Rumor Roundup: Troy Brouwer eyes playing for hometown Canucks


The Hockey News' Lyle Richardson take on Brouwer's comment to NEWS 1130.

Report: Senators unlikely to offer Wiercioch new contract


Born in Burnaby, BC. 25 Years Old. Likely Price Tag $2.7 Million.

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Gaunce and Kenis sent down



If the link doesn't work just google Andrew Berkshire on Brandon Prust. You will find it interesting at the very least.

Some Bieksa Scuttlebutt


This from Blues writer Andy Strickland. I dunno. I would have thought next year would be Bieksa's last, not that many athletes see the end clearly when it is at hand. I feel like this is a poison pill, designed to make it impossible for Benning and the Canucks to move Bieksa. Though I guess it does confirm the suspicion that Sbisa was signed to replace Bieksa.

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Then this from Kuzma and Spector's Hockey: THE PROVINCE: Jim Jamieson reports the Vancouver Canucks could have only $3 million in cap space for next season (assuming the current cap ceiling rises to $70 million) "to sign three defencemen and three forwards to get to the usual 23-player roster size." Jamieson considers defenseman Kevin Bieksa an obvious trade candidate, as he has a year left on his contract at a cap hit of $4.6 million and is eligible next summer for UFA status. He would have to waive his no-trade clause. Other trade options could be defenseman Dan Hamhuis ($4.5 million), Radim Vrbata ($5 million) or Alex Burrows ($4.5 million). Ben Kuzma reports the Arizona Coyotes are willing to listen to offers for the third overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, but Canucks GM Jim Benning has no intention of moving prospects or promising center Bo Horvat to move up to that spot. "Benning is more concerned with recouping second- and third-round picks for this draft that were surrendered in the Sven Baertschi and Ryan Kesler deals respectively." Kuzma speculates goalie Jacob Markstrom or Eddie Lack (if a new contract can’t be worked out) could fetch a second-round pick, as could Bieksa.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bieksa and Hamhuis seem the more attractive candidates, not just to clear cap room but also because the Canucks defense corps must get younger and faster. Vrbata only has a year left on his contract and played well for the most part last season. The Canucks will miss his offense if they trade him. Burrows is obviously in decline and has two seasons left on his contract. I doubt there’s much interest in him.

Crackers has left the building


In seven seasons and 322 games played with Vancouver, Sopel went 33-97-130 with a +139 and a shooting percentage of %5.9. Oh, and this.

‘I deserved to be fired’ in Vancouver, says most obvious person ever


"You’re talking to a guy that went down a hallway after another coach last year, which was so across the line, so embarrassing to my organization and my team," Tortorella said. "You live and die by the sword a little bit there.

Riding Shotgun With The Sedins


Sportnset's Naoko Asano caught up with several current and past linemates of Henrik and Daniel Sedin (Naslund, King, Dalpe, Linden, Klatt and more) asking them several questions about the Twins, like what they were/are like as teammates on and off the ice and much more. No Anson Carter though. Bummer. He must be off making rap records with all that money the Sedins made him. Here is a sample then click on that link. It's a beauty read! LINDEN: Playing with those guys, you are the third brother. JENSEN: I never felt uncomfortable when I played with them. They really make you feel part of everything. As soon as you get lucky enough to play with them, they right away take you aside to go over stuff with you and make you feel part of that line. DALPE: I didn’t feel like a third wheel. I was just like, Don’t mess this up. [Laughs.] KLATT: I loved playing with them. They’re obviously way better than I ever was, but we were all very similar in the way that we played. Our games matched very well. KING: When I scored my first NHL goal, they were the guys who went and got the puck. RYAN KESLER (2003–14): Some of the funnest hockey I played in my life.

Ryan Jones Added to Comets Roster


Utica Comets Director of Hockey Operations Pat Conacher has announced that the club has signed forward Ryan Jones to a professional tryout contract (PTO). He brings with him 334 games of NHL experience to the Comets roster which will begin the regular season on Saturday.