Canucks trade Kassian, 5th-round pick to Montreal for Brandon Prust

Thomas Drance
July 01 2015 12:09PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have traded Zack Kassian to the Montreal Canadiens, according to CSNNE's Joe Haggerty and confirmed by TSN's Bob McKenzie. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman is reporting that Brandon Prust will be coming back the other way in the deal, while the Canucks will send a 2016 fifth-round pick to Montreal in order to balance the deal (which seems odd...).

Based on an unrelenting torrent of reports over the past few months, a Kassian deal has, apparently, been in the works for months and months. Though Kassian's underlying performance has improved in recent seasons and he's been known to pot goals at a high rate (largely thanks to a high shooting percentage), his defensive game remained suspect and he's been injured plagued in recent seasons. 

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Canucks land 3rd-string goaltender Richard Bachman with 2-year contract

Thomas Drance
July 01 2015 12:03PM

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The Vancouver Canucks will count on Richard Bachman to replace Jacob Markstrom as the team's third-string goaltender next season.

The club announced on Wednesday that they've locked up the undersized, veteran goaltender with a two-year deal. The financial terms of the deal not disclosed.

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Brad Richardson signs in Arizona

Rhys Jessop
July 01 2015 11:06AM

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, soon-to-be former Canucks centre Brad Richardson is close to inking a 3-year, $2.08 M/yr deal with the Arizona Coyotes. The deal is now official.

The Canucks had hoped to get Richardson re-signed to reprise his bottom-6 C and top penalty killer role, but now they'll have a hole to fill in the bottom of the lineup. Let's take a look after the jump.

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Canucks sign Matt Bartkowski to 1-year, $1.75 million contract

Thomas Drance
July 01 2015 11:00AM

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The Vancouver Canucks have continued to bolster their defense corps, signing former Boston Bruins defender Matt Bartkowski to a one-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday morning. The deal is reportedly worth $1.75 million.

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Report: Canucks will re-sign Yannick Weber for 1-year, $1.5 million

Thomas Drance
July 01 2015 10:12AM

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The Vancouver Canucks have reached an agreement with defenseman Yannick Weber, according to a report from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. The deal will pay Weber, who was headed towards unrestricted free agency following Vancouver's decision not to qualify the 26-year-old in order to duck a tough arbitration hearing earlier this week, $1.5 million on a one-year deal.

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