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TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger have the latest on contract extension talks with Canucks captain Bo Horvat, the NHLPA's search for a replacement for Donald Fehr, former Islanders bench boss Barry Trotz's plans to return to coaching in the NHL, and more.

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J.T. Miller’s Decision To Stay In Vancouver

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province.

The idea that you left money on the table seems a little wild when you just signed a contract extension worth US$56 million.

But J.T. Miller is a professional athlete and you have to constantly consider what you think you’re worth, both instinctually and in relative terms.

The Vancouver Canucks forward might have been able to draw larger contract offers had he waited for free agency next summer, but in signing a seven-year deal with the NHL team last week he seems to have chosen a path that is focused on staying with what he knows versus chasing an even-bigger payday somewhere else.

“The trumping factor is that I want to be in Vancouver and I love this group of guys. And I want to win in Vancouver and I still believe that we have the team that could do it,” he said Tuesday morning, speaking with reporters over Zoom from his off-season home in Pittsburgh.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau calling him a No. 1 centre no doubt helps.

“It means a lot that he’s saying that. I think Bruce and I have a good relationship so far. He’s definitely challenging me on a nightly basis,” Miller said.

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Thinking Of Noah Dobson In Vancouver

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

Dobson, 22, had 51 points (13-38) in 80 games last season and the 6-foot-4, 195-pound right-shot defender might be in trade play to align with Hughes as the future top pairing.

The Islanders, who missed the playoffs by a whopping 17 points last season, need to prop up their 20th-ranked offence that had just two reach the 20-goal plateau in Brock Nelson (37) and Anders Lee (28). Centre Mathew Barzal slumped to 15 goals and wingers Kyle Palmeiri (15), Josh Bailey (14) and Anthony Beauvillier (12) struggled.

Not exactly the way to christen a sparkling new arena or keep off-season pace with regional rival New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.

The Rangers signed centre Vincent Trocheck, 29, in free agency to a seven-year, $39.375-million deal (all figures in U.S. dollars). It was Plan B with Ryan Strome bolting to the Anaheim Ducks and kicking the tires on J.T. Miller. The Devils responded by adding winger Ondrej Palat, 31, for five years at $30 million in a front-loaded deal after missing on Johnny Gaudreau. Miller was on their radar, too.

Which, again, brings us to Dobson and Miller and the Islanders.

President of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello has $11 million in salary cap space, but the contract for restricted free agent Dobson should be a big one. His 51-point output is Dahlin territory and the 21-year-old Buffalo Sabres standout will earn $5.8 and $7.2 million the next two seasons.

That might be too rich because Barzal’s deal is up after next season and he’s a $7-million cap hit with $10 million in total salary next season. If he rebounds, it will put the Isles in a big bind.

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A Three-Year Deal For Brock Boeser In Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that the club has agreed to terms with right wing Brock Boeser on a 3-year contract worth 6.65 million per season.

"We're very happy to have worked out a new deal for Brock" said Allvin. "He is a very talented player and has been an effective goal scorer throughout his entire career. We look forward to seeing his game progress in the years to come. Now that his contract is in place for three seasons, Brock can shift his entire focus to his on-ice performance." 

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Video- Robert Luongo On Entering The Hockey Hall Of Fame

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A Broken Room In Vancouver

from Daniel Wagner of Vancover Is Awsome

Some Canucks fans might look at the way the team performed under Bruce Boudreau to finish off the 2021-22 season and believe the team could afford to stand pat heading into next season. After the coaching change in December, the Canucks went 32-15-10 — a 106-point pace over a full 82-game schedule.

Evidently, Canucks president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford feels very differently.

That’s according to Nick Kypreos and John Shannon. In an appearance on the Bob McCown podcast, the two NHL insiders intimated that Rutherford had some strong opinions on the current state of the Canucks.

“It’s broken,” said Kypreos. “He knows it’s broken…He doesn’t like the room, guys. Thinks it’s a country club in there. He’s going to change it up.”

The accusation of a “country club” atmosphere in a locker room is a serious one, as far as hockey culture goes. It means the players are too comfortable and not business-like enough, that they’re okay with losing and just there for a good time, rather than there to do a job.

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Bruce Boudreau Staying In Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin announced today that Bruce Boudreau will return as head coach for the 2022.23 season.

"We are pleased to see Bruce's commitment to return to the Canucks next season," said Allvin. "He has done a great job since arriving in Vancouver and we are eager to see the team continue to perform under his leadership as they did during the second half of the season."

"My desire has always been to come back to coach this team," said Boudreau. "I love the organization, city, fans, and the players. I'm also grateful for the opportunity provided to me by Jim and Patrik to continue building what we started."

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Bruce Boudreau Should Not Be A Lame-Duck Coach

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Bruce Boudreau is one of the kindest human beings working in the NHL today.

He’s also employed by a team that’s (a) in transition, and (b) being run by a GM and president – respectively, Patrik Allvin and Jim Rutherford – who were hired after he was. Consequently, Boudreau finds himself in a delicate work situation.

Rutherford came out Tuesday and told media that Boudreau is welcome to return to the Canucks under the terms he agreed on – a two-year contract that will expire at the end of the 2022-23 season. However, that would make Boudreau a lame-duck coach next year. And that makes his future with the Canucks extremely cloudy.

Boudreau held up his end of the bargain when he was hired by Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini in early December. Boudreau took a team that looked disinterested in rising to the levels of their opponents, and he led Vancouver to a 32-15-10 record, and brought the Canucks to the fringes of the playoff race right up until the final week of the regular season. Boudreau instilled the team with confidence in itself, and the results were excellent.

However, holding onto a head coaching gig in the NHL means having the confidence of the GM and team president, and almost always, that means a head coach can only be secure in his position if he has been hired by the president and/or GM. Boudreau doesn’t have that working in his favor.

Allvin and Rutherford would earn the wrath of Canucks fans if they summarily dismissed him this summer. Instead, in making it clear there would be no contract extension for Boudreau, Canucks brass have set up Boudreau to be fired at the first extended run of sub-par play next season.

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Will Bruce Boudreau Stay Or Go?

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

Bruce, there he goes?

In inviting Bruce Boudreau to return to the Vancouver Canucks next season for his option year, president Jim Rutherford also opened the door for the head coach to leave after a 32-15-10 turnaround that kept the National Hockey League team in the playoff race until the final week of the regular season.

With unequivocal clarity, Rutherford said he wants Boudreau to return under terms of the existing two-year agreement the coach signed with owner Francesco Aquilini in December, a few days before Rutherford was hired above Boudreau as the head of hockey operations.

There will be no extension offered Boudreau this summer, Rutherford said, which means the 67-year-old coach could explore potential offers from other teams before the June 1 deadline for him to decide on his option year with the Canucks.

The directness of Rutherford’s statement to reporters at management’s year-end press conference on Tuesday left no wiggle room. Essentially, Boudreau can take it or leave it.

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The Vancouver Canucks Still Have A Shot

from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks are alive and the magnitude of that moment Sunday in Vegas was not lost on the bench boss Monday. He knows his club has to win its three remaining games and hope a string of results elsewhere work in their favour.

Sunday helped.

“They’re a little ticked off in Vegas right now — is poor George (president of hockey operations McPhee) going to be upset now,” Boudreau chuckled Monday. “I know George and he’s a good friend, but I know how he is as far as being competitive and that was my first thought — man, he’s not going to be happy.

“We’re still in it. We’re still alive. I don’t know if stranger things have happened. The Pittsburgh Steelers made the playoffs last year and two or three teams had to beat favoured teams and win by a certain amount and they got in.

“Crazy things can happen in sports. If you give up hope, then you’re done. You always have to believe there’s a chance. I believed that when I was 38 and playing in Fort Wayne (Ind.) that I still had a chance of making the NHL.

“Francesco (Aquilini) asked me if we could make the playoffs and I said: ‘Absolutely.’ I’ve done it before and it takes a miracle in a lot of ways, but I thought if we could get on a run, we could do it.

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