Dreger: Canucks have yet to approach Bieksa, who wants an extension, about waiving NTC

Thomas Drance
June 19 2015 01:00PM

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33-year-old Vancouver Canucks defender Kevin Bieksa is entering the final year of the front loaded, five-year contract that he signed following the club's run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011. The lifetime Canuck has full no-trade protection written into his deal which is inconvenient for the Canucks at the moment, but over the life of his contract (to this point at least) the hard-nosed veteran defender has provided the club with significant value above and beyond his $4.6 million cap hit. 

Though Bieksa's overall effectiveness, and his defensive game in particular, has declined somewhat, that's the price of doing business when you're locking up unrestricted players to deals you can life with. 

With the Canucks pressed up against the projected upper limit of the NHL salary cap, there's been some clamouring in the Vancouver market for the club to sell on Bieksa this summer. At the moment though, the team has yet to approach him about consenting to a potential deal, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #27 Filip Chlapik

Garret Hohl
June 19 2015 01:00PM

The last few drafts have not been very deep for the QMJHL, but the 2015 draft crop looks to make up for this. The Q is boasting a little bit of everything this year, from high-end scorers to two-way D, and everything in between.

Charlottetown Islander Filip Chlapik may not have been on as many draft radars as his teammate Daniel Sprong going in to this season, but with a strong debut on North American ice, he made a name for himself and garnered first-round consideration.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #28 Rasmus Andersson

money puck
June 19 2015 11:00AM

Rasmus Andersson has been a Canucks Army favorite for a while now, first popping up in an article penned by Josh Weissbock in one of our early pieces on prospect success, and then again on a piece I wrote about the high success rates of players like Anderson who had shown success in the top leagues in Sweden at a young age. At the time, Andersson was a consensus late 2nd to 3rd round pick, but he's rocketed up the rankings after a very strong finish to his first OHL campaign with the Barrie Colts. 

I'll break down one of the better offensive defensemen who should be available in the later half of the 1st round after the jump. 

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Benning's Year 1 Report Card - Part 3 - 2014 Draft Revisited

money puck
June 19 2015 11:00AM

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In the first two parts of this series, I reviewed the trades and free agent signings made by Jim Benning in his first year running the Canucks front office. I first wrote about the 2014 draft last summer, but let's see how views have changed now that the prospects have another year of development under their belts.

Click past the jump for the third of a three part series grading Jim Benning's first season as Vancouver's general manager. 

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Utica Comets Deep Dive: Calder Cup, Round 3 - Grand Rapid Griffins

Josh W
June 19 2015 09:00AM

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Heading into the third round of the Calder Cup the Comets were looking to face their toughest opponents yet: The Grand Rapids Griffins (affiliates of the Detroit Red Wings).  In this series preview we had noted that while the Comets had the advantage in possession numbers, the Griffins had top end forwards that were due to regress, better special teams and the higher string of PDO so far. 

Similar to the last two rounds this match up basically went as predicted.  The Comets were the better team at even-strength but the Griffins were able to keep up with the Jonses thanks to their special teams.  Jacob Markstrom continued to stand strong as he ensured the Comets were able to win in a record of only 6 games.

Read past the jump to see what went down.

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