Why the Vancouver Canucks Can Learn From the Mark Scheifele Signing

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On Friday evening, the Mark Scheifele signing was announced. Scheifele will receive $49 million over the next eight years from the Winnipeg Jets. While Scheifele, 23, isn’t yet a household name like a Nathan MacKinnon (who also signed a big extension), he is among the most dynamic young centres the NHL has to offer – maybe […] READ MORE


Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning Sets the Stage For Next Summer

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Even the most optimistic Vancouver Canucks fan knows that next season is going to be a painful one, however Canucks General Manager Jim Benning did his best on the opening day of free agency to mitigate that pain for the coming year and beyond by signing versatile 30-year-old Swedish forward Loui Eriksson to a six-year, $36 million […] READ MORE



Dan Hamhuis Signs With Dallas Stars

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Unrestricted free agent defenseman Dan Hamhuis has been signed by the Dallas Stars to a two-year contract worth $7.5 million. Hamhuis was listed at #2 on LWOS Hockey’s list of the top 10 available UFA defensemen. Hamhuis to DAL. 2 years at $7.5M. Better state taxes — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2016 Dan Hamhuis […] READ MORE


Loui Eriksson Signs With Vancouver Canucks

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Veteran forward Loui Eriksson has signed a six-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks worth $6 million per season. His contract will see him likely playing with the Sedin Twins. Eriksson spent the first seven years of his NHL career playing for the Dallas Stars and the last three with the Boston Bruins, racking up 504 career points, […] READ MORE


Canucks Fined $50,000 for GM Jim Benning’s Comments

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It was widely expected that the NHL would had down some type of punishment after Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning was suspicious of tampering on the subjects of inquiry on trading for Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and signing free agent prize and captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning Steven Stamkos. That punishment was handed […] READ MORE


LWOS 2016 NHL Draft Grades Part Three

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Welcome back to Top Shelf Prospects, the daily column that brings you the next crop of professional hockey players. Each day I will bring you a new player profile or topical article in the lead-up to the 2015 NHL Draft. Be sure to bookmark the site, follow me on Twitter, and spread the word for […] READ MORE


What Is Jim Benning’s Draft Plan?

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The saving grace to a Vancouver Canucks season which elicited the most frustration since the days of Mike Keenan and Mark Messier, from the fans to management and even the players themselves (how many times have we seen the Sedins dress down their own teammates?), was the potential for a high pick in the 2016 […] READ MORE


Trevor Linden and How to Tarnish a Legacy

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Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning has received more than his fair share of slings and arrows since taking over the position back in the summer of 2014. The Canucks had just completed one of the most disastrous and lamentable seasons in franchise history, and it had become obvious that the team which came within one win of […] READ MORE


Blueline Rebuild Continues as Canucks Add Erik Gudbranson

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Last night, buried amidst the jubilation of the San Jose Sharks making the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history, Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning quietly went about the business of rebuilding his club’s blueline, adding 24-year-old defenseman Erik Gudbranson and a 5th round pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for 19-year old center Jared McCann, a 2nd round pick, […] READ MORE