Linden on Quinn's HHOF induction: 'I know how proud he would be if he were still with us today'

Thomas Drance
June 27 2016 03:44PM

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When former Canucks owner Frank Griffiths and his son Arthur met with Pat Quinn at the patio bar of a San Diego hotel late in 1986, Quinn – who was still working for the Los Angeles Kings at the time – took a break from his scotch and from puffing on his cigar and asked the ownership group recruiting him what they wanted from him in the big picture.

“Respectability,” said the elder Griffiths.

Quinn was surprised. He expected the former Canucks owner to say “to win a Stanley Cup” or something more tangible. 

Frank, who had owned the Canucks for 13 years with only intermittent success, assured Quinn that a Stanley Cup would follow if respectability was achieved. First though, the club needed to achieve something more ephemeral.

In his 10 years as the president and general manager of the Canucks, Quinn achieved that and more.

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Pat Quinn inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Thomas Drance
June 27 2016 01:50PM

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Pat Quinn has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, along with Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov and Rogie Vachon, the Hall of Fame announced on Monday.

Quinn, who is in the Ring of Honour at Rogers Arena and has a street named after him outside the rink, served as president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks from 1987 through to 1997 with occasional stints as a head coach during that decade. One might argue - although Quinn's lieutenant Brian Burke has a strong case as well - that Quinn did more to transform the Canucks franchise from a perennial laughing stock to a big-revenue power house than any other individual in the history of professional hockey in Vancouver.

Mike Commito contributed a guest post remembering Pat Quinn at back in November, on the one year anniversary of the Big Irishman's death. Quinn also granted an interview back in 2012, when we were a fledgling site. 

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Report: NHL looking at tampering complaint regarding Benning's comments about Subban, Stamkos

Thomas Drance
June 24 2016 10:13AM

The NHL is reportedly looking into a complaint against Canucks general manager Jim Benning regarding comments he made on Thursday expressing his club's general interest in Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban, according to TVA's Renaud Lavoie.

Benning is probably the most candid and accessible executive in hockey, which is to his credit. In this case though, his comments - in which he admitted during a TSN 1040 interview that the Canucks had called to inquire about Subban's availability and planned "to talk to" Stamkos following the draft - may have placed the Vancouver general manager into a spot of hot water.

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Canucks' Jim Benning sets off fire storm, admits club has called to inquire about P.K. Subban

Thomas Drance
June 23 2016 03:50PM

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In silly season terms, this is as silly as it gets.

Following up on reports from TSN's Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger, the sitting general manager of a team in a huge Canadian market admits on the radio that he's called to inquire about a super-duper star playing in another huge Canadian market. Even if Canucks general manager Jim Benning admitted that a deal was "nowhere close", this is sort of news that can shake the host city in the lead up to the draft.

And indeed it has. As I write this, every media luminary in hockey is loitering around the Hyatt Regency lobby waiting for Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin to address the press. Benning's candid admission on TSN 1040 on Thursday has put the Canadiens executive in something of a difficult spot. 

Will Bergevin duck the questions and give us some "people call about good players and the only reason they're calling about P.K. is that his no-trade clause kicks in on July 1" boilerplate? Or will he admit that his club is at least considering the possibility of parting with a perennial Norris Trophy candidate?

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Seravalli: 'sense is' Canucks and Oilers 2 teams left on NCAA UFA Drake Caggiula's short list

Thomas Drance
May 06 2016 11:55AM

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The Vancouver Canucks are believed to be one of the last two teams standing in the Drake Caggiula sweepstakes, according to TSN's Frank Seravalli

The 21-year-old forward played on a line with top Canucks prospect Brock Boeser and Chicago Blackhawks first-round pick Nick Schmaltz for the North Dakota Fighting Hawks this past season, scoring 25 goals and adding 51 total points as a winger on the vaunted 'CBS line'. He's been on a 10-team tour of prospective NHL cities over the past few weeks and met with Canucks brass in Vancouver prior to the Draft Lottery.

The Canucks and the Oilers are believed to be the final two teams in the mix.

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