Canucks Rumors & News

  • Canucks sign G Michael Garteig to entry-level contract

    Sportsnet "The Vancouver Canucks have signed free agent goaltender Michael Garteig to a one-year, entry-level contract. The Prince George, B.C., native is coming off his senior season at Quinnipac University, where his Bobcats made it all the way to the national championship game, falling to the..." April 30

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22

    NHL.com "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Canucks sign Markus Granlund to 2-year contract extension

    The Hockey Writers "The Vancouver Canucks and general manager Jim Benning announced today that they’ve signed center Markus Granlund to a two-year contract extension. Granlund, 23, was acquired by the Canucks from the Calgary Flames in February of this year in exchange for forward Hunter Shinkaruk. The trade was..." April 26

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Report: Thatcher Demko agrees to entry-level contract with Canucks

    The Score "Thatcher Demko has agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks, TSN is reporting via Bob McKenzie. He's expected to officially sign later Wednesday afternoon. The second-round draft selection spent three seasons at Boston College. " April 20

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • Canucks sign defenceman Troy Stecher

    NHL.com "ancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Troy Stecher. Stecher, 22, recently completed his junior season with the University of North Dakota, leading the Fighting Hawks to their eighth NCAA Championship while being named to the..." April 14

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

  • No Canada: Higher tax rates ‘erect roadblocks’ for teams trying to entice free agents north of the border

    Edmonton Journal "Hometown discount or highway robbery? Or maybe, when discussing what it would take for the Toronto Maple Leafs to sign Steven Stamkos this summer, it is a bit of both. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain, who is a pending free agent, reportedly walked away from an eight-year contract offer worth..." April 13

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

  • ‘We’ve never once said this was going to be easy or fast,’ Benning says as Canucks close losing season

    Vancouver Sun "Screech about his trades, dissect his salary-cap management, complain about his coach, hate everyone if you have the energy and soul for it. But in the Vancouver Canucks’ worst season since the 1990s, general manager Jim Benning’s biggest mistake was fuelling the impression a rebuilding project..." April 09

  • Backlund scores 3 as Flames rout Canucks

    The Sports Xchange "CALGARY, Alberta -- Seven seasons and 379 games into his NHL career, Mikael Backlund had yet to record his first career hat trick. That all changed Thursday, as Backlund scored once on the power play and then added an even-strength goal and a short-handed marker to lead the Calgary Flames to..." April 08

  • Why Canada was shut out of Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Yahoo! Sports "There are similarities between Canada in 1970 and Canada in 2016. The Trudeau bloodline in back in the Prime Minister's office. Tim Hortons still serves fresh coffee. And, perhaps most importantly, there are no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sure, there are differences, like..." April 08

  • Oilers close Rexall Place in style

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- Rexall Place will forever be remembered as the place where Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Paul Coffey skated. However, Leon Draisaitl had the last laugh. Draisaitl's third-period, power-play goal, scored at 18:03, went down as the final goal scored in the history of..." April 06

  • Wayne Gretzky Laments Decline of Scoring (and Creativity) in N.H.L.

    New York Times "With 102 points in 80 games, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is poised to win the Art Ross Trophy as the N.H.L.’s top point scorer. His superlative season has evoked achievements from an earlier era. He is the first American-born player with a 100-point season in 20 years. His 26-game point..." April 06

  • Canucks top Kings for first three-game win streak

    The Sports Xchange "VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Jared McCann and Ryan Miller helped the Vancouver Canucks salvage some respect on home ice Monday night. McCann scored the winning goal and Miller recorded 40 saves -- including 20 in the third period -- as the Canucks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Monday..." April 05

  • Concussion case will get worse before better

    Sportsnet "A few of you have wondered (via Twitter) why I haven’t commented on the NHL email dump. It’s pretty simple: some of mine are included. I don’t have access to my old CBC correspondence. Tough to comment when you don’t know what’s there. The fight to unseal the documents is Lawyering 101, an..." April 05

  • Could the Canucks trade Ryan Miller?

    The Province "I don’t for a second believe Benning wants to trade Miller. Does that mean it can’t happen? Won’t happen? Not necessarily. Miller will have some significant say in this and if he’s led to believe Markstrom will be getting equal billing next year, or more, what’s the point in staying,..." April 05

  • Late surge leads to Canucks win in Anaheim

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- For the second time in two nights, the Vancouver Canucks used a late surge to win despite a depleted forward corps. Dan Hamhuis and Emerson Etem scored within three minutes of each other late in the third period as the Canucks rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim..." April 02

  • Canucks stun Sharks, end nine-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Vancouver Canucks' desperation outweighed the San Jose Sharks' will on Thursday. Canucks forward Jannik Hansen scored a tiebreaking goal late in the third period to enable the spoiler visitors to snap a nine-game losing streak by beating their playoff-bound hosts..." April 01

  • Unsealed emails: NHL owners tried to warn Bettman about head injuries

    The Score "More than one NHL owner cautioned commissioner Gary Bettman about the need to crack down on headshots before the league was sued by former players in 2013. Emails published this week by The Globe and Mail and later examined by James Mirtle after being unsealed in the ongoing concussion lawsuit..." March 31

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    NHL Player Safety @NHLPlayerSafety

    Vancouver's Jake Virtanen will have a hearing today for interference on San Jose's Roman Polak.

  • Couture's first hat trick powers Sharks past Canucks

    The Sports Xchange "VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It was a long time coming for Logan Couture. The San Jose center collected the first hat trick of his career as the Sharks added to the Canucks' woes with a 4-1 victory over Vancouver on Tuesday night. The three-goal performance came in Couture's 426th..." March 30

  • Canucks' Virtanen suspended two games

    TSN "Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen has been suspended two games by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for his late hit on San Jose Sharks defenceman Roman Polak. Early in the second period of Tuesday’s 4-1 Sharks victory over the Canucks, Virtanen laid a hit on Polak that while..." March 30

  • Unsealed emails reveal NHL executives were aware of link between hockey and brain trauma in 2011

    SB Nation "While the NFL dominates most of the concussion and head injury talk in sports, the NHL has also been tackling the topic on a slightly smaller stage. In 2013, over two dozen former NHL players proposed a class action lawsuit against the league. Since the start of the lawsuit, more than 100..." March 30

  • Canada will be shut out of NHL playoffs for second time in history

    Arizona Sports "Ray Whitney’s eyes widened and his face contorted as he delivered his opinion of Canada’s imminent fate. “It’s unacceptable,” the former NHL standout said. “You’ve got a nation that bleeds hockey and you can’t even get one of seven teams into the playoffs?” Not this season. When Monday’s..." March 29

  • Ladd scores game-winner for Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Andrew Ladd feeling more comfortable with the Chicago Blackhawks could cause some discomfort for other teams come the playoffs. Ladd, who played on a line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, scored the winning goal with 2:27 left in the third period as the..." March 27

  • Canucks defenceman Tryamkin exceeding early expectations

    Sportsnet "On a lottery bound Vancouver Canucks team that has struggled enormously to score goals, much less win games, 6-foot-7 rookie defenceman Nikita Tryamkin has been a sizable pillar of hope. The enormous Russian defender signed an entry-level deal with the club earlier this month upon the..." March 26

  • Blues' Elliott records third straight shutout

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues came into Friday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks well aware of what was at stake. All they had to do was earn a victory to clinch a playoff spot and their 4-0 win also moved them into a tie for first place in the Central Division with the idle..." March 25

  • Predators rally to top Canucks

    The Sports Xchange "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Just when it looked like Nashville was headed for a loss, the Predators found a way to win. Rallying from a two-goal deficit in the third-period, the Predators beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 Thursday in a shootout. Craig Smith scored the decisive goal in the fourth..." March 25

  • 30 Thoughts: Clearing up expansion draft questions

    Sportsnet "The first thing that crossed my mind when Eugene Melnyk unleashed his frustration across the Ottawa organization: how much of a surprise was this to Dave Cameron? The two have a long history. Melnyk bought the OHL’s Toronto St. Michael’s Majors in 2001, one year into Cameron’s tenure as head..." March 23

  • Are 50-goal scorers a thing of the past?

    ESPN "It all rests on Alex Ovechkin ... again. Only he can save the NHL from going without a 50-goal scorer for the first time in a full season in the salary-cap era. "Well, I wouldn't be surprised if Ovi ripped off eight goals in the last however many games they have left,'' Lightning captain..." March 23

  • Pavelec, Jets shut out Canucks

    The Sports Xchange "WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Not everything went perfectly for Nic Petan on his birthday, but he enjoyed himself nonetheless. Petan, who turned 21 on Tuesday, made his debut on the Winnipeg Jets' top line and had a dominant performance as the hosts shut out the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 at the MTS..." March 22

  • NHL, former players await key ruling in concussion lawsuit

    TSN "The National Hockey League and former players suing the league over its handling of concussions are back in court Tuesday arguing over an issue the NHL hopes will lead to the case’s dismissal — pre-emption. The NHL contends that concussions are a health and safety issue, and these issues are..." March 22

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    Iain MacIntyre @imacVanSun

    Sutter, Edler and Vrbata are all done for the season -- Desjardins. #Canucks

  • KHL Won’t Stop Season for World Cup of Hockey

    The Hockey Writers "Russia’s KHL has determined not to stop the 2016-17 KHL season to make it easier for players to participate in the World Cup of Hockey, reports Aivis Kalnins of One Puck Short. The decision not to put their regular season hiatus isn’t entirely surprising. With the KHL season beginning in..." March 21

  • ‘Roster chaos’ – Let’s ponder some possible expansion draft scenarios

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the event that the NHL decides to expand by one team for the 2017-18 season, fans would be treated to more than just the potential of a franchise in Las Vegas. They’d also soak up unknown hours in armchair general managing while discussing an expansion draft. PHT provides an expansive..." March 21

  • Blues shut out Canucks in Elliott's return

    The Sports Xchange "VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It was a perfect welcome back. Goaltender Brian Elliott stopped all 19 shots he faced in his first game back after missing 10 games with an injury as the St. Louis Blues halted a two-game losing skid with a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Saturday...." March 20

  • Daniel Sedin embarrassed by lack of effort from some Canucks

    The Score "Out-shot, out-scored, out-worked, out-played. That was the scene Saturday in Vancouver as the Canucks dropped a 3-0 decision to St. Louis, and while Ryan Miller stood on his head with a 47-save performance, Daniel Sedin thought the resolution demonstrated by the rest of the team left much to be..." March 20

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    Vancouver Canucks @VanCanucks

    Coach Desjardins says Radim Vrbata is out with lower body injury. Chris Tanev is questionable for as are Alex Biega & Yannick Weber.

  • Canucks summon exiled Higgins

    The Score "After being placed on the trade market via press release, waived, and then banished to the American Hockey League, Chris Higgins is on his way back to the NHL. The Vancouver Canucks recalled Higgins on Saturday, momentarily ending the veteran forward's two-month stint with the AHL's Utica..." March 19

  • Canucks’ Radim Vrbata leaves game with lower-body injury

    Sportsnet "Vancouver Canucks forward Radim Vrbata has left Friday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers with a lower-body injury and will not return." March 19

  • Oilers' Talbot (40 saves) shuts out Canucks

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- After losing eight of their previous nine games in their final season at Rexall Place, the Edmonton Oilers took another step toward repairing the damage by winning their second game in a row at home. The Oilers dumped the Vancouver Canucks 2-0 on Friday, two days after..." March 19

  • Boedker scores twice as Avalanche clip Canucks

    The Sports Xchange "VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Some time in the video room helped give Mikkel Boedker more focus during the game. Boedker scored two goals as the Colorado Avalanche battled back from an early deficit to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 Wednesday. The Avalanche (36-31-4) snapped a..." March 17

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    Frank Seravalli @frank_seravalli

    Bill Daly said next year's salary cap will be at $74 million with the escalator and flat without it.

  • Daly: Teams can only lose one player per expansion team

    Pro Hockey Talk "The big development from Wednesday’s GMs meetings in Boca Raton? Expansion draft! After NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters an expansion decision is expected prior to the draft in June, focus shifted to what an expansion draft would look like — the NHL’s first since Columbus and..." March 16

  • GMs would like answers about Kane “loophole”

    TSN "The NHL’s general managers are expected to receive the latest all-important salary cap projection for next season on Wednesday, in addition to tackling the draft lottery format and potential expansion draft details. But before wrapping up their three-day meeting, at least two GMs would like..." March 16