots on goal and plus/minus. 

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