Pending UFA Brad Richardson undergoes ankle surgery; does his injury make a Canucks return more likely?

Thomas Drance
May 11 2015 01:36PM

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Vancouver Canucks checking centre Brad Richardson, a pending unrestricted free agent, is undergoing surgery today to repair the ankle injury that cost him the second half of his season and probably several million dollars on the open market, according to News 1130 Sports

Richardson, 30, managed eight goals and 21 points in 45 games while playing thoroughly excellent hockey on the penalty kill and holding down a key defensive role for the club. He's a useful depth piece, and has provided the club with tremendous value since signing a two-year deal with an annual average value of $1.15 million as an unrestricted free agent in the cap-crunch summer of 2013. 

It seems probable that Richardson is on his way out the door, but might his ill-timed and frustratingly persistent ankle injury make it more likely that he's in a Canucks uniform again next season?

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Catching up with Old Friends - Playoff Edition

J.D. Burke
May 10 2015 03:02PM

Having exercised six of the seven stages of grief following the Vancouver Canucks unceremonious first round exit, we can comfortably move into the final such part of the program: acceptance. We've since left the anger, denial, shock, bargaining and depression behind us - each varying in degree of difficulty and length -  having just now come to terms with the heartbreak left in the wake of this season and consequently a new found appreciation for those that got away before or during it.

Except for Ryan Kesler. Screw that guy.

I mean, who among us wouldn't get a kick out of watching a former Canuck raise the cup? Maybe I'm getting a little ahead of myself here though. Lets check in on some former players and coaches to see how they've done to this point and how their prospects look going forward.

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Why Missing Matt O'Connor Doesn't Hurt Vancouver

Rhys Jessop
May 09 2015 01:20PM

The Matt O'Connor derby came to an end this morning with the highly-touted undrafted college free agent choosing to sign with the Ottawa Senators instead of the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, or New York Rangers. While Canucks fans are certainly disappointed that their team didn't land the big fish in the college UFA market once again, missing out on O'Connor isn't necessarily a big deal.

How can failing to sign a guy with so much hype and buzz surrounding him be a very minor miss for Jim Benning and the Canucks? Read past the jump to find out.

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A Look Back At Utica's First Round Win Over Chicago

Josh W
May 09 2015 11:00AM

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Courtesy: UticaComets.com

The Utica Comets wrapped up their first ever playoff series doing things their parent club could not: winning 3 games and eliminating their opponents.  When we reviewed the series we noted that the Comets had nearly the upper hand in all facets between the two teams (with the edge to Chicago in shot suppression).

The first series went the full five games.  With three of the games ending in overtime and four of the games being won by a single goal, it does not take any deep analysis to realize how easily this series could have been won by either team.

Let’s look deeper into what went down between these two teams.

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HOW GOOD IS MIKKO RANTANEN?

Lowetide
May 09 2015 07:00AM

Mikko Rantanen is a quality two-way winger who played in a top pro league (SM-Liiga) at age 18. His output in the Finnish elite league (56GP, 9-19-28) suggests real offensive ability.

How good is Mikko Rantanen?

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