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A Win In Seattle For The Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

After Seattle waited 97 years for the return of the National Hockey League, the Vancouver Canucks made the expansion Kraken wait at least one more game for their first home win.

In a deafening stadium, dug out from beneath a protected landmark roof in the shadow of the Space Needle, the Canucks earned and then eradicated a third-period deficit, scoring three times in the final eight minutes to beat the Kraken 4-2 in Seattle’s home opener at Climate Pledge Arena.

It was the first meaningful visit by an NHL team since the Seattle Metropolitans folded in 1924.

Saturday’s win for Vancouver was the rebirth of an old hockey rivalry.

“A blast, that was a blast,” Canucks winger Conor Garland said after fooling goalie Philipp Grubauer on the winning goal with 4:02 remaining. “I remember my first game in Vegas was actually a pre-season game and it was the loudest rink I've ever been in. This was pretty close. That was fun.”

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Elias Pettersson And Quinn Hughes Agree To Terms With The Vancouver Canucks

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Decision Time For Travis Hamonic

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

If Travis Hamonic is indeed contemplating taking this season off for reasons related to COVID-19 or vaccine requirements, today is the day he’ll have to make his decision final.

The Vancouver Canucks blueliner signed a two-year, US$6 million contract this summer but has been absent from the ice in Abbotsford and Vancouver so far this pre-season.

If Hamonic were to opt out of this season, the Canucks would have the option to let the entire contract slide a year or to simply burn the first year of the deal. Hamonic wouldn’t collect any salary this season if the team chose the latter option.

A week ago the team said he was dealing with a personal matter, but it’s one of the league’s worst-kept secrets that his absence is related to the NHL’s COVID-19 vaccination protocol, which places heavy restrictions on unvaccinated players, even allowing for players to be suspended without pay if they’re unable to come to the rink for work because of things like travel quarantine, local health rules requiring full vaccination for anyone entering an arena — as is the case in New York City — or contracting COVID-19 while unvaccinated.

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Ryan Kesler Understands He’ll Never Play Again In The NHL

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Ryan Kesler is still recovering from resurfacing surgery on his left hip in February and understands he'll never play in the NHL again.

The 37-year-old also had resurfacing surgery on his right hip May 9, 2019.

"I tried coming back on my first hip and I was working hard rehabbing and skating, and then my other hip went and blocked all my momentum," Kesler said. "And to be honest, I'm still a far way away to even coming close. I don't think I'll ever get to an NHL level again. I'm just hoping to get to a level that I'm happy at."

Kesler played 15 seasons in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks but last played in the League with the Ducks in 2018-19.

He has one season remaining on a six-year contract he signed with Anaheim on July 15, 2015.

"It got to a point, my last couple years playing, I hated the game, I hated playing," he said. "Going to the rink, being in pain and then not being able to do what you normally do. Your mind wants you to do it and you just can't do it. That was when I knew, let's get something done, let's reset, let's try to get back to loving the game again. And I started loving the game again. I was trying to get back and skating and then my [left hip] went and I was like, 'You know what? I'm not going through this again.'

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A Three-Year Deal For Jason Dickinson In Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Jason Dickinson to a three-year contract worth an average annual value of $2.65 million.

"Jason was an important addition for our forward group this summer and we're pleased to have agreed to terms with him on a three-year deal," said Benning. "He's a versatile player that can play on both the wing and at centre, and is also a strong penalty killer."

Dickinson, 26, recorded 15 points (7-8-15) and 18 penalty minutes in 51 games with Dallas last season. He ranked first among all Stars forwards in blocked shots (49) and fourth in hits (78) while averaging a career-high 16:12 in time on ice.

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The Process Continues In Vancouver

from Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver Province,

The agent for Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes would sign a contract today.

Pat Brisson, the super agent who has long represented Hughes and who added Pettersson as a client earlier this year, told Postmedia this week.

“But sometimes these things take time,” he said.

Why it’s taking so long, he wouldn’t say. Now would he say what he thought might be the tipping point.

Simply: “We know how important they are to the Canucks.”

“There’s no holdup,” he said of why his two star clients and the Vancouver Canucks have yet to reach a deal on new contracts.

“It’s a process. It’s Aug. 12. If there were a deadline tomorrow I’m sure we would be talking 10 hours a day,” he said. “So I don’t get too emotional with it. I go with the process.

“You look around, a lot of these deals are done during camp,” Brisson added. (Brock Boeser’s contract in 2019 wasn’t signed until the end of training camp). “But this isn’t our goal, our goal is to get it done. There’s no animosity.”

And while the Canucks’ salary cap space has been narrowed down to a final total in which Pettersson and Hughes’ new deals will have to fit into — once Jason Dickinson’s deal is done, be it in arbitration or through simple negotiation, which is the Canucks’ preference — Brisson said the door remained open to both short- and long-term deals.

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The Committed Vancouver Canucks

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

For one summer and the hockey season that followed, Travis Green’s buzzword for his players was “adaptable.”

The coronavirus forced change and adaptability on all of us.

But after a miserable pandemic season for the Vancouver Canucks, who plummeted from within a game of the Stanley Cup playoffs’ final four to one game from the bottom four in the National Hockey League standings, the coach has new buzzwords.

“Commitment,” Green said Tuesday night from his Southern California home. “And a little bit of redemption.”

Green told Sportsnet he is excited about the Oliver Ekman-Larsson trade and other July upgrades that have made the Canucks deeper and better. But the key to getting back to the playoffs next season is the commitment from everyone in the organization to be better and, especially, for Vancouver’s key, young players to keep pushing for improvement.

If everyone does that, Green said, they can also have redemption.

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Signing of Jaroslav Halak In Vancouver Is Official

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a one-year contract that includes $1.5 million in salary and $1.5 million in performance bonus eligibility.

Halak, 36, appeared in 19 games for the Bruins last season including 17 starts, posting a 9-6-4 record to go along with a 2.53 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

The 5'11", 185-pound netminder is a two-time winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy (2012, 2020). He has played 539 career games over 15 NHL seasons split between Montreal, St. Louis, Washington, N.Y. Islanders, and Boston, registering a 281-173-62 record and a career 2.48 goals-against average. Since making his NHL debut in 2006.07, Halak ranks tied for fifth among all goaltenders with 52 shutouts.

Halak has also made 39 NHL postseason appearances, posting a 17-20 record alongside a 2.48 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. His playoff highlights include backstopping the Montreal Canadiens to 2010 Eastern Conference Final and helping the Bruins reach game seven of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

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Nate Schmidt Headed To Winnipeg

added 8:14pm,

WINNIPEG, July 27, 2021 - The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have acquired defenceman Nate Schmidt from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Schmidt, 30, recorded 15 points (5G, 10A) and four penalty minutes in 54 games for the Canucks last season. The St. Cloud, Minn. native has played 450 games over eight seasons for Vancouver, the Vegas Golden Knights, and the Washington Capitals and has 155 points (34G, 121A) and 88 PIMs. Schmidt has also recorded 25 points (6G, 19A) and 16 PIMs in 68 playoff games, including a run to the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals with the Golden Knights.

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A Five-Year Deal For Conor Garland In Vancouver

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed forward Conor Garland to a five-year contract worth an average annual value of $4.95 million.

"We're pleased to have reached a long-term deal with Conor today," said Benning. "He's a skilled young player, who plays hard, produces offensively and will complement our top-six forward group."

Garland, 25, recorded 39 points (12-27-39) and 26 penalty minutes in 49 games with Arizona last season, leading the team in assists (27) and ranking third in points (39). He tallied a career-high in goals (22) during the 2019.20 season, leading all Coyotes skaters in that category.

The 5'10", 165-pound forward has played three NHL seasons with Arizona, collecting 96 points (47-49-96) in 164 career games played. In eight career postseason games, Garland has registered an additional two points (1-1-2).

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