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The Vancouver Canucks have taken Olli Juolevi with the fifth overall pick.

The self-appointed "smartest of the D in the draft," Olli Juolevi walks the walk as well as he talks the talk. He posted nine goals and 42 points in 57 games for London (OHL), plus three goals and 14 points in 18 games on way to the Memorial Cup championship. The 18-year-old is already touted as a smooth-skating total-package who pushes the puck up the ice efficiently, and understands both the strengths and limits of his 6’2" 185 lbs frame. It's a little surprising to see him end up in the top-five, but the Canucks decided to go for a defenseman and he was arguably the best available.
Jun 24 - 7:52 PM

Henrik Sedin has been selected for the 2016 King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

The King Clancy Award honors a player for his humanitarian contributions. The last time it went to a member of the Vancouver Canucks was when Trevor Linden was awarded it in 1997.
Jun 22 - 7:58 PM

Vancouver has until Monday to give Linden Vey a qualifying offer.

He slots in behind Henrik Sedin, Brandon Sutter, Bo Horvat, Markus Granlund and Brendan Gaunce on the depth chart. Vey also has off the ice issues to deal with after his father, Curtis Vey, and Angela Nicholson were found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder on June 5. He would become an unrestricted free agent if he doesn't get qualified.
Jun 21 - 4:37 PM

The negotiation rights to Dan Hamhuis could be moved by Vancouver at the NHL Draft this weekend.

"We would do something like that, but we haven't had any calls," GM Jim Benning said Monday. "And that whole situation with Dan I would say is still fluid. We're going to see at the draft when we're talking to other teams if there are players who make us better and then we can circle back with Dan and try to get something figured out. There's nothing that has changed on that, we're still trying to figure it out." Hamhuis is expected to test unrestricted free agency on July 1.
Jun 21 - 4:15 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have entered into an affiliation agreement with ECHL Alaska.

The Canucks were previously affiliated with the ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings. "We are pleased to enter into a new development partnership with the Aces," said Canucks president Trevor Linden. "The community of Anchorage has a rich history of developing players that have had success at the National Hockey League level. We’re excited to continue this tradition with the Aces and provide our prospects with an excellent environment for growth." This agreement will cover the 2016-17 campaign.
Jun 18 - 3:02 PM

Sven Baertschi has inked a two-year, $3.7 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Baertschi will earn $2 million in 2016-17 and $1.7 million in the second campaign of the deal. That's up from his previous salary of $900,000. The 23-year-old had 15 goals and 28 points in 69 contests in 2015-16.
Jun 16 - 6:03 PM

Dan Cloutier has been hired as Vancouver's goaltending coach.

He has spent the last four years as a goaltending consultant for Vancouver, where he has worked mostly with AHL, college and junior prospects.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 14 - 3:07 PM

Bo Horvat discovered a scoring groove at the end of the 2015-16 season, which the Canucks hope will continue next year.

He scored five goals and four assists in the last 10 contests of the campaign. Horvat collected 30 of his 40 points after the new year hit. He is expected to contribute 20 goals in 2016-17.
Jun 11 - 3:59 PM

Radim Vrbata probably will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The Canucks weren't able to trade Vrbata before the deadline because teams reportedly weren't interested. He scored just 13 goals and 27 points in 63 games last season.
Jun 1 - 2:53 PM

The Canucks intend to use Erik Gudbranson as a top-four defender.

Vancouver expects the 6-foot-5, 220-pound blueliner to add some leadership and a physical presence. GM Jim Benning isn't concerned that the analytics community views Gudbranson as a third-pairing defenseman.
May 27 - 4:32 PM

Tom Nilsson has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Nilsson had a goal and seven points in 37 Swedish league games in 2015-16. Before that he was with the AHL's Toronto Marlies and recorded a goal and six points in 44 contests.
May 26 - 6:34 PM

Erik Gudbranson reportedly turned down a four-year, $18 million extension with the Florida Panthers before the trade.

Florida and Gudbranson ended up agreeing to a $3.5 million bridge contract instead. From there, the Panthers dealt him to Vancouver in exchange for Jared McCann, a 2016 second round pick, and a 2016 fourth rounder. That's a nice haul for Gudbranson, but until the trade it looked like the defenseman would be a significant piece of the Panthers for years to come. However, his refusal to sign that four-year contract ultimately played a role in Florida deciding to take a different path.
May 26 - 5:05 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round draft pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jared McCann, a 2016 second round pick, and a 2016 fourth rounder.

That's a hefty price to pay for Gudbranson, but he's still just 24 years old and will provide the Canucks with some needed defensive help. He's a defensive defenseman who finished the 2015-16 campaign with two goals, nine points, and 49 penalty minutes in 64 contests. On May 9 he inked a one-year extension with Florida that will pay him $3.5 million.
May 25 - 9:19 PM

Yan-Pavel Laplante has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

He racked up 34 goals, 65 points and 233 shots in 63 games with the QMJHL's Gatineau Olympiques this past season. Laplante was originally selected by the Coyotes in the third round (62nd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft.
May 17 - 11:28 AM

Jannik Hansen tallied a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win for Denmark versus Kazakhstan.

He has two goals and four points in seven games. Rangers forward Nicklas Jensen leads the team with five goals and seven points at the tournament.
May 16 - 5:02 PM


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