While we look forward to the annual free-agent frenzy on Sunday, there is Canucks news to report on. Names are slowly trickling in about undrafted players that have been invited to the Summer Development Camp July 2-5, culminating in a top prospects game on the 5th that will include 2018 1st round pick Quinn Hughes. The practice sessions on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th are free and open to the public. Tickets went on sale for the Prospects Game a couple weeks ago, so check with CDC for availability.
A couple names that emerged with invites today are Switzerland’s Nando Eggenberger and Issac Nurse of the OHL Champion Hamilton Bulldogs. We’ll have the full list for you when it’s released.
The Canucks extended qualifying offers to Sven Baertschi, Troy Stecher and Jake Virtanen, but one notable name that didn’t get one was Derrick Pouliot. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Pouliot’s gone though.
Hearing good dialogue between the #Canucks and Derrick Pouliot and things heading in the right direction on possibly a new 1 year deal.— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) June 26, 2018
I suspect something will get done and Pouliot stays in Vancouver as he continues to prove himself.
If they should be unable to reach a deal, having a spot open for someone heading into this season is a good thing, as the D is in need of a major overhaul.
There was also a trade over the weekend, as the Canucks sent Michael Chaput to Chicago for C Tanner Kero. Kero has 8 goals and 14 assists in 72 career NHL games for the Blackhawks, and this is likely a depth move for the Utica Comets.
This news also came out a short time ago:
Alex Burrows is on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout by the #sens.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 26, 2018
I would love to see them sign him to a 1 day contract and allow him to retire as a Canuck., wouldn’t you?
We’ve seen the Canucks mentioned as a potential suitor for C Riley Nash, and another name popped up this morning:
UFA F Anthony Duclair's agent getting good calls on his client. Agent has reached out to #Canucks gm Jim Benning but no indication at this time if the Canucks are interested.— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) June 26, 2018
This is a pretty big day in Canucks history, and one that’s really hammering home the new reality in Vancouver: