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News broke out late Tuesday evening that Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Francis will be named as the first General Manager of the new expansion team in Seattle later this week. Francis played in the NHL for 22 seasons,  most notably with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes franchise where he is considered to be the greatest player in franchise history. He also enjoyed great years with the
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In the blink of an eye the majority of the UFA signing news came and went. With very few notable UFAs remaining, the remaining news for the summer will be the RFA market. There is potential for the RFA market to take a while to solve, as teams could face no pressure to sign until training camp. Montreal set the market by attempting to poach Carolina's Sebastian Aho, but that, not surprisingly,
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Roberto Luongo is undoubtedly the greatest goaltender in Vancouver Canucks history. He should be given more consideration as the greatest player in franchise history, too. Of course, the previous statement is also every bit as accurate if we change the change to the Florida Panthers. Through his eight seasons with the Canucks, Luongo left a lasting legacy for the city of Vancouver — mostly
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The Hockey Hall of Fame announced their induction class of 2019 today. Canadian women's hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser headlines the class of six. Joining her in the player category are NHL stars Guy Carbonneau and Sergei Zubov, and Czech hockey legend Vaclav Nedomansky. Long time GM Jim Rutherford and Boston College coach Jerry York were selected in the builder category. The induction
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The big headline out of the NHL this day is that the NHL and NHLPA are going to reboot the World Cup of Hockey. Again. AGAIN!!!! Let's review. There was this fantastic tournament called the Canada Cup from 1976 to 1991. Essentially it was a true world championship between the Soviets and the Canadians, who, unlike at the Olympics and Worlds, had their absolute best roster available. It was
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Oh Jimbo. Yesterday I praised Jim Benning for nice moves involving Alexander Edler and Vasili Podkolzin. Today, well, much of Canucks fandom is mad at Benning again. Every hockey fan in the world knows you don't give up your first round pick when picking up another team's salary dump.  Someone forgot to tell Jim. Benning traded a conditional first rounder, meaning it is in the deep
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I have been increasingly voicing my displeasure with Jim Benning as the Vancouver Canucks general manager of late. But Benning has had a very good week this week. I'm still not really seeing Benning's grand vision, but this week was good. First he signed veteran defenseman Alexander Edler to a very reasonable 2 year, $6 million per year contract. He gave the veteran the respect he deserved with
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There was not a hockey fan in the world who did not know Jacob Trouba was going to get traded this summer. It was just a matter of where. The Winnipeg Jets had to move their top pairing, right handed defenseman because a) they are so tight up against the salary cap and b) Trouba would walk at the end of next season for nothing. Trouba has openly wanted to leave and play for American based teams,
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The days leading up to the NHL draft and then into free agency are probably the most interesting days of the year in hockey. Once the Stanley Cup is awarded, all teams are back on even ground. The new season has begun, as far as I am concerned, because all the headlines created in the next two or three weeks are for the 2019-20 season and beyond. So let's start looking at these headlines,
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The Vancouver Canucks will have new uniforms for their 50th season. The home and away uniforms are remarkably similar to what you are accustomed to. Aside from minor changes to the shoulder patches, the only noticeable difference is the wordmark "Vancouver" has been removed and the Orca logo re-positioned to truly take the center of the jersey. This is good since the crest was always

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