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Jacob Markstrom has denied a recent report that he requested a trade after the Canucks signed Ryan Miller.

Vancouver might try to trade Markstrom regardless because he's set to come with a $1.2 million cap hit in 2014-15 despite the fact that he's currently projected to be the team's third goaltender. If he does stay in Vancouver then he'll have a hard time getting starts against Miller and Eddie Lack.
Jul 10 - 1:42 PM

Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning denied the recent reports that he's interested in trading prospect Hunter Shinkaruk.

"I don't know where that came from. We were never actively looking to trade Hunter Shinkaruk. This stuff gets started out there," said Benning. "That's not true." Shinkaruk previously stated that he liked the media side of hockey and said he still enjoys it despite the recent trade speculation. He added that he's fully recovered from the hip surgery he underwent in January.
Source: Metro News
Jul 8 - 10:54 PM

Jacob Markstrom has requested a trade out of Vancouver, according to Jason Botchford of The Province.

Markstrom sees the writing on the wall with Ryan Miller being signed and Eddie Lack the backup. The Canucks have explored trades and there is interest from three teams. "That situation could work itself out over the summer," general manager Jim Benning said. "The teams that are interested may have to move out another guy. … We’re exploring that for Jacob. But if that doesn’t happen, Jacob comes to camp. He has a good attitude. He understands the situation. … Look at Minnesota last year. They went through about five goalies." Markstrom carries a $1.2 million cap hit. He had a .918 save percentage in 29 games in the AHL last year, and a .873 save percentage in 16 games in the NHL.
Jul 6 - 8:48 PM

Chris Tanev has accepted a one-year contract with the Canucks for $2 million but he still isn't feeling the love from the organization.

Tanev, who established himself as a top-four defenseman last season averaging 20:44 in 64 games, got a bargain-basement $2-million, one-year deal. The signing came hours before the deadline to file for salary arbitration. There was a feeling from Tanev’s side that $2 mill would be his ceiling in an arbitration award because he’s not a big points producer. But it’s nowhere near what the 24-year-old would get on the open market. The key stat in arbitration for defensive defensemen is ice time, and there were two RFA defensemen who’ve signed in the past year comparable to Tanev. Ottawa’s Jared Cowen averaged 13 fewer seconds than Tanev this past season and put up 15 points. Ottawa signed Cowen in September to a four-year, $12.4-million contract. There's also Washington’s Karl Alzner, who averaged 12 fewer seconds and had one more point than Tanev last season. He just finished the first year of a four-year, $11.2 million deal. Vancouver never came close to offering Tanev this much.
Jul 6 - 10:09 AM

Zack Kassian thinks he received a "fair contract" from Vancouver based on where he's at in his career.

He will earn $1.5 million next year and $2 million the season after that. "I feel I can do more but you have to show that on the ice and that's coming in the next couple of years, and so on and so forth," he added. Kassian had 29 points and 124 penalty minutes in 73 games last year.
Jul 5 - 4:00 PM

Chris Tanev has agreed to a one-year contract with Vancouver worth $2 million.

He generated six goals and 17 points in 64 games last season to go with a plus-12 rating. Tanev also had 136 blocked shots and he averaged 20:44 of ice time per match.
Jul 5 - 2:55 PM

Peter Andersson has signed a one-year, two-way deal with Vancouver.

He will earn $600,000 at the NHL level and $80,000 in the AHL. Andersson had two goals and 11 assists in 58 games with AHL Utica last year.
Jul 5 - 1:36 PM

Joe Cannata has agreed to terms with the Vancouver Canucks.

Cannata had a 2.83 GAA and .907 save percentage in 28 AHL games in 2013-14. He'll start next season in the minors and it wouldn't be surprising to see him spend the entire campaign at that level.
Jul 4 - 4:58 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed Yannick Weber.

The Canucks didn't reveal the terms of the contract. Weber had six goals and four assists in 49 games in 2013-14.
Jul 4 - 12:50 PM

Vancouver re-signed Alex Biega on Thursday.

According to Capgeek.com, Biega will make $600,000 at the NHL level and $150,000 in the AHL. The contract is his third straight one-year pact.
Jul 4 - 9:55 AM

Alex Burrows will likely skate on the second line with Nick Bonino in 2014-15.

Radim Vrbata is projected to play with the Sedin twins, so Burrows will get Bonino and either Zack Kassian or Jannik Hansen as his linemates. "I think we want to have more balance on our four lines and more scoring depth," said GM Jim Benning. "So if we can move Alex, say, from the first line to the second line, it makes our second line better. I think now we have depth at the forward position where every line can contribute in scoring and that's one of the things we set out to do." Burrows struggled mightily last year, while earning five goals and 15 points in 49 appearances.
Jul 4 - 9:42 AM

Zack Kassian's agent, Paul Krepelka, confirmed that a two-year deal worth $3.5 million was signed with the Canucks on Thursday.

Kassian produced 14 goals, 29 points and 124 penalty minutes in 73 games with Vancouver last season. He is projected to play on the second or third line next year.
Jul 4 - 9:37 AM

Reports out of Vancouver suggest the Canucks are close to inking Zack Kassian to a two-year contract extension.

The well-known agitator registered 29 points in 73 games last season and though more offense was expected when he was acquired by Vancouver, he offers decent production for a third or fourth liner. We'll pass along the specifics of the deal if/when it comes to fruition.
Jul 3 - 9:11 PM

Radim Vrbata and his agent fielded a number of offers before the winger decided to sign with the Vancouver Canucks.

The team Vrbata left, the Arizona Coyotes, were among the suitors for his services, but it's clear their offer was far less lucrative than the one he settled on. "We both tried really hard to find something if something would work," said Vrbata. "Over 24 hours, I don't know if you'd say we were close but we had something I would consider even though it was less money and if it got out, some people would think I was crazy." The change of scenery should be positive for the forward provided he lines up alongside the Sedins, as expected.
Jul 3 - 7:57 PM

Radim Vrbata expects to get a chance to play with Daniel and Henrik Sedin in Vancouver, according to his agent Rich Evans.

"I guess he's going to have to earn the spot but the opportunity is hopefully there for him to do that," Evans said. "The twins play a style of game that is well suited to the style that Radim plays, which is pitch and catch where they move the puck very quickly. The twins are both smart players and he is hoping to recapture some of the success he had when he was playing with Ray Whitney down in Phoenix." He's also projected to add some scoring punch to the Canucks' power play, which finished 26th in the league last season. Vrbata potted 10 goals with the man advantage in 2013-14. If he clicks with the Sedins, he has the potential to flirt the 60-point mark.
Jul 3 - 2:08 PM


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