Player News - Canucks

Date: Team: Pos:

Ronald Kenins has signed a two-year deal with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss League.

The 25-year-old played eight games with the Vancouver Canucks last season, but spent most of the year in the AHL. He scored five goals and 23 points in 41 games with the Utica Comets in 2015-16.
Aug 17 - 10:49 AM

Sven Baertschi is seeking a more consistent effort in 2016-17.

"It was good to have a strong second half, but obviously the first half is the one that really bugs me," he said. "Consistency is doing the same thing and working hard every single day so that it becomes automatic. The first half of the season if I look back, there was a lot of not quite going to the net. I was around the net, but not actually going there. The most painful part of hockey is going to the net and once I started doing that, it really started working for me and I started scoring goals so I just kept doing it." Baertschi wasn't able to train for a month after the season because of a knee injury, but there are no lingering effects from that anymore. He intends to ramp up his workouts with training camp set to begin on Sept. 22.
Aug 14 - 12:18 PM

Erik Gudbranson was surprised to be traded by Florida, especially after signing a one-year contract with the team shortly before the deal occurred.

"I was surprised about the trade, but Vancouver is a huge hockey market and I'm excited to be going there," said Gudbranson. "This is a team held in pretty high regard. On an individual level you have to be ready to make a difference. I'm excited to keep going this summer, step right in there. It was a shock to be traded, I didn't see it coming. But it's a business. I'll keep going." He will look to impress the Canucks with the hope of securing a long-term contract for himself next summer.
Aug 12 - 12:18 PM

Brock Boeser was impressive at USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp.

U.S. junior hockey coach Bob Motzko spoke glowingly about Boeser's size and strength as well as his ability to score. Boeser, who was selected 23rd overall in 2015 by Vancouver, will play for the University of North Dakota again in 2016-17. Motzko added that Boeser was the full package and Canucks fans should be excited about him.
Aug 10 - 10:26 AM

Vancouver GM Jim Benning is looking at trade options and free agency to add a winger to the team's top-six forward group.

"We're looking at all of our options there." he said. "I've talked to a bunch of teams around the league. We really haven't got anywhere with those talks. We're circling back maybe on some guys that are free agents still, talking to their agents and seeing where they're at. But we would like to try to add an experienced 15-20 goal scorer, if we could, going into the season." The Canucks were reportedly looking at Sam Gagner, but he signed with Columbus. Other options could be Jiri Hudler or Brandon Pirri, who are still available as unrestricted free agents.
Aug 6 - 2:27 PM

Olli Juolevi has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Vancouver.

"Olli is a talented all-around defenseman with high hockey sense who will be a big part of our organization's future," said GM Jim Benning. "He's had an outstanding year, winning the Memorial Cup and World Junior gold. We look forward to seeing him continue his development and compete at the NHL level during training camp in September." It's uncertain where he will start the 2016-17 season, but that situation should become clearer after camp.
Aug 5 - 5:34 PM

Brendan Gaunce believes he can claim a roster spot with Vancouver out of training camp.

He has been working hard in the summer with a shooting specialist, a skills coach and a power skating instructor. Gaunce feels more confident and he wants to be a contributor after he picked up one goal in 20 appearances with the Canucks last year.
Aug 5 - 12:03 PM

Olli Juolevi and the Canucks haven't agreed to an entry-level deal yet, but negotiations are ongoing.

"Contract coversations are going on all the time, I know what's going on, we don't have any rush to do that right now," said Juolevi, who was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. He is hoping to play for the Canucks this season, but the team expects him to be back with London of he OHL. Juolevi has also attracted interest from teams in Europe, so that could be an option as well.
Aug 5 - 11:41 AM

Matt Bartkowski has attracted some interest as an unrestricted free agent, but he hasn't signed with a new team yet.

Bartkowski is seeking a one-way contract. His agent, Stephen Reich, believes something will be worked out closer to the end of the summer. On the bright side, Bartkowski got married two weeks ago. He skated in 80 games with the Canucks last season, where he averaged 18:37 of ice time and contributed 18 points.
Jul 31 - 2:25 PM

Bo Horvat isn't worried about being projected as Vancouver's third-line center going into 2016-17.

"I want to be the guy the team knows will play well and a guy that everybody relies on," he said when asked about his expectations. "Whether that's playing well defensively and shutting down a big line or contributing offensively, I obviously want to be a No. 1 center some day, but Hank (Henrik Sedin) and Sutter are doing a great job. I'm just going to keep pushing the pace and push them as well." The 21-year-old contributed 16 goals and 40 points in 82 games last year.
Jul 29 - 8:16 PM

Olli Juolevi is expected to be back in the OHL for the upcoming season.

"His ability to process the game and make the right play is impressive," said Trevor Linden, who serves as Vancouver's president of hockey operations. "Our plan for him is London (OHL)." Juolevi had nine goals and 42 points in 57 games for the Knights last year. He was taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 27 - 11:00 AM

Andrey Pedan's new one-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks comes with a $700,000 cap hit if he plays in the NHL.

It's a two-way deal and Pedan will earn $100,000 annually if he plays in the minors. He had 21 points and 87 penalty minutes in 45 AHL games last season. He also had no points and 18 penalty minutes in 13 contests with Vancouver.
Jul 21 - 11:58 PM

Alexandre Grenier's recently signed one-year, two-way deal comes with a $600,000 cap hit at the NHL level.

Grenier will receive $575,000 of that in salary if he plays in the NHL for the full campaign, but $25,000 of that is a signing bonus. He scored 16 goals and 48 points in 69 AHL games in 2015-16.
Jul 21 - 5:07 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have inked Alexandre Grenier to a one-year, two-way contract.

Grenier had 16 goals and 48 points in 69 AHL contests last season. He also played in six games with the Vancouver Canucks, though he's still searching for his first NHL point.
Jul 21 - 2:40 PM

Andrey Pedan has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Vancouver Canucks.

Pedan had 21 points and 87 penalty minutes in 45 AHL contests in 2015-16. He also recorded 18 penalty minutes, but no points, in 13 games with the Vancouver Canucks.
Jul 21 - 2:37 PM


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