Player News - Canucks

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Ryan Miller's agent is seeking a one-year, incentive-laden contract extension for his client.

Vancouver would like to bring back Miller, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency. "I don't like to comment on negotiations, but that's something that we're looking at and talking about," said Canucks GM Jim Benning. "We'll see if that concept works for their camp and it's something we'd like to do. We're in conversations and we're going to talk again this week, so we'll see where it goes."
Jun 24 - 12:06 PM

Elias Pettersson is projected to play for Vaxjo Lakers HC of the SHL in 2017-18.

Pettersson, who the Canucks took fifth overall in the 2017 NHL Draft, played for Timra IK of the second-division Hockey Allsvenskan with fellow Vancouver prospect Jonathan Dahlen in 2016-17. "I see myself as a playmaker who protects the puck, and in some years that will be great in the NHL," said Pettersson. "But I don't think I'm ready for the NHL now."
Jun 24 - 12:00 PM

The Vancouver Canucks selected Kole Lind with their second-round pick (33rd overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Canucks came into this draft with plenty of needs. On Friday, they selected slick, Swedish center Elias Pettersson before making Lind their second-round pick today. Lind is simply just a well-rounded prospect. He was productive with his junior team last season, he’s smart with and without the puck and he’s fully capable of playing in every situation. Another plus, is that Lind isn’t shy about making contact with the opposition. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound center picked up 30 goals and 87 points in 70 games with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets last season. Despite being so well-rounded, there just isn’t one particular area in which he’s outstanding. He’s the type of player that can do a lot of things well, but nothing exceptionally well.
Jun 24 - 10:18 AM

The Vancouver Canucks have selected Elias Petterson with the fifth overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft Friday night.

Pettersson is a highly-gifted forward that racked up 19 goals and 40 points in 43 games in Sweden’s second division last season. He had a quiet World Junior Hockey Championship, as he posted just one assists in seven games, but that’s not uncommon for a player who was 17 years old at the time. Pettersson has some size (listed at 6-foot-2), but he’s also very light (165 pounds). As skilled as he might be, he’ll need to bulk up before becoming a full-time NHLer. The Canucks have had considerable success drafting Swedish players in past and Pettersson could be the the heir apparent to countryman Henrik Sedin as the Canucks' number one center in a few years.
Jun 23 - 7:40 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have revealed their keeper list for the upcoming expansion draft.

The Canucks will keep Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi, Loui Eriksson, Markus Granlund, Brandon Sutter, Alexander Edler, Erik Gudbranson, Chris Tanev and Jacob Markstrom. The Vegas Golden Knights will get to choose from Derek Dorsett, Luca Sbisa, Philip Larsen and Jayson Megna.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:43 AM

Erik Gudbranson has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract for the 2017-18 campaign.

Gudbranson would have become a restricted free agent this summer. He was limited to 30 games this season because he suffered a torn ligament in his wrist that resulted in surgery. If he bounces back next season then he'll likely be in line for a big contract.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 15 - 5:24 PM

Vancouver announced some coaching hires on Wednesday.

Newell Brown, Nolan Baumgartner, Doug Jarvis and Manny Malhotra will serve as assistant coaches, while Dan Cloutier has been named goaltending coach, Glenn Carnegie as the skill coach, and Ben Cooper as the video coach. Brown and Baumgartner will join Green on the bench and will look after the forwards and defencemen, respectively.
Jun 7 - 5:06 PM

The Vancouver Canucks are reportedly interested in hiring Windsor Spitfires coach Rocky Thompson to be their AHL coach.

Travis Green, who was coaching the Utica Comets last season, was given the head coaching job in Vancouver this off-season. As for Thompson, he and the Spitfires won the 2017 Memorial Cup last weekend, so his stock has probably never been higher. It'll be interesting to see if he's willing to make the leap from the OHL to the AHL.
Jun 3 - 10:14 AM

Vancouver GM Jim Benning believes that Jacob Markstrom will be the starting goaltender of the team eventually.

"We've been grooming him the last couple of years to be at some point be our No. 1 goalie and I've been saying that for the last couple of years," said Benning. "I don't know when that happens, but at some point that's what our goal is." The Canucks want to bring back veteran netminder Ryan Miller, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
May 31 - 2:43 PM

Drew Shore has joined the ZSC Lions of Switzerland's National League A, according to the team's Twitter account.

Shore appeared in 50 games with EHC Kloten of the Swiss League in 2016-17, where he notched 24 goals and 48 points. He signed a contract with the Canucks in March and picked up two assist in 14 NHL games.
May 30 - 1:03 PM

Chris Tanev is attracting plenty of interest from other NHL GMs, but Jim Benning is reluctant to move the talented defender.

"I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't listen and see if it (trade) is worth it, but it's hard to find good defensemen," said Benning. "Especially defensemen who are mobile and move the puck. I'm not shopping Tanev or bringing his name up in conversations with other GMs. They bring up his name. Unless it would make sense for our future, I'm not trading Chris. He means so much to our team. And we're not looking to do anything with Alex (Edler)." Tanev and Edler had injury issues in 2016-17, but it appears the teams still has confidence in their abilities to bounce back.
May 27 - 10:21 AM

Vancouver GM Jim Benning wants to bring back pending unrestricted free agent Ryan Miller.

If that happens then Miller and Jacob Markstrom would probably share action in the crease, while Thatcher Demko gets more time to develop in the minors. "As we're transitioning these young players into our lineup, I feel that if we have solid goaltending on a night-to-night basis, we can be competitive," Benning said. "There's no worse feeling than trying to develop young players and get them up and going when you know you don't have a chance to win. Ryan and Jacob have a healthy relationship because they're competitive and respect each other. We have something to offer Ryan that he already knows. We've got some positives for him and if that’s the route we go, that's why we're doing it." Miller just completed a three-year, $18 million contract.
May 27 - 10:11 AM

Philip Holm has signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Holm had four goals and 21 points in 52 Swedish league games this season. He was also on Sweden's 2017 World Championship gold medal-winning team. "Philip is a mobile, two-way defenceman who adds depth to our blueline," said Canucks GM Jim Benning. "He made strides in his development last season with Vaxjo and played a strong series with Sweden at the World Championships. We're pleased to welcome him to the Canucks organization."
Source: NHL.com
May 26 - 3:08 PM

Henrik and Daniel Sedin may finish their final year of their contracts with the Vancouver Canucks.

The 2017-18 season is the final year of the long-term deal both inked with no-movement clauses. While a playoff bound team may want them next season, the contracts and what a trading partner may want in return, be it draft choices and/or players, may be too high for a pair of 37-year-old forwards.
May 7 - 8:20 AM

Andrey Pedan has signed a one-year extension with the Vancouver Canucks.

According to CapFriendly, he could earn $750,000 if he plays at the NHL level in 2017-18. Pedan had 10 points and 100 penalty minutes in 52 games with the Utica Comets of the AHL this past campaign. He appeared in 13 games with Vancouver in 2015-16.
May 3 - 4:30 PM


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