Canucks Rumors & News

  • Jason Demers doesn’t deny nixing Canucks trade, looks forward to 2017-18

    Sportsnet "Jason Demers doesn’t need you to remind him that he needs to be better. The Florida Panthers’ top-four defenceman was exposed in the Vegas expansion draft despite the club’s decision to protect four blueliners in June. (The Golden Knights plucked forward Jonathan Marchessault instead.) Then,..." August 22

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • Canucks meeting with NCAA free agent Alex Kerfoot

    Sportsnet "The Vancouver Canucks are one of a number of suitors meeting with NCAA star Alexander Kerfoot, according to multiple reports. Kerfoot, a West Vancouver native, became an unrestricted free agent Wednesday after the New Jersey Devils‘ rights on the college prospect expired. The 23-year-old..." August 17

  • Sedins out to prove they can still play at high level while free agency looms "Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin said Thursday that the only hockey future he's focused on is this season. Sedin and twin brother Daniel will be 37 when the Canucks begin the regular season at home against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 7. Declining production has led to considerable..." August 11

  • Canucks sign Gaunce to 2-year deal

    The Province "The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Brendan Gaunce to a two-year, one-way contract worth an average of $750,000 annually. Canucks GM Jim Benning made the announcement Wednesday. Gaunce, 23, had five assists (0-5-5) and 33 penalty minutes in 57 games played with Vancouver in..." August 10

  • Canucks forward Dorsett will be ‘ready for camp’ after neck surgery

    Pro Hockey Talk "Derek Dorsett‘s third season in Vancouver ended prematurely in November, following neck surgery a few weeks later. But it appears he’ll be ready for the 2017-18 campaign. Last December, the Canucks announced their rugged winger underwent “cervical fusion surgery to repair disc degeneration” in..." August 05

  • Canucks’ Gagner, Del Zotto back together and ready to surprise

    Sportsnet "They’re nearly the same age, have played together before, signed very similar contracts this summer and can’t wait to start a new career phase with the Vancouver Canucks. And when they’re talking to each other, which happens pretty often, Michael Del Zotto and Sam Gagner can easily find even..." August 03

  • Canucks GM says talks with RFA Horvat progressing: 'We'll get something done'

    The Province "Money may be bigger hurdle than term for team's top-scoring centre Formulas, facts and forecasts are applicable and debatable to determine the true worth of Bo Horvat. The Vancouver Canucks’ restricted free-agent centre is still seeking a contract extension and because the National Hockey..." August 03

  • Reid Boucher Signs One-Year Deal With Canucks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Winger Reid Boucher, a restricted free-agent, signed a one-year contract with Vancouver tonight, avoiding the arbitration process. Boucher was scheduled to have his hearing on August 1st, but instead was able to hammer out a deal with Canucks management. The contract is worth a reported $687,5000,..." July 24

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Canucks need Virtanen to realize ‘what he’s capable of at his size and speed’

    The Province "It’s just a small number, but it means a lot. 60.1 per cent. That’s Jake Virtanen’s Corsi number in 15 random games sampled by Hockey Data’s Garret Hohl. Sixty is a really good number. That means 3 out of every 5 shot attempts at even strength were going towards the opposition’s net while..." July 15

  • Canucks re-sign Evan McEneny "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has re-signed defenceman Evan McEneny to a two-year, two-way contract. McEneny, 23, appeared in 64 games with Utica last season where he finished ranked second among defencemen in goals (8), fourth in assists (15) and..." July 13

  • Wiercioch, an analytics darling, needs to find aggressive side in Vancouver

    Pro Hockey Talk "Patrick Wiercioch is one of those guys who looks good on a spreadsheet. But the question still remains — is he a good hockey player? Wiercioch, a 26-year-old defenseman, has long been touted in the analytics community as an undervalued asset. During his time with the Ottawa Senators, it..." July 12

  • Canucks re-sign Joseph LaBate "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has re-signed forward Joseph LaBate to a one-year, two-way contract. "Joseph provided a physical presence to both lineups in Vancouver and Utica last season," said Benning. "He's a big, strong player and provides..." July 08

  • Ryan Miller signs two-year deal with Ducks

    TSN "Goaltender Ryan Miller has signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks. Miller spent the past three seasons with the Vancouver Canucks after signing a three-year, $18 million contract with the team ahead of the 2014-15 season. The 36-year-old finished with an 18-29-6 record,..." July 01

  • Canucks sign Alexander Burmistrov to one-year contract "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Alexander Burmistrov to a one-year, one-way contract worth a value of $900,000. "Alexander put up good numbers towards the end of last season with Arizona and has shown good offensive potential..." July 01

  • Canucks sign Patrick Wiercioch to a one-year contract "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Patrick Wiercioch to a one-year, one-way contract worth an average annual value of $650,000. "Patrick has excellent mobility for a player his size and possesses a big shot from the point," said..." July 01

  • Canucks likely to sign Del Zotto, Gagner

    TSN "The Vancouver Canucks appear set to add defenceman Michael Del Zotto and forward Sam Gagner in addition to goaltender Anders Nilsson on Saturday. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reported Saturday morning that while no deals are signed, agreements appear to be in place to bring the three players..." July 01

  • Panthers' Demers nixes trade to Canucks

    TSN "According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun, defenceman Jason Demers used his modified no-trade clause to nix a trade which would have sent him from the Florida Panthers to the Vancouver Canucks. The 27-year-old has reportedly been on the trade block since before the expansion draft, with the..." July 01

  • Is Vancouver considering a Markstrom-Nilsson reunion in goal?

    Pro Hockey Talk "With news that Ryan Miller is set to sign in Anaheim, the Canucks need a netminder to pair with Jacob Markstrom. And a new report suggests they’re contemplating one of Markstrom’s old crease mates. Per WGR 550, Vancouver has interest in soon-to-be Sabres UFA Anders Nilsson. Nilsson, 27, is..." June 29

  • Rebuilding Canucks may need a Nail, or free agents Del Zotto, Gagner, Alzner

    Vancouver Sun "The Vancouver Canucks’ brass are hours, heck days, deep in meetings in their Rogers Arena office boardroom. The number $19.5 million is splashed across a whiteboard at the front of the room. Below it a series of National Hockey League names, mostly free agents. Some scratched out — T.J. Oshie?..." June 29

  • Pending UFA Weal expected to visit Canucks

    TSN "Pending free agent Jordan Weal is making the rounds ahead of free agency July 1, and the North Vancouver native is expected to visit the Vancouver Canucks. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports there have been more than a dozen calls on Weal, so he may be taking a number of visits." June 26

  • Two fewer defensemen means Canucks less likely to trade Tanev

    Pro Hockey Talk "Three months ago, Jim Benning might’ve considered trading defenseman Chris Tanev. But after the Vancouver Canucks lost Nikita Tryamkin to the KHL and Luca Sbisa in the expansion draft, their general manager no longer enjoys the depth on defense that he used to trumpet. “I’m going to look at..." June 22

  • Benning: ‘Nothing’s set in stone’ as Canucks mull expansion draft options

    Pro Hockey Talk "Brendan Gaunce or Brandon Sutter? With the approaching Saturday deadline (5 p.m. ET) for NHL teams to submit their protection lists ahead of the expansion draft, there was quite a debate in Vancouver this week about whether the Canucks should protect the 23-year-old Gaunce and expose the..." June 17

  • Canucks ink Gudbranson to 1-year extension worth $3.5M "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Erik Gudbranson to a one-year contract extension that will carry a value of $3,500,000. "Erik is a big, strong physical defender who I know feels has a lot to prove and has worked diligently in his..." June 16

  • NHL’s salary cap likely to be set at $75-million for 2017-18

    Fanrag Sports "In a bit of good news, the Athletic Toronto’s James Mirtle has reported that the NHL is likely to see the salary cap go up for the upcoming season. In a bit of bad news, though, it isn’t expected to go up by much. Mirtle reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the league to see..." June 14

  • How Canada’s teams could fare in the 2017 NHL expansion draft

    Globe and Mail "No team is better equipped to emerge unscathed from the 2017 NHL expansion draft than the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have no fewer than seven regulars – including emerging stars Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner – exempt from consideration. Under the terms of the expansion..." June 11

  • Vancouver’s Tanev Would Be Costly In Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the rebuilding progress underway in Vancouver, there are many rumors the Canucks may be looking to trade off their two veteran defensemen, Alexander Edler and Chris Tanev for prospects and draft picks. While Edler has a no-trade clause and would have to be a willing participant in any deal..." June 04

  • Could Benning dangle Tanev as trade bait for third-overall pick?

    The Province "Dallas should have interest in Chris Tanev In snooker, it’s not the shot you make, it’s the one you leave. The Vancouver Canucks have a shot at the third-overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft which the Dallas Stars are dangling. So do many others. The Stars need an established top-four,..." June 03

  • Fired in 2013, assistant coach Brown may go back to Vancouver

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Vancouver Canucks may bring back Newell Brown as an assistant coach. Presumably, his main job would be to fix the Canucks’ dreadful power play. Brown was on Vancouver’s coaching staff from 2010-13, during which the Canucks had one of the best power plays in the league, with him in charge..." June 02

  • Canucks will look into moving up in draft

    TSN "The Vancouver Canucks entered the draft lottery with the second best odds of winning the first overall pick. Instead, the Canucks, along the favoured Colorado Avalanche, dropped out of the top three selections and will now pick fifth overall in June's entry draft. Canucks general manager Jim..." May 31

  • NHL to consider ‘centralized’ decision-maker for goalie interference challenges

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was the offside challenge that drew most of the attention last night, but according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, there could be a change coming to the process of goalie interference challenges. Daly was asked Monday if it might be better to have just one person in Toronto, with one..." May 31

  • Canucks get CBJ's No. 55 pick for Tortorella

    TSN "The Vancouver Canucks have received the Columbus Blue Jackets' second-round pick in next month's entry draft as compensation for the Blue Jackets hiring John Tortorella. The Blue Jackets confirmed Wednesday to the Colubus Dispatch they will send the No. 55 overall pick to the Canucks for hiring..." May 31

  • Canucks lose Drew Shore to Zurich Lions of Swiss League

    CBS Sports "Shore has signed a two-year contract with Zurich of Swiss-A, Ben Kuzman of the Vancouver Province reports. The former University of Denver standout averaged nearly a point per game for Koloten HC of that Swiss-A league this past season, so he tried to pump some life into his NHL career by..." May 30

  • NHL officially won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics, cites hypocritical reason for not playing

    The Comeback "Prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke with the media about a variety of topics concerning the league. The interviews went great if you hate ads on jerseys, mediocre..." May 30

  • Stanley Cup playoffs structure highlights absurd regular season

    New York Post "Nashville, which finished with the exact same record as the Islanders and with the same number of points as the Lightning (with one fewer victory, no less), is four wins away from the Stanley Cup — so remind me again of the value of the six-month, 82-game grind of the NHL regular season, if you..." May 28

  • NHL and Apple agree to deal to put iPads on benches

    Fanrag Sports "Technology has been slowly seeping its way into professional sports over the last several years more and more, and now the NHL is going with the trend. The league has struck a multi-year deal with Apple that should make it easier on coaches and players alike to make in-game adjustments. Rather..." May 26

  • Canucks sign defenceman Philip Holm to entry-level deal

    Sportsnet "The Vancouver Canucks have sign defenceman Philip Holm to a one-year entry-level contract, the team announced Friday. Holm most recently won gold with Sweden at the world championships, following a season with the Vaxjo Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League." May 26

  • Canucks want to keep Miller, Tanev and Edler

    The Province "Jim Benning believes he can sell unrestricted free agent Ryan Miller on returning to the rebuilding Vancouver Canucks. The general manager’s tougher sell is convincing a polarized populace on the merits of a 37-year-old goaltender backstopping a team that’s years away from being an annual..." May 26

  • Marc Savard Details Post-Concussion Anxiety, Depression In The Players’ Tribune

    NESN "For Marc Savard, it’s not the Matt Cooke hit that haunts him; it’s the hit that ended his career. The former Boston Bruins center last touched NHL ice on January 22, 2011, when he took a hit from then-Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick that caused his head to hit off the glass — his..." May 16

  • NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumours

    Sportsnet "As hotly anticipated as the Kevin Shattenkirk Sweepstakes are for Kevin and the Shattenkirks, 2017’s NHL free agency class is shaping up to be one of the weakest in years. Potential summer of ’17 UFA bank-breakers Jamie Benn, Victor Hedman, Brent Burns and Brad Marchand all inked maximum-term..." May 15

  • Trading the Sedins makes no sense — from any angle

    The Province "For those who believe the Vancouver Canucks will peddle Daniel and Henrik Sedin ahead of next year’s trade deadline, I hope you’re watching the National Hockey League playoffs closely. While there is a certain romanticism to the notion of giving the twins the chance to compete for the Stanley Cup..." May 07

  • Vancouver Canucks re-sign defenceman Andrey Pedan

    The Province "Big Russian defenceman Andrey Pedan is back for another go with the Vancouver Canucks. Pedan’s agent broke the news on Twitter Wednesday afternoon the 23 year old restricted free agent had signed a one-year deal. Pedan didn’t skate in an NHL game in 2016-17, though he spent a good amount of..." May 03

  • NHL unveils list of players exempt from expansion draft

    Fanrag Sports "The NHL has revealed a list of players exempt from the expansion draft as agreed upon with the NHLPA: Dave Bolland, Craig Cunningham, Chris Pronger, Cody McCormick, David Clarkson, Johan Franzen, Joe Vitale, Ryan Clowe, Mikhail Grabovski, Pascal Dupuis, Nathan Horton and Stephane Robidas. As..." May 03

  • 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC seeing ratings uptick from last year

    Awful Announcing "The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are doing well for NBC on its cable, broadcast and online platforms. NBC says through 49 games in the postseason, it’s averaging 829,000 viewers across broadcast and online and it adds that’s up three percent from 2016. Last year, the average was 808.000. And it..." May 02

  • League points finger at union in NHL concussion case

    TSN "The National Hockey League says the NHL Players’ Association has repeatedly interfered with its attempts to introduce rules over the past 50 years to limit staged fighting, better safeguard players and bolster penalties for dangerous head hits. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly made the..." May 02

  • Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery "New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has been steadfast in his approach to acquire assets in an attempt to turn them into legitimate Stanley Cup Playoff contenders again. He gained a significant piece Saturday by winning the NHL Draft Lottery and the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft,..." April 30

  • Canucks could really use Patrick or Hischier

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Vancouver Canucks are hoping for better luck in tomorrow’s draft lottery. If they receive it, they may get a player who can step right into their lineup, and stay there for years to come. The top two picks in the 2017 draft are expected to be centers Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier. It..." April 28

  • Should the Canucks have traded the Sedin twins a long time ago?

    Sportsnet "It’s no secret that Daniel and Henrik Sedin, the twin faces of the Vancouver Canucks, aren’t the players they used to be. The team, too, is long past its heyday. And after two straight seasons of missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a new coach, Travis Green, was brought on this week. But one..." April 27

  • Team president Trevor Linden admits Canucks are in a rebuild

    Sportsnet "It’s a term the Canucks have shied away from the past two playoff-less seasons. These days, “rebuild” goes hand-in-hand with “tanking,” which is something the Canucks don’t believe they need to do for their fortunes to turn around. It’s not an option as the Sedin twins come to the end of their..." April 27