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July 22 2016 05:00AM
Leafs stop making Matthews wait, Toronto offer could have given Stamkos highest cap hit, Canucks reportedly have interest in Evander Kane, can ice time make the Brouwer contract worth it, all Chiarelli and Puljujarvi in Edmonton, analytics not as clear cut as people may think, the best and worst NHL jerseys, Tyson Barrie watch, Brad Richards retires and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
July 21 2016 09:00AM
We're now well into the so-called 'dog days' of summer, where the days are longer and the amount of hockey news is sparse. Free agent signings, meanwhile, have also essentially ground to a halt. As we discussed in our roundtable last week, the pickings are pretty slim - but that isn't to say the cupboard is completely bare. Sometimes, teams manage to come to terms with a player who makes a significant impact well after July 1st. While this has become increasingly rare, there are always bargain signings at this stage in the summer that pay dividends down the round. In Vancouver, the Canucks have had their fair share of hits (and misses) with late signings. With so little else going on in Canuckland these days, let's have a little fun and take a look back at some late - that is, after July 15 - signings in team history.
July 20 2016 11:00AM
Hey, some things happened. The Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers completed a trade. The Vancouver Canucks announced another pair of signings. That's all so very neat.
Now we're just waiting for that big trade to happen. You know, the one the Canucks are rumoured to be exploring the market for. Rumour has it, they want to land a second line winger in specific. Now, to do that, they're going to have to part with somebody. Maybe even a few somebodies and the odd draft pick. There's only so many roster spots, after all.
So, I'm asking you, which player(s) are you most willing to part with to land that marquee name in a trade. As always, try to be reasonable. You're not landing Gabriel Landeskog for Jannik Hansen.
July 20 2016 09:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks have, for all intents and purpose, withdrawn from free agency. That hasn't stopped them from exploring the market for marquee names that can bolster the club's short and long-term fortunes, though.
As the dust settles on the July 1st spending spree, the Canucks are rumoured to be exploring the trade block for the next piece to their puzzle. Vancouver wasn't connected using specific or determinate language to the Buffalo Sabres' Evander Kane, but his skill, size and availability (Sabres general manager Tim Murray is tiring of Kane) make the connection all too obvious. Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Canucks might be in the hunt for Kane.
July 19 2016 03:55PM
It was announced this afternoon that the Canucks have signed restricted free agent defenceman Andrey Pedan and forward Alexandre Grenier to one-year, two-way contracts: