Player News - Canucks

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Canucks GM Jim Benning isn't sure where Jacob Markstrom fits in yet.

Markstrom had a 1.88 GAA and .934 save percentage in 32 AHL regular season games and he's been just as effective in the playoffs. However, he's struggled in his NHL stints. Markstrom is set to become a restricted free agent this summer so Benning's evaluation could ultimately determine whether Vancouver re-signs him or attempts to deal his rights. If he decides that Markstrom is ready to be a full-time NHL goaltender, then he might even go as far as to try and trade Eddie Lack to create the necessary space.
May 22 - 4:11 PM

Patrick McNally has to be signed by Aug. 15 or he will become an unrestricted free agent.

The Canucks chose him in the fourth round of the 2010 draft and are still thinking about what to do with him. "I want to talk to the agent next week," said Vancouver GM Jim Benning. "We are undecided on him right now." He returned in late March from a knee injury and he posted 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 21 games for Harvard University.
May 21 - 5:41 PM

Dan Hamhuis is looking for his fourth medal at the World Championships.

Hamhuis has had a storied international career that was capped by winning Gold at the 2014 Olympics. He also won Gold at the 2007 Worlds and will try to make it a double this year as Canada has reached the semi-finals for the first time in six years. "I think talent-wise, our 2008 team was one of the best, but this year’s team is right up there as well," Hamhuis said. "This is one of the closer teams I’ve been on at world championships. We’re the second youngest team at the tournament and have scored the most goals, so there was lots going well for us through the round robin. We’ve got a great coach in Todd McLellan and the whole staff, and he’s given us a similar game plan to the Olympics where we were going to play good defense and check our way to wins rather than just trying to outscore the other teams. We’ve scored a lot of goals, but it has come from playing good defense."
May 16 - 7:33 AM

Updating an earlier item, Jordan Subban's entry level contract terms have been released.

Subban will ding the Vancouver Canucks' cap at $775K per season while up with the club, and his contract is of the two-way variety. Subban is coming off a career season with 25 goals and 52 points with 62 PIMs in 63 games with Belleville of the OHL.
May 14 - 9:07 PM

Jordan Subban has officially signed his entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Financial terms have not been released yet.

Jordan, the youngest of his brothers Malcolm (Boston Bruins, G) and Norris Trophy winner PK (Montreal Canadiens, D), is still just 20 years old after spending the last four seasons with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL. Subban is coming off a career season with 25 goals and 52 points with 62 PIMs in 63 games with Belleville, but he stands at a stout 5'9" and 185 pounds. But you know what they say, size isn't everything. In hockey, anyway.
May 14 - 5:43 PM

Mackenze Stewart has inked an entry-level contract with Vancouver.

Stewart had 11 points and 114 penalty minutes in 66 WHL games with the Prince Albert Raiders in 2014-15. He was taken in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
May 12 - 6:05 PM

Jordan Subban and the Vancouver Canucks haven't been able to agree to terms yet.

"All I can tell you at this stage is that we are continuing talks with the Canucks," Subban's agent, Mark Guy, said. Time is running out though because Subban is eligible to reenter the NHL draft on June 1 if Vancouver hasn't signed him before that. He had 25 goals and 52 points in 63 OHL games in 2014-15. Vancouver took Subban with the 115th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
May 12 - 4:46 PM

Jared McCann has been assigned to the AHL Utica Comets.

McCann had 34 goals and 81 points in 56 OHL games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2014-15. He was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
May 4 - 6:24 PM

Jake Virtanen will finish his season with the AHL Utica Comets.

Virtanen had 21 goals, 52 points, and 82 penalty minutes in 50 contests with the WHL Calgary Hitmen this season. He was taken with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
May 4 - 6:23 PM

Ronalds Kenins suffered a sprained knee in Game 5 against the Flames and will not be able to play for Utica of the AHL.

The Canucks were hoping to send Kenins to the minors to get in some playoff action but that will not be the case. "He went and had an MRI the other day and he’s out 4-6 weeks," GM Jim Benning said. "His season is done."
May 2 - 9:05 AM

The Vancouver Canucks are looking to ink Jordan Subban to a contract in the off-season.

Subban was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 Draft and the defenseman led the Belleville Bulls with 25 goals and 52 points.
May 2 - 9:02 AM

Vancouver GM Jim Benning wants to re-sign restricted free agent Yannick Weber.

Weber had a great second half of the season and ended the season with 11 goals and 21 points although he was held pointless in the post-season. "I thought in the second half of the year, Yannick really stepped up for us," said Benning. "He had a really good offensive year. He was a player who got his shot through and he ended up giving us that element of a scoring defenseman. So I know he’s excited about the way the last half of the year ended up for him. We’re going to get him signed and he’s going to come back and, hopefully, he can continue where he left off."
May 2 - 9:00 AM

Expect to see Alex Burrows get a lot more time on the top line with the Sedin twins next season.

Coach Willie Desjardins liked the rugged winger playing alongside Henrik and Daniel Sedin. "I think the way Daniel and Henrik handle the puck, they need a guy who will go to the net," Desjardins explained. "If they have a guy there, they’ll get the puck there. I think they need a guy who is maybe a little bit hard on the forecheck and will get in there and be a little bit of a physical presence. I think they need a guy who is a pretty good skater on the line to come back (defensively)." This could have an effect on Radim Vrbata who spent most of the season on the top line. While Burrows value could go up next season in fantasy pools, Vrbata's value could take a small hit.
May 2 - 8:56 AM

Brandon McMillan opened the scoring for the Canucks Saturday but it was not enough in a 7-4 loss to Calgary.

McMillan took a controversial penalty for interfering with goaltender Karri Ramo when it seemed obvious that he was pushed by Dennis Wideman and was called for interfering. The ensuing power play enabled the Flames to tie the game at four when Jiri Hudler found the back of the net. "Yeah, it’s tough right now," McMillan said after the game. "I’m going to feel like this one is on my shoulders. There is not much to say."
Apr 26 - 8:41 AM

Alex Burrows (ribs) returned to Vancouver with the Canucks on Saturday.

Burrows was forced to stay in Calgary after Game 4 as he suffered a broken rib on Tuesday during practice. He will have until September to recover since the Canucks were eliminated on Saturday in six games.
Apr 26 - 8:35 AM

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