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  • Five-alarm fire: NHL playoffs show officiating, review process need significant overhaul

    USA Today "It’s no longer a question of whether the NHL should look at how the game is officiated. The question is: How could they not? This year’s Stanley Cup playoffs has provided overwhelming evidence that significant changes are required. What happened Wednesday, when..." May 16

  • Artemi Panarin tops 2019 Free Agent Frenzy class

    TSN "The Bread Man is going to make cake. Artemi Panarin delivered the goods despite a circus swirling around him in Columbus, leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in franchise history. Now, after fulfilling his contract, he’ll head to free agency as the No. 1..." May 10

  • Vancouver Canucks not expected to qualify Brendan Gaunce

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though he doesn’t quite qualify for Group VI status, it looks like Brendan Gaunce will get to unrestricted free agency a bit earlier anyway. Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet reports that the Vancouver Canucks are unlikely to issue Gaunce a qualifying offer this offseason,..." May 09

  • Vancouver Canucks Will Not Qualify Derrick Pouliot

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The deadline to make qualifying offers to restricted free agents is still more than six weeks away, but the Vancouver Canucks have given one of their impending RFA’s an early heads up. Sportsnet’s Rick Dhaliwal reports that the team has informed defenseman Derrick..." May 08

  • How the Vancouver Canucks can clear clutter, improve depth as they take next step

    Sportsnet "An old hockey writer changed condos in the same building, but discovered on moving day that his new home couldn’t quite accommodate the volume of stuff he’d accumulated over many years in the old one. Faced with a storage crisis, he filled his car in the parkade with the..." May 07

  • How the Canucks can clear clutter, improve depth as they take next step

    Sportsnet "An old hockey writer changed condos in the same building, but discovered on moving day that his new home couldn’t quite accommodate the volume of stuff he’d accumulated over many years in the old one. Faced with a storage crisis, he filled his car in the parkade with the..." May 07

  • 5 ways Vancouver Canucks can return to Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2020

    Sportsnet "The Columbus Blue Jackets made the National Hockey League playoffs on the second-to-last day of the regular season by beating the New York Rangers in a shootout. Then they completed a four-game sweep of a Tampa Bay Lightning team which built the league’s first 62-win season..." May 06

  • Loui Eriksson: 'Travis Green and I don't get on 100 per cent'

    The Province "Loui Eriksson is playing for Sweden this month in international hockey. He was asked about his time in Vancouver. Loui Eriksson’s time in Vancouver has been a disappointment. The Swedish winger knows it. And he believes he can still get better. Signed in 2016..." May 03

  • It Sure Sounds Like Milan Lucic Is Trying To Orchestrate A Trade To The Vancouver Canucks

    Copper And Blue "Yesterday’s interview between Sportsnet Vancouver and Milan Lucic seemed pretty innocent at first. How’s your offseason going? Let’s talk about the Vancouver Giants. Should Brad Marchand be clubbing defenceless players with rabbit punches? You know, typical..." May 03

  • One tough debut. One wild season. For Canucks' DiPietro, the ride's just starting

    The Score "The night the San Jose Sharks shot seven pucks past Michael DiPietro, his phone wouldn't stop pinging with messages of consolation. The Vancouver Canucks prospect got lit up in his surprise NHL debut at age 19. Without a healthy backup goalie available, he was stranded in the..." May 02

  • Oilers’ Milan Lucic won’t rule out playing for Canucks one day

    Regina Leader Post "This in from Milan Lucic, talking on Sportsnet 650 in Vancouver about maybe finishing his career in his hometown Vancouver: “That’s definitely something I wouldn’t rule out. It’s obviously something that potentially could happen. Like you said, things haven’t gone..." May 01

  • Canucks’ Owner Shoots Down Mike Gillis Speculation

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Vancouver Canucks fired Mike Gillis as president and general manager in 2014, but in recent days speculation had bubbled up that the team may be interested in bringing him back. In fact, reports had surfaced that owner Francesco Aquilini had contacted Gillis to gauge his interest in..." April 30

  • Agent: Nikolay Goldobin returning to Canucks next season

    Yardbarker "There were rumors last week that Nikolay Goldobin was being pursued by the KHL, but even with his recent agent change, that doesn’t seem imminent. Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet spoke with Goldobin’s new agent, Sergei Isakov, who explained that the young forward would be returning..." April 29

  • Troy Stecher will join Team Canada at the 2019 World Hockey Championship

    Vancouver Courier "Team Sweden will have plenty of Canucks content at the 2019 World Hockey Championship, with Elias Pettersson, Jacob Markstrom, and Loui Eriksson all committing to play for their country. So will Team USA, represented by youngsters Quinn Hughes and Thatcher Demko. For a while, it..." April 28

  • Pettersson, Binnington, Dahlin voted finalists for Calder Trophy

    NHL.com "Jordan Binnington of the St. Louis Blues, Rasmus Dahlin of the Buffalo Sabres and Elias Pettersson of the Vancouver Canucks were named finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy on Saturday. The award is given annually to the best rookie in the NHL. The winner will be announced at the..." April 27

  • Canucks Sign Thatcher Demko To Two-Year Extension

    Last Word On Hockey "The Vancouver Canucks have announced that they have re-signed goaltender Thatcher Demko to a two-year $1.05 million contract. The contract carries him through the 2020-21 season. In nine appearances for the Canucks this season, Demko posted a record of 4-3-1 with a goals-against..." April 24

  • Pettersson to play for Sweden at WHC

    TSN "Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson was among the 13 players named to Sweden's roster for next month's world hockey championship on Friday. Pettersson will be joined by Canucks teammates Jacob Markström and Loui Eriksson, along with Adam Larsson of the..." April 19

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Oilers And Canucks Discussed A Brandon Manning Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As they looked to free up salary cap room at the trade deadline, the Oilers and Canucks held some discussions regarding defenseman Brandon Manning, reports Postmedia’s Jim Matheson.  However, he suggests that Vancouver wanted winger Jujhar Khaira to be included in..." April 15

  • Jacob Markstrom Hopes To Sign Extension In Vancouver

    Pro Hockey Rumors "  The Vancouver Canucks have a pair of young goaltending prospects coming through the system in Thatcher Demko and Michael DiPietro that would make other teams envious. Both have the potential to contribute at the NHL level, and after adding Jake..." April 10

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • Canucks’ Pettersson expected to play for Sweden at 2019 IIHF worlds

    Sportsnet "Outstanding Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson is expected to represent Sweden at this year’s 2019 IIHF World Championship. Although nothing is official, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported Saturday during the Headlines segment of Hockey Night in Canada that..." April 07

  • Elias Pettersson fired up after flat finish to sensational rookie year

    Sportsnet "If the first quarter of Elias Pettersson’s season had been the same as the last quarter, the conversation about the Vancouver Canucks’ rookie would have been starkly different. It would have been, well, what we expected: a gifted, slender teenager from Sweden challenged by..." April 07

  • Canucks' Hughes to play for U.S. at World Championship

    The Province "Quinn Hughes could see a few familiar faces at the World Championships in May. Quinn Hughes is going back to the world championship. The Canucks rookie confirmed after Thursday’s game against the Nashville Predators that he will again skate for Team..." April 06

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • Canucks sign Brogan Rafferty from Quinnipiac University to add right-side depth on defence

    Vancouver Courier "One of Jim Benning’s best free agent signing in his tenure as GM of the Canucks was an undrafted defenceman out of the NCAA: Troy Stecher. The right-handed Stecher quickly established himself in the NHL and has proven himself to be a key part of the future of the Canucks’..." April 02

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • Canucks interested in re-signing Schenn

    TSN "Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning called defenceman Luke Schenn a "pleasant surprise" on Sunday and said team is interested in retaining the pending unrestricted free agent this off-season. “That’s a fair comment and for sure it [an..." April 01

  • Vancouver Canucks sign goaltender Jake Kielly to entry-level contract

    Daily Hive "The Vancouver Canucks have signed 22-year-old goaltender Jake Kielly to a two-year entry-level contract, GM Jim Benning announced today. The 22-year-old started 39 games for Clarkson University Golden Knights this season, going 26-11-2 with a .929 save percentage and..." April 01

  • Canucks’ Baertschi hoping to finish season strong after concussion

    Sportsnet "With the spectacular arrival in the National Hockey League this week of Quinn Hughes stoking optimism around the Vancouver Canucks and the belief that better days are surely ahead, it was easy to forget how bad some days have been this season for Sven Baertschi. The 26-year-old..." March 31

  • Canucks failed to reach playoffs despite impressive rookie Pettersson

    NHL.com "The Vancouver Canucks failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth straight season and fifth time in six seasons. The Canucks (33-35-10) were eliminated from playoff contention Friday when the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout. Here..." March 30

  • Canucks’ Schenn setting a strong example in latest NHL opportunity

    Sportsnet "Luke Schenn was younger than Quinn Hughes is now when he first played in the National Hockey League. He was also a higher draft pick. For the first 10-and-a-half years of his career, Schenn never left the NHL. Sure, he changed teams four times and eventually saw his role as a tough,..." March 29

  • Quinn Hughes’ debut gives tantalizing glimpse of Canucks’ future

    Sportsnet "On the night Alex Edler set the Vancouver Canucks’ all-time record for goals by a defenceman, you couldn’t help but wonder if new teammate Quinn Hughes will one day be the player who breaks it. The 19-year-old did not score in his National Hockey League debut, which left..." March 29

  • Canucks' Hughes to make NHL debut vs. Kings

    The Province "The Canucks’ defensive corps just got a big boost. Quinn Hughes and Ben Hutton told Patrick Johnston Thursday morning they’re both ready to go against the L.A. Kings tonight. Both blue-liners had been nursing foot injuries, Hutton’s coming against Vegas on..." March 28

  • Canucks’ Baertschi nearing return; no timetable for Hughes’ debut

    Sportsnet "Quinn Hughes isn’t going into the Vancouver Canucks’ lineup this weekend, but winger Sven Baertschi could be. A serious concussion and its consequences — after Baertschi initially returned from injury mid-season — have restricted the 26-year-old, top-six winger..." March 23

  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau to have hearing with Dept. of Player Safety

    NHL.com "Jean-Gabriel Pageau will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday. The Ottawa Senators center is facing discipline for boarding against Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ashton Sautner. The incident occurred at 16:25 of the second period in..." March 21

  • Unlikely contributors have Canucks back in playoff hunt

    Sportsnet "Winning sucks. If you live in Tank Nation. For normal people, it’s generally kind of fun. Just in time for the NHL draft lottery, the Vancouver Canucks are on a roll. Their 7-4 win Wednesday against the Ottawa Senators, who were putrid for 48 minutes, gave..." March 21

  • No Extension Talks Between Vancouver Canucks, Jacob Markstrom

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Vancouver Canucks have had plenty of intrigue at the goaltender position this season, finding themselves without anyone to start in the minor leagues at various times. All that was caused by trading away Anders Nilsson, knowing that they wanted to give young up-and-comer Thatcher Demko a..." March 20

  • Ten Finalists Named For 2019 Hobey Baker Award

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The first round of voting has come to an end, and the ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award have been named. 83 players were nominated for the award this year, and a fan vote was added to the opinions of NCAA head coaches to determine the final ten names. The trophy..." March 20

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • Canucks' Tanev out for season

    TSN "Vancouver Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev's season is over.  According to head coach Travis Green, Tanev will not play again this season after leaving early against the New Jersey Devils Friday night. Green added he believes it's a broken bone.  Tanev..." March 16

  • Vancouver Canucks Ink Jett Woo To Entry-Level Contract

    NHL.com "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Jett Woo to a three-year entry-level contract. "We're very excited at the strides Jett has made this season with Moose Jaw," said Benning. "He plays the game with good..." March 16

  • Canucks’ future looks secure with Jacob Markstrom

    Sportsnet "The discussion about how many of their remaining games the Vancouver Canucks should devote to Thatcher Demko’s development would be much simpler if Jacob Markstrom would just stop playing so well. In their garbage-time game Friday against the New Jersey Devils, nearly all the..." March 16

  • Antoine Roussel suffers season-ending knee injury

    Yardbarker "The news out of Vancouver Wednesday night was not good following a rough game against the New York Rangers. Canucks head coach Travis Green confirmed that Antoine Roussel suffered a season-ending knee injury when he collided with Brendan Lemieux, while young prospect Quinn Hughes will spend a..." March 14

  • Rangers’ Kreider fined $5K for elbowing Canucks’ Pettersson

    Sportsnet "New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider has been fined $5,000 for elbowing Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson on Wednesday night. The fine is the maximum allowable under the current CBA.

  • Canucks’ Loui Eriksson Made A Healthy Scratch

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Loui Eriksson’s tenure in Vancouver has been close to disastrous, but it has now reached a new low. In his third season and with 184 games with the Canucks under his belt, Eriksson has been made a healthy scratch for tonight’s home game against the New York..." March 14

  • Canucks looking to keep expectations realistic for Hughes

    Sportsnet "As superheroes go, Quinn Hughes isn’t the most physically imposing. Luckily, he doesn’t have to be Superman or merely Bobby Orr to help save the Vancouver Canucks. “Bobby Orr? I’m not really sure about that one,” Hughes said Wednesday when asked about a..." March 13

  • Canucks' Hughes to have ankle evaluated

    TSN "Fans in Vancouver might have to wait a bit to see 19-year-old Quinn Hughes. General manager Jim Benning said Hughes will have his bruised ankle evaluated when he arrives in Vancouver on Tuesday.  "He won't play until he's 100 per cent, so we'll see..." March 11

  • Canucks sign top prospect Quinn Hughes to three-year, entry-level contract

    Vancouver Sun "The Quinn Hughes watch is over. The Vancouver Canucks signed the 2018 seventh-overall pick on Sunday to a three-year, entry-level contract. Hughes, 19, just completed his second collegiate season with the University of Michigan Wolverines. He was the top scorer on the team..." March 10

  • With Michigan’s Exit, Quinn Hughes Is Free To Sign With Vancouver

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the University of Michigan getting eliminated from the first round of the Big 10 Tournament Saturday in a best-of-three series with the University of Minnesota, the Vancouver Canucks are suddenly hoping to see the next phase of the future arrive as their 2018 first-round pick Quinn Hughes,..." March 10