October 12 2016 09:00AM
The CHL season is a go, and the contenders are already separating themselves from the pretenders. And as with any league, these discrepancies usually result in player movement. In that light, Carl Neill's status is especially interesting given his current team's (Sherbrooke Phoenix -- AKA Carl Neills) situation
Drafted in the 5th round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Neill has shown fairly well for the Sherbrooke Phoenix since the Canucks selected him. But the Phoenix are already looking to rebuild, which is fairly common in the CHL since you only have your players for 3-4 years. That kind of expedited timeline presses teams to maximize value on their assets wherever and whenever possible.
October 11 2016 01:29PM
With the roster deadline approaching at 2PM PT, Canucks GM Jim Benning made himself available for a press conference this morning where he mentioned that Emerson Etem will be placed on waivers tomorrow, and the Canucks will look to work out a contract with Jack Skille.
Based on pre-season performance, these moves makes sense.
October 10 2016 12:16PM
Waiver frenzy has hit the NHL and the Canucks have chosen not to participate - at least in terms of supply. Teams must be down to 23 roster players and under the salary cap by tomorrow, meaning that today was the last day to waive players that you want to reassign to the minor leagues. While plenty of teams have waived some interesting names, Vancouver management chose not to waive anyone at all, which gives us an idea of how their final roster will look, at least in part. At the very least, it means that there will be no major upsets - Emerson Etem and Alex Biega are staying with the team to start the season.
In other, slightly disheartening news, the Canucks have reassigned Troy Stecher to the Utica Comets, ending his campaign to be the next Ben Hutton (for now). Richard Bachman also cleared waivers, and will head to Utica as well.
October 10 2016 10:25AM
We've been waiting for a while for the good names to start showing up on the waiver wire. On Monday, it happened.
October 09 2016 04:00PM
Ten more players were placed on waivers on Sunday, including a pair of established NHL forwards.