Canucks waive Biega, Vey and Corrado; Cracknell makes the team

Thomas Drance
October 05 2015 10:28AM

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You have to say this for the Jim Benning, Trevor Linden iteration of the Vancouver Canucks: they have the courage of their convictions and act boldly.

On Monday the Canucks placed defensemen Alex Biega, 27, and Frank Corrado, 22, as well as forward Linden Vey, 24, on waivers, the team announced. Corrado and Vey are extraordinarily young for players on the waiver wire, and likely have more upside than anyone else placed on waivers on Monday. 

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Report: Canucks expected to waive Frank Corrado

Thomas Drance
October 05 2015 10:04AM


The Vancouver Canucks are reportedly set to place 22-year-old right-handed defenseman Frank Corrado on waivers on Monday, according to Sportsnet's Dan Murphy:

Considering the club had the option of placing Alex Biega, 27, and his unlikely-to-be-claimed $325k AHL slaary on waivers, this is a head scratcher.

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McKenzie: Hutton, McCann, Virtanen expected to open season on Canucks roster

Thomas Drance
October 05 2015 09:12AM

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No one has ever made a dollar wagering against what TSN's Bob McKenzie reports, or publicly suggests is expected.

On Monday, McKenzie suggested that all three of Vancouver Canucks youngers: Ben Hutton, Jared McCann and Jake Virtanen are expected to open the season with the big club. It's not a huge surprise, this has been telegraphed since Brendan Gaunce and Ronalds Kenins were sent to Utica on Friday night, but it's an incredibly meaningful decision for an organization that has generally been reluctant to play teenage assets at the NHL level.

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Canucks clearly still experimenting with 1 preseason game remaining

Thomas Drance
October 03 2015 12:19PM

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In the club's final preseason tuneup game ahead of Wednesday's regular season opener, the Vancouver Canucks are rolling out their forward lines in a way that may have been inspired by an acid trip.

Sutter on the wing? McCann with veteran wingers? Horvat in the top-six? What's going on...

"We're still going to try a few things on Saturday," Canucks coach Willie Desjardins cautioned following the club's convincing preseason victory over Edmonton on Thursday, "but we've got to be ready for our early opener."

This would seem to be the club trying more than a few things. Let's get into it a bit further on the other side of the jump.

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Report: Jim Benning warning Canucks vets that 'he's prepared to go young'

Thomas Drance
October 01 2015 03:22PM

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As a variety of Vancouver Canucks veterans struggle through the preseason, young players like Ben Hutton, Jared McCann, Brendan Gaunce and Jake Virtanen have excelled. These young men have stolen the spotlight in Vancouver over the past two weeks, and may be gearing up to steal NHL jobs from the club's veterans this weekend.

While it was somewhat revelatory this week when we realized that, yeah, McCann had a legitimate shot at actually making the club, it seems to be becoming increasingly likely that a variety of players whom we considered to be 'prospects' will be wearing Canucks silks on opening night. The latest report from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman only further cements that perception.

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