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The Canucks and the First 48 Hours

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It's officially been two days into the NHL Free Agency period. It's a time of the year where teams try to turn themselves from pretenders to contenders. All 30 teams have spent a combined 500 million over the past 48 hours. The Canucks have spent about 14 million of that 500 million on 5 different players.

Their biggest move came Tuesday, July 1st, the first day of free agency. The Canucks made their big Canada Day splash by signing UFA goalie Ryan Miller to a three year 18 million dollar deal. Where he will be making six million dollars a season. Now the 33 year old netminder is coming off a season where he split between the Buffalo Sabres and the St.Louis Blues. Miller has been diminishing over the past few seasons, but Benning and company hope he can regain his old form.

The Canucks continued the big signings on day two of free agency where they came to terms with Radim Vrbata. His contract is a two year deal, which will pay him five million a season. Vrbata is a 33 year old scoring winger who tallied 20 goals and 31 assists in 80 games last season with the Phoenix Coyotes. Jim Benning did something Mike Gills never really did in his era in Vancouver, by adding a top 6 scoring forward.

Jim Benning also signed three more playes over the past 48 hours. The first player was Bobby Sanguinetti, the second was Dustin Jeffrey, and the third was Cal O'Reilly. Sanguinetti is a 26 year old defenceman. Sanguinetti played in the KHL last season and has played the rest of his career in the NHL and the AHL. Jeffrey is a 26 year old center. Jeffrey comes to Vancouver with the Desjardins connection. Meaning he split last season between the Dallas Stars and their affiliate the Texas Stars. He started the season playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played in 34 NHL games last season where he tallied 4 points. O'Reilly is a 27 year old center. O'Reilly spent last season playing for Vancouver's affiliate the Utica Comets. He had 45 points in 52 games last season. O'Reilly also brings 113 career NHL games under his belt, where he has tallied 41 points.


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Like him or hate him, Jim Benning has the balls to come right in and make this team his own. He has definitely been the most busy GM in the past few weeks.

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