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Jul 15, 2019
The tallest and smallest players in Canucks history

The tallest and smallest players in Canucks history

When Tyler Myers steps on the ice for the first time in a Vancouver Canucks jersey, he’ll set a new franchise record. At 6’8”, Myers will be the tallest player in Canucks history. At least, according to official NHL records.
Jul 12, 2019
Canucks hire blogger and prospect writer Ryan Biech as video analyst

Canucks hire blogger and prospect writer Ryan Biech as video analyst

Other NHL teams have raided the Canucks’ backyard over the years, hiring multiple former writers from the analytics-focussed hockey blog CanucksArmy. Josh Weissbock, Cam Lawrence, and Rhys Jessop were hired by the Florida Panthers, as was Thomas Drance, albeit in a public relations, rather than analytics role. Cam Charron and Rob Pettapiece now work for the Toronto Maple Leafs, while Dimitri Filipovic briefly worked for an undisclosed NHL team, before joining first Sportsnet and now ESPN and Yahoo as a hockey analyst and podcaster. All the while, fans questioned why the Canucks were...
Jul 11, 2019
Can one of the Canucks’ wealth of middle-six wingers emerge as a first-line forward?

Can one of the Canucks’ wealth of middle-six wingers emerge as a first-line forward?

Though three of their young players came painfully close, the Canucks didn’t have a single 30-goal scorer last season. Elias Pettersson led the team with 28 goals and surely would have reached 30 if not for injuries. The same is true for Brock Boeser, who tallied 26 goals in 69 games. Bo Horvat stayed healthy — he was the only Canuck that played in all 82 games last season — and he scored a career-high 27 goals. While Pettersson and Boeser will surely reach 30 goals at some point, and possibly Horvat too, it’s somewhat troubling that the Canucks only have one player on their roster...
Jul 11, 2019
The Canucks won't run out of goaltenders this season

The Canucks won't run out of goaltenders this season

Michael DiPietro’s first NHL start was one of the oddest stories of last season. Thanks to a series of unfortunate events that would make Lemony Snicket jealous, the 19-year-old DiPietro made his NHL debut against the San Jose Sharks, the highest-scoring team in the Western Conference. DiPietro is a solid prospect, proving himself with another great season in the OHL and a lights-out performance in the World Juniors for Team Canada, where he posted a .952 save percentage and a tournament-leading 1.23 goals against average. He wasn’t, however, ready for the NHL.
Jul 10, 2019
Micheal Ferland signs four-year contract with Canucks, another move could be coming

Micheal Ferland signs four-year contract with Canucks, another move could be coming

The Canucks overhauled their defence on the first day of free agency, signing Tyler Myers and Jordie Benn. Canucks general manager Jim Benning made it clear, however, that he wished they could have done more to address the team’s needs at forward. After the frenzy of July 1st, however, there was a lull as the secondary market opened up: free agents that weren’t as hotly pursued, but could still be difference makers. On Wednesday, the Canucks added some grit and goals by signing Micheal Ferland, the team’s one-time nemesis, to a four-year contract with an average annual value of $3.5...
Jul 9, 2019
RFAs Reid Boucher, Brogan Rafferty, and Josh Teves all re-sign with the Canucks

RFAs Reid Boucher, Brogan Rafferty, and Josh Teves all re-sign with the Canucks

While Canucks fans wait for good news on the Brock Boeser front, Jim Benning got three other restricted free agents signed to new contracts. It was inevitable that Reid Boucher, Brogan Rafferty, and Josh Teves re-signed. Only Boucher had arbitration rights and he didn’t have much of a case for a big raise considering he played just one NHL game last season. All three players are on two-way contracts, with Rafferty and Teves signed to two-year deals and Boucher signed to a one-year deal.
Jul 8, 2019
The Canucks' Francis Perron has already exceeded expectations for a seventh-round pick

The Canucks' Francis Perron has already exceeded expectations for a seventh-round pick

With Vancouver hosting the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, there was speculation that the Canucks might make a splash. On Day 2, they did exactly that, trading for J.T. Miller from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Perhaps it wasn’t a different splash than people were expecting, but it still made waves. It wasn’t, however, the only trade the Canucks made at the draft. Later in the day, they made a minor move, trading Tom Pyatt and a sixth-round pick to the San Jose Sharks for Francis Perron and a seventh-round pick.
Jul 5, 2019
Better know a Canucks 2019 development camp invitee: Adrian Elefalk

Better know a Canucks 2019 development camp invitee: Adrian Elefalk

Nils Hoglander is getting justifiable hype for the Vancouver Canucks. The 40th-overall pick is shifty and elusive with the puck, while also playing an in-your-face game without the puck. One of Hoglander’s most common companions at development camp was an invitee. Adrian Elefalk was the only other player from Sweden participating in on-ice sessions at camp and is an intriguing prospect in his own right.
Jul 5, 2019
Josh Leivo re-signs with a great cap hit, but Canucks may regret one-year term

Josh Leivo re-signs with a great cap hit, but Canucks may regret one-year term

Josh Leivo’s not leaving. The Canucks have bid farewell to several other restricted free agents — Ben Hutton, Markus Granlund, Derrick Pouliot, Brendan Gaunce, and Yan-Pavel Laplante — but are bringing back Leivo on a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
Jul 4, 2019
What can the Canucks expect from the hard-working Tyler Motte next season?

What can the Canucks expect from the hard-working Tyler Motte next season?

Tyler Motte won a lot of fans last season thanks to his blue-collar, lunch-bucket style of play. He worked hard right from the first game of the preseason, making an impact when the rest of the team struggled. That included Sam Gagner, who was waived to make room for Motte on the roster. That hard work kept on throughout the season, where Motte played in a thankless role and neither complained nor took a shift off. That earned him a new contract in free agency, as Jim Benning and the Canucks re-signed him to a one-year deal worth $975,000.
Jul 4, 2019
The story has come full circle for Jordie Benn in return to Vancouver

The story has come full circle for Jordie Benn in return to Vancouver

Jordie Benn’s first NHL training camp was with the Vancouver Canucks, over a decade ago. Benn grew up across the Georgia Strait from Vancouver, cutting his teeth with teams like the Peninsula Panthers, Victoria Salsa, and Victoria Grizzlies, where he was teammates with his younger brother, Jamie. While Jamie got drafted by the Dallas Stars and quickly rocketed to stardom, Jordie took the road less traveled.
Jul 3, 2019
Where do Oscar Fantenberg, Tyler Graovac, and Zane McIntyre fit on the Canucks’ depth chart?

Where do Oscar Fantenberg, Tyler Graovac, and Zane McIntyre fit on the Canucks’ depth chart?

Jim Benning’s priority on July 1st was simple: upgrade the blue line. “Going into free agency, our goal was to improve our defence and I feel real strongly that we were able to do that,” he said, while sitting alongside the biggest player, in both size and name recognition, he brought in that day: Tyler Myers. Along with Myers, Benning brought in Jordie Benn.
Jul 2, 2019
Seven things that are almost as tall as Tyler Myers

Seven things that are almost as tall as Tyler Myers

Vancouver made a (long expected) splash on July 1st, securing the services of towering defenceman Tyler Myers for $30 million over five seasons. While there was a mixed response to the signing, there's one thing no one can deny: Tyler Myers is very, very tall. How tall? Myers is a staggering 6’8”. If you find that difficult to picture, don’t feel bad. The human mind is simply not capable of visualizing such vast figures; it’s like trying to imagine a tesseract. To help you visualize just how tall Myers really is, we’ve assembled a list of things that are not quite as tall as his,...
Jul 1, 2019
According to Jim Benning, signing Tyler Myers was about “more than the analytics”

According to Jim Benning, signing Tyler Myers was about “more than the analytics”

When it became clear that the Canucks were pursuing Tyler Myers in free agency, it kicked off a spirited debate in the Canucks’ fanbase. The debate was partially fueled by rumours from national media members like Elliotte Friedman and Ren Lavoie, suggesting that Myers contract would come with a $7-8 million cap hit, but also fueled by the ongoing battle between old-school hockey men and analytics. According to one side, Myers is a top-four defenceman, well worth paying $6 million per year. According to the other side, Myers is a bottom-pairing defenceman, whose five-year contract will...
Jul 1, 2019
Canucks get good value (and a great beard) with Jordie Benn signing

Canucks get good value (and a great beard) with Jordie Benn signing

When the Canucks chose not to give Ben Hutton a qualifying offer, it opened up a hole on the left side of their defence. While the left side is where the Canucks have the bulk of their prospect depth on defence, including top-ten picks Quinn Hughes and Olli Juolevi, it seemed unlikely that they would want to enter the season with two rookies on the blue line. Even if Juolevi didn’t start the season with the Canucks, that would have meant someone like Ashton Sautner, Guillaume Brisebois, or Josh Teves in the opening night lineup; that’s not the end of the world, but not ideal...