Canucks Rumors & News

  • 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

  • NHL’s Bill Daly suggests Canucks will face punishment for tampering

    Sportsnet "The NHL has yet to rule on tampering complaints against Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning, but deputy commissioner Bill Daly made it pretty clear that he crossed the line earlier this week. Asked Saturday if teams can publicly discuss their interest in pending free agents before the..." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • NHL looking into tampering complaint after Benning's comments

    Canucks Army "The NHL is reportedly looking into a complaint against Canucks general manager Jim Benning regarding comments he made on Thursday expressing his club's general interest in Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban, according to TVA's Renaud Lavoie. Benning is probably the most candid and accessible..." June 24

  • Canucks GM in trouble for tampering for Stamkos comments?

    Puck Drunk Love "Jim Benning needs to learn that it’s not always appropriate to talk. The Vancouver Canucks GM appeared on TSN Radio Vancouver 1040 today to discuss the upcoming draft and free agency. When discussing the topic of Steven Stamkos, Benning said “He’s gonna have lots of interest across the league...." June 23

  • Lucic roars to top of Canucks’ free-agent wish list

    Vancouver Sun "And now it gets interesting. Prior to Wednesday, Milan Lucic left little doubt about his preference to sign with the L.A. Kings. He said it at the start of last season, reiterated his desire midway through the campaign and, just in case anyone had missed the point, stated it again emphatically..." June 23

  • Henrik Sedin awarded the NHL's King Clancy Memorial Trophy

    Vancouver Sun "Henrik Sedin has a Hart trophy, and now he has a heart trophy. At Wednesday’s NHL Awards, the Vancouver Canucks captain was awarded the 2015-16 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, “given annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a..." June 22

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • Canucks still trying to 'figure out' best plan for pending UFA Hamhuis

    Vancouver Sun "The pending unrestricted free agent defenceman, whose exclusive negotiation rights were dealt to the Coyotes by the Dallas Stars on Thursday for a fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft, can’t talk to other suitors until Saturday. It’s a prudent move by the Stars. They unload a 30-year-old..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Ron MacLean in, Strombo out as Hockey Night in Canada host

    Yahoo! Sports "According to Dave Feschuk of The Star, George Stroumboulopoulos is out as host of Hockey Night in Canada. He will be replaced by the man he unseated just two seasons ago - Ron MacLean. When Rogers acquired the rights to the NHL for $5.2-billion they decided to shakeup the prolific Hockey..." June 20

  • Canucks enter ECHL agreement with Aces

    NHL.com "Vancouver Canucks President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden announced today that the club has entered into an affiliation agreement with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL. Under this arrangement, the Canucks will designate players within their development system for assignment with the Aces during..." June 18

  • Canucks sign Baertschi to two-year extension

    NHL.com "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Sven Baertschi to a two-year contract extension. The contract will carry a value of $1,700,000 in the first year and a value of $2,000,000 in the second year for an annual average value of..." June 17

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • Canucks' Gudbranson was in Africa when Panthers traded him

    The Score "Erik Gudbranson was halfway around the world the day he was dealt to the Vancouver Canucks. Gudbranson was traded last week from the Florida Panthers, along with a fifth-round pick, in exchange for forward Jared McCann and two draft picks. The defenseman said he learned about the trade while in..." June 03

  • Desjardins: Canucks could have made playoffs with healthy Brandon Sutter

    The Score "While Nick Bonino is helping the Pittsburgh Penguins challenge for a Stanley Cup, the Vancouver Canucks are left wondering what could have been if the player he was traded for had played a full season. In an interview on TSN 1040 in Vancouver on Thursday, Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins..." June 03

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • Blue Jackets, Oilers holding on to 2nd-round picks as compensation deadline arrives

    The Score "It's arguably the least sexy deadline day. Take it away, Elliotte Friedman: According to Friedman, the Columbus Blue Jackets, who hired head coach John Tortorella from the Vancouver Canucks, are holding on to their 2016 second-round draft pick. Columbus has another two years to fork over a..." June 02

  • Troy Brouwer has thought about signing with the Canucks

    Puck Drunk Love "Free agent Troy Brouwer has thought about signing with his hometown team. The pending unrestricted free agent told News 1130 Sports that he’s thought about signing with the Vancouver Canucks, which is where the 30-year-old was born. “I have thought about it, for sure. Family and friends,..." May 31

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Free agent Troy Brouwer thinks about joining Canucks

    Sportsnet "Smart move, Troy Brouwer. More than a month ahead of unrestricted free agency, the St. Louis Blues forward just upped his popularity in his hometown by speaking favourably about joining the Vancouver Canucks this summer. “I have thought about it, for sure,” the North Deta native told..." May 30

  • The Canucks preached patience, then made a ‘right now’ trade for Gudbranson

    Pro Hockey Talk "A few months ago, when the Vancouver Canucks’ miserable season was drawing to a merciful close, club president Trevor Linden went on the radio and said, “When we look at getting ourselves out of this situation, it’s about drafting and developing, and that’s where our focus lies.” Linden’s..." May 28

  • Canucks sign Tom Nilsson

    NHL.com "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 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’ 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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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