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Ryan Kesler Understands He’ll Never Play Again In The NHL

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Ryan Kesler is still recovering from resurfacing surgery on his left hip in February and understands he'll never play in the NHL again.

The 37-year-old also had resurfacing surgery on his right hip May 9, 2019.

"I tried coming back on my first hip and I was working hard rehabbing and skating, and then my other hip went and blocked all my momentum," Kesler said. "And to be honest, I'm still a far way away to even coming close. I don't think I'll ever get to an NHL level again. I'm just hoping to get to a level that I'm happy at."

Kesler played 15 seasons in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks but last played in the League with the Ducks in 2018-19.

He has one season remaining on a six-year contract he signed with Anaheim on July 15, 2015.

"It got to a point, my last couple years playing, I hated the game, I hated playing," he said. "Going to the rink, being in pain and then not being able to do what you normally do. Your mind wants you to do it and you just can't do it. That was when I knew, let's get something done, let's reset, let's try to get back to loving the game again. And I started loving the game again. I was trying to get back and skating and then my [left hip] went and I was like, 'You know what? I'm not going through this again.'


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A Three-Year Deal For Jason Dickinson In Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Jason Dickinson to a three-year contract worth an average annual value of $2.65 million.

"Jason was an important addition for our forward group this summer and we're pleased to have agreed to terms with him on a three-year deal," said Benning. "He's a versatile player that can play on both the wing and at centre, and is also a strong penalty killer."

Dickinson, 26, recorded 15 points (7-8-15) and 18 penalty minutes in 51 games with Dallas last season. He ranked first among all Stars forwards in blocked shots (49) and fourth in hits (78) while averaging a career-high 16:12 in time on ice.

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The Process Continues In Vancouver

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

The agent for Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes would sign a contract today.

Pat Brisson, the super agent who has long represented Hughes and who added Pettersson as a client earlier this year, told Postmedia this week.

“But sometimes these things take time,” he said.

Why it’s taking so long, he wouldn’t say. Now would he say what he thought might be the tipping point.

Simply: “We know how important they are to the Canucks.”

“There’s no holdup,” he said of why his two star clients and the Vancouver Canucks have yet to reach a deal on new contracts.

“It’s a process. It’s Aug. 12. If there were a deadline tomorrow I’m sure we would be talking 10 hours a day,” he said. “So I don’t get too emotional with it. I go with the process.

“You look around, a lot of these deals are done during camp,” Brisson added. (Brock Boeser’s contract in 2019 wasn’t signed until the end of training camp). “But this isn’t our goal, our goal is to get it done. There’s no animosity.”

And while the Canucks’ salary cap space has been narrowed down to a final total in which Pettersson and Hughes’ new deals will have to fit into — once Jason Dickinson’s deal is done, be it in arbitration or through simple negotiation, which is the Canucks’ preference — Brisson said the door remained open to both short- and long-term deals.


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The Committed Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

For one summer and the hockey season that followed, Travis Green’s buzzword for his players was “adaptable.”

The coronavirus forced change and adaptability on all of us.

But after a miserable pandemic season for the Vancouver Canucks, who plummeted from within a game of the Stanley Cup playoffs’ final four to one game from the bottom four in the National Hockey League standings, the coach has new buzzwords.

“Commitment,” Green said Tuesday night from his Southern California home. “And a little bit of redemption.”

Green told Sportsnet he is excited about the Oliver Ekman-Larsson trade and other July upgrades that have made the Canucks deeper and better. But the key to getting back to the playoffs next season is the commitment from everyone in the organization to be better and, especially, for Vancouver’s key, young players to keep pushing for improvement.

If everyone does that, Green said, they can also have redemption.


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Signing of Jaroslav Halak In Vancouver Is Official

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a one-year contract that includes $1.5 million in salary and $1.5 million in performance bonus eligibility.

Halak, 36, appeared in 19 games for the Bruins last season including 17 starts, posting a 9-6-4 record to go along with a 2.53 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

The 5'11", 185-pound netminder is a two-time winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy (2012, 2020). He has played 539 career games over 15 NHL seasons split between Montreal, St. Louis, Washington, N.Y. Islanders, and Boston, registering a 281-173-62 record and a career 2.48 goals-against average. Since making his NHL debut in 2006.07, Halak ranks tied for fifth among all goaltenders with 52 shutouts.

Halak has also made 39 NHL postseason appearances, posting a 17-20 record alongside a 2.48 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. His playoff highlights include backstopping the Montreal Canadiens to 2010 Eastern Conference Final and helping the Bruins reach game seven of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

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Nate Schmidt Headed To Winnipeg

added 8:14pm,

WINNIPEG, July 27, 2021 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have acquired defenceman Nate Schmidt from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Schmidt, 30, recorded 15 points (5G, 10A) and four penalty minutes in 54 games for the Canucks last season. The St. Cloud, Minn. native has played 450 games over eight seasons for Vancouver, the Vegas Golden Knights, and the Washington Capitals and has 155 points (34G, 121A) and 88 PIMs. Schmidt has also recorded 25 points (6G, 19A) and 16 PIMs in 68 playoff games, including a run to the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals with the Golden Knights.

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A Five-Year Deal For Conor Garland In Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Conor Garland to a five-year contract worth an average annual value of $4.95 million.

"We're pleased to have reached a long-term deal with Conor today," said Benning. "He's a skilled young player, who plays hard, produces offensively and will complement our top-six forward group."

Garland, 25, recorded 39 points (12-27-39) and 26 penalty minutes in 49 games with Arizona last season, leading the team in assists (27) and ranking third in points (39). He tallied a career-high in goals (22) during the 2019.20 season, leading all Coyotes skaters in that category.

The 5'10", 165-pound forward has played three NHL seasons with Arizona, collecting 96 points (47-49-96) in 164 career games played. In eight career postseason games, Garland has registered an additional two points (1-1-2).

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Arizona Coyotes/Vancouver Canucks Trade


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added 5:33pm, Money talk for the Yotes is below.

added 6:17pm, Arizona release is below.

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Travis Green Extended In Vancouver

Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that head coach Travis Green has agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension.

"We are excited to have Travis Green continue to lead the Canucks as head coach and move forward from a challenging year to focus on future seasons," said Benning. Our plan has always been to draft and develop a young core and surround them with supporting players who can help us win. We have some of the best young players in the NHL and I believe Travis is the right coach to help us achieve team success and a return to the playoffs."

"Coaching the Vancouver Canucks has been a privilege and I am excited at the opportunity to continue behind the bench with this team," said Green. "I believe this young team and organization is on the rise. They have shown character, a strong will to win and we expect big things in the years ahead. Thank you to Jim, Francesco and the Aquilini family for the opportunity to continue as the coach of the Vancouver Canucks."

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What Will Become Of Travis Green?

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green, marooned on an expiring contract without an extension for next season, broke his silence Tuesday on his employment status but only to explain that he is a better coach now than when he came to the National Hockey League team four years ago.

“I think every year has its own challenges,” Green told reporters before the Canucks, freshly eliminated from the playoff race, crashed 5-0 to the Winnipeg Jets. “We came into the season and you're always hoping for good things. It hasn't gone the way we wanted. But you learn from everything. I think every year you coach you have an opportunity to improve as a coach, and I know over the years in Vancouver, I've improved every year and become a better coach every season. And this year is no different.

“When you go through challenges and you go through adversity, sometimes you grow even more in those situations than when you're having success. And when I look back at the season ... I know I'll be able to look back and say, 'You know, I'm a much better coach today than I was coming into this season.'”

And, yet, here we are.

After inheriting a 29th-place, 69-point team in 2017 and taking it three years later into the playoff bubble last summer where the Canucks had their first post-season success since 2011, Green and his entire staff of assistants are about to become coaching free agents.

There are a lot of ways to judge a coach besides wins and losses, and Green’s teams have opened him to criticism even as they improved until this season.

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