Relive the 2001-02 Vancouver Canucks season

Thomas Drance
July 29 2015 03:30PM

It was the second year the Vancouver Canucks' very fun West Coast Express era, and though the club earned the good will of the city by reacquiring Trevor Linden in a deal with the Washington Capitals, they were poised to miss the playoffs. 

Then they got hot...

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5 Things: Projecting Brandon Sutter's next contract

Ryan Lambert
July 29 2015 02:07PM

In his 5 Things column, our old pal Ryan Lambert takes a stab at projecting how much more the Canucks are going to keep overpaying for their newest addition: Brandon Sutter.

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Canucks Year in Review: Nick Bonino

J.D. Burke
July 29 2015 11:00AM

The hockey season may be over and done with, but the wound that is this last season as a Vancouver Canucks fan is still relatively fresh. There's plenty of meat left on these bones and with the draft and the opening of free agency now in the rear view mirror, it's time we got cookin'. 

The process starts with a series of player-by-player reviews for the season that was. Today's will be centered on the main return in the Ryan Kesler trade - and the main piece let go in the Brandon Sutter deal - Nick Bonino.

Let's break it all down on the other side of the jump.

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First Look: Canucks Pay Too Much for Brandon Sutter

Rhys Jessop
July 28 2015 07:36PM

Yesterday, the Toronto Blue Jays added a big, recognizable name to their roster in Troy Tulowitzki. They gave up a significant piece and some prospects and also took on a huge financial commitment to fill a need that didn't really exist on their roster, but they still got much better, even though the path they took was somewhat unconventional.

When the Canucks stepped to the plate today to take a swing at a trade of their own, they didn't perform nearly as well. As I'm sure you all know by now, Jim Benning dealt Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening, and Anaheim's 2nd round pick in 2016 (acquired in the Kevin Bieksa deal) to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for 26-year old centre Brandon Sutter and a conditional 3rd round draft pick in 2016.

To say this deal is a head-scratcher is definitely being generous to the Canucks, but it's a head-scratcher for sure. Nick Bonino was far from a foundational piece for the Canucks and he had many, many warts as a hockey player, but it's not clear that Sutter offers a significant upgrade in terms of actual on-ice impact. Add in the fact that Benning also dealt away arguably Vancouver's best defensive prospect as well as traded down in the upcoming entry draft, and you get the makings of a deal that could look like an absolute fleecing a handful of years down the road.

For a closer look at the newest Canuck, join us after the jump.

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Canucks ink Sven Baertschi to 1-year, $900k contract

Thomas Drance
July 28 2015 04:00PM

Photo Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks have locked up their final restricted free agent player, Swiss-born winger Sven Baertschi, with a one-year, one-way deal the club announced on Tuesday.

Baertschi didn't accept his qualifying offer by the July 15 deadline, and was reportedly told to wait on the club clearing salary cap space. With the consummation of the Brandon Sutter trade earlier on Tuesday afternoon, it would appear that young Bae's wait is over. 

The total value of the deal is $900,000 according to Elliotte Friedman (by way of the great Taj1944). That's about what you'd expect, and continues the Jim Benning era trend of locking up pre-arbitration restricted players to cheap one-year deals in July.

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