June 30 2016 07:40AM
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The Vancouver Canucks have told long-tenured defenseman Dan Hamhuis to expect to hit free agency and teams are showing interest in him. The veteran blue liner told Elliotte Friedman in the latest 30 Thoughts column that he'd like to go to a contending team and has spoken to three clubs, while a smattering of others have indicated their interest.
“I believe I have many good years of hockey left," Hamhuis told Friedman. "I played in the Olympics two years ago. Last year, there were two major injuries and in the last 10 weeks I played my best hockey in a long time. I’ve got lots of ‘top-4 D’ hockey left in me, and my goal in summer training is to be the best defenceman on my new team. I will find a team that values what I do.”
June 29 2016 01:00PM
The draft has come and passed and wouldn't you know it, the Vancouver Canucks took home six new prospects. At the top of the order, Olli Juolevi, taken fifth overall.
There's the answer to a question that's been on the minds of Canucks fans since April 29th. Of course, it just as easily could have gone any number of different ways. The thing about that pick was that it was definitely open to scout's interpretation. That is, you could justify any number of players with the fifth overall selection.
So, I'm asking you, knowing full well how the first four selections shook out -- Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Jesse Puljujarvi -- how you would've handled the fifth overall selection. Get creative. You can trade down, or even trade the pick. Or you can use it on any other player you prefer.
June 29 2016 12:47PM
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The Vancouver Canucks will reportedly allow Ronalds Kenins to test unrestricted free agency, the News 1130 Sports twitter feed revealed on Wednesday.
Kenins, 25, will be a Group VI unrestricted free agent, having failed to play sufficient games at the NHL level to merit a qualifying offer. The club decided against bringing him back and its been reported that he didn't have much interest in returning anyway.
June 29 2016 11:00AM
It's an oft-repeated adage in the NHL that to succeed from a business standpoint, you must either sell wins or hope. If that's the case, then this was a tough season for Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning.
The embattled Canucks architect threw gasoline on his critics fire, doing little to shake the notion that he's a scout in way over his head. A notion berthed last season as the Canucks defiantly made moves to continue business as usual, avoiding a long-term rebuild and the growing pains therein.
June 29 2016 09:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks need goal scoring, want size and have to address dwindling fan interest. So it makes sense that they'd have some level of interest in adding a player like Milan Lucic.
Since joining the league in 2007-08, Lucic has averaged 50 points and 108 penalties in minutes per 82 games. To put that in context, only 17 other players in the entire NHL have matched that level of production and pugnacity in a single season over that span. He is, in a sense, the prototypical power forward. And he just happens to hail from East Vancouver.
It's an enticing package that checks off every box this franchise could look for in a free agent. And Canucks General Manager Jim Benning is sold. He's expressed as much to the public and apparently wine and dined Lucic to send the message directly, too. If yesterday's reports are any indication though, Benning isn't alone in this regard. Not even in this division. It appears as though the Edmonton Oilers are putting the full court press on Lucic and making serious headway.