July 01 2016 05:14PM
By 2:30 PST just north of $420-million changed hands as the new league year started in earnest with free agency. The Vancouver Canucks, who exercised more than their fair share of prudence throughout the process, are responsible for a close to $37-million chunk of that pie.
The Canucks kicked off the proceedings by locking up prized free agent winger, Loui Eriksson, to a six-year contract valued at $36-million. With the impending threat of a labour dispute looming over every long-term deal, Eriksson's contract is supremely bonus-laden and virtually buyout proof as a result. As far as NHL talent goes, the Canucks were also able to secure the services of their trade deadline acquisition, Philip Larsen, signing him to a one-year deal valued at $1.025-million.
Just as the dust appeared to be settling on today's festivities, the Canucks submitted contracts for three depth players, all of which are likely bound for the Utica Comets. In case you couldn't keep up with it all, I've collected everything that went down on the first day of free agency on the other side of the jump.
July 01 2016 04:19PM
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Henrik Sedin is usually the set-up man, but it sounds like Daniel Sedin earned an assist in luring Loui Eriksson to Vancouver as a free agent. Eriksson picked Daniel’s brain on all things Canuck during a telephone conversation on Thursday before putting his signature on a six-year $36-million dollar contract when the National Hockey League signing window opened Friday morning.
July 01 2016 04:06PM
Not long after the Vancouver Canucks announced they'd signed Jayson Megna, they locked up Croatian-born winger, Borna Rendulic. The Canucks haven't released the terms of Rendulic's contract, but I wouldn't be surprised if it's not all that dissimilar to the ones they signed Megna and Michael Chaput to earlier in the proceedings.
July 01 2016 03:49PM
The Vancouver Canucks took another dip into free agency, signing unrestricted free agent forward Jayson Megna. Megna, 26, can play all three forward positions, but is a natural centre.
July 01 2016 01:47PM
The Vancouver Canucks have signed defencemen Philip Larsen to a one year, $1.025 million deal.
Philip Larsen signs with Canucks. 1 yr at $1.025 mil— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2016