A few months after being traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Linus Karlsson, former top prospect Jonathan Dahlén is heading back to Sweden.
Canucks head coach Travis Green joined Sportsnet 590 Friday morning to discuss a variety of topics heading into the 2019-20 season. Among the things discussed were his struggles with Loui Eriksson, the team’s captaincy, and Brock Boeser’s contract.
Despite already making an expensive splash on July 1, Jim Benning isn’t finished making additions to the team. Micheal Ferland, who has slipped between the cracks in this free agency period, is reportedly closing in on a deal with the Canucks.
Free agency day technically hasn’t started yet, but we’re already well into Free Agent Frenzy. A wealth of free agents, ranging from major names like Matt Duchene and Sergei Bobrovsky to smaller names like Richard Panik and Ryan Hartman, have already agreed on contracts during the NHL’s free agent interview period.
The New Jersey Devils stole the show at last weekend’s draft in Vancouver. After selecting Jack Hughes with the first overall pick on Friday Night, the Devils swung a deal on Saturday afternoon to acquire former Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban.
The deadline to tender qualifying offers to restricted free agents came and went with the Canucks opting to let defenceman Ben Hutton, among others, hit the open market.
Roberto Luongo announced his retirement from hockey yesterday, putting to bed a Hall of Fame worthy career that spanned 19 seasons and left him third all-time in wins among NHL goaltenders. Though he played his most games in Florida, the best of Luongo’s career came here in Vancouver.
It would have been nice if the Hughes brothers could have been a thing in Vancouver, but I think we’ve all accepted that it isn’t happening.
The Toronto Maple Leafs‘ quest to rid themselves of bad contracts has been well documented for months now, but with the NHL draft soon approaching, rumours around Patrick Marleau and Nikita Zaitsev are ramping up.
Jim Benning and Co. are rolling into the summer with a very favourable salary cap situation. While the team has some internal housekeeping to do, most importantly, a long-term deal for Brock Boeser, the front office has a lot of flexibility to improve the team.
Immediately after the Canucks selected Quinn Hughes with the sixth-overall pick in the 2018 draft, the fantasizing about the Hughes Boys being the new set of superstar brothers in Vancouver began. It would have been perfect. With Daniel and Henrik Sedin retiring last year, Quinn and Jack Hughes could have taken the throne.
When the Ottawa 67’s acquired Michael DiPietro prior to the OHL trade deadline, they believed they found the final piece of a Memorial Cup puzzle. The decision to go all-in on one of the NHL’s top goaltending prospects is paying off.