June 30 2016 09:00AM
The Edmonton Oilers blockbuster trade of Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson signals how certain they are of their ability to land Milan Lucic in free agency. At the very least it bolsters the validity on a multitude of reports that already suggested as much.
You don't just trade one of the league's best two-way wingers, on a team friendly contract, without a contingency plan. And colour me unconvinced that Benoit Pouliot is that plan. The writings on the wall. Within a few days we'll be able to make it out in dollars and years.
That's a tough pill to swallow for the Vancouver Canucks, who've stomached more than their fair share of bad news of late. Lucic was Plan A. It didn't take a well-placed contact to figure out that much. It's back to the drawing board on Pat Quinn Way, and we're not even a day into free agency.
June 30 2016 07:40AM
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The Vancouver Canucks have told long-tenured defenseman Dan Hamhuis to expect to hit free agency and teams are showing interest in him. The veteran blue liner told Elliotte Friedman in the latest 30 Thoughts column that he'd like to go to a contending team and has spoken to three clubs, while a smattering of others have indicated their interest.
“I believe I have many good years of hockey left," Hamhuis told Friedman. "I played in the Olympics two years ago. Last year, there were two major injuries and in the last 10 weeks I played my best hockey in a long time. I’ve got lots of ‘top-4 D’ hockey left in me, and my goal in summer training is to be the best defenceman on my new team. I will find a team that values what I do.”
June 29 2016 01:00PM
The draft has come and passed and wouldn't you know it, the Vancouver Canucks took home six new prospects. At the top of the order, Olli Juolevi, taken fifth overall.
There's the answer to a question that's been on the minds of Canucks fans since April 29th. Of course, it just as easily could have gone any number of different ways. The thing about that pick was that it was definitely open to scout's interpretation. That is, you could justify any number of players with the fifth overall selection.
So, I'm asking you, knowing full well how the first four selections shook out -- Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Jesse Puljujarvi -- how you would've handled the fifth overall selection. Get creative. You can trade down, or even trade the pick. Or you can use it on any other player you prefer.
June 29 2016 12:47PM
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The Vancouver Canucks will reportedly allow Ronalds Kenins to test unrestricted free agency, the News 1130 Sports twitter feed revealed on Wednesday.
Kenins, 25, will be a Group VI unrestricted free agent, having failed to play sufficient games at the NHL level to merit a qualifying offer. The club decided against bringing him back and its been reported that he didn't have much interest in returning anyway.
June 29 2016 11:00AM
It's an oft-repeated adage in the NHL that to succeed from a business standpoint, you must either sell wins or hope. If that's the case, then this was a tough season for Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning.
The embattled Canucks architect threw gasoline on his critics fire, doing little to shake the notion that he's a scout in way over his head. A notion berthed last season as the Canucks defiantly made moves to continue business as usual, avoiding a long-term rebuild and the growing pains therein.