Player News - Canucks

Date: Team: Pos:

Adam Cracknell has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Vancouver.

The deal will pay him $575,000 at the NHL level. Cracknell had one assist and 43 hits in 17 games with Columbus last season, while averaging 9:56 of ice time.
Aug 25 - 1:29 PM

According to NHL.com's account, forward Jake Virtanen is the Vancouver Canucks' best prospect.

Virtanen's "north-south" game was praised, along with his willingness to get physical. His 2014-15 season was limited thanks to a shoulder injury, so he could be an interesting player to watch if he makes the Canucks in 2015-16.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 23 - 4:47 PM

A somewhat surprising reminder: Henrik and Daniel Sedin were the top-scoring forward combination in 2014-15.

The impression you get is that the identical duo is fading, and even if that's true in some regard, they're still producing. Daniel scored 20 goals and 76 points while Henrik generated 18 goals and 73 points last season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 23 - 12:23 PM

Alex Burrows was disappointed to see Kevin Bieksa moved in the off-season, but he still supports the changes that Vancouver made to get ready for 2015-16 campaign.

"I put my confidence in our management group of [general manager] Jim Benning and Trevor Linden," Burrows said. "They're obviously intelligent people with a plan, and last season was the first year of their plan." He believes the Western Conference is wide open and expects the Canucks to be in the mix for a playoff spot.
Aug 17 - 4:32 PM

Pavel Bure is leading an initiative to create an old-timers hockey league, which would see former hockey stars older than 45 play games in Europe this fall.

The six-team league plans to have franchises from Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Germany. To qualify, players must be over the age of 45 and have appeared in IIHF-sanctioned tournament. The league is planning for a November start date, and hopes to attract big names like Nick Lidstrom, Teemu Selanne and Dominik Hasek.
Source: SI.com
Aug 15 - 11:07 AM

The Canucks believe Bo Horvat can live up to higher expectations.

"I have tremendous respect for Bo. Bo is very mature kid. But there were no expectations on him whatsoever and now there is," said President of Hockey Operations Trevor Linden. "There is going to be significant pressure on him this year, significant exterior pressure on him. That's a challenge. It's not that Bo can't handle it. If anyone can, he can. But it is a challenge." Linden intends to help out anyway he can, but Horvat should be able to continue to develop on Vancouver's third line.
Aug 14 - 6:26 PM

Vancouver GM Jim Benning appreciates the work that Jake Virtanen has put in during the off-season.

"He's having a good summer. He's been working out hard," said Benning. "When he showed up in Utica (for the AHL playoffs), he was 228 pounds. He's down to 210 now. He has bought into doing the work off the ice and watching his diet and giving himself every opportunity he can to make our team." He will turn 19-years old next week and will try to impress the Canucks' staff at training camp. It will be tough for the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft to play in the NHL this season.
Aug 10 - 4:14 PM

John Negrin has agreed to an AHL deal with Utica for the 2015-16 season.

He contributed three assists and 12 penalty minutes in 35 games with Vancouver's minor-league affiliate last season.
Source: AHL.com
Aug 7 - 4:48 PM

Vancouver has promoted John Weisbrod to assistant general manager.

He had been serving as the team's player personnel VP. The Canucks also made Chris Gear the Vice-President and General Counsel for Canucks Sports & Entertainment. Judd Brackett was named the director of amateur scouting), while Ryan Johnson (assistant director player development) and Mike Addesa (amateur scout) were added to the staff as well.
Aug 5 - 8:31 PM

Brandon Sutter has inked a 5-year, $21.875 million deal with the Vancouver Canucks.

Sutter was acquired from Pittsburgh along with a 2016 third rounder in exchange for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a 2016 second-round pick last week. His $4.375 million cap hit in 2016-17 is certainly pricey for a player who has reached the 40-point mark once in his career. Sutter is projected to be the Canucks' second-line center this season.
Aug 4 - 6:52 PM

Updating an earlier item, Jared McCann will be held out of the rest of Canada's National Junior Evaluation Camp for "precautionary reasons."

He was hit hard by Russian defenseman Nikita Zhuldikov on Monday night and wasn't able to return to the game. Zhuldikov was given a two-minute penalty and a 10-minute misconduct for head contact on the play. McCann was selected by Vancouver with the 24th overall pick of the 2014 draft.
Aug 4 - 4:30 PM

Jared McCann was hurt during an exhibition game against Russia on Monday night at Canada's National Junior Evaluation Camp.

He was injured on a high hit from Team Russia defenseman Nikita Zhuldikov just 57 seconds into the second period and he wasn't able to return. Team Canada coach Dave Lowry said McCann was fine and the Vancouver draft pick would be re-evaluated Tuesday.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 4 - 9:50 AM

The arrival of Brandon Sutter after a trade with Pittsburgh will probably bump Bo Horvat down the depth chart.

Sutter is projected to be Vancouver's second-line center, so that could place Horvat on the third unit for the start of the season. Horvat is expected to build on his 25-point rookie campaign, but his development won't be aided by ice time on a scoring combination. That obviously hurts his fantasy value going into this year, but he wasn't likely to contribute enough to warrant much attention anyway.
Aug 3 - 1:49 PM

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher believes that Canucks fans will love Brandon Prust.

Gallagher and Prust were teammates in Montreal for the last three years. Prust was traded to Vancouver earlier this summer for Zack Kassian. Gallagher is certain that the fans in Vancouver will appreciate Prust's style of play. "I think they’re going to respect the way he plays," Gallagher said of Prust. "He wants to compete. He’s hungry to win. He wants that opportunity. I think the fans are going to be impressed with what he’s able to do." If he can stay healthy, Prust will be a good source of penalty minutes in 2015-16.
Aug 2 - 7:08 AM

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


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