Canucks re-sign Alex Biega, according to Alex Biega

Thomas Drance
June 30 2015 11:27AM

We expected the Vancouver Canucks to make some moves in free agency that would shore up their NHL and AHL-level defensive depth, and they've got at least some of their shopping done before the rush.

On Tuesday, Utica Comets defenseman Alex Biega - who played in seven games for the Canucks during the 2014-15 campaign and cashed in a dramatic game-winning goal - broke the news that he's re-signed with the organization. That news has since been confirmed by the team.

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Canucks Free Agent "Frenzy" Preview: Defensive Depth

Thomas Drance
June 30 2015 09:45AM

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Wednesday marks the start of a new league year and the opening of the unrestricted free agent market, with all of the frenzied activity and the bloated deals that come with it.

With 19 players already signed to one-way deals, four restricted players left to sign, and less than $4 million in available cap space, the Canucks are not expected to be major players; having failed to carve out some additional flexibility under the upper limit at the NHL draft. Canucks general manager Jim Benning more or less confirmed as much in a conversation with Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sunthis week.

"We don’t have a lot of cap room,” Benning said. “We’re going to try to be maybe in the trade market. We’re looking at some free agents. I don’t want to say we’re totally out of the free agent market, but we’re not going to be in the high end of it.

With that in mind, here are a smattering of affordable pieces that the Canucks might target to shore up their NHL and AHL level blue-line depth.

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Canucks Sign Markstrom to Two-Year Deal

Rhys Jessop
June 29 2015 05:37PM

Vancouver's busy afternoon continues, as the club announced that they have re-signed goaltender Jacob Markstrom to a two-year contract. With Eddie Lack now a Carolina Hurricane, Markstrom will be expected to play a significant role next season.

Let's have a look after the jump.

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Canucks Qualify Five; Decline Offers on Weber, Stanton

Rhys Jessop
June 29 2015 04:51PM

The Canucks announced Monday afternoon that they had tendered qualifying offers to five players, including Sven Baertschi, Adam Clendening, and Frank Corrado, while declining to tender offers to seven more would-be RFAs, including Yannick Weber.

Let's look at what this means after the jump.

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Canucks Re-Sign Linden Vey

Rhys Jessop
June 29 2015 04:20PM

The Vancouver Canucks have announced that they re-signed Linden Vey. The 23-year old forward tallied 10 goals and 14 assists in his rookie season, and was set to become an unrestricted free agent had he not been tendered a qualifying offer this afternoon.

Let's briefly unpack it after the jump.

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