The Canucks are riding high, fresh off of back-to-back-to-back wins against Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Detroit and are now set to embark on a four-game road trip. Here are some off-day notes.
According to Elliotte Friedman, the Canucks are looking to Florida for an upgrade on the blueline. The team has reportedly kicked tires on right-handed defenceman Mark Pysyk, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this off-season.
Earlier this week, Elliotte Freidman noted that Jonathan Drouin might end up being the odd-man-out in what’s shaping up to be a logjam up front in Montreal. Soon after, Eric Engels added fuel to the fire, reporting that his name was out there on the trade market.
The Vancouver Canucks made seven cuts on Saturday, sending six players to the Utica Comets of the AHL and releasing Landon Ferraro from his professional tryout contract. Among the six players headed to Utica is 2016 fifth-overall overall pick, Olli Juolevi.
The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames linked up to make one of the strangest trades of the off-season as James Neal and Milan Lucic were swapped for both parties to get a change of scenery. Apparently, it could have been the Canucks and Oilers making a deal.
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.