The intrepid reporters in the sports department at NEWS1130 radio in Vancouver broke some qualifying offer news this morning. Alex Grenier, Mike Zalewski and Andrey Pedan have all received qualifying offers from the Vancouver Canucks this morning. Linden Vey has not received a qualifying offer and says he doesn't expect one. Emerson Etem's agent has been told to talk to the Canucks at the draft.
Grenier's agent said he will not accept the qualifying offer, hoping to negotiate a better deal.
Been told the Linden Vey situation is fluid but it doesn't look like he will get a qualifying offer. May depend on other circumstances.— NEWS 1130 Sports (@NEWS1130Sports) June 20, 2016
In other news:
The NHL announced home openers for all 30 teams today. Vancouver's home opener is Saturday, October 15 against -- wait for it -- Calgary (as usual). The Canucks will be Anaheim's opponent for their home opener on Sunday, October 23. Full schedules will be released tomorrow.
Two new mock drafts are out this morning. Kevin Allen of USA Today has the Canucks picking:
Vancouver— Pierre-Luc Dubois, center. His desirability grew as the season wore on. He is 6-3 and scored 42 goals, plus it looks increasingly more likely that he’ll be able to stay at center in the pros.
Sam Cosentino of Sportsnet.ca, meanwhile, expects an active draft and for the Canucks to get a faller at five:
Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, Karpat (Finland), 6-foot-3, 208 pounds: He’s a big right shot winger who competes at both ends of the ice. Slight slippage due to thoughts about his hockey IQ.
Cosentino's mock is predicated on Columbus moving their third overall pick to a team that is targeting Dubois (Montreal?). You can thank Cosentino, or tell him he's crazy, at a Reddit AMA Tuesday, June 21 at 11 am PT at r/hockey.