May 14 2015 05:06PM
With just a couple of weeks left until the June 1st deadline for signing 2013 drafted prospects, the Canucks finally agreed to terms with high-scoring defensive prospect Jordan Subban, ending much hand-wringing in Canucks nation. Subban is one of Vancouver's better prospects and even though he hasn't shown explosive development in terms of his counting stats, he has steadily grown into a better and better NHL prospect during his time in the OHL.
We're fans of Subban, and while we're under no illusion that he'll come close to being a Norris trophy contender let alone a cornerstone piece of the Canucks, we think he's capable of carving out a prosperous NHL career for himself and becoming one of Vancouver's most successful 4th round picks in recent history.
Read past the jump as we have a look at Subban's junior career and try and forecast what the future holds.
May 14 2015 02:18PM
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The Vancouver Canucks and Jordan Subban have ended weeks of breathless speculation by agreeing to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Subban, 20, is undersized but he's a workout freak (his entire Twitter timeline is basically clips of him lifting outrageous amounts) and he's been one of the OHL's most dynamic offensive defensemen over the past few years. When you consider the low level of talent that Subban has generally been surrounded with on the rebuilding/folding Belleville Bulls, his level of offensive output is actually extraordinarily impressive.
May 14 2015 10:00AM
A team led by Henrik and coached by Alain Vigneault has advanced to the third round! Tanner Glass is present! Squint and the red of the New York Rangers jerseys may just start looking green and the 2015 on your calendar may look close enough to a 2011! Except that it is indeed 2015 and everything is bleak.
May 13 2015 11:52AM
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Does Eddie Lack fit into the Vancouver Canucks' long-term plans?
The Canucks and their old friend Kurt Overhardt, the polarizing player agent who represents Lack, have discussed the possibility of a contract extension. If the numbers don't make sense though, or if the club decides to go in another direction, they're open to dealing the 27-year-old netminder at the NHL Entry Draft.
May 13 2015 10:00AM
In the first part of this series, I contemplated how the Canucks could achieve their "rebuild on the fly" goal of winning now while incrementally moving towards becoming a contender again. I argued that the Canucks should look to move Chris Higgins, the rights to Shawn Matthias, and 2016 UFA's Radim Vrbata, Kevin Bieksa, and Dan Hamhuis in exchange for draft picks (2 x late 1sts, 2 x 2nds, a 5th and a prospect) and $16.6M in cap space.
In the second part of the series, I took a look at free agents who could help fill the gaps left by the theoretical trades of Hamhuis and Bieksa. Specifically, any number of Barret Jackman, Zbynek Michalek, Cody Franson, and David Schlemko.
In this section, I'll address the holes left up front.