2021 Vancouver Canucks Offseason Primer

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As a shortened and hectic offseason approaches, Last Word on Hockey is looking ahead towards how teams will deal with the reality of a flat salary cap. In terms of building a franchise, the offseason is the most crucial time of the year for front offices. However, due to COVID-19, the short-term future of how […] READ MORE


Keep or Kick: 2021 Vancouver Canucks Restricted Free Agents

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Unrestricted free agents are a pretty easy concept to handle: you sign them or you don’t. Make them an offer and they agree or not. Simple. The 2021 Canucks restricted free agents, on the other hand, are a whole bunch more complicated. The RFAs can have arbitration rights or not. They can be high draft […] READ MORE


NHL Rumours: Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks

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Hello and welcome to a Sunday edition of NHL rumours! The first round of the playoffs is moving along and teams are preparing for what comes next. Last Word on Hockey will bring you the best news and analysis, so check in with us often. Today’s NHL rumours feature the Buffalo SabresĀ and two about the […] READ MORE


Vancouver Canucks Schedule Revised

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…Or “What to Expect When You’re Expecting*” Managing the Vancouver Canucks Schedule After J.T. Miller‘s outburst brought some sanity to the Vancouver Canucks scheduled return, the question remained about fitting their remaining games into the new schedule. As we talked about last time, there is a hard deadline for the NHL coming. The Stanley Cup […] READ MORE


The Risks and Rewards of Vancouver Canucks Goalie Thatcher Demko

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The sigh of relief you heard was two million lower-mainland fans as goalie Thatcher Demko signed on for five more years and $25 million. Thatcher Demko Done(ko) Details first (h/t PuckPedia). The base salary for Demko moves around quite a bit over the five years, but for explainable reasons. The first year, 2021-22 sees him […] READ MORE


Vancouver Canucks Jim Benning Tenure – Year Six

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Okay, so the Vancouver Canucks didn’t reach the playoffs, even with their expensive veteran signings. The injury bug bit again, especially on their defence. It’s something of a recurring theme of the Jim Benning tenure, which can be an excuse (see also: Year Five). It’s also damning evidence that the team is too shallow to […] READ MORE


Vancouver Canucks Jim Benning Tenure – Year Five

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For the fourth year of the Jim Benning tenure, the only thing the Vancouver Canucks excelled at was symbolism. In the last home game of the year, Daniel Sedin scored the game-winner and Henrik Sedin assisted on it. In overtime, yet. Rookie Brock Boeser led the team in scoring, Bo Horvat took on a leadership […] READ MORE