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Toni Utunen scores twice in World Junior Showcase win over Canada

Canucks prospect Toni Utunen is off to a great start for Team Finland at the World Junior Summer Showcase in Plymouth, Michigan. Vancouver’s 130th overall selection in the 2018 NHL Draft scored twice and added an assist as Finland beat Canada 8-3 on Wednesday. The 19-year-old blueliner scored the overtime winner that eliminated Canucks’ goalie…

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WWYDW: Loui Eriksson

When the Canucks added J.T. Miller, Micheal Ferland, and Tyler Myers this season, the assumption from most fans was that the team would find a way to jettison the Eriksson contract this summer, likely in the aftermath of his signing bonus being paid for the year. Well, that moment has passed, and Loui Eriksson remains…

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Looking Back: Bo Horvat’s First Five Years in the NHL

The 9th overall pick in the 2013 draft will enter his 6th pro season as fans clamor for him to be given the captaincy. Time flies, doesn’t it? Being a top-ten pick comes with great expectations, and doubly so when you’re the return for the player many saw as the Goalie of the Future. Horvat…

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Utica Comets Add More Forward Depth, Signing LW Dylan Sadowy to One-Year AHL Deal

Comets Ink Dylan Sadowy The Utica Comets announced today that they have signed forward Dylan Sadowy to a one-year AHL deal. The Comets have signed forward Dylan Sadowy to an AHL contract. More: https://t.co/5yBiQOBKZY pic.twitter.com/HisApOBVh6 — Utica Comets (@UticaComets) July 30, 2019 The 6’1″, 205lbs native of Brampton Ontario is 23-years-old, shoots left and can…

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Navigating The Salary Cap – Part 2

In my first article I showed that the Canucks are in a mostly okay salary cap situation this season that is manageable as long as a veteran player remains on injured reserve (likely), is traded (less likely), or if Brock Boeser signs for less than expected (somewhat likely) then they can squeeze everyone in. This…

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Report: Chris Higgins to rejoin Canucks in player development role

Chris Higgins is back in Vancouver. According to a report from Sportsnet’s Irfaan Gaffar, the ex-Canuck appears set to rejoin the team in a player development role. Sounds like Chris Higgins is joining the #Canucks in a player development role. Similar to what Scott Walker was doing. — Irfaan Gaffar (@sportsnetirf) July 29, 2019 Higgins…

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The Jim Benning Five-Year Rewind: Free Agency Freshman Part 2

To recap, we’ve already spent time on The Jim Benning Five-Year Rewind rehashing—with the benefit of a half-decade’s hindsight—the first major moves of Benning’s tenure as GM of the Vancouver Canucks. In Issue #1 we tackled the Ryan Kesler deal, and after that we took on a trio of draft pick-related trades that included the…

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Navigating The Salary Cap – Part 1

Jim Benning has been criticized for his contract signings since 2015. That year, he re-upped Luca Sbisa and Derek Dorsett in the spring and then followed those up that summer by locking up recently acquired centre Brandon Sutter to a five-year deal with a $4.375 million cap hit.

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The Jim Benning Five-Year Rewind: Free Agency Freshman Part 1

Welcome to the third episode of The Jim Benning Five-Year Rewind, in which we take a good look at Jim Benning’s first year as GM of the Vancouver Canucks—with the benefit of a half-decade’s worth of hindsight, of course. In past episodes, we’ve looked at the Ryan Kesler deal as well as Benning’s three draft…