June 30 2016 01:00PM
Free agency is nearly upon us, and the Vancouver Canucks are expected to be big players, especially when it comes to the household names.
The fact that this front office currently find themselves in the precarious position of attempting to both compete for the playoffs this season, and build a foundation for the future adds an interesting element to their plans for free agency this July 1st. While a Lucic or an Eriksson or an Okposo will certainly go a long way towards helping them achieve the former, one of those players is a lot less likely to stick around long enough to contribute significantly to the latter.
June 30 2016 12:34PM
With free agency being just under a day away, there are some minor details about who the Canucks have interest in outside of the big name players.
Per News 1130, the Canucks have expressed interest in forward Sam Gagner:
Sam Gagner's agent Jeff Jackson says number of teams have called about his client, #Canucks just expressing interest.— NEWS 1130 Sports (@NEWS1130Sports) June 30, 2016
June 30 2016 11:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks enter free agency with close to $11-million in salary cap space to burn and Jim Benning is ready to break the bank for the right top six winger. As eager as Benning may be, though, there are no guarantees in free agency and playoff push or not there's always the distinct possibility that they strike out on their primary targets, a list which includes Milan Lucic, Loui Eriksson, Andrew Ladd, Troy Brouwer and Mikkel Boedker.
While it may seem counterintuitive to suggest as much, but missing out on these players could work out in the Canucks favour because of the alternative avenues of roster development it would force them to unearth from the bargain bin. As frenzied as free agency promises to be when the festivities kick off Friday, a suddenly slow growing salary cap, Las Vegas expansion team and a limited number of teams with significant cap space could conspire against a number of free agents looking to cash in on new contracts.
June 30 2016 10:47AM
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The dragon slayer will remain in Vancouver, at least for now.
On Thursday at 9 a.m. PST, the NHL posted waivers and Alex Burrows' name was reportedly not present on unconditional waiver wire. Players without no-movement clauses - and Burrows' deal only has a no-trade clause - have to pass through unconditional waivers before buyout proceedings can begin and this was the last opportunity to waive a player for buyout purposes before the close of the first buyout window.
All of this is a too-complicated way of communicating that we can infer from Burrows' absence on the waiver wire that he will very likely remain with the club.
June 30 2016 09:00AM
The Edmonton Oilers blockbuster trade of Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson signals how certain they are of their ability to land Milan Lucic in free agency. At the very least it bolsters the validity on a multitude of reports that already suggested as much.
You don't just trade one of the league's best two-way wingers, on a team friendly contract, without a contingency plan. And colour me unconvinced that Benoit Pouliot is that plan. The writings on the wall. Within a few days we'll be able to make it out in dollars and years.
That's a tough pill to swallow for the Vancouver Canucks, who've stomached more than their fair share of bad news of late. Lucic was Plan A. It didn't take a well-placed contact to figure out that much. It's back to the drawing board on Pat Quinn Way, and we're not even a day into free agency.