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15:10  12 june  2019
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Erik Karlsson nearing decision on future with Sharks, report says

Erik Karlsson nearing decision on future with Sharks, report says Karlsson, traded from Ottawa to San Jose ahead of this season, is expected to be one of the most coveted free agents on the market.

The Canucks lost McKenna right away and Nilsson found success with the Senators, which might tip the deal in Ottawa’s favour—but the cap space and late pick acquired by the Canucks are Leighton was an emergency signing , and he did some fine work for the Comets this season. Toni Utunen .

Vancouver Canucks prospect Toni Utunen is coming off of his second gold medal in nine months. Let's talk about the young Finnish defenceman.

Canucks won't sign Linus Karlsson or Toni Utunen this summer?© Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The Vancouver Canucks will not be signing Linus Karlsson or Toni Utunen this summer, according to Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet. Both prospects will stay in Europe for at least one more season to continue their development. Karlsson, acquired from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Jonathan Dahlen, was a third-round pick last June and spent this season in the Swedish second league, where he put up 18 points in 52 games. Utunen meanwhile played the season in Finland’s top league after being a fifth-round selection by the Canucks last year. Vancouver will retain both their exclusive draft rights.

Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson undergoes groin surgery

Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson undergoes groin surgery SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson has undergone groin surgery before becoming eligible for free agency this summer. The Sharks said Wednesday that Karlsson had the operation last week and has already started rehabilitation. The team says Karlsson is expected to recover fully in the off-season and be ready for the start of the 2019-20 season. The big question surrounding Karlsson now will be where he plays next season. The Sharks acquired the two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenceman from Ottawa just before the start of the season.

The Vancouver Canucks are back at it again with the defencemen, this time taking Toni Utunen with their fifth round pick 130th overall. The 18-year-old

by Canucks Media Relations @ Canucks / Vancouver Canucks . Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has acquired forward Linus Karlsson from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for forward Jonathan Dahlen.

Dhaliwal also notes that the Canucks might re-sign restricted free agent Reid Boucher, but no decision has been made at this point. Boucher played just a single game with the Canucks last season, but was a force at the minor-league level with 62 points in 56 games. The 25-year old is arbitration eligible, however, meaning that if Vancouver issues him a qualifying offer, he could file and force a potential one-way deal. Boucher has 42 points through 133 NHL games.

  • If you thought your job was complicated, imagine what it must be like for Kelly McCrimmon. The newly promoted Vegas Golden Knights GM is also still the owner of the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings, and today he announced that the team will not be bringing back head coach David Anning. This comes after McCrimmon also relieved Wheat Kings’ GM Grant Armstrong of his duties last month, leaving huge gaps in management for next season. While his junior club is searching for a coach and GM, McCrimmon also has to navigate the upcoming NHL draft in which the Golden Knights hold five picks in the first three rounds.
  • Darren Dreger was on TSN radio today discussing potential buyout candidates, and noted that Corey Perry will have a market around the league if he finds himself an unrestricted free agent suddenly later this month. Perry looks like he will be leaving the Anaheim Ducks one way or another this offseason, and Dreger suggests the Edmonton Oilers as a team that could kick the tires on him as a veteran leader to help Connor McDavid turn things around. Perry has two years remaining on his current contract that carries a $8.625 million cap hit but could be an attractive option at a much lower number if he happens to be bought out.

Benning confirms Eriksson trade a possibility for Canucks.
Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning might trade forward Loui Eriksson after the 33-year-old said he and Canucks coach Travis Green "don't really get on 100 percent." "I am going to talk to Loui this week and get his thoughts on everything and why he made the comment he did, but (a trade) could be something that's real," Benning said, according to Kevin Woodley of Eriksson, who has three years left on a six-year, $36-million contract, made the comments to Swedish website while playing for Sweden at the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

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