Canucks Sign Marco Sturm

Jonathan Willis
July 01 2011 06:19PM

After taking care of the home front by re-signing Sami Salo and Chris Higgins, the Canucks went out and added a forward – two-way winger Marco Sturm.

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Higgins Back, Torres Gone

Jonathan Willis
July 01 2011 01:58PM

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Canucks general manager Mike Gillis, and along the way he has faced many important decisions. The decision to sign Bieksa and trade Ehrhoff was the one that stands out as key, but the unrestricted free agency of key depth players like Sami Salo, Chris Higgins and Raffi Torres was also an important consideration.

Decisions have now been made on all three; Gillis signed Sami Salo earlier today, and we now also know that Chris Higgins will be back while Raffi Torres will not.

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Instant Analysis: Sami Salo Returns!

Jonathan Willis
July 01 2011 10:03AM

Over the last couple of days, we’ve seen some crazy money handed out to defensemen slated for unrestricted free agency. Somehow, Christian Ehrhoff landed a deal for a decade, and James Wisniewski is going to make more than $5.0 million per season.

In that kind of climate, the Canucks undoubtedly got themselves a great deal when earlier today Sami Salo agreed to a one-year, $2.0 million contract.

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UFa Frenzy Live Chat

Kent Wilson
July 01 2011 09:53AM

The chat is scheduled to start at 12pm MST today, but I can convinced to start things sooner if anything major breaks. Come by and marvel at the insanity.

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Some Canucks free agent targets: Your UFA cheat-sheet

Cam Charron
June 30 2011 04:56PM

Heading into tomorrow's free agency period, the Canucks have limited needs to cover, but, at the very least, need for improvement in a couple of areas. As best we can tell, the Canucks three needs are:

Top-Six Winger

The absence of Mikael Samuelsson was noticed through the late rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it might be time to ditch the belief that Ryan Kesler can play effectively through 100 games a season without a winger on either side. Preferably, somebody who can shoot.

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