July 01 2015 09:32PM
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A lot of people will tell you that nobody won the Cody Hodgson-Zack Kassian trade and statistically speaking they may have a point.
In my opinion, however, the Canucks won the trade because intentionally or not, Zack Kassian is hands down one of the most entertaining players in the league. Kassian was born to play in a time where everything is giffable. Here are his top 5 funniest and strangest and Zack Kassianest moments as a Canuck.
July 01 2015 06:10PM
In terms of volume, the Vancouver Canucks were reasonably active on the opening morning of unrestricted free agency, making four signings and a depth trade to shore up their roster for next season. They added some much-needed depth to their blueline, and dealt from a position of strength to address a position of need. It could have been a good, productive day for the team...
...had they not made a questionable decision in trading a young and improving asset for a much older one that's just a year away from depreciating into nothing thanks to unrestricted free agency.
There were some positives and some negatives today, so we'll go over what went down after the jump.
July 01 2015 02:02PM
Well, we can't say we didn't see this coming. Kassian has been rumoured to be on the move since January (originally speculated to be involved in a swap for new Canuck Matt Bartkowski), and we were fairly certain that he was going to be dealt this offseason one way or another. Still, our expectation was that Vancouver would target another "defective" young player or draft pick and take the cap space freed up to spend on the free agent market.
What we didn't expect is that Jim Benning would give up a 5th round draft pick in the deal to target a 31-year old pending unrestricted free agent who's very much a 4th liner and making $2.5 million dollars next season. New Canucks winger Brandon Prust brings a consistent hard-nosed and competitive game, but are the Canucks better right now?
Let's have a look.
July 01 2015 12:46PM
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The Vancouver Canucks have added to their stable of NHL-capable depth defenders by inking former Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks defenseman Taylor Fedun to a one-year contract. Though we don't have any confirmation of this, the Utica Comets sent out a press release announcing the deal, so we can safely assume that this is a two-way contract.
July 01 2015 12:09PM
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The Vancouver Canucks have traded Zack Kassian to the Montreal Canadiens, according to CSNNE's Joe Haggerty and confirmed by TSN's Bob McKenzie. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman is reporting that Brandon Prust will be coming back the other way in the deal, while the Canucks will send a 2016 fifth-round pick to Montreal in order to balance the deal (which seems odd...).
Based on an unrelenting torrent of reports over the past few months, a Kassian deal has, apparently, been in the works for months and months. Though Kassian's underlying performance has improved in recent seasons and he's been known to pot goals at a high rate (largely thanks to a high shooting percentage), his defensive game remained suspect and he's been injured plagued in recent seasons.