June 16 2016 05:00PM
His name, as befits someone with the moniker of the “Russian Rocket,” was synonymous with speed. He was electrifying, exhilarating, and sometimes infuriating. He could do things at fourth gear that many players couldn’t do in first. And, unlike the other players we’ve covered in this series to date, his name is now enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame. One of only three players drafted by the Canucks to have that honour – and the only to play the majority of his NHL career in a Canucks uniform – Pavel Bure was equal parts hockey and rock star. Given his pedigree and career accomplishments, he may also be the best draft pick in Canucks history. He is also the subject of today’s draft gems.
June 16 2016 03:51PM
It was announced today that the Vancouver Canucks have signed pending restricted free agent Sven Baertschi to a two year contract extension.
The press release included the financials with Baertschi making $1.7 million in the first year of the contract, and then $2.0 million in the second year for an annual cap hit of $1.85 million per season.
June 16 2016 03:09PM
In the above picture, we've got upcoming UFA defenceman Roman Polak, a step or two behind Sidney Crosby.
A fitting image? Probably. Whatever Polak had that was appealing to NHL teams, he's falling fast as a legitimate option with his declining play as of late. And while he did earn playing time with a Stanley Cup finalist, it was clear to most he wasn't particularly excelling in that role.
(To be fair to Polak, most of the league is usually catching up to Sidney Crosby. But to be fair to most of the league, Roman Polak is usually catching up to them, too.)
June 16 2016 02:28PM
The Canucks haven't formally announced their pre-season schedule yet, but other teams have and that allows us to piece together what Vancouver's schedule will look like. It is obviously subject to change and additions, but it seems like that will be the full schedule above.
They will play 7 games in total, with two games against Calgary, Edmonton, and San Jose and then one contest against the Arizona Coyotes.
June 16 2016 01:29PM
Nothing is happening on the ice, but there is still plenty of news from the Vancouver Canucks.
Earlier today, the Vancouver Canucks announced that the Alaska Aces would be their ECHL affiliate for the upcoming season