Should the Canucks bring back pending UFA Mike Santorelli?

Thomas Drance
June 02 2015 03:04PM

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Former Vancouver Canucks forward Mike Santorelli - a pending unrestricted free agent - would have some interest in returning to his hometown this summer, his agent JP Barry told News 1130 Sports on Tuesday.

"I'm sure he would," Barry responded when asked if Santorelli would re-sign with the Canucks. "He loved playing for his hometown team."

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Canucks, Yannick Weber have held preliminary contract talks, says agent

Thomas Drance
June 02 2015 01:12PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have opened up contract talks with Yannick Weber, a pending restricted free agent and the club's most prolific goal scoring defender from the 2014-15 season, according to his agent JP Barry.

Barry told News 1130 Sports on Tuesday that talks have been preliminary in nature, and will continue in earnest following the conclusion of the NHL scouting combine and the Canucks' professional meetings. 

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5 Utica Comets who have improved their stock during the Calder Cup playoffs

Thomas Drance
June 02 2015 10:55AM

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With a massive 3-2 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday evening the Vancouver Canucks' AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, are one win away from the Calder Cup final.

Though the team has largely been powered by a variety of career AHLers including Bobby Sanguinetti and Cal O'Reilly, there are a variety of Canucks prospects who have played very well and have made a strong case for inclusion on Vancouver's 2015-16 roster.

Here are the five Canucks prospects who have strengthened their case the most over the past six weeks. 

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Canadian Dollar Volatility and the Salary Cap

money puck
June 01 2015 02:27PM

Last November, as the Canadian dollar was starting to fall, I attempted to estimate the impact a sliding Canadian dollar would have on the 2015 Salary Cap

In the absence of the league's confidential information, estimating league revenues and, more importantly, their exposure to foreign exchange risk, is an almost impossible exercise. Basically, you have to layer one assumption on top of another. Nevertheless, in my work I estimated that a $67-69M cap was not out of the question depending on what happened with the Canadian dollar. 

It was only a few weeks later that Gary Bettman announced at the December Board of Governers meeting that he expected the Salary Cap would be around $73M for the 2015 season. This news must have come as a relief to many General Managers. "No need to cut down on egregious contracts, we have plenty of room. Crisis averted."

Only, apparently there was a bit more foreign exchange exposure than Bettman realized back in December.

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Cole Cassels and the Oshawa Generals Win 2015 Memorial Cup

Rhys Jessop
May 31 2015 09:03PM

After a monster regular season and an even better playoff run, Canucks prospect Cole Cassels is now a Memorial Cup champion after his Oshawa Generals beat the WHL champion Kelowna Rockets 2-1 in an overtime thriller. The Generals leaned heavily all tournament long, and although he didn't score in the final, he was tasked with playing heavy minutes and shutting down Edmonton Oilers prospect and tournament MVP Leon Draisaitl in the final game of the CHL's season.

Cassels was one of the OHL's best players for Oshawa's entire playoff run, scoring 10 goals and 21 assists in 21 games to help the Generals punch their ticket to the Memorial Cup, and added one goal and 3 assists in 3 Memorial Cup games.

Congratulations to Cole and the rest of the Generals on a fantastic season!

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