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.
May 12 2015 03:43PM
As reported this afternoon, the Vancouver Canucks have agreed to an entry level contract with their 2014 7th round pick, Mackenze Stewart. At the time he was drafted, we were baffled by the Stewart pick as he was completely off the draft radar as a re-entry player, and showed absolutely no statistical indication he'd ever be ready for NHL duty. Well one year later, has enough changed that Stewart appears to be a good bet to hold down an NHL job in some capacity? Has he taken significant strides to build himself into a legitimate prospect for the Canucks?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. This is an absolutely baffling move that makes little to no sense, not only from a statistical standpoint, but from a scouting perspective as well. Read past the jump to find out why signing Stewart was such an odd move for the Canucks, and a head-scratcher for the scouting community.