July 01 2016 09:09AM
The next six months are make or break for the Vancouver Canucks.
I know I've criticized
one or two pretty much all of Jim Benning's moves over the last year or so, but that has largely been because almost every one has been slowly whittling away their assets. Death by a thousand cuts, some might say.
But other than the Sutter contract, none of those moves can really be characterized as anchors that this franchise will have to drag around for years after Benning is finally, mercifully, sent to the farm...er, to the farm team. To do scouting and stuff. Yeah, I definitely didn't mean to imply anything else there.
Anyway, my point is this: Jim Benning has done much to be concerned about, but at least he hasn't caused any long term damage, or saddled the next GM, and there will be a next GM, with an inescapable contractual mess. At least not yet.
But the next six months could see that change. Winter is coming, and Jim Benning has money to spend.
July 01 2016 08:35AM
You may have heard today is the beginning of the Free Agency Frenzy, and there's a lot of teams across the league looking to improve themselves by spending a lot of money on players that they will regret signing 5 minutes after doing so. With that in mind, we went with a free agency themed topic this week. I didn't want to do the basic "Who should the Canucks pursue?" question, because as you may have noticed our fantastic team of writers has tackled each and every option for the past few weeks.
The question instead focused on the teams in dire need of a new start. More after the jump!
July 01 2016 08:03AM
Kicking things off bright and early, TSN's Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger tweeted out their early expectations for free agency. Both Dreger and McKenzie have pegged the Canucks as favourites to land forward Loui Eriksson today:
No locks, but early expectations: Lucic goes to Oilers. Nielsen goes to Red Wings. Ladd goes to Isles and Eriksson goes to Canucks. #hunch— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2016
Like @DarrenDreger said, mix'n'match SPECULATION looks like this: Eriksson (VAN), Ladd (NYI), Nielsen (DET), Lucic (EDM), Brouwer (CGY). — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2016
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July 01 2016 06:26AM
Stamkos says no to Leafs, Taylor Hall traded, Canucks get fined, Lucic isn't going home, Holland deserves praise for dumping Datsyuk contract, Flames almost pull off big trade, everything you need to know about free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
June 30 2016 05:52PM
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The Vancouver Canucks are out on Milan Lucic, according to a report from TSN 1040's Matt Sekeres:
It would seem the club will need to find other ways to fill their MOAR GIANTS! quota...
With Lucic reportedly out of the equation expect the Canucks to turn to one of their secondary targets. Sekeres reports that Loui Eriksson, Andrew Ladd, Troy Brouwer and Darren Helm have now moved to the top of Vancouver's list and that matches what I'm hearing. I'd also strongly suggest that of those four names, Eriksson is far and away the top priority.