Vancouver Canucks President upset after losing out on player that he thought owed him

Published December 14, 2023 at 9:34
BY TJ TUCKER

While not official yet, all signs point to defenceman Ethan Bear signing a contract with the Washington Capitals once he is ready to hit the ice again. That isn't sitting well with the Vancouver Canucks' President of Hockey Operations Jim Rutherford.

When he was getting the healthy scratch treatment from the Carolina Hurricanes, Vancouver traded for Bear and they remain the last team he played for. In a recent interview Rutherford indicated he fully believed Bear would choose to return once he healed from his current injury.

"We thought we were the frontrunners. At the end, things changed partly due to money. It is disappointing but he has the right to choose where to play."




Rutherford also brought up the fact that the Canucks gave Bear a chance when it seemed like no one else would.

"We thought we were the front runners...We really thought he was coming back to the Canucks."

Mentions no one really wanted him last season and they traded for him and helped him. 💀💀

Didn't sound too happy.


On the latest edition of TSN's Insider Trading, Chris Johnston said Bear would likely be signing a two-year contract in Washington worth $2 million per season.

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