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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…

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Tyler Myers discusses joining the Canucks

One of the newest members of the Canucks met with the media this afternoon to discuss his decision to sign in Vancouver. The Canucks officially signed blueliner Tyler Myers to a five-year contract with an average annual value of $6.0M per season today. The towering 6’8″, 229 lbs defenseman had nine goals and 31 points…

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Canucks potential UFA targets: Defensemen

The Canucks are expected to improve their blueline this week through free agency beginning July 1st. The team didn’t extend qualifying offers to Ben Hutton and Derrick Pouliot and have been linked to top free agent defensemen Tyler Myers and Jake Gardiner. Sources from Buffalo at the NHL combine tell me they hear the #Canucks…

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Canucks potential UFA targets: Forwards

With free agency right around the corner, there are plenty of rumours surrounding the Canucks and who they could target July 1st. With the Canucks trading for J.T. Miller at the 2019 NHL Draft, there’s a chance they don’t even sign a forward in free agency this year. GM Jim Benning, however, has said that…

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Jim Benning discusses cap recapture, free agency and roster decisions

GM Jim Benning met with the media today to discuss cap recapture, free agency and roster decisions. "It's not the best situation for us but it's something we knew could happen." #Canucks GM Jim Benning discusses cap recapture, free agency and roster decisions. pic.twitter.com/ORXDz8l2qa — Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) June 27, 2019 Roberto Luongo Roberto Luongo…

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Canucks extend qualifying offers to eight players

The Canucks have extended qualifying offers to Brock Boeser, Reid Boucher, Nikolay Goldobin, Josh Leivo, Tyler Motte, Francis Perron, Brogan Rafferty and Josh Teves. This means Vancouver will retain their negotiating rights. #Canucks extend qualifying offers to eight players: Boeser, Boucher, Goldobin, Leivo, Motte, Perron, Rafferty & Teves. https://t.co/zS47CT0f9N — Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) June 25,…

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Key dates on the Canucks’ 2019-20 schedule

Is it October yet? The Canucks have announced their 50th anniversary 2019-20 season schedule. The team has planned a season-long celebration to honour five decades of Canucks hockey. The Canucks open the season on the road October 3rd vs. the Oilers. Their final game before the All-Star break is January 18th against the Sharks. The…