June 29 2015 11:48AM
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Monday, July 29 is the deadline for NHL teams to submit qualifying offers to their restricted players.
A qualifying offer is the equivalent of a one-year deal tendered to a potential restricted free agent. It's not very often that a pending restricted player accepts their qualifying offer, though it happens, but teams have to submit the offers by the end of the business day on Monday if they hope to maintain their right of first refusal and the protection of draft pick compensation for any potential restricted player. The value of a qualifying offer is subject to arbitration if a player is eligible to file for it.
So what we can expect from the Canucks in terms of tendering qualifying offers to their potential restricted players on Monday? A brief rundown after the jump.
June 29 2015 10:00AM
The summer has quietly arrived. The weather is nice, people are looking for things to do, and unfortunately, watching hockey isn't one of their options. We've got lots of offseason stuff to talk about, but no games to watch. Of course, that's a first world problem; there are much more unfortunate things out there - such as the thousands of Canadian families who aren't able to afford to eat, especially in the months after holiday donations dry up.
Enter Five Hole For Food; an organization that aims to solve the latter via a solution for the former.
June 29 2015 06:00AM
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The free-agent pool for 2015 lacks a complete defenseman but does offer a substantial offensive player in Mike Green. The Washington Capitals blue liner has majestic career stats that tower over most of the free agents available and he is one of the 10 best offensive producers from the 2004 entry draft. He turns 30 in October, is close to 600 NHL games in his career, and posted 45 points in 2014-15 for the Caps. What is Mike Green's actual value, and how far is that number from what he'll get? The mind boggles.
June 28 2015 12:30PM
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Kevin Bieksa is still a member of the Vancouver Canucks following a stalled trade with the San Jose Sharks during draft weekend, but it seems unlikely that he'll begin the season with the club based on both the painful way this situation has played out and the high-level of interest in acquiring Bieksa around the league.
On Sunday, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman shed some light on how the Bieksa situation unfolded - or, more accurately, didn't - and also reported that there are as many as 10 teams with interest in completing a complicated transaction for the veteran defender.
June 28 2015 11:00AM
The hockey season may be over and done with, but the wound that is this last season as a Vancouver Canucks fan is still relatively fresh. There's plenty of meat left on these bones and with the draft now behind us and just a few days until free agency, it's time we got cookin'.
The process starts with a series of player-by-player reviews for the season that was. Today's will be centered on the Canucks best beard, Chris Higgins.
Let's break it all down on the other side of the jump.