Player News - Canucks

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Henrik Sedin just wants to focus on this season.

"We think about our future on a regular basis, and we've said we're going to take it year by year now," said Henrik referring to himself and his twin brother, Daniel. "This year, we want to prove we can still play at a high level, and that's up to us to do. And we know that if we do, it'll be easier to answer those questions later in the year. So that's our mindset." He registered just 35 assists last season, which was his fewest in a full NHL campaign since he had 31 in 2003-04. Henrik concluded the year with 50 points in 82 contests. Daniel struggled as well with 15 goals 44 points in 82 games The Sedins want to help Vancouver move up the standings this season, but they'll need to have much better statistical performances to make that happen. Henrik and Daniel will enter the fourth season of their four-year, $28 million contracts in 2017-18.
Aug 11 - 12:12 PM

Brendan Gaunce has signed a two-year, one-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

The contract is worth an annual average value of $750,000. Gaunce chipped in five assists in 57 outings with the Canucks last season. He also had three points in four matches with Utica of the AHL. The 23-year-old forward has one goal and six points with Vancouver in 77 games over the last two years.
Aug 9 - 6:09 PM

Elias Pettersson will not be attending Vancouver's training camp.

Pettersson said that his season with Vaxjo Lakers HC of the SHL begins on Sept. 19, so he won't be going to camp with the NHL team that drafted him fifth overall in 2017. He also told Rick Dhaliwal of NEWS 1130 Sports that he isn't ready to sign a contract with the Canucks yet and that his sore hip, which he aggravated at the World Junior Summer Showcase, is fine.
Aug 5 - 5:14 PM

Derek Dorsett (neck) is skating and will be ready for training camp, according to agent Jason Davidson.

Dorsett underwent cervical fusion surgery back in early December due to disc degeneration in his neck. Davidson said that Dorsett hasn't experienced any issues. He contributed four points and 33 penalty minutes in 14 appearances with the Canucks last season.
Aug 5 - 11:32 AM

Michael Del Zotto wants to put his past injury woes behind him.

"A big thing I've been working on, more rest and treatment this off-season, not trying to push myself too much so I can last a little bit longer in the season," said Del Zotto. He signed a two-year contract with Vancouver in the summer and should fit into the team's top-four defense group. Del Zotto will probably get a look on the Canucks' power play as well.
Aug 4 - 1:32 PM

Vancouver GM Jim Benning expects to have RFA Bo Horvat signed before training camp.

Benning chose not to comment publicly on the negotiation process, but he feels that talks are progressing. He said: "I would say that everything has been positive to this point and we'll just continue to go through the process because Bo is a very good young player for us and we want to figure something out that is fair to him and fair to the team." It's being speculated that Horvat could be seeking a contract worth around $5 million annually, which would be similar to deals that Mika Zibanejad and Nino Niederreiter signed this summer. Horvat led the Canucks with 52 points in 81 matches last year, while registering personal bests with 20 goals and 32 assists.
Aug 3 - 11:05 AM

Sam Gagner should get an opportunity to play on Vancouver's top power-play unit this season.

The Canucks finished 29th with the man advantage last year, while scoring 32 goals on 227 opportunities. Gagner picked up 18 power-play points with Columbus in 2016-17, which was more than any player on Vancouver. During even-strength situations, he may play alongside Brandon Sutter and Loui Eriksson.
Aug 2 - 8:04 PM

Brock Boeser got a taste of NHL action at the end of the 2016-17 campaign and he was productive.

Boeser notched four goals and one assist nine games with the Canucks shortly after completing his second season with the University of North Dakota. He played well with Bo Horvat and Sven Baertschi, while netting two goals on a power-play unit with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin. Still, Boeser understands that he will have to earn his roster spot at training camp and there will be some competition after Vancouver signed Sam Gagner and Alexander Burmistrov as free agents.
Aug 2 - 8:45 AM

Elias Pettersson appears to be OK after aggravating a lower-body muscle strain during the World Junior Summer Showcase.

He's good," Sweden coach Tomas Monten said. "He skated the full session. He was on the ice before as well. Everything looks good, so we're looking to play him next game." It's expected that Pettersen will play Wednesday versus the United States after he was held out of the lineup on Sunday.
Jul 31 - 6:55 PM

Elias Pettersson aggravated a previous injury at the World Junior Summer Showcase.

Pettersson sat out Sunday's game because of a lower-body muscle strain, but he should be able to skate Monday. Pettersson was taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by Vancouver.
Jul 30 - 8:02 PM

Reid Boucher has avoided his arbitration hearing by signing a one-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Boucher's new deal is worth $687,500, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. He generated five goals and two assists in 27 games with the Canucks after he was claimed off waivers from New Jersey. He also played briefly for the Nashville Predators in 2016-17. Boucher has 17 goals and 20 assists over 112 career NHL contests.
Jul 24 - 8:40 PM

Mike Zalewski has agreed to terms with Straubing of the German league.

Zalewski had five goals and 18 points in 54 AHL contests last season. He also appeared in a single game with the Vancouver Canucks. The 24-year-old has two assists in six career NHL contests.
Jul 17 - 9:49 PM

Michael Chaput has signed a one-year, $687,500 contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

That's up from $600,000 in 2016-17. He had four goals and nine points in 68 games last season. He filed for salary arbitration, so this signing avoids a hearing.
Jul 14 - 12:25 AM

Evan McEneny has agreed to a two-year, two-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

McEneny had eight goals and 23 points in 64 AHL games in 2016-17. He also got his first taste of the NHL on Feb. 25 and logged 15:08 minutes in that debut.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 13 - 1:33 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have agreed to a one-year affiliation with the ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings.

Kalamazoo was previously affiliated with Vancouver from 1984-87 and then again from 2011-15. Some of that period was before Kalamazoo was an ECHL squad though as they only joined that league in 2009-10. They were previously a part of the International Hockey League and United Hockey League.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 13 - 12:32 AM


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