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Canucks Expo-sition: A Densely Packed, “Aggressive” Week for Vancouver

Brayden Fengler and Trent Leith / July 29, 2021  

The offseason for the Vancouver Canucks in the year 2021 has certainly been unprecedented. Much of where the team is today can be traced back to the unprecedented 2019-20 shortened season as well. Including their unexpected playoff run, and of course last year’s tumultuous off-season that resulted in many key players leaving.

The chaos and confusion have carried on right to this day in many ways, with the Seattle Expansion Draft and Jim Benning keeping his word with his aggressive off-season plans.

A lot has happened in the month of July, so if you’ve gotten lost in the nitty-gritty details, we don’t blame you. The events of biggest consequence for the Vancouver Canucks this summer come with the Oliver Ekman-Larsson trade, the entry draft, and the early days of free agency. So what has happened so far with those topics, and how does it affect the Canucks in the big picture? Well, let’s find out. 

Trent and Brayden will both be chiming in during various parts of this large breakdown article. They’ll be responding to each other’s points, in what is StadiumChinatown.ca’s first collaborative piece.

*This article is named to pun on the word “Exposition” by drawing extra attention to the “Expo” part, which is of course the SkyTrain line in Vancouver that a certain station is located on… we all know jokes only get funnier when you explain them.*

Free Agency: Benning and The Limitless Contracts

– Brayden –

Benning had absolutely zero chill on Wednesday as free agency opened league-wide. The Canucks GM was able to orchestrate the signing/ resigning of 18 players. No there is not a smudge on your screen, we’re not talking 8 players, here we’re talking 18, as in one, eight.

If your day job wasn’t to literally follow the Canucks’ every movement (which ours of course is not) then there is a more than a favourable chance that you missed some of the news that broke on Wednesday. We won’t be going multi-paragraph-level in-depth into each individual signing in this piece. We don’t want to give Stephen King’s IT a run for its money word count-wise.

However, to kick off this article, we will be providing you with all the important big picture details that you need to know about the signing from Wednesday. So buckle up, and try not to blink.

Who Left

In order for Wednesday to be as productive as it was for the Canucks, a few things needed to happen first. Namely in the days leading up to free agency, the club needed to shed some cap space. They accomplished this in part by buying out both Jake Virtanen, and Braden Holtby. Holtby has since found himself with the Dallas Stars on a 1 year $2M contract.

A price that had Holtby currently been at prior to the buyout, would’ve likely allowed him to stay in Vancouver. Sadly the contract that Benning signed the netminder to just last year, with an AAV of $4.3M, made Holtby a non-starter as far as staying in Vancouver was concerned.

Additionally on Tuesday the Canucks said goodbye to another one-year team member, Nate Schmidt, who occupied a cap hit of $5.95M. Although the player showed promise last season, the amount of money he tied up, combined with his reported unhappiness, made his departure an obvious choice. The Canucks recouped exactly what they lost, a 3rd round pick for Schmidt, as he was sent to Winnipeg. 

Lastly and unsurprisingly Alex Edler did end up trying the market, signing with the Los Angeles Kings. A move that keeps him on the west coast and in the Pacific Division, but gives him the change of scenery that he so desperately wanted. It’s going to be a sad day when Canucks fans see Alex Edler back in town but wearing black and grey. 

Guess Who’s Back

Some familiar faces ended up returning to the Canucks organization. Justin Bailey, Travis Hamonic, and Brandon Sutter all re-signed with the club. Hamonic will be back for 2 years with an AVV of $3M and Sutter will be back on a 1 year term for just a cool $1.125M. 

Those two deals especially, are no doubt wins for the Canucks. Sutter is a fantastic depth piece who knows how to work with this group. At that price and for one year, there is no downside to his new deal.

Hamonic should also turn out to be a great hold for the Canucks. The team needs a reliable right defenceman that can play partner to Quinn Hughes, and Hamonic should hold that role nicely. Allowing Hughes to do Hughes things with the confidence of having Hamonic as his backup.

You Get a Contract! You Get a Contract!

Alright are you ready, in addition to the likes of their 41st pick in Danila Klimovich, and the three returning players that we just mentioned, the Canucks also signed the following players to the following price and term:

  • Brandon Sutter (C) | 1 Year – $1.125M
  • Travis Hamonic (D) | 2 Years – $3M
  • Justin Bailey (RW) | 1 Year – $750K
  • Danila Klimovich (C) | 3 Year Entry Level

As is shown above a large number of these players are on one or two-year, two-way deals, and will in fact find themselves playing for the Canucks, just the Abbotsford Canucks that is.

Top Signings

The most vital signings to come out of this mountain of new players are those of Jaroslav Halak, Luke Schenn, and Tucker Poolman.

Jaroslav Halak, at 36 years old, will serve as a remarkably solid backup for what will now be full-time starter, Thatcher Demko. Halak has five years of age on Holtby, so this pick-up is in no way the Canucks looking for a younger more reliable backup. However at $1.5M for a base salary, Halak’s price and pedigree make this a steal for the Canucks. During this last condensed season, he started 19 times for Boston and ended up with a 0.905 save percentage. Not too far behind Demko’s 0.915 save percentage from last season.

Halak obviously came from a more reliable team than Demko had last season, but if Halak can handle even 25-30% of the starts with some grace, this really could be a way for the Canucks to take a step back into the playoffs next season.

Luke Schenn, the former Canuck himself, hot off the back of two Stanley Cup wins with the Tampa Bay Lightning, should plug nicely into the bottom pairing of the Canucks defence. He only ever played 18 games with the Canucks in 2018-19, but hey once a Canuck, always a Canuck in the eyes of fans. Schenn as a right-side defenceman will join a somewhat uninspired roster of right-side defencemen on the team.

Schenn is not a signing that will blow the doors of skill-wise, this market already knows that. But if he can perform a somewhat reliable depth role at his cap hit of just $100K above league minimum, then Canucks fans should have no problems with this addition to the team.

Lastly, Tucker Poolman who other than Travis Hamonic, walked away with the largest new Canucks contract at a $2.5M AAV over 4 years, is another right-side defenceman. Poolman has played his whole NHL career since 2017-18 in Winnipeg. He finished last season with a remarkably unimpressive points total of 1 point in 39 NHL games, a stark drop off from his 2019-20 season where he at least earned 16 points in 57 games.

Now, Poolman was not signed to be a goal scorer, but any player who has a production drop-off that substantially from year to year, should definitely raise a few red flags. Especially because Poolman’s average TOI remained largely the same from year to year, so he can’t even blame his rock bottom production of lack of deployment.

Apparently though not enough red flags were raised for Benning for him to avoid offering the 28-year-old some significant term.

The Poolman signing is inherently the least attractive new contract due to his status as a player and the price he is demanding. The Canucks just signed/drafted a number of other right-shot defencemen, defencemen who could definitely work in the stay-at-home shutdown fashion that Poolman will be forced to work in.

The Canucks seem to have brought Poolman on just to take up a job that the team may soon have other players ready to occupy, and for a fraction of the cost. In a world where Hughes and Elias Pettersson still sit without contracts, 4 years for a 1 point on the year, depth defensemen seems a bit off.

– Trent –

18 signings. Brayden even said it wasn’t a smudge but I still broke out the microfiber cloth to double-check. Granted, most of those 18 signings are related to the newly minted Abbotsford Canucks, and filling up a roster. With that said, you can’t say Benning didn’t hold up his end of the deal, he was aggressive. 

Of the three big free agent signings to note, I am a fan of two of the three. I really like Luke Schenn and what he brings at his price point. He and Quinn have a small amount of proven chemistry, and with such a low cap hit, the risk is almost nothing. While Schenn likely won’t play full-time with Hughes, it’s nice to have options should the pairings get switched up or Hamonic goes down with an injury.

Halak is another nice signing, again, a veteran goalie, but not one that carries as much risk, money, or term as Holtby did. My only gripe is the performance bonuses. If Halak reaches 10 starts and a .905 SV%, he gets another $1.5M.

Halak is likely a $3M signing rather than a $1.5M at the end of the day. If the Vancouver Canucks are against the cap and can’t fit the bonus $1.5M under the cap, it goes against next season’s cap. There is a very real chance the Canucks are paying for Halak and Holtby against the cap.

The Poolman contract scares me. Not so much the dollars, but the term. This is not a player that should command such term, and if he does, the Canucks should have been miles away. Poolman is the type of player that is typically available after the initial craze of free agency, and one that can come at less of a cost.

I know signing players in free agency comes at a premium, but this isn’t the type of player you should be comfortable paying those premiums for. It seems like Benning takes on bad contracts as fast as they leave.

The Blockbuster Trade

– Trent –

Two years in the making, Jim Benning finally collected all his Infinity Stones, snapped his fingers, and suddenly Oliver Ekman-Larsson was at his side saying: “I am inevitable”. Many people saw this news from miles away, the Canucks front office has been connected to OEL since the dawn of time, or so it seems.

Finally, though, The Arizona Coyotes moved out his contract Jim Benning got the player he has been longing for. Details of the trade seemed to take hours to trickle out, but eventually, we got a full scope of the trade, and it’s massive. 

The Vancouver Canucks acquired Oliver Ekman-Larsson, a 30-year-old, left-shot defenceman, and Conor Garland, a 25-year-old right-winger in exchange for Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel, Loui Eriksson, a 2021 1st round pick, a 2022 2nd round pick, and a 2023 7th round pick. As is everything in the Canucks fan base, the reaction is mixed. 

Next Stop: Pacific Central Station

Coming up north in this game-changing trade are everyday players that make the roster better than it was prior to their arrival, Conor Garland and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. 

Conor Garland is the biggest get in this transaction. Garland has put up 39 points in each of the last 2 seasons, the latest in 19 fewer games than the prior, at 0.57 and 0.80 point-per-game paces.

While Garland is set to enter his fourth NHL season, he is on the upswing of his career and should provide the Canucks more offence at the top end of their lineup. Garland told Vancouver media:

“For me, I feel like I’m just starting. I’ve only played 160 games and last year was the first year I really felt comfortable.”

Not only can Garland put up points at a 65 point pace across an 82 game regular season, but he is also a physical player that can retrieve pucks and help drive offence. Garland’s addition to the Canucks gives Coach Green the ability to put a puck hound that can add offence on each of the top 3 lines of the Canucks. While he isn’t a large player, he is relentless and plays outside his weight class.

Not only is Garland able to put up points, but it also seems like he is genuinely excited to play in Vancouver:

“I was a huge fan of Pettersson in his first year in the league. He reverse hit me on my first shift in Vancouver. To be able to play with a guy like Pettersson or Horvat is going to help a ton. There’s a lot of excitement now. I mean, it’s really kind of the first time I’m going into the year where you know you’ve got a real shot at competing for a Stanley Cup.”

Are you trying to win the hearts of fans Conor? Because that’s how you win their hearts. 

Tuesday morning the Vancouver announced that they officially inked Garland, their newest RFA to a five-year deal worth $4.95M. This is the kind of deal that you like to see the Canucks make, a deal that will tie up a player until the end of his prime, at a reasonable dollar.

While every contract is a risk, and a player’s game can drop off a cliff at any point, it’s about making a safe bet, and I consider this to be a safe bet for the team in the long term. The icing on the cake is the fact that the deal does not have any trade protection, leaving the team with flexibility should they need it. I hate to sound cliche, but this is a tidy piece of business by the Vancouver Canucks and Jim Benning.

The other piece of the Arizona deal is a little less of a safe bet, in fact, it is very risky. OEL is coming to Vancouver after a couple of years of decline, but Jim Benning likes what he sees, saying “We think he’s going to be our number one defenceman,” to the media post-trade. That is a big ask, as he wasn’t even a top-pairing defender when he left Arizona. 

“We’re excited to get him because he plays against the best players against the league (matchups wise)” said Jim Benning, and again that isn’t exactly true in recent years. According to Harman Dayal of the Athletic, OEL has actually been tasked with facing closer to league average competition last season. 

Now there is a lot to be said about his fit on the current rendition of the Coyotes. There have been wide reports of a poor relationship with the former (and most recent) coach of the Yotes Rick Tocchet. Not only has there been a disconnect with the coach, the style of play he was asked to conform to doesn’t fit OEL’s style.

The Coyotes have been a shut-down, defensively minded team in recent years and OEL is an offensively minded player, putting up as many as 55 points in a single season. As the Canucks know first hand, perennially losing takes a toll on any players (see Alex Edler), and sometimes a shakeup is needed. 

Jim Benning is taking a big gamble that Ekman-Larsson will refine his game as an elite level defenceman and if he is right, it’s a good look, if it doesn’t work out, it will look quite bad, especially with the players taking up $7.26M of the Canucks books until the end of the 2026-27 season.

Only time will tell if even more egg winds up on Benning’s face or not. Regardless of how you slice it, you have to give Jim Benning credit, he was creative in completing this deal whether or not you like it.

– Brayden –

I’m really excited for Connor Garland. I followed his play very closely last year, by virtue of him being an acquisition of mine for my fantasy hockey team, around the time he first started trending upwards.

I know that citing fantasy hockey as a reason for real-world player anticipation definitely makes me sound more like an armchair GM than a critical thinker. However, in this case, I don’t think those two things are mutually exclusive.

Yes, I paid close attention to Garland’s game for fantasy reasons last year, but in doing so, I witnessed his impressive puck handling and finishing abilities on a regular basis. Garland is no fluke, he is a great get for this team.

His new contract is fantastically priced for his skill level. So long as he is able to jive with the team chemistry-wise, there is nothing sour about this addition.

OEL on the other hand, oh boy, it did happen eh? and it makes me nervous. Not only does he have to show sustained performance for this deal to make sense, but first off, he needs to bounce back.

As Trent highlights above, he’s coming off some pretty garbage years, compared to the more peak years of his career. Yes, he should no doubt be a welcome addition from the perspective of the current Canucks players. But at 30-years-old and with six full seasons left on his contract, I’m very worried that this transaction will age poorly Before his deal reaches the halfway point of being over.

On Route to Better Weather

– Trent –

Going down south in exchange for Garland and OEL was three bad contracts and three picks, two being in the first two rounds. When the trade first came down the wire, I had mixed feelings, then I realized that the Canucks sent not only their first pick in this draft, but a second and a seventh down the line as well, I was frustrated by the trade, at first. 

Initially, the thought of giving up the ninth overall pick seemed reckless, and the move of a GM whose seat is so hot you’d think it was in the Arizona desert, not the PNW. The Canucks don’t have many high-end prospects left in the system once Vasily Podkolzin graduates to the NHL, as he is expected to.

The second frustration I had with the trade was giving up one year of $12M worth of bad contracts for a bad contract paying $7.26M over 6 years. It’s short-term gain and long-term pain. The addition of Garland was inarguably a nice one, but at what cost? 

Our friends at The HockeySport Podcast reframed the trade in a way that made me feel a little bit better about it. 

When you think of it in smaller transactions like this, sure, there is risk involved in acquiring OEL, but it is much more palatable. Trading a first and a bad contract for Garland? I like that deal. Especially as it is likely the final top-nine piece needed for this team to be competitive.

Trading a 2nd for taking Beagle and Roussel? Pricey, but that’s the cost of the business in the flat cap world. Especially if you are a GM who plans on being aggressive and making an all-out push to be a playoff team. 

And finally, a 7th for OEL retained? If GM JB is confident in his potential, while risky, I see the thought process. Yes, the back half of this contract is likely going to look very bad, but the Canucks need to start winning now.

If the Canucks don’t start winning soon, you can’t expect the star players are going to want to stick around anyways, players want to win Cups. Benning is looking at bringing in OEL as immediate help, even if it’s overpriced. JB values more than just the player’s success, he’s looking for team success. 

If his bet pays off, he looks like a genius, if it bombs, he was likely on his way out the door anyway. GM Jim Benning clearly wants to make the playoffs next season. Likely because his job depends on it, and indisputably, he made the team better this week than it was last, does that put them over the top though? That remains to be seen. 

– Brayden –

As far as losing the first-round pick goes, I’m disappointed for the Canucks. However being that Garland was a part of the deal coming back the other way, I don’t think I can be too mad, all things considered.

If OEL does perform well for the next few years, this deal may end up looking fantastic. However, it is hard to overlook the shades of recklessness in this big move when considering Podkolzin is the Canucks best prospect and he will soon be graduating out of the prospect system.

The Canucks need to desperately stock the shelves, and trading away a top 10 pick in a year when the odds of a strong player falling to them were high, has very “that’s future me’s problem” vibes.

Getting rid of Eriksson, Beagle, and Roussel sounds fantastic… if the clock was turned back a year or two. The reality though is that these contracts were soon to be off the books and the team has now parted with them just before the buzzer.

Getting rid of these players, and their limited-term left cost the Canucks three potential draft picks, and in return the Canucks acquired two pieces with a combined 11 years of term between the two of them. I know I’m talking like this whole deal is already a disaster, when that is very much not the case.

However, I’m sure most Vancouver Canucks fans may also be finding it hard not to let the “ghost of bad deals past” put a damper on their excitement of this large transaction.

NHL Entry Draft Are The Cupboards Stocked Now?

– Brayden –

It’s old news at this point, but for a long while leading up to the NHL entry draft on Friday, July 23rd, it appeared as though the Canucks were in fact going to hang on to their 9th overall pick. Sadly though, as has been well documented In this very article, that is not the timeline that we’ve ended up in.

The Canucks left this year’s entry draft with six new additions to the club’s prospect pool. Their haul was positionally well-rounded, with them picking up three forwards, two defence, and one goalie. Maybe Jim Benning misunderstood the assignment and thought he was at the expansion draft, so perhaps he began to pick an iceable roster schoolyard style?

Jokes aside, the Canucks managed to select a group of prospects who have for the most part been characterized as coming with a great deal of potential upside.

In order of position, starting with forwards, defence, then goalie, here’s everything you need to know right now, about the Canucks newest assets.

Drafted Forwards

Danila Klimovich

As reported by Rick Dhaliwal on Tuesday and then confirmed Wednesday morning, the Canucks have already signed their highest pick in this year’s draft, Danila Klimovich (18yrs).

This is likely to ensure that Klimovich stays easily accessible inside the Canucks system, rather than having him play next season in the KHL, as he was originally slated to do with the Dinamo Minsk. Since Klimovich will in fact be playing in Abbotsford next year, here’s what you should expect out of the young centre, as he begins to take steps towards the NHL.

Klimovich was robbed of his appearance in the QMJHL last season due to COVID and instead, he played in his home country of Belarus. Spending the majority of his time last year with the Minskie Zubry of the Belarus Vysshaya (the Belarusian Higher League).

He played 37 games with Minskie, and in that time frame racked up an insane *cleans blue light glasses just to be sure* 52 points on the year. Not to mention the 14 points he earned during his team’s 12 playoff games.

Klimovich is touted as having great positioning skills, especially in tight spaces. This will be absolutely essential for the Canucks brand of hockey, especially if he’s ever fortunate enough to find himself up on the powerplay. Coming in at 6’1” 187lbs the young star from Belarus should be no pushover either.

He’s the same height as J.T. Miller and Tanner Pearson but he does have some bulking up to do, in order to take full advantage of his frame.

Connor Lockhart

After drafting Klimovich, Benning waited until his last two picks of the draft to select additional forwards. Connor Lockhart is a right-shot centre like Klimovich.

In contrast with Klimovich though, Lockhart has a smaller build at 18 years of age, coming in at 5’9” 161lbs. However, what he may lack in size compared to Klimovich, he has the potential to make up for in his speed and his two-way game.

Lockhart, it cataloged as being able to read defencemen extremely well, in addition to having speed and offensive prowess. He has the potential to develop into a solid shutdown centre, with added upside if he’s able to help his team capitalize on shorthanded opportunities or on opposing team’s mistakes.

This pick is hard to gauge more so than most others made by the Canucks, since Lockhart didn’t play last season, as the Erie Otters and the OHL were left sidelined by COVID. This makes his pick a bit of a gamble, but potentially a fruitful one.

There was a chance that Lockhart could’ve been ranked higher, and slipped out of contention for the Canucks, had the OHL played it’s season.

Lucas Forsell

The Canucks selected a left-winger with a right-handed shot in Lucas Forsell for their last pick of the draft. It’s a good idea not to be too hopeful about the 201st pick in the NHL draft. At 17 years old still, Forsell is just slightly the youngest prospect selected by the Canucks.

Although he still has a lot of room to grow, Forsell has shown more than a few glimpses of what may be the makings of a dynamic NHL player.

Passing must be the new focal point of the Sweedish hockey program, because like last year’s new star on the scene Nils Höglander, Forsell also has passing skills that could make a grown man weep with joy.

As evident by the clip above he can also pull off one hell of a wrist shot. Along with passing, another strong point of Forsell’s game is his relentlessness for getting shots on net.

Drafted Defence

Jonathan Myrenberg and Hugo Gabrielson

Only 29 picks apart, the Canucks drafted two defencemen in Jonathan Myrenberg and Hugo Gabrielson. In news that I’m sure will shock many Canucks fans, both players are Swedish.

Myrenberg played significantly fewer games last season with 24 total, compared to his now colleague Gabrielson. Gabrielson dressed for nearly double the games as Myrenberg, with 41 games played.

Myrenberg brings with him a reportedly lightning-fast wrist shot and a significantly impressive skating ability. This is a combination, which in today’s NHL can be exceptionally deadly if paired with an equally agile defensive partner.

At 6’2” and 190lb he has a traditionally desirable defensive build already, and If we know anything about Benning, he does enjoy his big guys on the blueline.

Gabrielson is nearly as tall, at 6’1” 172lb, but boasts a stronger offensive game than Myrenberg. In 41 games last season in Sweden, Gabrielson finished with 20 total points on the season and an impressive plus-minus of +10.

In any footage of Gabrielson, his comfort with the puck is evident. He has undeniable two-way potential at this stage of his career. 

Drafted Goalie

The Canucks recently extended goalie coach Ian Clark, and there is no better way for them to strengthen that investment, than by bringing more goalie prospects in under his tutelage.

Koskenvuo was between the pipes for 18 games in Belarus last year and finished with a .893 SV% and a 2.92 GAA. These numbers don’t exactly invoke excitement, but perhaps his size will, as he comes in at a whopping 6”4” tall.

This matches the size of current Canucks starter Thatcher Demko. Sure, size isn’t everything with goalies, but it sure can make for a lethal combo when combined with skill. 

Koskenvuo was originally thought to be getting the taste for the North American game in Harvard next season. However he apparently still has to finish high school first. You know, your typical minor setback one experiences before attending Harvard, we’ve all been there.

What this means for Canucks fans is that we won’t have a good idea as to how he handles the North American game for quite some time yet. 

If you are to be skeptical of any Canucks pick not working out from this draft, I would say that it’s okay to raise an eyebrow at this one. However, overall the Canucks seem to have picked a lot of potentially high upside players, and Ian Clark has gone on record citing Koskenvuo’s potential. So maybe, don’t cast too much doubt on Koskenvuo after all, he’s simply just in good company with his Canucks draft class.

– Trent –

While it’s hard to get really fired up about the second NHL entry draft in a row that doesn’t have the Canucks picking in the first round, especially when they had a top-ten pick, I do like what the Canucks have done with their picks.

These picks, while none are very high-end, are all home-run bets, and if the Canucks can pull one or two everyday players out of this crop, I would say it’s a win. 

My biggest discrepancy with Brayden’s takes here is with Koskenvuo. I am not a goalie expert, and maybe I have been drinking Quad’s Kool-Aid, but I trust Ian Clark’s eyes when it comes to drafting netminders, as his resume speaks for itself.

In David Quadrelli’s piece on Koskenvuo, he talks with Ian Clark about the newly acquired netminder and points out that he looks for, and values certain skills above others “My philosophy when it comes to a goalie’s order of assets is eyes are number one, feet are number two and hands are number three,”. Clark continued, “I say that we can teach a goaltender technique in a weekend”.

To me, that tells me everything I need to know about the prospect and at 127th overall, what’s the harm.

And There You Have It

If you made it to the end of this… what are you doing here? No seriously? This was a lot. We wrote this, and we didn’t even read it all. Yeah, let that sink in.

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We hope you enjoyed the start to Jim Benning’s aggressive off-season, as well as our coverage of it, in this edition of Canucks Expo-sition. Now, go outside, enjoy the sun, there are only a few more weeks until training camp.