Canucks finally sign Jordan Subban to 3-year, entry-level contract

Thomas Drance
May 14 2015 02:18PM

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The Vancouver Canucks and Jordan Subban have ended weeks of breathless speculation by agreeing to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Subban, 20, is undersized but he's a workout freak (his entire Twitter timeline is basically clips of him lifting outrageous amounts) and he's been one of the OHL's most dynamic offensive defensemen over the past few years. When you consider the low level of talent that Subban has generally been surrounded with on the rebuilding/folding Belleville Bulls, his level of offensive output is actually extraordinarily impressive.

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Canucks will look to trade Lack if he's not part of their long-term plan

Thomas Drance
May 13 2015 11:52AM

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Does Eddie Lack fit into the Vancouver Canucks' long-term plans?

The Canucks and their old friend Kurt Overhardt, the polarizing player agent who represents Lack, have discussed the possibility of a contract extension. If the numbers don't make sense though, or if the club decides to go in another direction, they're open to dealing the 27-year-old netminder at the NHL Entry Draft.

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Pending UFA Brad Richardson undergoes ankle surgery; does his injury make a Canucks return more likely?

Thomas Drance
May 11 2015 01:36PM

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Vancouver Canucks checking centre Brad Richardson, a pending unrestricted free agent, is undergoing surgery today to repair the ankle injury that cost him the second half of his season and probably several million dollars on the open market, according to News 1130 Sports

Richardson, 30, managed eight goals and 21 points in 45 games while playing thoroughly excellent hockey on the penalty kill and holding down a key defensive role for the club. He's a useful depth piece, and has provided the club with tremendous value since signing a two-year deal with an annual average value of $1.15 million as an unrestricted free agent in the cap-crunch summer of 2013. 

It seems probable that Richardson is on his way out the door, but might his ill-timed and frustratingly persistent ankle injury make it more likely that he's in a Canucks uniform again next season?

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Can Virtanen and McCann help the Utica Comets?

Thomas Drance
May 04 2015 12:12PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have loaned out their two first-round draft picks from the 2014 NHL Entry Draft - forwards Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann - to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League, who advanced to the second-round of the Calder Cup Final this weekend.

Virtanen and McCann saw their CHL seasons end this past weekend when their respective teams were eliminated in the conference final by a pair of clubs that are probably Memorial Cup bound. Beating the likes of the Brandon Wheat Kings and Connor McDavid's Erie Otters is a tough task, but so is cracking an elite AHL lineup this late in the season. 

Can the addition of either Virtanen or McCann, or both, help the Comets in the short-term?

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Report: Oilers out, Canucks still in the running for Matt O'Connor

Thomas Drance
May 03 2015 04:31PM

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Hot shot NCAA unrestricted free agent goaltender Matt O'Connor, 23, had reportedly begun to narrow down his list of suitors and the Vancouver Canucks are still in the running.

The 6-foot-6 netminder is still talking to the New York Rangers, the Ottawa Senators, and the Canucks, according to TVA's Louie Jean. That would imply that the Edmonton Oilers, who were believed to be among O'Connor's four finalists last week, are out of the running. 

Jean also suggests that O'Connor's choice hinges on which goaltending coach the young netminder's camp believes can take the young, undrafted netminder's game to the next level.

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