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Selling Nope: The Unfortunate Optics Of The Jim Benning Regime

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…

Are the Vancouver Canucks Out of the Running for Milan Lucic?

Embed from Getty Images 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…

Report: Canucks enlist mayor Gregor Robinson in recruitment pitch to Milan Lucic

Embed from Getty Images The Blue Water Cafe is the new Italian Kitchen and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robinson is the Vancouver Canucks’ newest Mariano Rivera-style closer, according to a variety of reports surfacing from the often ahead of the game News 1130 Sports Twitter account. News 1130 Sports reported on Tuesday morning that the Canucks met with…

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On the Vancouver Canucks Reported Interest in Thomas Vanek

Embed from Getty Images Though free agents can’t sign with a new club until July 1st, the week-long period that precludes that allows for preliminary discussions to begin between teams and players on the verge of hitting the open market. At least that’s what this window is supposed to allow for. Realistically, it’s tampering season. So…

Vancouver Canucks Re-Sign Emerson Etem

Embed from Getty Images Emerson Etem and the Vancouver Canucks have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension, valued at $775,000. It’s a curious move for Etem, who was due a qualifying offer of $892,500 for next season — a five percent increase on his previous salary of $850,000. .@tweetem_up has signed a one-year…

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Pat Quinn inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Photo Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports Pat Quinn has been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, along with Eric Lindros, Sergei Makarov and Rogie Vachon, the Hall of Fame announced on Monday. Quinn, who is in the Ring of Honour at Rogers Arena and has a street named after him outside the rink, served…

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Canucks Army Monday Mailbag: June 27th

The Vancouver Canucks added another six players to their organization by way of the draft on Friday, so yeah, that’s neat. Of course, it’s not the flashiest lot of players. Even their highest selection, Olli Juolevi, is renowned for his calm, cool and collected nature. He’s unspectacular, but in the best way possible. With a…

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Canucks Planning to Buy Out Higgins, Keep Burrows Per Report

Embed from Getty Images It is reported that the Vancouver Canucks have finally made their decision on whether or not to buy out Chris Higgins and Alex Burrows. Per Matt Sekeres of TSN 1040 radio, the Canucks will be buying out Higgins and retaining Alex Burrows for the upcoming season. My understanding is #Canucks are bringing Alex…

Shane Malloy: ‘Canucks had a solid draft’

Embed from Getty Images The Vancouver Canucks came to Buffalo, New York for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and left with six prospects they’re hoping will develop into impactful NHL players. The reception of those picks hasn’t exactly been hugely positive, as some are suggesting, fairly, that the Canucks draft was, in a word, underwhelming….