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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The Canucks and the 2015 qualifying offer deadline

Thomas Drance
June 29 2015 11:48AM

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Monday, July 29 is the deadline for NHL teams to submit qualifying offers to their restricted players.

A qualifying offer is the equivalent of a one-year deal tendered to a potential restricted free agent. It's not very often that a pending restricted player accepts their qualifying offer, though it happens, but teams have to submit the offers by the end of the business day on Monday if they hope to maintain their right of first refusal and the protection of draft pick compensation for any potential restricted player. The value of a qualifying offer is subject to arbitration if a player is eligible to file for it.

So what we can expect from the Canucks in terms of tendering qualifying offers to their potential restricted players on Monday? A brief rundown after the jump.

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