Report: Canucks sign Maine defenseman Ben Hutton to entry-level contract

Thomas Drance
March 16 2015 02:24PM

The Vancouver Canucks have lured promising NCAA defenseman Ben Hutton, 21, away from the college system and into the professional ranks, according to reports emanating from Portland, Maine., where Hutton plays - or played - his college hockey with the Black Bears.

The news for now has not been confirmed by a Vancouver reporter or the team, though the report itself comes from Whiteneigh Kinne of WCHS6, an NBC affiliate based in Portland. The news has been amplified by WCSH6 sportscaster Lee Goldberg, and SBN's Jeff Cox has similarly picked it up.

Hutton is a left-handed shooting 6-foot-3 defenseman who has been enormously productive offensively during his time in the NCAA. His signing is a boon for the Canucks' prospect pool and potentially the Utica Comets' Calder Cup hopes.

Read on past the jump.

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Canucks recall Jacob Markstrom from Utica

Thomas Drance
March 16 2015 12:00PM

The Vancouver Canucks announced that goaltender Jacob Markstrom was recalled from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League on Monday

Markstrom, 25, made back-to-back starts for the Comets this weekend, winning both games and stopping 50 of the 53 shots he faced. Read past the jump for more.

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Could Kassian be facing an automatic suspension for physical abuse of an official?

Thomas Drance
March 14 2015 08:17PM

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In the second period of Saturday night's 4-1 Vancouver Canucks victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, Canucks forward Zack Kassian lost his damn mind. 

The burgeoning power forward was attempting to get to Dion Phaneuf and fight him, but a linesman all but wrestled him to the ground. Not that it stopped Kassian from pursuing the fight. Did Kassian pursue the fight with too much verve? Could he be facing an automatic suspension as a result?

Let's get into it on the other side of the jump.

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GIF: Jannik Hansen trolls Dion Phaneuf for turtling

Thomas Drance
March 14 2015 07:09PM

With Alex Burrows out of the lineup for Saturday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, other Vancouver Canucks players were spiritually tasked with stepping up their trolling game. The usually mild mannered Jannik Hansen proved up to the task.

After exchanging cross checks with Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf Hansen went to great lengths to very strongly imply that Phaneuf turtled during an early exchange with Zack Kassian. The gesture was a bit harsh, especially considering that Phaneuf has been battling through a broken hand, but it was also extremely funny. Click past the jump to check it out:

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Report: Alex Burrows unlikely to play Saturday vs. Maple Leafs

Thomas Drance
March 14 2015 03:53PM


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It would seem that Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows needed more than a maintenance day. 

Burrows, 33, is unlikely to play on Saturday when the Canucks host the moribund Toronto Maple Leafs as a result of an undisclosed injury, according to TSN's Jeff Paterson. The fear now is that Burrows has reaggravated the lower-body injury that caused him to miss six games earlier this month. 

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