July 17 2015 12:24PM
If you are paying attention to the news around the hockey world this summer, you know that 2015 NHL draft picks (primarily first rounders) are being signed in droves over the past few weeks. One player that hasn't signed is
Vancouver Canucks prospect Brock Boeser, a forward drafted in the first-round out of the USHL who is committed to the University of North Dakota.
athletes take a slightly-different development path in sports, since the NCAA has
strict rules on who is and is not an amateur athlete while leagues do their best
to continue to allow their prospects maintain the eligible status.
With that it leaves us to wonder when will the Canucks will sign Brock Boeser to an entry-level contract?
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July 17 2015 07:00AM
Kesler's new contract and the Dave Nonis effect, Leafs salary cap situation, Flames new guys provide more options, what the numbers predict for Vancouver next season, Oilers interested in Seabrook, have no one to blame but themselves for Justin Schultz and more in this week's Roundup.
July 16 2015 02:39PM
After a few weeks of madness, it's been a relatively chill week for the Canucks. HIghlights include discussion of Jake Virtanen's thighs and a farewell to hockey's prettiest blue eyes.
July 16 2015 12:39PM
In hockey there are
many forms of waivers - unconditional waivers, fans who participate in the wave at games and so on - but the key waivers are used when a team sends a more veteran player
down to the minor leagues. These waivers prevent teams from hoarding talent and gives more veteran players that aren't being used by their current team an opportunity to carve out an everyday job elsewhere in the league.
Normally prospects, for their first few years, are exempted from waivers, but as the player becomes older, usually right before they are ready for full time NHL jobs, they are required to pass through waivers should they be deemed unable to hold a position in the NHL (yet).
There are a few Canucks prospects who have been discussed in terms of their ability to earn an NHL job this year. Let’s dive deeper into their status to figure out their waiver-status.
July 15 2015 12:43PM
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After forcing his way out of Vancouver, former Vancouver Canucks centreman Ryan Kesler was dynamic in leading his new team, the Anaheim Ducks, to the Western Conference Final this past spring. And now he's been rewarded for his stellar work with a massive 6-year, $41.25 million contract extension with no-trade protection.
That's an awful lot of money for a 30-year-old centre, and Kesler will be 31 by the time his extension kicks in, who has gone under the knife with a good deal of frequency over the past five years. On the other hand, it's probably market value for a defensive ace and special teams stud with a well-earned reputation for elevating his game in the postseason...