July 15 2016 04:53PM
It was reported last week by our own JD Burke, that the Canucks had signed development camp invitee Michael Carcone to an three year entry level contract. That became official today, as the Canucks announced that they had agreed to terms with the 20 year old undrafted forward:
Carcone had been invited to the Florida Panthers development camp this past week, but was removed from the invite list on Sunday.
July 15 2016 03:43PM
We are getting into the middle of Summer now, and hockey topics have surely taken a step back. The big ticket free agents are off the table, and most of the hockey stories are revolving around rookies (mostly Auston Matthews.)
That being said, there are still some free agents on the market, and perhaps the Canucks could find a diamond in the rough among the bunch. Perhaps they could fill out their bottom half a bit more with some smaller, one-year contracts. I polled our writers to see what they would do.
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July 15 2016 05:00AM
Leaf fans losing confidence in Lou, "Mandela incident" was beginning of the end for Jonathan Bernier, how do things look for Flames headed into camp, a look at Adam Larsson in Edmonton, the NHL isn't fun, finding elite talent late in the draft, how likely are goalies to "make it" and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
July 13 2016 03:09PM
The Canucks announced today that they had extended depth goaltender Richard Bachman for another season. Bachman was already signed for the 2016-17 campaign, so this extension doesn't kick in until the 2017-18 season. As of July 1st, teams are allowed to extend pending unrestricted free agents, which Bachman is, but extending contracts this far ahead of their expiration is usually reserved for star players, which Bachman is not.
So are the Canucks losing their marbles? Actually, extending Bachman at this point is a perfectly reasonable move, because it solves a problem that the Canucks would have run into with the expansion draft next June.
July 13 2016 01:42PM
The Canucks roster ain't perfect, but they're going to have to learn to make do with what they've got. Another way to look at is they've a multitude of options and flexibility therein. The hope is that they can catch lightning in a bottle with just the right combination and get the secondary scoring they desperately need as a result.
It's a topic we've been discussing at length of late on this platform. Satiar Shah started the trend by looking for the right mix in the Canucks middle-six. This morning Jackson took that a step further, by examining the Canucks options and whether they're up to the task. Now it's your turn.
So, if you were tasked with drawing the Canucks lineup on the white board, how would your second line look? Now, just to make this interesting, you can sign someone in free agency or execute a (realistic) trade to suit your needs. But remember, this is just your second-line. Let's save the other three for another day.