First Look: The Vancouver Canucks Make a Sound Bet on Eriksson

J.D. Burke
July 02 2016 02:04PM


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For the Vancouver Canucks, no need was greater than that of their offence which combined for a 29th worst 2.27 goals-per-game last season. Signing Loui Eriksson to a six-year, $36-million contract is a step in the right direction. Perhaps not enough to buttress their attack to among the league's best, but enough to make them competitive in the interim.

Eriksson, 30, can contribute anywhere from 20-30 goals in any given season. Of this much, there is no doubt. Beyond that, Eriksson's consistently driven the run of play with a two-way game that is the envy of many a forward. The Canucks are getting their money's worth. At least for the first few seasons.

Beyond that, it's anyone's guess. Though, to the Canucks credit, they're in a better position than most to make that gamble. Eriksson's played with the Sedin's. Hell, he's played for Willie Desjardins in Dallas and even been acquired by Jim Benning before in Boston. They know what they're getting themselves into, but for those of us that don't, I'll unpack what the Canucks have hitched their wagon to.

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Top 10 Dan Hamhuis Moments As a Canuck

Grainne Downey
July 02 2016 08:00AM


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Since his arrival in the summer of 2010, Dan Hamhuis has been a steady presence on a chaotic team. Taking less money to play for his hometown team, Hamhuis will rightfully remain a favourite of many in Vancouver. His game isn't flashy, but it is solid, neat, and a huge reason why the Canucks were able to compete for the Stanley Cup when they did. General opinion tends to see the injury that resulted from his hip check on Milan Lucic in game 1 of the 2011 Finals as a key reason for the Canucks' eventual series loss, but let's not get into that again. Here are the best aspects of Hamhuis' time with the Canucks - from his handsome, fatherly charm to his excellent work as a blueliner.

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Wrapping up the First Day of Free Agency for the Vancouver Canucks

J.D. Burke
July 01 2016 05:14PM

By 2:30 PST just north of $420-million changed hands as the new league year started in earnest with free agency. The Vancouver Canucks, who exercised more than their fair share of prudence throughout the process, are responsible for a close to $37-million chunk of that pie.

The Canucks kicked off the proceedings by locking up prized free agent winger, Loui Eriksson, to a six-year contract valued at $36-million. With the impending threat of a labour dispute looming over every long-term deal, Eriksson's contract is supremely bonus-laden and virtually buyout proof as a result. As far as NHL talent goes, the Canucks were also able to secure the services of their trade deadline acquisition, Philip Larsen, signing him to a one-year deal valued at $1.025-million.

Just as the dust appeared to be settling on today's festivities, the Canucks submitted contracts for three depth players, all of which are likely bound for the Utica Comets. In case you couldn't keep up with it all, I've collected everything that went down on the first day of free agency on the other side of the jump.

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Eriksson on Sedins: 'we play the same way'

Jeff Paterson
July 01 2016 04:19PM


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Henrik Sedin is usually the set-up man, but it sounds like Daniel Sedin earned an assist in luring Loui Eriksson to Vancouver as a free agent. Eriksson picked Daniel’s brain on all things Canuck during a telephone conversation on Thursday before putting his signature on a six-year $36-million dollar contract when the National Hockey League signing window opened Friday morning.

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Vancouver Canucks Sign Borna Rendulic

J.D. Burke
July 01 2016 04:06PM

Not long after the Vancouver Canucks announced they'd signed Jayson Megna, they locked up Croatian-born winger, Borna Rendulic. The Canucks haven't released the terms of Rendulic's contract, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's not all that dissimilar to the ones they signed Megna and Michael Chaput to earlier in the proceedings. 

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