Canucks Rumors & News

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Report: Anton Rodin can head back to Sweden if he doesn’t make Canucks

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Vancouver Canucks drafted Anton Rodin in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. That’s a long time ago. But the 26-year-old has yet to establish himself as a regular in their lineup. Last season, he was limited to just three games because of a significant knee injury. This year,..." September 15

  • Green’s NHL experiences can help Virtanen flourish with Canucks

    Sportsnet "Travis Green was going to be a star. Anyone who remembers him piling up points for the Spokane Chiefs at the end of the 1980s would have sworn it. Green was a strong, rangy centre. Besides his size, the boy from Castlegar, B.C., had terrific hands and enough toughness to survive. It was only..." September 15

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • Green on Virtanen: Time in AHL a ‘great learning situation’

    Sportsnet "There are few prospects more polarizing in the NHL than Vancouver’s Jake Virtanen. Whatever your opinion, what’ll matter to Virtanen is that of his coach. And Travis Green sounds pretty confident that Virtanen can still grow into a solid NHL player. “Some people think being sent down to the..." September 12

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • Players’ Tribune article doesn’t extinguish Sedins’ NHL future questions

    Sportsnet "For once, Daniel and Henrik Sedin have failed. Their heartfelt love letter to Vancouver and the Canucks in The Players’ Tribune won’t fully extinguish questions about their National Hockey League future. At least as long ago as the 2012 lockout, the Sedins have been telling me and others who..." September 11

  • Benning preaches patience with 2014 first-round pick Virtanen

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Vancouver Canucks have a logjam at forward after a busy summer, with general manager Jim Benning adding another veteran in Thomas Vanek. The Canucks currently have 15 forwards under contract, and that isn’t including Jake Virtanen or Nikolay Goldobin, who are among the prospects in..." September 10

  • Canucks’ Gaunce out until at least November

    Pro Hockey Talk "By far the biggest Vancouver Canucks news of Friday was the robust (and well-earned) contract for Bo Horvat (more on that here). One smaller update might clarify the other bit of transaction news regarding the Canucks, too. Earlier today, reports surfaced that Scottie Upshall was invited to..." September 09

  • Kole Lind standing out from second wave of Canucks prospects

    Sportsnet "As the Vancouver Canucks rebuild, there is so much focus on high-end prospects like Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson, Jonathan Dahlen and Nikolay Goldobin, it’s easy to overlook the secondary wave of scoring prospects the organization has assembled. Friday, Kole Lind was impossible to..." September 09

  • Horvat believes he is ‘just scratching the surface’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Vancouver Canucks were finally able to sign restricted free agent Bo Horvat to a new contract on Friday, giving him a six-year, $33 million contract. The team is obviously excited about what Horvat has accomplished and what he is capable of in the future with general manager Jim Benning..." September 09

  • Canucks sign Bo Horvat to six-year, $33 million contract

    Sportsnet "The Vancouver Canucks have signed centre Bo Horvat to a six-year contract worth $33 million, Sportsnet’s Iain MacIntyre has confirmed. The deal carries an AAV of $5.5 million. The Canucks are expected to make an official announcement in the near future. Horvat recorded career-highs in goal..." September 08

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Travis Green told Sedins they weren't good enough last season

    Sportsnet "A few weeks from his 37th birthday, Daniel Sedin says the plan is for him and his brother Henrik to finish their careers as Vancouver Canucks. Sedin joined The Playbook on Sportsnet 650 Vancouver on Monday and was asked by host Jawn Jang if the brothers’ mindset was to retire in..." September 04

  • Canucks GM Benning hopes to have Horvat signed ‘in the next week’

    Sportsnet "Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning says he expects to have restricted free agent forward Bo Horvat signed before training camp begins later this month. “It’s going well,” Benning said on The Starting Lineup on Sportsnet 650 Vancouver. “Hopefully we can get it done here in the next..." September 04

  • Vanek hopes to aid Canucks' dismal power play: 'That's one of my specialties'

    NHL.com "Thomas Vanek signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. The 33-year-old forward had 48 points (17 goals, 31 assists) in 68 games for the Florida Panthers and Detroit Red Wings last season. Vanek, who scored at least 20 goals each of his first 10 NHL seasons..." September 02

  • Canucks sign Vanek to one-year, $2 million deal

    TSN "The Vancouver Canucks have signed veteran forward Thomas Vanek to a one-year, $2 million contract the team announced Friday. Vanek split last year with the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers, accumulating 17 goals and 31 assists in 68 games." September 01

  • Canucks prospect Jake Virtanen focused on ‘being a game changer’

    Sportsnet "When Vancouver Canucks training camp opens in a few weeks, there will be many young prospects pushing for only a few roster spots. A team that finally admitted last season to being in a rebuild still added veterans Sam Gagner and Alexander Burmistrov to a forward group that already had the likes..." August 30

  • Canucks sign Manitoban tough guy Ryan White to a PTO

    Vancouver Courier "There is no room on the Canucks roster. All of their departing veterans from last season were replaced on the first day of free agency and they have multiple young players pushing to get into the lineup. And still, there will be veteran players who are still free agents at this point in the..." August 30

  • Sam Gagner’s strange path to Vancouver Canucks

    Pro Hockey Talk "Plenty of free agents take winding paths, particularly when it comes to joining struggling teams like the Vancouver Canucks. Even by those standards, Sam Gagner‘s traveled a strange path. His NHL career started off strong as the Edmonton Oilers made him the sixth pick of the 2007 NHL Draft...." August 27

  • Some early positive signs in Canucks’ reluctant rebuild

    Pro Hockey Talk "The times – and the Internet – haven’t always been kind to Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning. That’s particularly true when Benning, Trevor Linden, and others resisted the rebuild far longer than most found acceptable. Even now, it’s difficult to resist putting up the funniest Benning photo..." August 26

  • Canucks’ Jordan Subban aims to ‘knock down the door’

    Sportsnet "Jordan Subban missed the boat. During the Subbans’ summer vacation in Barbados, Jordan had a chance to go out on a sail-and-scuba cruise with the rest of the crew but sleep interfered. “You know what?” Jordan says. “I was supposed to go out on the catamaran, and me and P.K. slept in, and..." August 24

  • 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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

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