Canucks sign Matt Bartkowski to 1-year, $1.75 million contract

Thomas Drance
July 01 2015 11:00AM

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The Vancouver Canucks have continued to bolster their defense corps, signing former Boston Bruins defender Matt Bartkowski to a one-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday morning. The deal is reportedly worth $1.75 million.

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Report: Canucks will re-sign Yannick Weber for 1-year, $1.5 million

Thomas Drance
July 01 2015 10:12AM

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The Vancouver Canucks have reached an agreement with defenseman Yannick Weber, according to a report from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. The deal will pay Weber, who was headed towards unrestricted free agency following Vancouver's decision not to qualify the 26-year-old in order to duck a tough arbitration hearing earlier this week, $1.5 million on a one-year deal.

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Report: Canucks still negotiating with Yannick Weber, haven't called on Franson

Thomas Drance
July 01 2015 09:27AM

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The Vancouver Canucks are still working to keep defenseman and power-play specialist Yannick Weber, even though they opted against qualifying the club's leading goal scorer from the back-end earlier this week.

With the market set to open shortly on Wednesday, Vancouver was still engaged with Weber's agent J.P Barry and discussing a new contract, according to a report from News 1130 Sports. News 1130 Sports is also reporting that the Canucks, as it currently stands, aren't in on Cody Franson.

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Canucks Free Agent Frenzy Preview

Thomas Drance
July 01 2015 07:30AM

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Will the Canucks nab a name UFA like Radim Vrbata or Ryan Miller on July 1?
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It's July 1, which means the 2014-15 NHL league year is officially over. Long live the 2015-16 NHL league year!

The official start to the league Calendar will kick off on Wednesday in the same way that every single other campaign has in my life time: with an orgy of misguided spending on players whose best days are behind them. It looked, momentarily, as if the Canucks would be excluded from this annual spree of excess, but Jim Benning, Trevor Linden and company could actually be involved in a serious way now that Kevin Bieksa and his $4.6 million cap hit has been dealt away.

What can we expect from the Canucks today? Read on past the jump.

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Benning: Canucks to shop for puck-moving 'mobile' defenseman with newfound cap space

Thomas Drance
June 30 2015 06:09PM

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The Vancouver Canucks were unlikely to be players in free agency. That was prior to Tuesday evening's trade of Kevin Bieksa and his $4.6 million cap hit to the Anaheim Ducks, though.

In the wake of the Bieksa trade the Canucks have nearly $8.3 million in salary cap space to play with according to NHLNumbers.com, and with only four pre-arbitration restricted free agents left to sign, can realistically be players, even if it's only in some limited fashion, when the market opens at noon on July 1. 

So what might the Canucks target on the open market? How about some additional blue-line speed.

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