Player News - Canucks

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Brandon Prust could be a stop gap measure for the Canucks.

This is the final year on a four-year deal for the tough winger and he will have a cap hit of $2.5 million. Prust will team with Derek Dorsett to give the Canucks a lot of truculence up front but with most NHL teams shying away from enforcers, it may be a luxury that the Canucks can ill afford to have. Prust had 18 points and 134 penalty minutes in 82 games last season and averaged 12:57 minutes of ice time.
Jul 5 - 7:30 AM

Brandon Prust was vacationing in Rome with his fiancee when he heard he was traded July 1 by Montreal to Vancouver.

"Funny, I saw the headline (on Twitter), 'Zack Kassian traded to the Canadiens from the Canucks,' but I didn't see at first who he was traded for," Prust said. He was called by Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin soon after that to inform him of the deal. Although he admitted to being left "in shock" by the news, he's excited to play in Vancouver at this point. Prust had 18 points and 134 penalty minutes in 82 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 4 - 6:37 PM

Linden Vey will enter training camp vying for the fourth line job at center.

Vey was practically handed a job at center last season but did not have a good year as he eventually moved to the wing and was sometimes a healthy scratch. He ended the season with 10 goals and 24 points in 75 and will have to battle Blair Jones for a spot on the Vancouver roster this season. He saw plenty of time on the power play as he was sixth on the Canucks with 140:11 minutes, picking up four goals and six points.
Jul 4 - 7:54 AM

Blair Jones has signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $600K with Vancouver Canucks.

Jones will be entering his age-29 season when October rolls around, and his 132 career NHL games since being drafted 102nd overall by Tampa in 2005 suggests he won't make much of a fantasy impact. That being said, he put up nine goals and 21 points in 33 games last season for AHL Lehigh Valley. He'll make $250K while with AHL Utica.
Jul 3 - 6:13 PM

On Thursday, President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden announced he had relieved a trio of front office members of their duties.

Vice President, Hockey Operations, and Assistant General Manager, Laurence Gilman, Assistant General Manager, Lorne Henning and Director, Player Personnel, Eric Crawford were each relieved of their duties. "They have been important members of our staff for a long time and made significant contributions to the success of this team," Linden said. "Further still, they are great people and respected members of the hockey community."
Jul 2 - 10:13 PM

Derek Dorsett is thrilled that Brandon Prust is now a teammate.

The Canucks dealt Zack Kassian and a fifth round pick for Prust who will help Dorsett on the physical side of the game. Dorsett actually texted GM Jim Benning and said 'Thank you' upon hearing of the trade. Dorsett was almost solo up front in taking care of the physicality and things should be different in Vancouver this season.
Jul 2 - 10:36 AM

Defenseman Taylor Fedun signed a one-year deal with the Canucks.

The 27-year-old Fedun does have some offensive upside as he has been a productive player in the AHL over the past few seasons and registered four points in seven games with San Jose in 2014-15. If he gets a real chance at cracking the Canucks' roster, he could surprise as there is a vacancy on the Vancouver power-play with the departure of Kevin Bieksa.
Jul 1 - 4:40 PM

The Vancouver Canucks acquired Brandon Prust for Zach Kassian and a fifth-round draft pick.

Prust is a valuable NHL player and an equally valuable fantasy player due to his modest scoring skills and propensity to accumulate penalty minutes. In 82 games with the Canadiens last season Prust scored four goals, resgistered 18 points and amassed 134 penalty minutes. That makes draft worthy in deep pools that count PIMs as a category. Prust is ticketed for third-line duty in Vancouver, a role he filled very well with the Habs.
Jul 1 - 2:24 PM

Richard Bachman has signed on the dotted line with Vancouver on a two-year deal.

He spent the 2014-15 campaign with the Edmonton Oilers organization and he made seven appearances with the big club. Bachman posted a 2.84 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage in those matches.
Jul 1 - 2:15 PM

Matt Bartkowski has signed a one-year deal with Vancouver.

He will make $1.75 million. Bartkowski has no goals and 24 assists in 131 NHL games in his career.
Jul 1 - 1:15 PM

Mike Weber has signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Weber is a depth defenseman who will be in and out of the Vancouver lineup this upcoming season. It makes sense for the Canucks to ink Weber as they just parted with Kevin Bieksa in a trade and their defensemen depth is depleted. Weber has no fantasy value as his seven points in 64 games will attest.
Jul 1 - 12:12 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have signed Alex Biega to a one-year/two-way contract.

Biega will get $600,000 in the NHL and $325,000 when playing for the farm team. The 27-year-old from Harvard scored his first NHL goal this season against the Wild on February 16 but is only a depth defenseman at best in the NHL.
Jun 30 - 4:01 PM

Matt Bartkowski will test the open market on Wednesday.

Boston GM Don Sweeney confirmed that Bartkowski will become an unrestricted free agent. He picked up four assists, 88 hits and a minus-6 rating in 47 games with the Bruins last season.
Jun 30 - 1:19 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed goaltender Jacob Markstrom to a two-year deal, general manager Jim Benning announced Monday.

Markstrom, 25, appeared in three games with the Canucks in 2014-15 and 32 games with the Utica Comets of the AHL, where he was 22-7-2, with a goals-against average of 1.88, a save percentage of .934 and five shutouts. In 50 career NHL games with Vancouver and Florida, he has a mark of 13-28-5 and a 3.19 GAA.
Jun 29 - 8:21 PM

Yannick Weber didn't get a qualifying from the Canucks.

He can test the open market on July 1, but a contract with Vancouver could still be in the works. The two sides will continue to talk prior to the start of free agency on Wednesday.
Jun 29 - 6:42 PM

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