The National Hockey Leagues’s championship trophy, The Stanley Cup, currently held by the Chicago Blackhawks, is displayed at the State Department in Washington, Thursday, March 10, 2016, during a luncheon reception hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry in honor the visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The NHL’s 2016-17 campaign ended only 11 days ago but it’s never too early to talk about next season. One day after the league released the home openers for all 31 teams, the full 2017-18 schedule is out with the regular season beginning Oct. 4 and ending on April 7.
The Canucks believe it will be “near impossible” to move up in this weekend’s draft. The same could apply this week for any Chris Tanev trade. It’s not entirely because Vegas selected Luca Sbisa, a replaceable left-handed, third-pairing defenceman, although Vancouver is making it a significant factor. It’s also because a market for Tanev has yet to materialize, even though it’s been a healthy topic on the insiders’ circuit in a league where an overwhelming number of teams are seeking top-four defencemen while staring down an incoming free-agent class that’s thin and weather-beaten. The Canucks have not been aggressively shopping Tanev, which plays into it, but anyone paying attention has understood
CHICAGO — The agent for Ryan Miller put a proposed one-year, incentive-laden contract extension for his client into proper perspective Thursday. To the mathematical layman, the concept is as clear as advanced calculus. To agent Mike Liut and the Vancouver Canucks, it could add up to addressing salary-cap concerns and also providing the veteran goaltender, who turns 37 next month, with a suitable salary plus added incentives. And unless the pending unrestricted free agent checks out the open market July 1, a proposed Canucks’ deal could pick up momentum this weekend after Liut and Canucks general manager Jim Benning talked briefly Wednesday night. “Incentive-based contracts can only be done be