Thomas Drance
June 03 2015 11:00AM

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The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?

We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the puck set to drop on the 2015 Stanley Cup Final this evening, let's, look back at rounds one, two and three, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!

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Should the Canucks bring back pending UFA Mike Santorelli?

Thomas Drance
June 02 2015 03:04PM

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Former Vancouver Canucks forward Mike Santorelli - a pending unrestricted free agent - would have some interest in returning to his hometown this summer, his agent JP Barry told News 1130 Sports on Tuesday.

"I'm sure he would," Barry responded when asked if Santorelli would re-sign with the Canucks. "He loved playing for his hometown team."

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Canucks, Yannick Weber have held preliminary contract talks, says agent

Thomas Drance
June 02 2015 01:12PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have opened up contract talks with Yannick Weber, a pending restricted free agent and the club's most prolific goal scoring defender from the 2014-15 season, according to his agent JP Barry.

Barry told News 1130 Sports on Tuesday that talks have been preliminary in nature, and will continue in earnest following the conclusion of the NHL scouting combine and the Canucks' professional meetings. 

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5 Utica Comets who have improved their stock during the Calder Cup playoffs

Thomas Drance
June 02 2015 10:55AM

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With a massive 3-2 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday evening the Vancouver Canucks' AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, are one win away from the Calder Cup final.

Though the team has largely been powered by a variety of career AHLers including Bobby Sanguinetti and Cal O'Reilly, there are a variety of Canucks prospects who have played very well and have made a strong case for inclusion on Vancouver's 2015-16 roster.

Here are the five Canucks prospects who have strengthened their case the most over the past six weeks. 

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Ryan Miller's agent: 'Ryan will be 100 percent by the end of July'

Thomas Drance
May 28 2015 10:03AM

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Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller was left in the net for all five goals.

As the club coughed up an early three-goal lead in an elimination game, it was apparent that Miller wasn't able to make lateral movements with his usual speed and effectiveness. Credit the Calgary Flames, who pulled Jonas Hiller aggressively in that crucial Game 6, because they attacked Miller backdoor repeatedly and with great success. 

After returning right before the postseason from a significant knee injury sustained in late-February, Miller was consistent in his conversations with reporters. He reiterated time and time again that he wasn't all that close to a fully recovery.

On Thursday we found out that he actually won't be back to 100 percent until July, his agent Mike Liut told News 1130 Sports on Thursday.

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