NHL Notebook: Vancouver Canucks Acquire Ethan Bear, Devan Dubnyk Retires & More
Former Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ethan Bear was traded Friday from the Carolina Hurricanes to the Vancouver Canucks.
The Hurricanes withheld $400,000 of Bear’s $2.2 million contract in exchange for a fifth-round pick, while also sending AHL forward Lane Pederson.
Bear should immediately jump into the Canucks’ lineup and could end up finding a big opportunity if he’s given the chance to skate with Quinn Hughes at some point.
After a poor season in 2020-21, Bear made a decent comeback with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, where he had five goals and nine assists in 58 games with the Canes. This year, Bear has struggled to break into the lineup. He has been beaten by former Canuck Jalen Chatfield at the bottom end of the Canes’ defensive corps.
The Canucks are likely hoping another change of scenery will help Bear return to being a promising young player like he was in 2019-20 when he scored 21 points in 71 games with the Edmonton Oilers while playing the first four minutes.
Bear is 5’11”, was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and played junior hockey for the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL.
Devan Dubnyk has officially retired from the NHL and is entering the world of broadcasting. Drafted by the Oilers 14th overall in the 2004 draft, Dubnyk spent the first 4½ seasons of his career with the team.
He entered the NHL in 2009-10 and was eventually traded to the Nashville Predators on January 15, 2014 in exchange for Matt Hendricks. During his time with the Oilers, he posted a record of 61-76-21 in 171 games played while posting a .910 save percentage and a 2.88 GAA.
The 2014-15 campaign was the best in the NHL as he began the year with the Arizona Coyotes before joining the Minnesota Wild. He posted a 36-14-4 record, a .929 save percentage and a 2.07 GAA. He was named third in the Vezina voting, was named to the All-Star Second Team and won the Bill Masterton Trophy.
In an interview with Dane Mizutani of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dubnyk approached his agent about the possibility of starting a television gig on the NHL Network. A Zoom call later, and he was acting as an analyst for a playoff game between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames.
Yesterday, Dubnyk made his regular season debut analyzing the game of the Ottawa Senators and Minnesota Wild, with a team with which he played the best hockey of his career.
“It’s been fun staying in the game,” Dubnyk told Mizutani. “There were some nerves. Now, having the opportunity to do it more, I’ve been able to put my own personality in there. I’m really enjoying it.”
After a strong start, the Ottawa Senators got some bad news this week as Josh Norris will likely miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
Now that Norris’ prognosis is a little clearer — and by that, we’re talking dire — the Senators must address a significant roster loss while the season is still fresh.
According to CapFriendly, the Senators have $4.113 million in projected salary-cap space, giving them a little wiggle room to make a move. Once Norris is put on LTIR, they’ll save about $7 million.
But hear me out: maybe the team doesn’t need to move assets to fill the void. Maybe Pinto has that covered.
Pinto has five goals and six points in seven games with the Senadores while playing in the team’s third row. And that is working alongside Tyler Motte and Mathieu Joseph. So he thinks about the impact he would have with Claude Giroux, one of the best playmakers of his time, and Alex DeBrincat, a pure goalscorer. Tim Stutzle is the No. 1 center, but Pinto can easily be the No. 2 guy.
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