July 06 2016 09:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks made it through the draft and free agency, adding a first line winger and a potential first pairing defender. That's a hell of a two-week stretch, if you ask me.
They've still got money, though, and with money comes options. Canucks General Manager Jim Benning has about $4.1-million of room to spend on those options, should he choose to take Vancouver to the upper limits of the cap. And more than a few choice free agents, or trade targets, to spend them on. And we're not even at arbitration season yet. Who knows how many pieces will shake free from that process.
With that in mind, what moves would you like the Canucks to make this off-season? You've got $4.1-million to spend and players to trade however you choose. Try to make it realistic, though.
July 05 2016 01:10PM
Linden Vey has signed a one year two-way contract with the Calgary Flames:
Can confirm that the #Flames have signed Linden Vey. One year, two way deal.— Dean Molberg (@fan960boomer) July 5, 2016
Vey became an un-restricted free agent after the Canucks did not tender a qualifying offer prior to the deadline to do so.
July 05 2016 10:46AM
With July 1st in the rear view mirror, hockey news is few and far between, but that doesn't appear to be stopping Canucks management from getting some work done. According to News 1130, they are speaking with 26 year old goaltender Jacob Markstrom on a contract extension
Hearing the #Canucks and goalie Jacob Markstrom are close to a contract extension.— NEWS 1130 Sports (@NEWS1130Sports) July 5, 2016
Markstrom will be a un-restriced free agent at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, so it isn't surprising that they are trying to lock him up now.
July 04 2016 01:00PM
First of all, Happy Independence Day to all our American readers. Here's a fun fact: I used to live in the United States. Spent three years living in Concord, California, which is a suburb of San Francisco. Went to many a San Jose Sharks game and was even pied on the jumbotron. Anyways, go America... for today.
Getting back to the Vancouver Canucks, though, there are quite a few new faces in town. Chief among them is Loui Eriksson, formerly of the Boston Bruins. The Canucks are better today than they were before free agency. Just a question now of how much better.
Speaking of questions, you were kind enough to ask a few, so I'll return the favour in spades by answering them!
July 04 2016 12:00PM
Lastly, we turn our attention to the crease.
We've covered the invitees for the forward ranks and back-end, but the Canucks have invited a couple of goaltenders that they are likely looking to take a longer look at.
The Canucks have some serious depth in the crease, but there is no harm in seeing what else is out there - as the goalies that have been invited would be years behind in their development curve relative to Thatcher Demko and Michael Garteig.
So if there was an intriguing net-minder, they could keep tabs on him for the coming years and then move forward from there.