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UFA Micheal Ferland Signing With The Vancouver Canucks


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Loui Eriksson’s Contract Needs To Be Moved By The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Three years into his $36-million-US contract, Loui Eriksson has finally become paramount to the Vancouver Canucks. Which tells you how little he achieved on the ice the last three seasons and how much money the National Hockey League team has spent this summer.

The six-year contract Eriksson signed on July 1, 2016 almost immediately became one of those free-agency cautionary tales: a player about to pass his apex and plummet down the other side of his career trajectory, cashing in on a 30-goal season and leveraging a huge contract from a needy team willing to overpay.

It was, is, and will probably always be general manager Jim Benning’s biggest player mistake in Vancouver. But it was one he could afford. Until now.

Eriksson’s bonus-heavy contract has already paid the soon-to-be 34-year-old $27 million, for which the winger has contributed 32 goals over three seasons. But during that time, his contract was more embarrassing than harmful to the Canucks.


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The Florida Panthers Messed Up

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

In trying to create maximum cap space so that he could sign both Sergei Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin, did Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon suddenly find himself in a game of Russian Roulette?

If so, given he was prepared to go all out for Panarin’s services, it would seem lost.

You may recall that days ahead of the opening of free agency, Roberto Luongo did something that nearly no other player signed to a so-called back-diving contract has done. He retired, officially.

It has been suggested in these pages that Luongo’s retirement being official was a team-driven preference. There was a need to create as much cap room as possible and while the Panthers would still incur a cap-recapture penalty if Luongo were to officially retire instead of doing what others have been doing for years — failing their training camp physical and being paid out the remainder of their salary, while living out life on long-term injury reserve — that penalty would be much less than the cap hit his contract was costing the Panthers.

Due to the math of the collective bargaining agreement’s cap recapture formula, designed to dissuade teams from signing long contracts with low-wage years at the end to gain a cap advantage, Luongo’s retirement created a US$3 million cap penalty for the Vancouver Canucks.

That penalty, though, is where things appear to have gone off the rails for the Panthers.

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The Vancouver Canucks Looked Like An Improved Team

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

There are two ways to look at the Vancouver Canucks after an eventful off-season and, as is often the case with this franchise, those two views are almost contradictory.

First off, Jim Benning improved his lineup, thereby improving his chances of making the Canucks relevant and keeping his job. He added a top-six forward in J.T. Miller. He added a top-four defenceman in Tyler Myers and a legitimate NHL blueliner in Jordie Benn.

Those three players represent significant upgrades for the Canucks. True, that isn’t exactly the NHL’s gold standard but, for the first time in five years, the faithful can look at the roster and believe their team has turned a corner.

But — and you had to know a but was coming — Benning also went into this off-season with US$30 million (all figures in U.S. dollars) in cap space and with so many teams tight to the cap, that represented a tremendous competitive advantage for the Canucks.

That space created any number of options for Benning and there were teams around the Canucks that exploited their cap room. But a week after free agency, Benning has whittled that $30 million down to some $5.5 million with Brock Boeser still to sign. Which means the Canucks are right back where they started.

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Tampa Trades J.T. Miller To Vancouver

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Alex Edler Staying In Vancouver For Two More Years

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today the club has re-signed defenceman Alex Edler to a two-year contract extension at an average annual value of $6 million.

"Alex is important to our team and has played as the cornerstone of our defence throughout his career," said Benning. "He's a leader with tremendous experience, plays important minutes and contributes to every part of our team game. We're very pleased for Alex and his family that he'll continue his career as a Vancouver Canuck."

Edler, 33, recorded 34 points (10-24-34) in 56 games during the 2018.19 season. In 13 NHL seasons, all as a Vancouver Canuck, Edler's 368 points (94-274-368) rank first among defencemen and 17th all-time. He also ranks first among defencemen in power-play points (170), is 7th all-time in games played (814), 8th in assists (274) and 14th in all-time playoff scoring (8-23-31) in 65 postseason games.

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What Happens If Roberto Luongo Retires?



added 6:08pm, See below for the penaly numbers...

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Not The Time For The Vancouver Canucks To Cut Costs

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Taken in isolation, maybe it isn’t a big deal. Taken in the collective, it can reasonably be asked if things have changed for this franchise. As things currently stand, GM Jim Benning is entering the final year of his contract,  which isn’t a healthy situation for the franchise. Compared with most every other NHL team, Benning is also operating with an undersized hockey department.

Then there’s the cancellation of the popular Young Stars tournament in Penticton. There are a couple of reasons for that but, again, it can be asked if cost-cutting isn’t a large part of the motivation.

This summer should tell a more complete story for Canucks’ fans. According to CapFriendly, the team has 20 players under contract and $30.5 million in cap space available. There is ample room to sign an impact forward, maybe two. There is ample room for an Alex Edler contract.

There is ample room, in fact, to address many of the Canucks’ needs. Yes, they’ve assembled some foundational pieces to build around but they have to offer more to their fan base next season than another lottery pick and more prospects.

The Western Conference is just too tough and the Canucks are competing against too many good organizations to get by on the cheap. Maybe those fans are content to watch the young players develop while the team misses the playoffs for the fifth season in a row.

But they’re asking those fans to invest a lot in this team when it seems ownership isn’t reciprocating.

more Canucks talk including why they may want to avoid signing Erik Karlsson...

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Tyler Myers Is Not A Fit For The Vancouver Canucks

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

Tyler Myers is not a bad hockey player, let’s be clear on that point.

His statistical record has lots to commend him: he has done a nice job of putting up points in his career, with 265 in 635 career games. That alone tells us that he’s a solid NHL player.

And the last two seasons in Winnipeg, he’s surpassed 30 points both times.

But he’s still not a player the Vancouver Canucks should be looking to sign.

It doesn’t take much digging before you start to find worrying signs about him.

Simply put: Myers, who can clearly move the puck and is a giant at 6-8, is not a great defensive defenceman. His five-on-five ice time requires management. And he’s 29. And he’s also going to be chasing a new contract from a position of strength: there are going to be lots of suitors after his signature.


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Darren Dreger Talks With Quinn And Jack Hughes

Brothers Quinn and Jack Hughes stop by the Dreger Café in Kosice, Slovakia. Jack talks about his transition from the U18 tournament to the WHC and embracing the experience rather than vying for draft status. Quinn touches on his short NHL experience with the Canucks at the end of the regular season, watching his younger brother go down the same path he did, and much more.

Watch the 9 1/2 interview at TSN.

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