Canucks Rumors & News

  • Canucks couldn't care less about analytics when it comes to Gudbranson

    Vancouver Sun "A couple of weeks ago, the Florida Panthers startled the hockey world with a front-office shakeup. The moves weren’t the real news. General manager Dale Tallon, the man who built the team, was named president of hockey operations. Tom Rowe became the new general manager and reports to Tallon...." May 27

  • Canucks sign Tom Nilsson "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Tom Nilsson to a one-year two-way contract. Nilsson, 22, appeared in 37 regular season games with Frolunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League this past season, where he registered seven points (1-6-7)..." May 27

  • Canucks’ Benning explains McCann trade, draft strategy

    Sportsnet "When the Florida Panthers rang up the Vancouver Canucks asking for young forward Jared McCann, general manager Jim Benning moved quickly. He was looking for a big, play-now defenceman to skate in his top four, so once the Panthers were agreed to part with 6-foot-5 24-year-old Erik Gudbranson,..." May 27

  • Panthers, agent refute report Gudbranson turned down 4-year deal

    The Score "It appears Erik Gudbranson didn't reject a longer contract offer from the Florida Panthers before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks after all. A report emerged Thursday saying the defenseman had turned down a four-year, $18-million contract with the Panthers prior to signing a one-year,..." May 27

  • New Panther McCann to ask Jagr about hair conditioner "The Florida Panthers made their first big splash of what is expected to be an exciting offseason on Wednesday night, sending defenseman Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for center Jared McCann, a 2016 second-round pick and a 2016 fourth-round pick. McCann,..." May 27

  • Canucks trade McCann, picks to Panthers for Gudbranson

    TSN "The Vancouver Canucks have traded forward Jared McCann to the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenceman Erik Gudbranson. The Canucks also sent their 2017 second and fourth round draft picks to the Panthers in the deal, and will get back a fifth round pick from the Panthers." May 26

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • While Green gets press, Gulutzan gets Flames interview for vacant head coaching gig

    Vancouver Province "Travis Green got the press. Glen Gulutzan got the interview. But neither may get the gig. According to Vancouver general manager Jim Benning, the Calgary Flames asked for permission to speak with Gulutzan, the Canucks’ assistant coach. But they have yet to ask for permission to speak to Green,..." May 25

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Canucks sign Yan-Pavel Laplante "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Yan-Pavel Laplante to a three-year entry-level contract. Laplante, 21, appeared in 63 regular season games for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL this season, where he established career-highs in..." May 17

  • Dubois or Tkachuk for Canucks?

    The Hockey Writers "One thing’s for sure: the Canucks will end up with a very good player at fifth overall in this year’s draft. Assuming much of the fan base has accepted that it’s not a top-three pick, there’s lots to look forward to for the team come June 24th. “You try to keep things in perspective… We have..." May 12

  • NHLer’s nightmare: Dad on trial for plotting to kill mom

    New York Post "Canucks right wing Linden Vey’s NHL career has been clouded with an unthinkable drama. Later this month, Vey’s father will go on trial accused of conspiring to murder his mother. The story began in August 2013 — three months before Vey’s NHL debut — when Vey’s father, Curtis Vey, was..." May 11

  • An NHL Player’s Dad And His Mistress Are Accused Of Concocting This Crazy Murder Conspiracy

    Uproxx "For the past few years, Vancouver Canucks winger Linden Vey has struggled to find consistency as he tries to put together a solid pro career. The 24-year-old has bounced between the AHL and NHL since the Canucks traded for him back in 2014. But, in that time, he’s also been dealing with some..." May 11

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Caggiula expected to sign shortly, Canucks could be front-runners

    Pro Hockey Talk "College free agent Drake Caggiula is expected to pick a team shortly, possibly even today. The University of North Dakota winger had originally shortlisted six teams, according to a report. Those teams were Philadelphia, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Chicago and Buffalo. TSN’s Bob McKenzie..." May 06

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • 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 "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 "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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    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