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Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Canucks President of Hockey Operations, Trevor Linden announced today that the club has relieved Vice President, Hockey Operations and Assistant General Manager, Laurence Gilman, Assistant General Manager, Lorne Henning and Director, Player Personnel, Eric Crawford of their duties.
“On behalf of our entire organization I would like to sincerely thank Laurence, Lorne and Eric for their commitment and dedication to the Vancouver Canucks,” said Trevor Linden. “They have been important members of our staff for a long time and made significant contributions to the success of this team. Further still, they are great people and respected members of the hockey community.”
“We have made some difficult decisions to our roster and staff recently after a thorough review of the team,” continued Linden. “These are not easy decisions, nor were they taken lightly. But they’re important as we transition this team and build for the future.”
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
The Canucks are not helping themselves with their mixed messages. They keep talking about getting younger, but continue to acquire players like Prust who are in their 30s, and chase players like 27-year-old Milan Lucic.
It drives a fan base nuts when you do things like that, even though there’s a chance the opening night lineup could include Frankie Corrado, Adam Clendening, Sven Baertschi and Jake Virtanen.
Rather harshly, TSN’s main Free Agent Frenzy broadcast aired an edited string of calls into TEAM 1040 from inflamed listeners who were going to town on Vancouver’s front office. It means next week’s town hall with season-ticket holders has the potential to be a gong show.
But the truth is, it’s going to take more than one year to really see what Benning’s Canucks are going to look like.
He’s freed up some money for next summer and is hoping now to be a player in the high-end of the free agent market.
If Corrado, Baertschi and Virtanen hit this year, and if Benning can lure a quality free agent or two next offseason, things will change.
But right now? Right now, there isn’t a lot of hope. There is still no succession plan for the Sedin twins and this current collection of Canucks do not look like a playoff team. Like, at all.
Then again, many of us said that same thing last summer.
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have acquired a 2016 second round draft pick from Anaheim in exchange for defenceman Kevin Bieksa.
“We would like to thank Kevin and his wife Katie for their incredible commitment to this team and community,” said General Manager Jim Benning. “It’s always a difficult decision to trade a player who’s been such a big part of an organization for so long and we wanted to make sure we did what was best for both Kevin and the Canucks. Kevin was a leader for us and will always be connected with our fans and the Vancouver Canucks because of all he did for this province and team. We wish him and his family the very best.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
- General manager Ron Francis made it clear that the priority at this point is to try and sign Staal to an extension.
"I’ve had a general and open and honest conversation with Eric’s agent on things," Francis said Saturday. "We’ll continue to have those as we move into the summer. Eric has indicated he wants to be part of the Hurricanes moving forward, and we’ll see if we can get that worked out."
- General manager Jim Benning shed a bit more light on the deal that wasn’t completed with San Jose for Bieksa on Friday. It fell apart because the Canucks wanted a second-round pick in this year’s draft and the Sharks were only willing to provide a second-rounder next year.
"Going in, the market place dictates that Johnny Boychuk went for two second-round picks," Benning said, citing last fall’s deal between the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders. "Kevin is a little bit older. That’s what our asking price was [a second-round pick this year]. I don’t think it’s too much, I think it’s fair. That’s what we were trying to get if we were going to move Kevin."
But for now, Bieksa remains a Canuck, although sources suggest Vancouver is talking to other teams.
"He’s still part of our team. We’ll continue to explore options and see where it goes," said Benning.
They say they want to get younger, but they’re not in the Dougie Hamilton trade talks and instead were pursuing Milan Lucic? They already have a younger, albeit poor man’s Lucic in Zack Kassian, but they won’t give him the slightest chance to succeed.
We’re a year into this regime and that’s way too early to be reaching any conclusions, particularly given Benning has a scouting background and his strength should be at the draft table. But to borrow a phrase from Harry Neale, the overall impression so far is of two guys trying to carry three pounds of bleep in a two-pound bag.
-Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province on the Vancouver Canucks. Read more on the Canucks and the Eddie Lack trade.
via Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Eddie Lack is on his way to Carolina as part of a shakeup in the Hurricanes crease.
The Vancouver Canucks are sending the 27-year-old goaltender to the Hurricanes in exchange for a third-round pick in Saturday’s draft and a seventh-rounder next year, according to two sources.
The Hurricanes currently have Cam Ward ($6.8-million) and Anton Khudobin ($2.5-million) under contract for 2015-16.
The Swede is a cheaper option — he’s owed $1.3-million in the final year of his deal — and could prompt a subsequent move for the Hurricanes.
added 10:16am, Carolina release is below...
from Steve Ewen of the Vancouver Province,
Milan Lucic could use a new hockey home. The Vancouver Canucks need an influx of presence and chutzpah.
There’s a certain symmetry there, isn’t there?
But for the Canucks to add Lucic, the East Vancouver kid who starred in junior with Vancouver Giants, via a trade with the Boston Bruins would take major dominoes falling. It would take multiple deals of substance from general manager Jim Benning.
The Canucks are butted up against the salary cap currently, with $5.03 million to spend on five players, according to the website generalfanager.com. The Bruins, with $7.28 million to spend on seven players, according to the same site, aren’t in a position to take on extra salary in a swap, either.
Lucic, 27, has a cap hit of $6 million for the coming campaign, is one season away from unrestricted free agency, and, by his standards, had a so-so 2014-15, featuring 18 goals in the regular season. That all ties into the talk that Boston will move the 6-foot-3, 235-pound left-winger.
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