Should the Canucks Trade Jannik Hansen?

J.D. Burke
July 22 2016 09:00AM

The Vancouver Canucks don't have any intention of engaging in a long-term rebuild. They're going to complete the playoffs, right to the bitter end, year in and year out. It's just that simple.

So Canucks general manager Jim Benning's aversion to dealing Jannik Hansen is a none too surprising revelation. Speaking to The Province's Ben Kuzma, Benning made as much perfectly clear, revealing that the club is "not moving Jannik". In the context of the Canucks stated goal, his follow up to that comment goes a long way towards explaining why.

“I thought he was excellent for us last year and with the way the game is going with speed and skill, he fits that description perfectly. And we have him under a good (cap) number the next couple of years, so we’re not looking to do anything.”

Benning is, in a vacuum, entirely correct. Hansen is fast, a proven scorer and on the cheap for this season and next. He's also on the other side of a career year, in which the Danish speedster lit the lamp a career high 22 times. Which is exactly why the Canucks should, if possible, find a way to trade Hansen.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
July 22 2016 05:00AM


Leafs stop making Matthews wait, Toronto offer could have given Stamkos highest cap hit, Canucks reportedly have interest in Evander Kane, can ice time make the Brouwer contract worth it, all Chiarelli and Puljujarvi in Edmonton, analytics not as clear cut as people may think, the best and worst NHL jerseys, Tyson Barrie watch, Brad Richards retires and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Dog Day Signings: Seven Times the Canucks Signed Late

Taylor Perry
July 21 2016 09:00AM

We're now well into the so-called 'dog days' of summer, where the days are longer and the amount of hockey news is sparse. Free agent signings, meanwhile, have also essentially ground to a halt. As we discussed in our roundtable last week, the pickings are pretty slim - but that isn't to say the cupboard is completely bare. Sometimes, teams manage to come to terms with a player who makes a significant impact well after July 1st. While this has become increasingly rare, there are always bargain signings at this stage in the summer that pay dividends down the round. In Vancouver, the Canucks have had their fair share of hits (and misses) with late signings. With so little else going on in Canuckland these days, let's have a little fun and take a look back at some late - that is, after July 15 - signings in team history.

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WWYDW: The Expendables

J.D. Burke
July 20 2016 11:00AM


Hey, some things happened. The Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers completed a trade. The Vancouver Canucks announced another pair of signings. That's all so very neat.

Now we're just waiting for that big trade to happen. You know, the one the Canucks are rumoured to be exploring the market for. Rumour has it, they want to land a second line winger in specific. Now, to do that, they're going to have to part with somebody. Maybe even a few somebodies and the odd draft pick. There's only so many roster spots, after all.

So, I'm asking you, which player(s) are you most willing to part with to land that marquee name in a trade. As always, try to be reasonable. You're not landing Gabriel Landeskog for Jannik Hansen.

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The Vancouver Canucks, Evander Kane and the Social Contract

J.D. Burke
July 20 2016 09:00AM

The Vancouver Canucks have, for all intents and purpose, withdrawn from free agency. That hasn't stopped them from exploring the market for marquee names that can bolster the club's short and long-term fortunes, though.

As the dust settles on the July 1st spending spree, the Canucks are rumoured to be exploring the trade block for the next piece to their puzzle. Vancouver wasn't connected using specific or determinate language to the Buffalo Sabres' Evander Kane, but his skill, size and availability (Sabres general manager Tim Murray is tiring of Kane) make the connection all too obvious. Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Canucks might be in the hunt for Kane.

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