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Ex-Canuck goalie Eddie Lack joins Arizona State as goalie coach

Ex-Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack is taking the next step in his career. The 31-year-old netminder announced on Twitter that he’s been playing through hip pain the last six years and his body isn’t allowing him to play professional hockey at this time. Lack announced that he’s taking a break from manning the crease and will…

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Travis Green discusses Loui Eriksson and Brock Boeser’s contract

Travis Green talked about some of the most pressing issues surrounding the Canucks in his first interview since the NHL Draft in June. The Canucks head coach opened up to Sportsnet’s Ian MacIntyre about the Loui Eriksson situation, RFA Brock Boeser’s contract status and Vancouver’s offseason additions among other topics. Boeser remains unsigned with training…

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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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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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Nils Hoglander aiming to make the Canucks by age 20

Nils Hoglander really impressed the Canucks at Development Camp. Vancouver’s 40th overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft was one of the standouts at the team’s development camp in June and is hoping to play for the team by the 2020-21 season, according to NHL.com. Hoglander reportedly said at the Draft he was even ready…

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Luke Schenn opens up about choosing Lightning over Canucks

Luke Schenn is getting his chance at a Stanley Cup. The feisty 29-year-old defenseman signed a one-year deal worth $700,000 with the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 1st after making an impact in Vancouver last season. Schenn was acquired from Anaheim by the Canucks in January in exchange for Michael Del Zotto. We have signed…

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Ryan Spooner signs in Switzerland

Ex-Canuck Ryan Spooner has signed a one-year contract with Switzerland’s HC Lugano. Alla Cornèr Arena arriva Ryan Spooner Comunicato: https://t.co/DfCp3YfoYw#WeareLVGA pic.twitter.com/ofUoJ99iRh — Hockey Club Lugano (@OfficialHCL) July 17, 2019 Vancouver was the third NHL team Spooner played for last season. The 27-year-old forward signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Rangers last offseason, but…

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How should the Canucks utilize Thatcher Demko in 2019-20?

After Jacob Markstrom posted a career-best 28-23-9 record with a .912 save percentage in 2018-19, it appears the Canucks finally have a reliable starting goaltender. But how should the team handle promising 23-year-old backup Thatcher Demko in 2019-20? Demko started eight games last season, posting a 4-3-0 record with a .913 save percentage and 2.81…

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31 Thoughts Podcast: Trade or AHL demotion likely for Loui Eriksson

With the Canucks signing free agent forward Michael Ferland to a four-year deal with an AAV of $3.5M and still needing to re-sign Brock Boeser, there’s been plenty of speculation regarding the team’s cap crunch. One player receiving lots of attention this offseason is 33-year-old veteran forward Loui Eriksson. Eriksson has underperformed since arriving in…

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Canucks make changes to amateur scouting staff

According to a report by Patrick Johnston of the Province, Chris MacDonald, Dan Palango and Paul Gallagher are no longer on the Canucks scouting staff. While MacDonald left the Canucks to pursue a higher-profile position with another NHL team, Jim Benning confirmed Palango and Gallagher were let go by the team. The GM wouldn’t elaborate…

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Should the Canucks target Nikita Gusev?

After trading for forward J.T. Miller at the Draft and signing blueliner Tyler Myers on the opening day of free agency, the Canucks roster for the 2019-20 season is starting to take shape. The team has been busy this week on the forward front, adding Justin Bailey and Tyler Graovac and re-signing Tyler Motte and…

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Canucks sign goalie Zane McIntyre to one-year deal

The Canucks have signed 26-year-old goaltender Zane McIntyre to a one-year, two-way contract. McIntyre will make $700,000 if he’s in the NHL. OFFICIAL: #Canucks sign goaltender Zane McIntyre to a two-way contract. https://t.co/MHLd7O6YkC — Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) July 1, 2019 McIntyre played for the Providence Bruins in the AHL last season where he posted a…