Jim Benning won't meet Islanders' ask for Hamonic: 'We're going to stick with what we've got'

Thomas Drance
November 22 2015 11:02AM

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When Travis Hamonic's trade request first surfaced, we covered the news from a Canucks perspective and pointed out that it was difficult to see how the New York Islanders and the Canucks made sense as trading partners. We updated the situation on Saturday by pointing out that the Canucks had reportedly not discussed the possibility of a Hamonic deal (as of Thursday) and seemed unlikely to be involved.

Now Canucks general manager Jim Benning has confirmed that the Canucks aren't going to aggressively pursue Hamonic:

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Canucks will be without Vrbata, Sutter, Hutton vs. defending champion Blackhawks

Thomas Drance
November 21 2015 06:59PM

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The Vancouver Canucks figuratively limped back from their season-long seven game road trip this week. Actually they literally limped back too, as the club will be without a handful of key contributors when they host the reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

Radim Vrbata will not play, the club announced on Saturday. And though fourth-line winger Brandon Prust will return, Brandon Sutter remains sidelined and Ben Hutton is similarly on the limp. Vrbata will join Sutter and Hutton on the sidelines on Saturday night. 

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Milan Lucic on possibility of playing in Vancouver: 'Your dream is to play for your hometown team'

Thomas Drance
November 21 2015 05:30PM

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Milan Lucic wearing a Vancouver Canucks jersey? As recently as May it was unthinkable with how several of the city's rotten apples treated the Vancouver-born forward in the wake of the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup victory.

A vandalized church. Threats that caused Lucic to alter his Cup celebration plans. Weird, drunk attempts to provoke fights with Lucic at late-night Pizza chains on Granville St..

When Lucic was on the block, though, the Canucks were interested and Lucic indicated that he'd actually had his hopes set on coming home. It's an understandable impulse, especially in the wake of a family tragedy, which Lucic made public last weekend in a touching Sportsnet piece.

And the pull of returning home is still strong for the prototypical NHL power forward, as he made clear in a recent interview with TSN's Frank Seravalli.

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Canucks reportedly haven't discussed Hamonic trade with Islanders; seem unlikely to get involved

Thomas Drance
November 21 2015 03:00PM

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It might not happen soon. It might not even happen this season. At some point, though, New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic will head west - most likely to a market with an international airport that flies direct to Winnipeg on a regular basis.

The Vancouver Canucks were listed as one of the teams Hamonic was hoping to be dealt to initially by TSN's Darren Dreger, but as we wrote at the time, it was hard to see how he fit with the team

It's not just fit that makes the Canucks an unlikely destination for Hamonic.

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Report: No extension talks between Canucks, pending UFA Vrbata

Thomas Drance
November 20 2015 02:30PM

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The hockey gods are choosing an inconvenient time to smite Vancouver Canucks forward Radim Vrbata.

Vrbata, 34, is about an consistent a first-line winger as you'll find in the NHL. That is until this season, where brutal percentages have ravaged his production. 

Considering Vrbata's age and that this is a contract year,  the fact of his being snake bit over the past six weeks may cost Vrbata a good deal of money on his next contract. And realistically this next contract may have been his last really good chance of getting capital P-A-I-D PAID.

As for whether or not that next contract may be with the Canucks, well, it's interesting to note that the two sides have yet to broach the subject, according to a report from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

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