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Canucks sign Adam Cracknell

Obviously, the Canucks waited until late August to announce this in order to maximize media coverage.

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The Vancouver Canucks officially announced the signing of Adam Cracknell to a two-way contract today. As per the press release from

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While the move was almost certainly only to provide depth on the wings for the Utica Comets this season, the big-bodied forward does have limited NHL experience, and could provide the Canucks with an additional option in case of injury.

This seems to lend further credence to the thinking that Utica will strive to be a Calder Cup contender again this season, with veteran players surrounding and providing for the Canucks rookies making their AHL debuts this year, such as Cole Cassels, Dane Fox, Ben Hutton and Jordan Subban, as well as 2nd-year forwards Brendan Gaunce and Hunter Shinkaruk.

Here's a look at Cracknell with reference to specifics:

So there's our shocking late-August news brief! I'm sure the flood of controversy is about to crash the comments section, so I'll leave you to it. In other news: Is it October yet??