Friday Mailbag: Homecoming Eve

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 20 2015 08:45PM


Can the Canucks start from scratch? Physically, mentally... standingsly? The answer to the former and latter statements is "no", but maybe, just maybe, they can hit the mental reset button before tomorrow night. Certainly, it would work to their benefit; the team has had moments that repeatedly lead to anguish over the past few weeks, and you wonder how much of that has created a self-fulfilling prophecy as things have progressed.

Anyway, I hope it ends. In the meantime, let's dip into some of your questions!

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Report: No extension talks between Canucks, pending UFA Vrbata

Thomas Drance
November 20 2015 02:30PM

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The hockey gods are choosing an inconvenient time to smite Vancouver Canucks forward Radim Vrbata.

Vrbata, 34, is about an consistent a first-line winger as you'll find in the NHL. That is until this season, where brutal percentages have ravaged his production. 

Considering Vrbata's age and that this is a contract year,  the fact of his being snake bit over the past six weeks may cost Vrbata a good deal of money on his next contract. And realistically this next contract may have been his last really good chance of getting capital P-A-I-D PAID.

As for whether or not that next contract may be with the Canucks, well, it's interesting to note that the two sides have yet to broach the subject, according to a report from ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

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Friday Roundtable: Camp Vrbata

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
November 20 2015 12:43PM

It's been a while since we've seen Radim Vrbata score a pretty one like that, eh? In fact, it's been nearly a month since he's scored a goal that counted, period. Beyond a three-in-four game span at the end of October, the 34-year-old winger has been ice cold, to the point where he's struggling to put assists on the board as well. Sure, the entire team is having a bad time, but more was expected of last year's team goals leader.

Today, the roundtable takes ponders what the best course of action is involving him. Here are our answers.

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Should the Canucks trade their pending unrestricted players at the deadline?

Carol Schram
November 20 2015 09:15AM

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The Vancouver Canucks' loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night inadvertently offered an sneak peek into the future of the franchise.

The weary road warriors iced a lineup that did not include Radim Vrbata, Brandon Prust or Yannick Weber—all unrestricted free agents (UFAs) at the end of this season. Will it be in Jim Benning's best interest to dangle his future UFAs as trade bait in an attempt to build up his future prospect pool? Let's take a look.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
November 20 2015 06:45AM

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5 reasons to hate the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Canucks and Tyson Barrie, Travis Hamonic wants to be in Western Canada, the NHL's problem with offense, an early look at 2016 free agents, value of shot blocking, Connor McDavid's recovery, Sam Bennett an elite player in the making, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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