August 27 2016 07:11AM
Putting pen to paper on the Sean Monahan contract may have checked one of the final boxes on the Calgary Flames summer to do list, but it turned the spotlight to another box that remains unchecked. The Flames' other young star, Johnny Gaudreau, remains a restricted free agent late in to the offseason and the clock is ticking for Calgary and Gaudreau to get a deal done.
August 26 2016 01:00PM
Anne-Marie Sorvin: USA Today Sports
The Canucks have a series of difficult questions to face at the onset of training camp. Paramount among them is whether they can accommodate Jake Virtanen as a feature on their opening night lineup.
It's not even a matter of regression, or whether Virtanen has done anything to loosen his grip on a full-time job. By all accounts, Virtanen had one of the best second halves among all Canucks' forwards; a distinction worth making, but one that perhaps undersells his body of work last season as a whole, truthfully. He's apparently been putting in serious work this off-season, too.
August 26 2016 11:00AM
Hockey season is on the horizon, so news is really starting to pick up the pace. At the moment, we are counting down the top 20 prospects within the Canucks organization, some of which the current regime acquired.
At the moment, Jim Benning's left no stone unturned as he continues to look for ways to add to the current prospect pool. The Canucks are rumoured to be in the hunt for NCAA UFA Matt Benning. Yes, he is related, it's Jim's nephew -- and he plays with Adam Gaudette, too.
Given that rumoured interest, we used pGPS to look at M. Benning, and an underwhelming 3.1% went onto becoming NHL regulars. I tweeted this out, merely as a 'for your information', but someone asked a question that got the wheels turning:
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August 26 2016 05:00AM
Leafs scaring off free agents, Ken Holland's worst GM moves, why Giordano still can't make the World Cup team, Jets and Oilers need Captains, grading Chiarelli to date, why fighting is still part of the game, looking at Team North America and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
August 25 2016 07:17PM
Taylor Beck signing on with the Edmonton Oilers got some brief attention when it happened and has mostly been ignored since. Yet he’s not a player who should be entirely counted out of the team’s plans for 2016-17. Not only should he be good enough to challenge for a spot in training camp, but even if he’s sent down that may not be the last of him.