July 01 2015 09:27AM
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The Vancouver Canucks are still working to keep defenseman and power-play specialist Yannick Weber, even though they opted against qualifying the club's leading goal scorer from the back-end earlier this week.
With the market set to open shortly on Wednesday, Vancouver was still engaged with Weber's agent J.P Barry and discussing a new contract, according to a report from News 1130 Sports. News 1130 Sports is also reporting that the Canucks, as it currently stands, aren't in on Cody Franson.
July 01 2015 07:30AM
Will the Canucks nab a name UFA like Radim Vrbata or Ryan Miller on July 1?
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It's July 1, which means the 2014-15 NHL league year is officially over. Long live the 2015-16 NHL league year!
The official start to the league Calendar will kick off on Wednesday in the same way that every single other campaign has in my life time: with an orgy of misguided spending on players whose best days are behind them. It looked, momentarily, as if the Canucks would be excluded from this annual spree of excess, but Jim Benning, Trevor Linden and company could actually be involved in a serious way now that Kevin Bieksa and his $4.6 million cap hit has been dealt away.
What can we expect from the Canucks today? Read on past the jump.
July 01 2015 12:05AM
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Kevin Bieksa isn't as serviceable as he once was, but he will be missed by many Canucks fans.
Bieksa competed hard every night, brought entertainment, and played some awesome hockey, which meant a lot to Canucks fans throughout the last decade. Really, the only thing that Bieksa didn't give to Canucks fans was a legitimate explanation for the Juice nickname.
With apologies for omitting the truly memorable Sbieksa defense pairing, here are my top-10 most favourite Bieksa moments from his Canucks career.
June 30 2015 06:09PM
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The Vancouver Canucks were unlikely to be players in free agency. That was prior to Tuesday evening's trade of Kevin Bieksa and his $4.6 million cap hit to the Anaheim Ducks, though.
In the wake of the Bieksa trade the Canucks have nearly $8.3 million in salary cap space to play with according to NHLNumbers.com, and with only four pre-arbitration restricted free agents left to sign, can realistically be players, even if it's only in some limited fashion, when the market opens at noon on July 1.
So what might the Canucks target on the open market? How about some additional blue-line speed.
June 30 2015 04:20PM
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On Tuesday evening the Vancouver Canucks dealt veteran defender Kevin Bieksa to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2016 second-round draft pick.