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July 08 2016 05:00AM
Leafs changing course with signings, where do the Canucks go from here, Ken Holland's unfinished business in Detroit, Brouwer expensive for the Flames, all Lucic in Edmonton, the AHL cracks down on fighting, why free agents continue to get overpaid and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
July 07 2016 01:08PM
There were reports earlier this week that the Canucks were working on an extension for goaltender Jacob Markstrom, and that has come to fruition as it was announced this afternoon that the Canucks and Markstrom have agreed to a three year contract extension:
July 07 2016 11:00AM
With the draft and free agency's first wave gaining distance in the Canucks' rearview mirror, there isn't an awful lot on the horizon that can have a significant impact on their roster composition going into next season. Barring anything drastic, the Canucks roster now is, more or less, the roster they'll take to training camp.
The dog days of summer, they are upon us. Which isn't to say that teams have taken their foot off the gas, so much as they're decelerating. Moves are fewer and further between than ever and often of less significance than those of weeks past.
It's supply and demand at it's finest. The former outweighs the latter and nobody's in a rush to shake the apple cart to pick up the pieces. The Canucks, for example, are in the midst of their development camp, familiarizing themselves with their prospects and vice versa. It's a question of priorities and making tertiary tweaks to their rosters aren't high on anyone's list.
July 07 2016 09:00AM
Summer is here!
Well, if you don't look out the window -- but it means the news is a little slower these days. Some news stories that happen throughout the week are not worth a full post, but when a few happen over the course of a day, it's worth noting.
Throughout the summer and into next season, I will continue the 'Odds and Ends' posts to grab those minor stories that aren't noteworthy, but are still worth being covered.
So with that, let's look at the smaller stores in Canucks-nation this past week!
July 06 2016 09:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks made it through the draft and free agency, adding a first line winger and a potential first pairing defender. That's a hell of a two-week stretch, if you ask me.
They've still got money, though, and with money comes options. Canucks General Manager Jim Benning has about $4.1-million of room to spend on those options, should he choose to take Vancouver to the upper limits of the cap. And more than a few choice free agents, or trade targets, to spend them on. And we're not even at arbitration season yet. Who knows how many pieces will shake free from that process.
With that in mind, what moves would you like the Canucks to make this off-season? You've got $4.1-million to spend and players to trade however you choose. Try to make it realistic, though.