June 20 2016 10:03PM
Thought escaped me forever, eh? Unfortunately for the readers here at Canucks Army, I haven't so much left as much as I've been distracted by the insanity that's going on in the land of East Coast Bias. In the meantime, you get to hear better opinions from smarter people than myself, with today's mailbag being the exception. Let's see what's on everybody's mind!
June 20 2016 03:00PM
There is a slight possibility that the Canucks trade down a couple of spots while gaining some additional assets. It would be a prudent way to leverage their high draft position and recoup multiple futures. We obviously don't know what will happen over the next few weeks, and things change very quickly.
I would likely lean towards staying at 5th and taking the best player available, but there may be a offer that they can't pass up.
June 20 2016 01:00PM
Shawn Matthias is making his second trip to market after failing to secure a long-term contract after a career season with the Vancouver Canucks during the 2014-15 campaign. Are the two sides set for a reunion?
The Canucks need goal scorers in the worst way. Part of that need is directly related to letting Matthias walk in free agency last off-season, as the power winger signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. While Matthias struggled to generate even-strength offence at anywhere near the level he did in the previous season, the Leafs, a rebuilding franchise, were able to recoup a fourth-round pick for the pending unrestricted free agent, courtesy the Colorado Avalanche.
From that point, Matthias flourished. The power wingers game translated much better in Roy's rush based offence. In his 20 games as a member of the Avalanche, Matthias matched the six goals he scored in 51 as a member of the Maple Leafs. The Avalanche got their money's worth. Now it's a question of whether they can continue the investment into next season. For the Avalanche, an internal budget team, it's looking less and less likely.
June 20 2016 11:00AM
Trevor Lewis has had a fairly successful run with Los Angeles Kings since entering the league as a full-time player in 2010-11. He's won two Stanley Cups and been a constant on the team’s fourth line. Although the former first-round pick (2006) has never become the scorer the Kings hoped he would be, he has been a useful player on reasonable contracts. With Los Angeles facing a cap crunch this summer – especially if they manage to re-sign Milan Lucic – Lewis is set to hit the open market for the first time as an unrestricted free agent. Would the Canucks be interested in acquiring his services?
June 20 2016 10:41AM
Earlier today it was reported by News 1130 that the Canucks have qualified pending restricted free agents Andrey Pedan, Alexandre Grenier, and Mike Zalewski.
The #Canucks just qualified the contract of forward Alexandre Grenier along with Pedan and Zalewski.— NEWS 1130 Sports (@NEWS1130Sports) June 20, 2016
If they had not provided an qualifying offer to these players before June 27th, they would've become unrestricted free agents. The players have until July 15th to accept the offer, during which time they can negotiate different contract. If they decline the qualifying offer, the Canucks still retain their rights.