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Brock Boeser Signs A Three-Year Deal With Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has re-signed forward Brock Boeser to a three-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $5.875 million.

"We're very pleased to have Brock re-sign," said Benning. "He's a talented player, a key contributor to our offence and an important part of our team's future. We look forward to having Brock join the team in preparation for the upcoming season."

Boeser, 22, finished third in team scoring last season with 56 points (26-30-56) in 69 games. His 26 goals also ranked third on the team, while his three game winning goals ranked second. In 140 career NHL games with Vancouver, Boeser has recorded 116 points (59-57-116) and 38 penalty minutes.

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Signing Brock Boeser May Have Become Harder

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

There are a number of ways to look at the Mitch Marner contract — and various media outlets in Toronto have examined them all — but this is what it looks like from Vancouver.

The Maple Leafs didn’t make the Brock Boeser negotiation any easier on the Canucks....

Marner is coming off a breakthrough 94-point season which placed him 11th among all NHL scorers last season. Boeser had 56 points in 69 games....

Marner has been the more productive player. But, if you believe the Canucks are trying to bring Boeser in at $7 million per, is that difference worth $4 million a year?

Let’s look at it another way. Even if it’s worth $2 million a year, that puts Boeser in the $9-million ballpark and that will impact the negotiations for Elias Pettersson in two years and Bo Horvat two years after that.

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No Complaints From Landon Ferraro

from Ben Kuzma od the Vancouver Province,

Landon Ferraro could complain.

The well-travelled centre endured two knee injuries while attempting to gain NHL career traction. He was limited to a dozen AHL games last season because the 28-year-old Trail native, a 2009 second-round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings, needed hip and groin procedures to correct a hernia ailment.

However, because Ferraro sports speed, smarts and a strong two-way game, the Vancouver Canucks extended a professional tryout contract with the hope he might bring leadership to the Utica Comets. He has only played 77 games in the NHL, but won an AHL championship in 2013 with the Grand Rapids Griffins and keeps battling to extend his career.

“He’s a good pro first of all,” said Canucks coach Travis Green. “You want to have good players in your organization and we’ve got good veterans in Utica and wanted a body in our camp. We’ll take it a day at a time. We have to see how he looks on the ice and make decisions later.”

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Elias Pettersson, the Next Peter Forsberg?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

OPINION: If Elias Pettersson's body has caught up to the rest of his skills, watch out. He has the ability to be as productive a player as Peter Forsberg and that’s not something we say lightly....

Last season’s rookie-of-the-year looks bigger, thicker and stronger than when we last saw him and that’s a tantalizing development for this club and its supporters.

As impressive as he was in his rookie campaign, Pettersson wasn’t prepared for the exhausting grind of the NHL’s 82-game death march. There also aren’t a lot of 175-pound centres who’ve gone on to become superstars in their careers and for some historical perspective, we refer you to a player to whom Pettersson has been compared, Peter Forsberg.

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The Always Improving Quinn Hughes

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

For most NHL rookies, one game doesn’t make a season and five aren’t a gauge of future potential.

However, Quinn Hughes is not an ordinary rookie.

Even before the seventh selection in the 2018 draft dazzled in a memorable first outing with the Vancouver Canucks in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings on March 28, the diminutive defenceman was being compared to Brian Leetch, Phil Housley, Kris Letang and even the legendary Bobby Orr.

Part of it had to do with how the 5-10, 175-pound Hughes manipulates the opposition with quickness and thinking two plays ahead. Part of it is a rich family hockey lineage that includes his father, Jim, and brothers Jack and Luke.

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No Worries In Goal For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

The last line of defence should never be your first concern.

The Vancouver Canucks are in a better place with goaltending depth because the NHL club learned the hard way last season that whatever can go wrong — indifferent play, injuries, sickness and gambling with the waiver wire — will go wrong and leave you exposed.

The plan to pair the progressive Jacob Markstrom with the potential of Thatcher Demko to form an enviable Pacific Division tandem, has finally come to fruition and could be the catalyst to chase a playoff position next season.

If Markstrom’s 60-game workload is reduced by five or six to keep the starter fresh while providing Demko with at least 25 starts to grow his game at this level, the result could be a win-win scenario in the crease and the standings.

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Brock Boeser Seeking An AAV Of $7M

from TSN,

According to Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province, Brock Boeser's agent Ben Hankinson "has an appetite for a four-year extension at $7 million annually" for his client this summer.

A four-year, $28 million contract for Boeser would top that of San Jose Sharks forward Timo Meier, who signed a four-year, $24 million deal in July and was noted to be a comparable to Boeser by Canucks general manager Jim Benning on Monday.

“Those are some of the names we’ve used,” Benning said of Meier and currently unsigned Winnipeg Jets restricted free agent Kyle Connor. “They (Boeser’s camp) have been reasonable and we’re continuing to talk to get to some common ground. I’m hopeful to get something done before camp, but we’re not there yet.”

Boeser had 26 goals and 56 points in 69 games last season, but as Kuzma notes, on pro-rated basis to 82 games, the 22-year-old would have had 66 points, equal to both Meier and Connor.

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Did Jim Benning Deserve A Contract Extension?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Shortly after he fired Paul Fenton this off-season, Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leopold laid out his reasons for dismissing his general manager after just one year.

“Paul is a really strong, strategic scout, all of that,” Leopold told The Athletic’s Mike Russo. “But there were parts of his role that just weren’t working out to my satisfaction....

In his five years as general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, Jim Benning has demonstrated he has a keen eye for young talent. The draft picks you know about. The secondary wave of prospects you know about. Yes, the jury is still out on some of his selections, but Benning has laid a foundation for the Canucks’ future and he’s been rewarded for his work with a multi-year contract extension.

Just waiting for Elliotte Friedman to supply the exact terms of the deal.

But, like Fenton, Benning has yet to demonstrate he has the other skills required of his office and, ultimately, that’s how he’ll be judged.

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added 1:58pm on 8/20/19, The extension is official, see below.

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Video- How Good Is Elias Pettersson?

Just watch 5 1/2 minutes of Pettersson goals and plays.

 

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Afternoon Line- John Garrett

I got hit in the eye one night when I was with the Birmingham Bulls at the time in the WHA and we were playing the New England Whalers. I got hit in the eye with a shot, from close in, a rising slap shot, and those masks, well they fit right to your face, and so it was just like getting punched. I got cut for 28 stitches, it bruised my eyeball, scratched the cornea, still, my left eye is more sensitive to light. Back then, they took me off the ice and stitched me up and said ‘are you alright?’ and I said ‘yeah’, and back then, concussions never even came into play.

But I said ‘is there a hair or something in my eye?’ and the doctor looked at it, fortunately, he was knowledgable in the optometry part of it, and he said ‘no there’s no hair or anything, you must have bleeding in your eyeball’. So they rushed me to a hospital, I had a week off, and I was only out for maybe ten days, then right back at it! It was funny, because they told me ‘yeah you can play, you won’t do any more damage unless you get hit in the eye again, but you might have problems with depth perception.’ So I asked ‘well how long is that going to last?’ and they said ‘not long maybe only a week or two’. I remember I was playing in the WHA All-Star game just after I came back and a guy took a shot from the red line, I had no idea where it was, and it blew by me from the red line.

Back then, the masks, no one even thought about concussion protocol, but the masks were very good for any sticks around the net, you wouldn’t get cut, but anytime you got hit with the puck it was just like getting punched in the face, and punched really hard. They’d come out and say ‘do you know where you are?’ and you’d say ‘yeah I’m in a rink’ ‘okay, you’re good to go!’ But they never asked which rink.

-John Garrett, former goaltender in the NHL and WHA and current analyst for the Vancouver Canucks.  Much more from Garrett (mostly Canucks related) by David Quadrelli of The Canuck Way.

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