Canucks Training Camp Preview: Benning's upgrades give coaches options
Refreshed and upgraded in the off-season, the Canucks begin preparations for their 2021-22 Redemption Tour without unsigned restricted free agents Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes, who are merely the National Hockey League team’s best forward and top defenceman. Despite those absences, the team is deeper than it's been in years entering an important training camp.
As summer wanes, Canucks still hopeful about courtship of Pettersson, Hughes
It should be the extension of beautiful friendships. Instead, with a week until camp, the best players on the Canucks – Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes – are still unsigned. But GM Jim Benning is still optimistic about negotiations that have sputtered all summer.
Edler excited for new challenge, but still coming to grips with Canucks exit
Alex Edler was drafted by the Canucks in 2004 and spent 1,007 NHL games in Vancouver. It is the only franchise he has ever known. And after leaving for the Los Angeles Kings in free agency last week, the change still doesn’t seem real.
Canucks will be better after additions, but impossible to say how much
Factoring in the free-agency additions and the return of a healthy Elias Pettersson, the Canucks are going to be deeper, faster, and more dangerous up front next season. But the changes on defence leave more questions to be answered.