Player News - Canucks

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Brandon Sutter and the Vancouver Canucks have been working on an extension.

Sutter's new deal is reportedly looking like it will be a five-year contract just shy of $4.4 million annually. Whether or not that deal makes sense depends on the role he'll play in Vancouver. It sounds like he might start the 2015-16 campaign as the team's second line center, but is that his long-term role there? He's great defensively, but hasn't been a prolific scorer and might ultimately make more sense serving on the third line and in that scenario, his contract might look a bit overpriced.
Jul 30 - 3:20 PM

Sven Baertschi has agreed to a one-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver didn't disclose the value of Baertschi's contract, but it did specify that he's getting a one-way deal. That means that he'll make the same amount regardless of what level he plays at. He had two goals and six points in 18 games with Calgary and Vancouver last season and another 40 points in 51 AHL contests.
Jul 28 - 6:04 PM

Canucks GM Jim Benning sees the newly acquired Brandon Sutter as a "foundation piece."

It certainly would be awkward now if Benning isn't able to re-sign Sutter before he become an unrestricted free agent next summer, although it seems like that scenario isn't going to play out. The two sides might be able to agree on an extension well before the campaign starts. Vancouver acquired Sutter and a 2016 third round pick from Pittsburgh in exchange for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a 2016 second rounder. It also sounds like Sutter might serve as the team's second line center over Bo Horvat for now. That would make this trade a positive for Sutter from a fantasy perspective, although we wouldn't expect a huge leap from the 33 points he registered in 2014-15.
Jul 28 - 2:23 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired Brandon Sutter and a 2016 third round selection from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a 2016 second rounder.

Sutter is a solid defensive center that can chip in a bit offensively. While he was pretty much stuck as the third-line center in Pittsburgh, he might have a shot of playing regularly on the second line in Vancouver. We wouldn't count on that though as there's a good chance that role will go with Bo Horvat now that Bonino is gone.
Jul 28 - 11:50 AM

Linden Vey acknowledged last season was a disappointment.

And it started during the offseason: "My preparation last summer wasn’t what it needed to be. … The season (with the Canucks) didn't go the way I wanted. I came in with big expectations to put up numbers. It was a big learning curve." Vey had 10 goals and 24 points during his first full NHL season. He’s calling this offseason "the biggest summer of his life." Vey will battle for the third-line center job in Vancouver.
Jul 25 - 10:56 PM

Alexandre Grenier has signed a one-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Grenier had 43 points and 71 penalty minutes in 67 AHL contests in 2014-15. He was selected with the 90th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 10 - 11:39 PM

Frank Corrado has agreed to terms with the Vancouver Canucks.

Corrado had a goal in 10 games with the Canucks last season. He also had seven goals and nine assists in 35 AHL contests.
Jul 10 - 12:51 PM

Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning revealed that he had the option of trading Ryan Miller instead of Eddie Lack.

"We could have moved Ryan Miller," Benning said during a gathering with season ticket holders. "There were teams calling on Ryan Miller." After saying that he was booed by the crowd, which isn't too surprising because moving Eddie Lack for a third and seventh-round pick was an unpopular move. Some fans likely rationalized it by assuming that trading Miller wasn't an option given his contract, but clearly that's not true. Benning defended his decision by saying that he wanted a veteran goaltender to be paired up with Jacob Markstrom.
Jul 10 - 11:13 AM

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

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