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Pass it to Bulis is Harrison Mooney and Daniel Wagner. The official Canucks blog of the Vancouver Courier, PITB is also the only blog that knows who needs the puck.
  • Elias Pettersson’s talented preseason linemates look like a test

    Since the start of training camp, Elias Pettersson has skated on a line with Sven Baertschi and Nikolay Goldobin. That line is expected to stay intact for the first game of the preseason against the Edmonton Oilers.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 18, 2018

  • Camp Cuts: Michael Carcone sent down to Utica with several other Comets

    Canucks training camp is coming to a close and the preseason is about to begin. Accordingly, the Canucks have made the first round of cuts to their roster. The Canucks are going to have to make some hard decisions in the next couple weeks that could include trades, putting a talented young player on waivers, or sending down rookies that look NHL-ready.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 17, 2018

  • Norm Macdonald hates the Vancouver Canucks

    The press tour for Norm Macdonald’s new Netflix show was a disaster. The off-kilter comedian committed gaffe after gaffe, starting with potshots at the #MeToo movement and ill-advised comments about Louis C.K. and Roseanne Barr that seemingly made light of the victims of sexual harassment and racism.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 17, 2018

  • Nikolay Goldobin has style to spare; this season, he's prepared to bring more substance

    Nikolay Goldobin has fantastic shoes. That’s just a generally true statement. A quick perusal of his Instagram shows a colourful array of sneakers, dress shoes, and boots. Teal, pink, and red are just a few of the colours adorning Goldobin’s feet. At any given moment, Goldobin is likely wearing great shoes.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 17, 2018

  • Let’s read way too much into line combinations at Canucks training camp

    Travis Green made it clear: training camp wasn’t just going to be bag skates and drills. “We’re going to scrimmage a fair amount in Whistler on top of practicing and conditioning,” said Green, then added, “We’re going to have the lines mixed up a little bit.”

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 14, 2018

  • Travis Green: “If Ben Hutton’s ready to roll, he’s gonna play.”

    Ben Hutton has a clean slate. Last season’s struggles, the ones that led to multiple healthy scratches and just six assists in 61 games? Forgotten. Head coach Travis Green’s harsh criticism of his conditioning? In the past.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 14, 2018

  • Antoine Roussel out with a concussion, will miss training camp

    On Thursday, Jim Benning and Travis Green were asked if everyone was healthy to start camp. While the Canucks’ GM and head coach paused for a moment, they both confirmed that everyone was cleared to play.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 14, 2018

  • Paper Feature: The biggest battle at Canucks camp could be for second-line centre

    After Daniel and Henrik Sedin retired last season, the Canucks didn’t attempt to replace them in free agency. There are a couple reasons for that. First, the Sedins are irreplaceable. And second, the Canucks believe that the prospects and young players in their organization have what it takes to step into top-six roles.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 13, 2018

  • Travis Green as the Canucks head into training camp: “Everyone should feel pressure.”

    It’s hard for Canucks fans to contain their excitement when they see talented prospects like Elias Pettersson, Jonathan Dahlen, and Petrus Palmu hit the ice. The Canucks’ prospect pool is better than it’s ever been, with top-end talent that looks NHL-ready.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 13, 2018

  • Canucks hope more time in the offensive zone will mean fewer injuries

    The Canucks took a good, hard look at their injury issues this off-season and concluded there wasn’t much they could do. The Canucks felt that most of their injuries last season were unavoidable. They determined that just 6% of their injuries were “avoidable”: things like soft-tissue injuries that could potentially be prevented with better preparation and medical care.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 12, 2018

  • Jonathan Dahlen likely won’t make the Canucks out of training camp and that’s okay

    In any other season, Jonathan Dahlen would be the most exciting prospect heading to Canucks training camp. We’re talking about the MVP of the Allsvenskan, who lead the league in points-per-game with 44 points in 44 games at the age of 20. He then dominated the playoffs with 8 goals and 14 points in 10 games to lead Timrå IK to promotion to the SHL.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 12, 2018

  • Young Stars 3 Stars: Canucks vs Jets, September 9, 2018

    After the Canucks prospects delivered a thorough butt-kicking to the Jets prospects on Friday, Sunday’s game was a lot more competitive. It didn’t look like that in the first period, of course. The Canucks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening twenty minutes and it looked like the officials in Penticton would need to evoke the mercy rule to keep things from getting out of hand.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 10, 2018

  • How much will Jay Beagle, Tim Schaller, and Antoine Roussel help the Canucks penalty kill?

    There weren’t a lot of positives for the Canucks last season, but one of them was the power play. After Brock Boeser was added to the first unit at the left faceoff circle, the power play was a legitimate threat night after night. By the end of the season, the Canucks’ power play was ninth in the NHL, converting on 21.4% of their opportunities. The same cannot be said for the other half of their special teams: the penalty kill.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 10, 2018

  • Young Stars 3 Stars: Canucks vs Jets, September 7, 2018

    The team on the ice may have been wearing Canucks jerseys, but they sure didn’t look like the Canucks. In this case, that’s a good thing, as the Canucks prospects were absolutely dominant in a way that we haven’t seen in Vancouver for years.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 7, 2018

  • Paper Feature: Four Canucks storylines to watch at the 2018 Young Stars Classics

    For hockey fans, September is a time for hope and optimism. As training camp and the pre-season begin, the failures of the past are forgotten after so many long, hockey-less months, and every team starts with a blank slate, full of possibility.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 7, 2018

  • Jett Woo out with a lower-body injury, won’t play at Young Stars in Penticton

    The Canucks will have a lot of exciting young prospects at the Young Stars Classic in Penticton. Weirdly, none of them will be from their most recent draft.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 6, 2018

  • Better know a 2018 Canucks camp invitee: Kaleb Bulych

    As the Canucks prospects hit the ice in Penticton, they’ll be joined by several undrafted and unsigned invitees looking to earn a contract from the Canucks or at least catch someone’s eye for future consideration. There are all sorts of different types of invitees. There are the late bloomers that never got a shot; players drafted by another team that never got a contract; players signed to AHL contracts looking for an NHL chance.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 6, 2018

  • The curious case of Benjamin Hutton

    Six. That was the only number that mattered to Canucks head coach Travis Green when he looked back at Ben Hutton’s season. Six assists. Zero goals. The only other Canucks defencemen with zero goals last season were Ashton Sautner and Philip Holm, who combined to play just six games. For Green, that simply wasn’t good enough.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 5, 2018

  • Better know a 2018 Canucks camp invitee: Jagger Dirk

    Canucks hockey returns this week. Sort of. The Canucks prospects will take on the Winnipeg Jets prospects at the 2018 Young Stars Classic in Penticton on Friday and Sunday, with two games between the UBC Thunderbirds and University of Alberta Golden Bears mixed in.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 4, 2018

  • Paper Feature: Olli Juolevi could follow in the footsteps of Troy Stecher in his rookie season

    The future of the Canucks’ defence rests on the shoulders of two prospects: Quinn Hughes and Olli Juolevi. That’s not to discount the likes of Guillaume Brisebois, Jalen Chatfield, Jack Rathbone, or Jett Woo, but the only prospects in the Canucks system with true top-pairing potential are their first round picks from 2016 and 2018. Hughes has the high-end offensive talent, while Juolevi has a steady, smooth game that seems like a perfect fit for the modern NHL.

    Daniel WagnerSeptember 1, 2018

  • A path to 50 goals for Brock Boeser

    For the last five seasons, just one player has managed to score 50 goals in a season: Alexander Ovechkin. He hasn’t done it since the 2015-16 season, but came just one goal short last year. That means, for the last two seasons, no player has scored 50 goals. That hasn’t happened since the 1964-65 season. Will anyone crack the 50-goal barrier in 2018-19?

    Daniel WagnerAugust 31, 2018

  • Better know a 2018 Canucks camp invitee: Anthony Salinitri

    On Friday, September 7th, Canucks hockey will be back. Sort of. At the Young Stars Classic next week, the Canucks prospects will take on the Winnipeg Jets’ prospects in two games in Penticton. It’s not exactly the same as Canucks hockey, but they’ll at least be wearing Canucks jerseys, so it’s pretty close. And, after a summer bereft of hockey, it will come as welcome relief.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 30, 2018

  • Better know a 2018 Canucks camp invitee: Owen Hardy

    The Young Stars Classic kicks off in a week. Along with all the Canucks prospects in the lineup, there will be several undrafted and unsigned invitees. There’s always a certain amount of intrigue around invitees, as there’s a chance you can find a diamond in the rough — a legitimate prospect that can improve your team’s depth and could potentially make the NHL in the future. After all, Troy Stecher was once a Canucks camp invitee.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 29, 2018

  • Why Quality of Competition doesn’t matter to analytics experts anymore

    It’s every coach’s nightmare. In the middle of a game, your line-matching goes awry and your fourth-line forwards and third-pairing defencemen wind up on the ice at the same time as the other team’s first line and top pairing. Suddenly your grinders and pylons are staring down a rush from Sidney Crosby, Nathan Mackinnon, and Connor McDavid, with Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson jumping up in the play. One of your forwards gets turnstiled, a defenceman falls flat on his keister trying to keep up with a quick pivot, and a couple passes later your poor goaltender is turned into a pretzel with the puck in the back of your net.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 27, 2018

  • Paper Feature: Quinn Hughes could still be the best part of the 2018-19 season

    The Canucks’ hopes for the blue line rest on the shoulders of Quinn Hughes, the team’s seventh overall pick in the 2018 draft. He won’t be playing for the Canucks next season, however, as he’ll be heading back to the NCAA to play one more year for the University of Michigan.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 24, 2018

  • First projections of the 2018-19 NHL season are in and it’s bad news for the Canucks

    Last year I looked at eight different projections — a mix of traditional hockey publications like The Hockey News and new-fangled analytics like Micah Blake McCurdy’s “Edgar” model. On average, they predicted 75 points for the Canucks in 2017-18. The Canucks finished with 73 points.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 23, 2018

  • Jim Benning wouldn’t be doing his job if he didn’t kick the tires on Erik Karlsson

    There are very few certainties in life, but you can add one to the list that includes death, taxes, and Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown: Erik Karlsson won’t be playing in a Canucks jersey next season.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 23, 2018

  • A closer look at Alex Biega’s turnaround in the 2017-18 season

    “Alex Biega knows what he is,” said Canucks head coach Travis Green. Biega knows that he’s a depth defenceman, the type of guy called upon to sit in the press box for long stretches while other defencemen play big minutes in the NHL and AHL. He’s an example to the younger players off the ice, where his work ethic never changes even when he’s not playing. When he’s on the ice, Biega lives up to his nickname as the Bulldog, chasing down puck-carriers and finishing his checks.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 17, 2018

  • Paper Feature: The Canucks retro jersey vote felt like a setup

    The Vancouver Canucks 50th anniversary won’t take place until the 2019-20 season, but a major piece of the preparations fell into place this past week. The NHL requires advance notice when it comes to new jerseys, even if they’re just alternate jerseys that are worn on special occasions. The league needs to approve these things, like conservative parents hemming and hawing over their daughter’s choice of prom dress. It’s a long process.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 17, 2018

  • Could Pontus Aberg be the next William Karlsson?

    When it’s said that William Karlsson came out of nowhere, it’s barely an exaggeration. What else do you call it when a player goes from scoring 6 goals in one season to 43 goals the next?

    Daniel WagnerAugust 15, 2018

  • Numbers Never Lie: The statistical oddity of the Alex Biega and Derrick Pouliot pairing

    What if I told you that the Canucks best defence pairing last season was Alex Biega and Derrick Pouliot? That sounds wrong, doesn’t it? Biega is a journeyman defenceman who certainly tries hard, putting out the consistent effort and edge that has granted him the nickname of The Bulldog. Pouliot, meanwhile, is a former top prospect that never quite found his game with the Pittsburgh Penguins and has immediate and obvious defensive deficiencies, despite his clear skill.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 14, 2018

  • Ask it to Bulis: Could Quinn Hughes exploit the NCAA loophole?

    Ask it to Bulis is a semi-regular feature where I answer your burning questions, because it has been far too hot this summer to hold onto them. I don’t even like to turn on the oven in this heat, so I can’t imagine what burning questions are doing to you.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 10, 2018

  • Paper Feature: What would you trade to get Jack Hughes on the Canucks?

    The two best players in Canucks history were identical red-headed Swedish twins. Let’s take a moment to appreciate just how unlikely that was, both because of the confluence of genetics and environment that created the Sedins, but also how they ended up together on the Canucks.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 10, 2018

  • What is going on with this video of Nikolay Goldobin?

    If you see some hockey player Instagram accounts, you would believe that they spend every waking hour in the summer either in the gym or on the ice working on their puck skills. It’s performative fitness, the type of personal branding that will give the training camp “best shape of my life” quotes some form of legitimacy.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 8, 2018

  • Ask it to Bulis: Top-20 centre Jay Beagle and an ideal Canucks lineup

    It’s time once again for Ask it to Bulis, the feature where the world’s handsomest and most intelligent blogger answers your Canucks-related questions. Unfortunately, he wasn’t available for this edition, so I’m answering your questions instead.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 7, 2018

  • The Paper Feature: The Canucks can’t expect a quick return to the playoffs

    Late July is not supposed to be a prime time for hockey news, but the Canucks clearly didn’t get the memo. Last week, Jake Virtanen re-signed, top prospect Quinn Hughes declared that he’s going back to the University of Michigan for his sophomore season, and, oh yeah, Trevor Linden left the Canucks.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 4, 2018

  • Elias Pettersson will make one more appearance with the Växjö Lakers

    We’ll have to wait until training camp in September and the preseason to see Pettersson in Vancouver. Before he makes his true Canucks debut, however, Pettersson will don his Växjö Lakers jersey one last time.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 3, 2018

  • Quinn Hughes puts on a show at World Junior Showcase

    A great way to beat the heat in the summer is with ice. Ice hockey, that is. Fortunately for us, there’s a little bit of hockey happening, specifically the World Junior Showcase in Kamloops, BC. Even more fortunately, the games are being televised on TSN, for those of us who can’t make the trip to Kamloops.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 2, 2018

  • Jim Benning defends himself from backstabbing claims after Trevor Linden's departure

    The Canucks world was caught off-guard by the sudden departure of Trevor Linden from his role as President of Hockey Ops. But the Canucks themselves seemed to be caught even more off-guard by the narrative that quickly developed in the hours following the announcement.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 2, 2018

  • Three ways the Canucks could cull some veterans and make a youth movement happen

    The Canucks are going to be younger next season than they were last season. That’s almost unavoidable when your two oldest players retire. The Canucks could have been even younger, however, and at the end of last season, that appeared to be the plan.

    Daniel WagnerAugust 1, 2018

  • The Paper Feature: Jim Benning hopes more size will lead to fewer injuries

    If you like the Canucks’ signings in free agency, it could be for a number of reasons. You might prize Jay Beagle’s Stanley Cup experience, Antoine Roussel’s energy, and Tim Schaller’s penalty killing. More than that, you, like Jim Benning and the Canucks, probably like that they’ll take on defensive responsibilities so that the team’s younger, more skilled players can be put in a more offensive role. Benning, however, sees another benefit to signing the three veterans: injury prevention.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 30, 2018

  • Quinn Hughes could still play in a Canucks jersey this season

    On Saturday, Quinn Hughes and the Canucks announced that the seventh overall pick would head back to the University of Michigan for his sophomore year. It wasn’t really a surprise, though it’s a blow to the Canucks’ marketing efforts for next season. The addition of Hughes to the Canucks lineup, along with Elias Pettersson and other young players, would have provided an immediate hook for fans to attend games and see the future of the team.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 30, 2018

  • Did Dean Lombardi turn down the Canucks’ President job?

    Trevor Linden’s sudden departure from the Canucks caught everyone off guard. Even Jim Benning and Travis Green seemed taken aback and confused. “Everyone's surprised that it happened,” said Green. “We don't really know the specifics.”

    Daniel WagnerJuly 27, 2018

  • The rehabilitation of Trevor Linden’s reputation has begun

    The news on Wednesday came as a shock: just when it seemed like there would be no more Canucks news for the summer, the Canucks announced the departure of Trevor Linden from his position as president. The headline announced that the two sides “amicably” agreed to part ways and the team has gone out of their way to reinforce the “amicable” nature of the split.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 26, 2018

  • Canucks re-sign Jake Virtanen to solid value on a two-year contract

    After re-signing Troy Stecher last week, Jim Benning and the Canucks had just one order of business left before taking some time off this summer: re-signing Jake Virtanen. With no arbitration rights, Virtanen didn’t have much in the way of leverage in his contract negotiations, so a new contract at a fair value for the Canucks was inevitable. On Wednesday, the inevitable occurred: the Canucks announced a new, two-year contract for Virtanen with an average annual value (AAV) of $1.25 million.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 25, 2018

  • Brock Boeser cruelly critiques Charlie McAvoy’s shot in promotional video

    With his combination of elite skill and Prince Charming looks, Brock Boeser should get plenty of endorsement deals throughout his career. In fact, it’s surprising that a hair product company hasn’t tagged him for a commercial yet with his flowing golden locks.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 24, 2018

  • Weird Crafts: Brock Boeser’s uncle created a clever Canucks cooler

    Any day I can bust out the ever-rare PITB feature “Weird Crafts” is a good day. The feature has focussed on the weird and wonderful ways Canucks fans have celebrated their fandom with arts and crafts supplies.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 23, 2018

  • Paper Feature: Antoine Roussel should quickly become a fan favourite in Vancouver

    Who is the best French hockey player of all time? Some might suggest Maurice “The Rocket” Richard, others might point to Jean Beliveau or Guy Lafleur, but it’s hard to argue against Mario Lemieux. Which means I should have been more specific: who is the best hockey player of all time from France? It might just be new Canuck Antoine Roussel.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 21, 2018

  • Canucks chose Jett Woo and Tyler Madden over trading down at the 2018 Draft

    The behind-the-scenes video from the Canucks’ 2017 draft gave Canucks fans some intriguing insight into the draft process, as well as a lasting quote from Jim Benning: “Why isn’t anyone taking Kole Lind?” Fans were clamouring for a similar video from the 2018 draft and the Canucks delivered on Thursday, putting up nearly four minutes of behind-the-scenes video from the Canucks’ table in Dallas.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 19, 2018

  • Expectations should be kept in check for Jake Virtanen

    In the 2017-18 season, Jake Virtanen showed flashes of the player he could become. Every once in a while his blazing speed would help him go coast-to-coast, his accurate wrist shot would find twine, or he’d find his way to the front of the net with his size and strength. The only issue is that those flashes were too few and far between. With some more consistency and opportunity, however, it stands to reason that Virtanen could have a breakout season.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 18, 2018

  • 2018-19 Canucks will depend on youth for offence; is it too much to ask?

    The free agents have been signed and the dog days of summer have begun for hockey fans. There’s little left to do but look back at the season that was and looking forward to the season that will be. As you glance back and forth between the future and the past, you might ask yourself the same question that Canucks fans have been asking for several years: who’s going to score goals?

    Daniel WagnerJuly 17, 2018

  • Troy Stecher’s closest comparable as he heads to arbitration is in Jim Benning’s family

    The 2016-17 Canucks season was an ugly one, with few sources of positivity. One of those sources, however, was Troy Stecher. The young defenceman’s rookie season showed that he was ready to take on top-four minutes and potentially step into a major power play role. That pleasant surprise was undercut by his sophomore season. While Stecher made good on his promise as a potential top-four defenceman, his offence took a step back and he never grabbed hold of a spot on the power play.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 13, 2018

  • Are the Canucks going to do anything with their cap space?

    Even after signing three veteran forwards in free agency, the Canucks still have plenty of cap space. While they still have two restricted free agents to re-sign in Troy Stecher and Jake Virtanen, the Canucks should still have over $10 million in cap space.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 12, 2018

  • Paper Feature: Canucks shouldn’t overthink retiring the Sedins’ numbers

    The Canucks have some difficult decisions heading into the 2018-19 season. There’s one decision, however, that should be absurdly easy: when to retire the Sedins’ numbers.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 12, 2018

  • What will the Canucks’ zone deployments look like with the addition of Jay Beagle?

    When you look at the centres who took the most defensive zone faceoffs last season, a few names immediately jump out. Of the five centres who took the most defensive zone faceoffs per game at even-strength last season, two are Canucks: Brandon Sutter and Bo Horvat. A couple names down the list at 7th is new Canuck Jay Beagle.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 11, 2018

  • Brock Boeser returns to Da Beauty League starting Wednesday, July 11

    Four months ago, fans felt their hearts sink into their stomachs as they watched the Canucks’ star rookie lay on the ice in agony, clutching at his back. Brock Boeser, looking to hit Cal Clutterbuck in the neutral zone, instead got flung into the open bench door, suffering a fracture of the transverse process of one of his vertebrae.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 10, 2018

  • What should we expect from Nikolay Goldobin next season?

    Nikolay Goldobin’s first full season with the Canucks was up and down, both literally and figuratively. He bounced up and down between the NHL and AHL, playing 38 games with the Canucks and 30 games with the Comets. And, when he was in the NHL, his performance was definitely inconsistent. Goldobin ended the season strong, however, tallying 7 points in 11 games while playing on the top line with Bo Horvat.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 9, 2018

  • I Watched This (Prospect Showcase) Game: Petrus Palmu tops prospect game

    For some fans, the annual prospect development camp is the only opportunity they have to watch Canucks prospects. That’s particularly true for someone like Jack Rathbone, who played high school hockey in New England. Even those who follow prospects closely haven’t seen much of Rathbone. It’s also true, to a certain extent, of Petrus Palmu, who played in a higher profile league, but let’s be honest: not many Canucks fans made a habit of watching Finnish Liiga games last season. So, when Palmu went off in the prospect showcase game on Thursday, it was a revelation.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 6, 2018

  • Paper Feature: Canucks’ free agent signings bring up spectre of Roberto Luongo’s contract

    One of the most important rules in negotiations is to know when to walk away. At some point, the cost of making a deal exceeds the value produced by said deal. Walking away from a deal can even force the other party to give you a better offer; anyone who has tried to walk out of a car dealership in the middle of buying a new car can attest to that.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 5, 2018

  • Barring trades, there won’t be much competition at Canucks training camp

    “We do have to be careful with what we do this summer,” said Trevor Linden a few months ago. “We're okay with being young next year. We're going to be extremely young, we know that.” The Canucks’ actions on July 1st seemed to bely his words, as they added three older veterans that will prevent the team from getting “extremely” young. Perhaps it’s a quibble over the definition of “young.”

    Daniel WagnerJuly 4, 2018

  • Better know a 2018 Canucks camp invitee: Ben Copeland

    There is plenty of speed and skill on hand at the Canucks 2018 prospect development camp, particularly from drafted players like Quinn Hughes, Kole Lind, and Petrus Palmu. There will also be some speed and skill from the undrafted invitees, like Ben Copeland, who is the subject of the latest PITB invitee profile.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 3, 2018

  • Sven Baertschi re-signs with Canucks on three-year contract

    Not content to sign several unrestricted free agents on July 1st, Jim Benning also re-signed one of the Canucks’ restricted free agents. Sven Baertschi got a bit of security with a three-year deal worth an Average Annual Value (AAV) of $3.367 million.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 1, 2018

  • Canucks continue to add grit in free agency, signing Tim Schaller

    After signing Antoine Roussel and Jay Beagle to four-year contracts, the Canucks were a little more conservative with their next signing. Tim Schaller, a versatile fourth-line forward, signed a two-year contract worth an Average Annual Value of $1.9 million.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 1, 2018

  • Canucks sign Antoine Roussel and Jay Beagle to four-year contracts as free agency opens

    The Canucks have kicked off free agency by adding two veteran forwards on four-year contracts. Both Antoine Roussel and Jay Beagle will have an Average Annual Value (AAV) of $3 million for the next four years. If you’ll permit me a digression, I’d like to talk about the 2013 Superman film Man of Steel.

    Daniel WagnerJuly 1, 2018

  • Not signing anyone in free agency should be an option for the Canucks

    Free agency officially opens on Sunday, July 1st, but the week-long negotiation period prior to July 1st means there’s plenty of information out there about where players might sign. This year, the rumours surrounding the Canucks revolve around a couple of gritty bottom-six forwards: Jay Beagle and Antoine Roussel.

    Daniel WagnerJune 30, 2018

  • Paper Feature: The Canucks went big at the 2018 NHL Draft by going small

    Jim Benning’s joy could barely be contained after selecting Quinn Hughes 7th overall at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft on Friday. “I didn’t think he was going to be there,” the Canucks general manager said to Elliotte Friedman after making the pick, “but I’m so happy he was.”

    Daniel WagnerJune 30, 2018

  • Canucks frontrunners to sign Jay Beagle, according to reports

    A long playoff run elevates the status of even the lowliest role player. A Stanley Cup win, even moreso.

    Daniel WagnerJune 29, 2018

  • Better know a 2018 Canucks camp invitee: Tyler Soy

    Fans who attend the open practices and summer showdown game at Canucks prospect development camp next week will be eager to see the likes of Quinn Hughes, Jett Woo, and Tyler Madden in person. Some of the most intriguing names on the camp roster, however, are the undrafted and unsigned invitees.

    Daniel WagnerJune 29, 2018

  • Better know a 2018 Canucks camp invitee: Adam Rockwood

    It almost feels like the Canucks invited players to their development camp based solely on their awesome names. There’s obviously Nando Eggenberger, who unfortunately won't be attending camp due to a minor injury, but there are some other solid names among the rest of the invitees, like Colton Poolman, Issac Nurse, Tyler Soy, Peter Abbandonato, Christian Purboo, and Adam Rockwood.

    Daniel WagnerJune 28, 2018

  • Better know a 2018 Canucks camp invitee: Josh Teves

    The Canucks’ need for puck-moving defencemen has been well-established. They addressed that need in the first round of the draft, selecting Quinn Hughes 7th overall, but do you know what’s better than one puck-moving defenceman? Two puck-moving defencemen.

    Daniel WagnerJune 28, 2018

  • Better know a 2018 Canucks camp invitee: Nando Eggenberger

    When the Canucks selected Jett Woo 37th overall in the second round, they not only added a great prospect, but also one of the best names in the draft. They also had a chance at getting the best name in the later rounds of the draft. Instead of selecting Nando Eggenberger, however, they chose Artyom Manukyan and Matthew Thiessen. Even though they didn’t select Eggenberger in the draft, the Canucks did invite him to their prospect development camp.

    Daniel WagnerJune 27, 2018

  • Quinn Hughes highlights with Looney Tunes Road Runner sound effects make so much sense [VIDEO]

    Just call Quinn Hughes the Roadrunner. The famed Looney Tunes character has blazing speed. So does Quinn Hughes. The Roadrunner makes his opponent, Wile E. Coyote, look silly. Quinn Hughes makes his opponents look silly almost every shift. The Roadrunner speaks entirely in beeps and eats bird seed. Okay, so they're not exactly alike.

    Daniel WagnerJune 27, 2018

  • Better know a 2018 Canucks camp invitee: Tanner MacMaster

    The Canucks’ prospect development camp is less than a week away. Fans will be eager to see the Canucks’ new prospects from the 2018 draft, included 7th-overall pick Quinn Hughes, but there will also be some unfamiliar faces. Among the Canucks’ drafted and signed prospects will be several invitees: players invited to camp who are hoping to earn a contract or, at the very least, gain some valuable experience and increase their profile for the future.

    Daniel WagnerJune 26, 2018

  • Canucks don’t give RFA Derrick Pouliot a qualifying offer, but don’t panic

    The Canucks have some key restricted free agents to re-sign this off-season. Forwards Jake Virtanen and Sven Baertschi need new contracts, as do defencemen Troy Stecher and Derrick Pouliot. Monday's announcement that Pouliot did not receive a qualifying offer means that he becomes an unrestricted free agent, but that doesn't mean he won't be a Canuck next season.

    Daniel WagnerJune 25, 2018

  • Better know a 2018 Canucks camp invitee: Jarid Lukosevicius

    The Canucks prospect development camp kicks off on July 2nd with three days of open practices, followed by the Summer Showdown game on July 5th. Along with the players drafted and/or signed by the Canucks, several undrafted and unsigned players will attend as well. These invitees are always intriguing, as they represent an opportunity to add to the Canucks’ prospect pool at no asset cost.

    Daniel WagnerJune 25, 2018

  • Canucks grab a goaltender, Matthew Thiessen, in the seventh round of the 2018 draft

    Jim Benning and Judd Brackett focused mainly on defence at the 2018 draft, bolstering their blue line prospects with three of their six picks. In the seventh round, however, they took a shot at a goaltender, adding to their prospect depth behind Thatcher Demko and Michael DiPietro.

    Daniel WagnerJune 23, 2018

  • Canucks take a big swing on a small forward, drafting 5’7” Artyom Manukyan in 6th round

    The Canucks are not just taking a homerun swing; they’re taking a homerun swing with an 0-2 count. Manukyan is in his third year of draft eligibility, having turned 20 in early June. That’s strike one. He’s 5’7” and and 139 lbs. That’s strike two.

    Daniel WagnerJune 23, 2018

  • Canucks continue to draft defenceman, taking Toni Utunen in fifth round

    The Canucks started addressing the biggest need in their prospect pool with their first pick of the 2018 NHL Draft and didn’t stop in rounds two and five, adding two more promising defencemen.

    Daniel WagnerJune 23, 2018

  • Canucks go back to the USHL with Tyler Madden in the third round

    The Canucks have had some success scouting in the USHL over the past few years, drafting Brock Boeser, Adam Gaudette, and Will Lockwood. So, when the Canucks reached slightly to take a USHL centre in the third round of the draft, it was worth sitting up to take notice.

    Daniel WagnerJune 23, 2018

  • Canucks take Jett Woo 37th overall, one of the best names in the 2018 NHL Draft

    The Canucks took a dynamic offensive defenceman with their first pick of the draft, selecting Quinn Hughes at seventh overall. With their second pick, they grabbed a more physical defender that might be a good fit on his pairing someday: Jett Woo.

    Daniel WagnerJune 23, 2018

  • PITB 2018 NHL Draft Open Thread Extravaganza! Day 2!

    The Canucks got the guy they wanted on day one of the 2018 NHL Draft, getting Quinn Hughes at seventh overall. The first round could not have broken any better for them. Sometimes, however, the second day is what defines a successful draft for a team. You should get an impact player with a top-ten pick. You need to be able to hit on your picks outside the first round to build a deep prospect pool.

    Daniel WagnerJune 23, 2018

  • Eight players the Canucks could draft at 37th overall

    A lot of draft experts suggested that this was a draft with wildly different rankings from different teams, but I’m not sure anyone expected it to be this volatile. The upshot for the Canucks, however, is that there are some very talented players that could be available with the 37th overall pick.

    Daniel WagnerJune 23, 2018

  • Canucks take Quinn Hughes at 7th overall at the 2018 NHL Draft

    As was rumoured heading into the draft, the Montreal Canadiens went slightly off the board and selected Jesperi Kotkaniemi third overall. It was a bold pick, pushing down more highly-ranked forward Filip Zadina and Brady Tkachuk down the board. And then the Arizona Coyotes went off the board and picked Barrett Hayton fifth overall. For a brief moment, the pipe dream of Filip Zadina falling to the Canucks at seventh overall was alive, but the Red Wings swiftly squashed that dream, taking him sixth.

    Daniel WagnerJune 22, 2018

  • The PITB 2018 NHL Draft Open Thread Extravaganza!

    The comments are open down below and you can sort them by “Newest” to follow along with the conversation. I’ll be in there discussing picks as they happen.

    Daniel WagnerJune 22, 2018

  • Should the Canucks draft Brady Tkachuk?

    A month ago, the top of the NHL draft seemed set in stone. Rasmus Dahlin would go first overall, followed by Andrei Svechnikov and Filip Zadina. The most likely fourth overall pick? Brady Tkachuk. Over the last few weeks, however, reports have gradually chipped away at the supposedly set-in-stone rankings until only the top-two picks remained. With so much uncertainty over what the Montreal Canadiens will do with the third overall pick, everything else has been thrown into disarray.

    Daniel WagnerJune 22, 2018

  • The off-brand versions of the top defencemen in the 2018 NHL Draft

    If the Canucks don’t pick a defenceman with the seventh overall pick, they’ll have to do so soon after. In the 2017 draft, they picked two forwards in the second round instead of adding a defenceman. While it’s understandable that they went with Kole Lind and Jonah Gadjovich — they likely expected both of them to go much higher in the draft — adding more high-end defencemen prospects needs to be a priority.

    Daniel WagnerJune 22, 2018

  • Should the Canucks draft Evan Bouchard?

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Canucks’ prospect pool in possession of good forwards, must be in want of a defenceman.

    Daniel WagnerJune 21, 2018

  • Should the Canucks draft Oliver Wahlstrom?

    For the Canucks, picking a defenceman with the seventh overall pick makes a lot of sense. Not only is it the area of biggest need in the Canucks’ system, the top of the 2018 draft features a number of fantastic prospects on defence. There’s a possibility, however, that the best player available when it’s the Canucks’ turn at the podium won’t be a defenceman at all. Should the Canucks eschew a defenceman at seventh overall and pick forward Oliver Wahlstrom instead?

    Daniel WagnerJune 21, 2018

  • Daniel and Henrik Sedin add to their accolades with King Clancy Award

    The NHL Awards have been in Las Vegas for years, but to my recollection, this was the largest collection of Vegas entertainers presenting awards. Or, at least, the most non-singing entertainers. The NHL brought out a magician, a ventriloquist and the Golden Knights’ drumline. It got awkward.

    Daniel WagnerJune 20, 2018

  • Should the Canucks draft Quinn Hughes?

    As the 2018 NHL Draft approaches this week, I’ve been profiling a few of the prospects they might pick at 7th overall. So far I’ve covered Noah Dobson and Adam Boqvist, two defencemen that are likely to still be available by the time the Canucks make their pick. There’s a significantly lower possibility that Quinn Hughes will still be on the board at seventh overall. To paraphrase Lloyd Christmas, however, I’m telling you there’s a chance.

    Daniel WagnerJune 20, 2018

  • Should the Canucks draft Adam Boqvist?

    Winning the draft lottery would have been huge for the Canucks, not just because they would get a superstar talent, but because Rasmus Dahlin would have directly addressed their biggest need. With the seventh overall pick, however, the Canucks can still get a fantastic offensive defenceman; the issue is that defenceman will come with more significant flaws than Dahlin.

    Daniel WagnerJune 20, 2018

  • Should the Canucks draft Noah Dobson?

    In an ideal world, the best player available to the Canucks at seventh overall in the 2018 NHL Draft will be a defenceman. It’s the biggest position of need in the organization, both at the NHL level and throughout the prospect ranks. Fortunately for the Canucks, the top of the draft is full of promising young defencemen. Rasmus Dahlin will go first overall, but Quinn Hughes, Adam Boqvist, Noah Dobson, Evan Bouchard, and Ty Smith won’t have to wait long for their names to be called.

    Daniel WagnerJune 19, 2018

  • Ben Hutton’s golf tournament raises $26,000 for Alzheimer’s Society

    Hutton has been following through on that promise to improve his conditioning in the off-season, but took a break from his workouts for a very special charity event. Saturday, June 16th, was the second annual Ben Hutton Shootout, a golf tournament in support of Alzheimer’s.

    Daniel WagnerJune 18, 2018

  • Could Filip Zadina fall to the Canucks at seventh overall?

    For most of the season, Czech winger Filip Zadina was battling with Andrei Svechnikov to go second overall. Now it’s uncertain whether he’ll even get picked in the top-five.

    Daniel WagnerJune 18, 2018

  • In case it needs to be said, Canucks should stay far away from Slava Voynov

    It would be understandable if the Canucks had interest in a right-shot defenceman with 40-point potential who might be available at a bargain. Except if that defenceman is convicted domestic abuser Slava Voynov.

    Daniel WagnerJune 15, 2018

  • Five undersized defencemen worth considering in the back half of the 2018 NHL Draft

    Two of the best defencemen in the NHL last season are 5’9”. One was drafted in the 6th round. The other didn't get drafted at all. Who are the prospects who might fit that same profile this year?

    Daniel WagnerJune 14, 2018

  • Paper Feature: Canucks look at age of Stanley Cup finalists as they consider free agency

    The last time the Canucks had a massive amount of cap space heading into the off-season, Jim Benning spent it all on two big-name, veteran free agents. It was Benning’s first summer as general manager of the Canucks and a number of big contracts were off the books: Roberto Luongo’s $5.3 million, David Booth’s $4.25 million, and Ryan Kesler’s $5 million.

    Daniel WagnerJune 14, 2018

  • Olli Juolevi’s back surgery is a reminder of the need for a deep prospect pool

    Olli Juolevi is going to be fine. Probably. The Canucks announced Monday that the 20-year-old defenceman requires a microdiscectomy, which is a minimally invasive back surgery. Anytime that a surgical procedure is required, there’s a risk of complications, but in Juolevi’s case, this should just be a minor procedure with little risk.

    Daniel WagnerJune 12, 2018

  • The Washington Capitals power play provides a template for the Vancouver Canucks

    The Vancouver Canucks had one thing go right for them last season: the power play. After a shaky start, the Canucks wound up with the ninth best power play in the league, largely because of the addition of Brock Boeser to the first unit.

    Daniel WagnerJune 8, 2018

  • I Watched This Game: The Washington Capitals are Stanley Cup Champions

    It’s been a long-time coming for Alex Ovechkin and even longer for the Washington Capitals.

    Daniel WagnerJune 8, 2018

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