Canucks Rumors & News

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Stars' Hamhuis looking to provide experience, 'sound' defense

    Sports Day "Dan Hamhuis is pretty familiar with Lindy Ruff, having played for the Stars coach on the gold medal Canadian team at the 2014 Olympics. But the veteran defenseman, who signed with Dallas as a free agent in July, said he does have one change he would like to make in his relationship with his new..." August 20

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Gudbranson and Kulikov ready to move on after Florida Panthers overhaul

    Miami Herald "The Florida Panthers will have a much different looking defensive unit next season with three who started in their opening round playoff series against the Islanders elsewhere. Two of them, however, are still in town. Dmitry Kulikov and Erik Gudbranson remain in South Florida, spending their..." August 13

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Benning: ‘We’re still talking to other teams about potential trades’

    Today's Slapshot "Canucks general manager Jim Benning was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Friday afternoon. On where he is in the process of trying to add another winger, either via trade or free agency, and if there are any active discussions with key guys that could potentially impact the top six: “We’re looking..." August 06

  • Canucks sign Juolevi to entry level contract

    NHL.com "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Olli Juolevi to a three-year entry level contract. “Olli is a talented all-around defenceman with high hockey sense who will be a big part of our organization’s future,” said Jim Benning. “He’s..." August 06

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Canucks’ Rodin says he’s ‘not 100 percent but getting close’ after freak knee injury

    Pro Hockey Talk "Anton Rodin will be among a lengthy list of right wingers looking to compete for a roster spot with the Vancouver Canucks for next season. Originally selected by the Canucks in 2009, and after having gone back to play professionally in Sweden, where he began to light it up offensively, Rodin..." July 30

  • Agent: Sam Gagner closer to signing, Canucks in the mix

    The Score "Unrestricted free agent Sam Gagner is getting closer to signing a new contract, with a number of teams, including the Canucks, in the mix, Gagner's agent told News 1130 in Vancouver on Friday. The 26-year-old forward appeared in 53 games for the Philadelphia Flyers last season, recording eight..." July 30

  • Linden: Virtanen must earn his spot on Canucks roster

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Vancouver Canucks are loaded with question marks for next season. One of them will be about what is best for the development of right winger Jake Virtanen, who will turn 20 years old next month and is coming off his first NHL campaign. He scored seven goals and 13 points in 55 games as a..." July 29

  • Canucks' Linden: Juolevi to play in OHL next season

    The Score "The Vancouver Canucks don't plan to rush 2016 first-round pick Olli Juolevi. President of hockey operations Trevor Linden joined TSN 1040 on Tuesday and admitted that while he likes what he sees from the young defenseman, he might not join the big club next season. "His ability to process..." July 27

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Evander Kane would fill Canucks’ scoring needs

    The Province "He’s a major problem — and a potential star. The optics of another off-ice altercation by the wayward Evander Kane were ugly, but the timing may not have been better for the Vancouver Canucks, who desperately need to acquire a second-line left-winger. The Sabres’ enigma was handcuffed..." July 26

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Should the Canucks trade Chris Tanev?

    Vancouver Sun "When Team Canada was hugging a third-period lead in the gold medal game at the world hockey championships, Chris Tanev was playing more than anyone. He is 26 years old, and there is a distinct possibility he could average out as the best defensive defenceman in hockey for the next three to five..." July 20

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Canucks sign forward Michael Carcone

    NHL.com "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Michael Carcone to a three-year entry level contract. Carcone, 20, appeared in 66 games for the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL in 2015.16, where he ranked tied for the team lead in points (89)..." July 17

  • Canucks would like to ‘add a proven scorer,’ so cue the Evander Kane speculation

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sven Baertschi took positive steps last season, as one of the few bright spots on a team that eventually finished 28th in the overall standings. Once the now 23-year-old forward established himself as an every-game player — and that was a challenge under head coach Willie Desjardins at the..." July 16

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • Benning looking for a winger to give Baertschi a break

    Vancouver Sun "Jim Benning doesn’t have a crystal ball. If he did, the Vancouver Canucks’ general manager might see a clear vision of what’s required to bolster his NHL club. He would see a winger with size, edge and scoring ability. He would then go into sticker shock at the price for aging unrestricted free..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Canucks sign Jacob Markstrom to three-year contract extension

    The Province "Jacob Markstrom is locked in. The Canucks confirmed the Swedish netminder will be in Vancouver until 2019-20. The average annual value for the new contract, which will begin in 2017-18, is $3.67 million, the team said in a release. 2015-16 was Markstrom’s first full NHL season, and he..." July 07

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Report: Flames Sign Linden Vey to a 1 Year, 2-Way Deal

    Matchsticks & Gasoline "As we are now past the pinnacle of summer off season activity, depth moves are where the market is at. Today, the Flames have reportedly signed former Vancouver Canuck RW Linden Vey to a 1 year, 2-way deal. With the mass exodus of players from Stockton, the Flames need to make move this..." July 05

  • Canucks looking for big winger who can score

    The Score "The Vancouver Canucks added Loui Eriksson in free agency, but they want more. In dire need of goals, Eriksson's going to help. He scored 30 times last season, and will form what should be a formidable all-Swedish first line with the Sedin twins. But Jim Benning knows the Canucks - the only team..." July 04

  • Desjardins knows winger Eriksson is wired the right way

    The Province "Willie Desjardins has seen another side of Loui Eriksson. Aside from a traditional respectful Swedish demeanour off the ice and a fire of desire that burns on it — think Henrik and Daniel Sedin — there’s something about Eriksson that makes Friday’s free-agent acquisition even more valuable to..." July 03

  • Canucks have a plan: They’re going for “it”

    The Province "The Canucks are going for it. The playoffs, that is. The Canucks signed one of the top free agents this weekend and he is about to turn 31. They recently traded a young, promising, goal-scoring prospect along with a really good draft pick for a youngish veteran defenceman. They’ve..." July 03

  • Canucks will give newly signed Larsen the chance to run the power play

    Pro Hockey Talk "With the hockey world expecting the Vancouver Canucks to deal pending unrestricted free agents Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis in February, Jim Benning instead acquired the rights to Philip Larsen. On Friday, after signing Loui Eriksson to that six-year, $36 million contract, the Canucks inked..." July 02

  • Canucks Sign Michael Chaput, Borna Rendulic and Chad Billins to One-Year Contracts

    Hockey Fights "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed forwards Michael Chaput and Borna Rendulic as well as defenceman Chad Billins each to a one-year, two-way contract. Chaput, 24, split the 2015.16 season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the AHL Lake..." July 02

  • Canucks sign Jayson Megna to one-year deal

    NHL.com "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed forward Jayson Megna to a one-year, one-way contract that will carry a value of $600,000. “Jayson brings a combination of size, speed and skill to our team adding depth to our forward group this season,”..." July 02

  • Canucks won't buy out Burrows

    The Score "Alex Burrows is going nowhere. General manager Jim Benning doesn't plan to buy out Burrows, he told media Friday following news that the club signed unrestricted free agent Loui Eriksson to a six-year contract." July 02

  • Canucks sign Philip Larsen to 1-year, $1.025M contract

    The Score "The Vancouver Canucks have reportedly signed defenseman Philip Larsen to a one-year deal at $1.025 million, according to TSN's Darren Dreger." July 01

  • Dan Hamhuis signs with Dallas Stars

    Canucks Army "McKenzie mentioned on TSN that the deal was 2 years for $3.75M per season. Hamhuis signing with the Stars isn't surprising given that he had waived his NTC to go to Dallas at the trading deadline, but ultimately was never dealt as Canucks and Stars management could not come to an agreement on a..." July 01

  • Loui Eriksson signs six-year deal with Canucks

    Sportsnet "Veteran winger Loui Eriksson has chosen to sign with the Vancouver Canucks. Eriksson, who turns 31 on July 17, has spent the last three seasons with the Boston Bruins." July 01

  • Per Reports, The Nashville Predators Have Signed Defenseman Yannick Weber

    On The Forecheck "Per Elliotte Friedman, the Nashville Predators have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Yannick Weber. The 27-year-old Swiss blue liner has been with the Vancouver Canucks for the past three seasons and had seven assists in in 45 games on a not so good Vancouver team a year ago." July 01

  • Hamhuis: 'I will find a team that values what I do'

    The Score "A slew of injuries and stagnant contract negotiations aren't going to keep Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis from wanting to produce at the NHL level. The 33-year-old appears to be on his way out of Vancouver and is ready to step into the role he's accustomed to: a top blue-liner on a..." June 30

  • Canucks fined $50,000 by NHL for violating tampering by-law

    Sportsnet "The Vancouver Canucks were fined $50,000 by the NHL Tuesday for violating NHL By-Law 15, the league announced. “Canucks General Manager Jim Benning violated the provisions of NHL By-Law 15 relating to inappropriate public comments by speaking generally to his Club’s potential interest in..." June 28

  • Canucks hosted Lucic on Monday, have called number of UFA forwards

    The Score "Before Milan Lucic touched down in Edmonton for a visit with the Oilers, he was at home in Vancouver. The Canucks hosted Lucic on Monday, tweeted ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, who added that Lucic's well in demand at the moment, days before the unrestricted free-agent market opens on July 1. " June 28

  • Canucks re-sign Emerson Etem to one-year contract extension

    Sportsnet "The Vancouver Canucks re-signed forward Emerson Etem to a one-year contract extension Monday, the team announced. “Emerson is a hardworking 24-year-old who supports our plan to build a young, fast, high-character team,” said Canucks General Manager Jim Benning on the team’s website." June 28

  • Canucks waive Higgins for buyout purposes

    Pro Hockey Talk "Looks like yesterday’s report proved accurate — per Sportsnet, the Canucks have waived veteran forward Chris Higgins for the purpose of buying out his contract. Higgins, 33, has one year left on his four-year, $10 million deal with a $2.5M average annual cap hit. The 13-year vet has already..." June 27

  • Canucks ready to spend on expensive free agents

    Vancouver Sun "If you were the Canucks, what would you do next? Would you allow the team to continue paddle-boarding deeper into the gutter for the final two years of what could be the last Sedins’ NHL contracts in hopes of high draft picks? Or would you try to do something about this current situation,..." June 27

  • Ranking the top 20 NHL unrestricted free agents

    USA Today "The NHL free agent signing period doesn’t start until Friday at noon, ET, but teams have been allowed to talk to potential free agents since Saturday. Scorers are in short supply, as are impact defensemen, particularly right-shot defensemen. Here is a ranking of the top 20 potential..." June 27

  • Canucks select Olli Juolevi with 5th overall pick in NHL Draft

    Vancouver Province "It didn’t quite go the way the Vancouver Canucks had hoped. The Columbus Blue Jackets shocked the First Niagara Center when, with the third overall pick, they passed on Jesse Puljujärvi, instead taking Pierre-Luc Dubois. It left the Oilers with an easy selection of Puljujärvi at No...." June 26

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

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