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Tickets Available For The NHL China Games

Tickets are priced from $24 to $192.

NEW YORK (Aug. 25, 2017) –Tickets to the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging in Shanghai and Beijing between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks are available to the public for purchase today, August 25. 

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Establishing A Long Time Relationship Between The NHL And China

from Murray Greig of the China Daily,

Tickets for the inaugural NHL China Games went on sale via en.Damai.cn on the weekend, with seats for the preseason clashes between the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings scaled from 220 - 2080 yuan ($32.50 to $307) for Sept 21 at Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, and from 160 - 1880 yuan ($23.60 to $278) for Sept 23 at Wukesong Arena in Beijing....

In announcing the games during his visit to Beijing in March, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league had struck a long-term deal to work closely with the sponsors and government bureaus to develop grassroots programs and support Chinese hockey development at all levels.

One of the first initiatives is to provide schools with training and instructional content to implement hockey programs that promote physical education, sportsmanship, teamwork and fitness.

"I knew when we came to China, based on all the reports I was getting, that there was a great deal of interest in hockey," Bettman said during his media conference.

"Still, the high level of that interest has surprised me, and it's particularly exciting because this is a great opportunity to grow the game.

"This is a long-term commitment to develop our sport here. We're barely in the embryonic stages, but the opportunity and the possibilities are limitless."


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Video- What Goes On Behind The Bench At Development Camp

via the Vancouver Canucks,

MIC'D UP: Canucks assistant coach Manny Malhotra is wearing a mic while acting as a bench boss during the Summer Showdown at Prospects Camp.


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Did The Vancouver Canucks Improve Their Team?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

When you project the Vancouver Canucks’ lineup for the 2017-18 season one thing is clear following their many and varied free-agent acquisitions.

They’ve improved themselves greatly.

In Utica.

That leaves the larger question concerning the NHL team and the Canucks certainly added quantity over the weekend.

But quality? That’s another matter. Sam Gagner should give the power play a boost but over 10 NHL seasons he’s averaged 16 goals and 45 points per 80 games. He isn’t a top-six forward on a good team and he might be taking playing time away from a younger player in Vancouver.

Gagner, moreover, was the Canucks’ marquee signing, the player who was supposed to excite this fan base.

The Canucks, in fact, had a better team at the start of last season with Jannik Hansen, Alex Burrows, Nikita Tryamkin and Ryan Miller and the only way all this makes sense is if they develop their young forwards with the NHL team next season.

continued with a few more topics too...

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The Day For The Vancouver Canucks

from Ian MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

It says something about how bad the Vancouver Canucks have been lately that their best day in a long time was the first day of free agency. General manager Jim Benning added five players Saturday for a total of $22 million, exactly one year after throwing $36 million at a single winger who scored 11 goals last season.

In forwards Sam Gagner and Alex Burmistrov, defencemen Michael Del Zotto and Patrick Wiercioch, and goalie Anders Nilsson, Benning is going to get far more value out of this free agency than he did after signing Loui Eriksson to that mammoth six-year deal last July.

Importantly, none of the five unrestricted free agents acquired on Canada Day has strings attached. None has trade restrictions. So Benning not only increased the Canucks’ depth, he increased his assets, which will seem more valuable at the next trade deadline.


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Michael Del Zotto’s Deal In Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Michael Del Zotto to a two-year, one-way contract worth an average annual value of $3,000,000.

"Michael is a mobile, playmaking defenceman who adds depth and scoring to our blue line," said Benning. "His ability to log big minutes and contribute in all situations will help our team be competitive every night."

Del Zotto, 27, ranked tied for second in goals (6) and tied for fifth in points (6-12-18) among Flyers defencemen during the 2016.17 season. His 6.7% shooting percentage and 173 hits also ranked first and second respectively among Philadelphia blue liners during the year. 

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The Vancouver Canucks May Need To Find A Replacement For Ryan Miller

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Vancouver needs to start preparing for life without goaltender Ryan Miller.

Wanted but unsigned, Miller has already been discussing his options with other National Hockey League teams and increasingly insiders believe the start of free agency will mark the end of his career as a Canuck.

Maybe the Canucks have a final push in them, but the best guess lately has been Miller-to-Anaheim, a team with Stanley Cup aspirations in a city which meets Miller’s desire to stay close to his wife (Noureen DeWulf) and her acting career in Los Angeles.

A Tuesday report suggested Miller is expected to end up there in a backup role on a one-year, $1-million deal.

Something like that would be considered a big blow for the Canucks’ 2017-18 plan, which has long included Miller, because Vancouver doesn’t appear ready for the untethered Jacob Markstrom era just yet. And on some levels you can see why.


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Erik Gudbranson Signs A One-Year Extension With Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Erik Gudbranson to a one-year contract extension that will carry a value of $3,500,000.

"Erik is a big, strong physical defender who I know feels has a lot to prove and has worked diligently in his injury rehab," said General Manager Jim Benning. "He has leadership qualities that will be important for our young team and we are excited to see him healthy and back on the blue line next season."

Gudbranson, who missed 52 games due to injury in 2016.17, recorded six points (1-5-6) and 18 penalty minutes in 30 games in his first season in Vancouver. The 6-5, 220-pound defenceman also ranked second on the team in hits per game with 2.2 and tied for third in blocked shots per game with 1.5.

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What About Evander Kane To The Vancouver Canucks?

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Can a polarizing left-winger with a scoring touch and checkered past be part of the Vancouver Canucks’ rebuild?

The answers: Absolutely and absolutely not.

Mention the possibility of acquiring 25-year-old Evander Kane in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres, who have a new general manager and are still looking to land an established defenceman like Chris Tanev, Jake Muzzin or Alec Martinez from the Los Angeles Kings, and debate in this market understandably rages like a wildfire.

The Sabres and Kings are open to doing business with new men at the GM helm — Jason Botterill and Rob Blake, respectively — but what about the Canucks? They have in the past expressed an interest in Kane and he might be worth another look.


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Columbus Blue Jackets Send 2nd Round Pick To The Vancouver Canucks For Tortorella Compensation

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