Jim Benning on Ryan Miller: 'Hopefully he can get into a game or 2' before the playoffs

Thomas Drance
April 03 2015 12:56PM

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It wasn't too difficult to read the writing on the wall from the Vancouver Canucks' decision to have Ryan Miller fly out to Winnipeg to join the club for a Friday practice. Miller, 34, was Vancouver's workhorse starter prior to sustaining a knee strain in a late-February game against the New York Islanders, and it would seem that the club is intent on getting him back into the lineup in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

On Friday afternoon in an appearance on the Brady and Walker show on Sportsnet the Fan590, Canucks general manager Jim Benning addressed the topic of Miller's health status. During the course of the interview Benning confirmed that the team is hoping to get Miller a tuneup start or two prior to the end of the regular season.

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Canucks recall Sven Baertschi from Utica

Thomas Drance
April 03 2015 11:17AM

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On Friday morning the Vancouver Canucks announced the recall of recently acquired former Calgary Flames top prospect Sven Baertschi from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. 

Since being acquired by the Canucks at the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline for a 2015 second-round draft pick, Baertschi has been on fire in Utica. The diminutive, skilled Swiss-born forward has scored seven goals while contributing 13 points in 12 games with the Comets. For the year he's managed 15 goals and 23 assists in 48 AHL games - a solid scoring clip for a 22-year-old.

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Report: Ryan Miller flying to Winnipeg to take part in Canucks practice Friday

Thomas Drance
April 02 2015 08:21PM

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Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller is set to parachute into Winnipeg this week where he's scheduled to practice with the club on Friday, according to Sportsnet's Dan Murphy.

Miller, 34, hasn't appeared in a game since February 22 when he sprained his knee in a collision with Jannik Hansen. It was reported by TSN's Farhan Lalji several weeks ago that Miller was unlikely to begin skating before early April and surely wouldn't see any game action prior to the conclusion of the regular season. That report was eventually repudiated softly by Miller's agent and the Canucks.

Though the team has told TSN's Jon Abbott that Miller's timeline remains the same as it ever has, it certainly seems a bit odd that Miller is flying out to Winnipeg to practice with the team if he isn't preparing to get into a game before the end of the regular season. Perhaps he's very committed to 'just having fun.'

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Report: Canucks have engaged in preliminary contract talks with Luca Sbisa

Thomas Drance
April 02 2015 01:32PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have engaged Luca Sbisa's representatives in contract extension talks, according to News 1130 Sports

"Preliminary talks underway," Sbisa's Swiss based agent Andre Rufener of Rufener Hockey LLC told News 1130 sports, "the team first expressed interest in early February."

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GIF: Canucks prospect Ben Hutton scores sweet goal in 1st professional game

Thomas Drance
April 01 2015 06:30PM

When the Vancouver Canucks signed blue-line prospect Ben Hutton out of the University of Maine, they did so with visions of seeing the smooth skating 6-foot-3 defenseman develop into an offensive force from the back-end.

Hutton, a converted forward, scored 24 goals between his junior and sophomore seasons with the Black Bears, but despite his obvious offensive potential, its taken him two weeks and change to get into a game with the American Hockey League's Utica Comets. 

On Wednesday, the 21-year-old defender made his professional debut and it didn't take long for his impressive combination of speed, offensive awareness and sick shooting ability to show through.

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