Player News - Canucks

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Zach Hamill has agreed to a one-year contract with HPK to play in Finland.

Last season, he played in 21 games with the AHL's Utica Comets and 13 contests with Astana Barys of the KHL. Hamill was originally taken with the eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Boston Bruins. He skated in just 20 NHL games in his career and contributed four assists.
Source: hpk.fi
Aug 29 - 3:36 PM

Perry Pearn will serve as an assistant coach with Vancouver this coming season.

"We are very excited to name Perry to our staff today," Canucks GM Jim Benning said in a statement. "Perry brings a wealth of experience and knowledge at the NHL level to our organization." Pearn has been an assistant coach in the NHL for over 19 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets.
Aug 11 - 5:13 PM

Don't be surprised if the Vancouver Canucks don't employ an enforcer-type player this season.

New President Trevor Linden spoke about his position on fighting in general and it's clear he would support a ban of some sort. Reading between the lines, we're willing to guess the team will be moving away from the idea of dressing a one-dimensional player of that sort. "Fighting is supposed to be there to protect our top players. I’m not sure it has that effect. I think that happened in the ’70s and ’80s, but I think that ended when the game progressed. I don’t speak for every fan, but I think there are a lot of fans out there who don’t understand the staged fight. Within the context of the game it isn’t relevant. Everyone loves playoff hockey and we saw incredible games in these playoffs. It was hard-hitting, fast and intense. And, generally speaking, fighting isn’t part of playoff hockey."
Aug 10 - 12:05 PM

The Canucks acquisition of Ryan Miller was the result of GM Jim Benning's plan to rebuild the franchise.

Vancouver President Trevor Linden explained in an interview that Benning's philosophy for building a winning team includes a focus on strong goaltending and it's clear the team felt Eddie Lack wasn't prepared to be the number one netminder. "As much as we felt (Eddie Lack) made great steps last year, Jim believes goaltending is the most important position in the game. He needed to know every night we had a chance to win and we’re going to be good in that position." It was already expected that Miller would see the bulk of the action in goal for Vancouver this season, but this solidifies the notion that Lack won't pose a serious challenge to him.
Aug 10 - 12:00 PM

The displacement of Alex Burrows in the Vancouver lineup is a feeling he's all too familiar with.

With the arrival of winger Radim Vrbata to play alongside Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Burrows will be bumped to Vancouver's second line, but this isn't the first time Vrbata has skated ahead of him on the depth chart. The two players were teammates for the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL in the early 2000s where Vrbata played a much more prominent role than Burrows. "He was a first-liner drafted by Colorado," Burrows recalls. "I was a fourth-liner that no one really knew about. We had a good time that year, but we lost in the final, which was disappointing." Whichever line he plays on, look for Burrows to bounce back this season after a difficult 2013-14 that was primarily caused by poor luck.
Aug 9 - 1:36 PM

Linden Vey's former WHL coach, Shaun Clouston, believes the former Kings forward can be a top-six skater in the NHL.

"He can score goals, but he can also really create offensive chances through his puck possession by drawing attention and finding the open man," said Clouston. That is why he may be better suited for center than on the wing, but he has played both positions before. Vey could start the season as Vancouver's third-line center and he has the talent to help out the power play as well. He might be worth looking at heading into the 2014-15 season if he impresses at training camp.
Aug 8 - 4:54 PM

Alex Burrows isn't concerned by his projected spot on the second line.

"The team winning games is way more important than me scoring goals with the twins," he said. Radim Vrbata is slated to play with Daniel and Henrik Sedin this coming season, while Burrows will skate alongside Nick Bonino and Zack Kassian or Jannik Hansen. New head coach Willie Desjardins met with him during the off-season and he told Burrows that he wants him to take on a leadership role and contribute more offensively. That could be a difficult task if he doesn't catch fire with Bonino.
Aug 8 - 11:48 AM

Vancouver hired Ben Cooper as the team's new video coach last Friday.

"Ben is a young guy that obviously has some experience with Hockey Canada and Willie has had some experience with him as well," team president Trevor Linden said. "So there is a relationship there and he felt he could be a good fit on the video side of things. It's something that Willie really wanted, someone that could be 100 percent dedicated on the video side. Willie is going to rely on video a lot and wanted somebody that was 100 percent dedicated to that, so Ben was a good fit." He worked as the video coach for Canada during the gold-medal win at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Aug 5 - 2:08 PM

Darren Archibald is encouraged by Canucks GM Jim Benning desired to add more "meat-and-potatoes" players to the team's lineup.

"That's the definition of my game," Archibald said. "I'm not out there trying to do anything fancy or make highlight-reel plays. My job is to be strong on the forecheck and bring pucks to the net." It wasn't long ago Archibald was struggling to even establish himself in the AHL, but he's coming off a strong season where he made his NHL debut and went on to record three points in 16 games with Vancouver.
Jul 30 - 9:41 AM

Jake Virtanen has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Virtanen was taken with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He had 45 goals, 71 points, and 100 penalty minutes even though he spent half the season playing through a torn labrum. He underwent surgery in May and isn't expected to be ready to play until mid-October.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 25 - 6:55 PM

Jared McCann has inked a three-year, entry-level contract.

McCann was taken with the 24th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He had 27 goals, 62 points, and 51 penalty minutes in 64 OHL games in 2013-14.
Jul 24 - 2:30 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed Darren Archibald.

Archibald had a goal and three points in 16 games with the Canucks last season. He also had 22 points and 102 penalty minutes in 59 AHL contests.
Jul 22 - 7:47 PM

Brandon DeFazio has agreed to terms with the Vancouver Canucks.

DeFazio had 34 points and 106 penalty minutes in 76 AHL games in 2013-14. He's not expected to make the Canucks' opening game roster.
Jul 22 - 5:04 PM

Linden Vey, acquired at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft from the Los Angeles Kings for the 50th pick the Canucks got for defenseman Jason Garrison, should be Vancouver's No. 3 center next season.

The Canucks have signed the restricted free agent to a one-year contract. Canucks general manager Jim Benning said he knew plenty about Vey from his time living in Boston while the 22-year-old played for the AHL's Manchester Monarchs. Vey also played for new coach Willie Desjardins with the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers. "There's a familiarity with Linden," Benning said. "He's a puck-possession guy, he's strong, he's a good two-way player, he plays a 200-foot game. He's ready to play in the NHL now." Vey only has 18 games of NHL experience due in part to the Stanley Cup-champion Kings' depth of young forwards. Benning said he'll get more opportunity in Vancouver.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 19 - 9:42 AM

Linden Vey has accepted the Vancouver Canucks' qualifying offer.

The Canucks acquired Vey from Los Angeles in exchange for the 50th overall pick (Roland McKeown) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Vey's qualifying offer comes with a $735,000 annual cap hit.
Jul 14 - 3:27 PM


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