Brad Richardson is getting closer, could play in Game 1

Thomas Drance
April 13 2015 03:51PM

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The Vancouver Canucks penalty kill has missed Brad Richardson enormously during his lengthy convalescence from a foot injury that he sustained in mid-January. It would seem that Richardson is close to returning though, as he took part and was a full participant in the club's practice on Monday at Rogers Arena.

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Canucks Army Postgame: Sventropy

Thomas Drance
April 11 2015 11:17PM

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The legend stands with Radim Vrbata, who we think is trying to smile.
Screencap Courtesy: CanucksTV

It looked like it was going to be a traditional late-season Edmonton Oilers blowout of the Vancouver Canucks. That didn't come to pass though, as the Sedin twins and Svan Baertschi combined to erase three two-goal deficits and tie the contest through 60 minutes. 

Despite some of Ryan Miller's issues in his first game back in action after a seven week absence spent rehabbing his sprained right knee, the club scored enough that it didn't much matter and Alex Edler ultimately scored the overtime winner. 

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Radim Vrbata named Canucks MVP and most exciting player

Thomas Drance
April 11 2015 08:45PM

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Before Saturday night's glorified preseason contest against the Edmonton Oilers the club handed out their annual team awards. Like he was competing in a steely eyed glare competition, Radim Vrbata cleaned up.

Let's look a bit closer at who won which award after the jump.

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The Injury Bug: What's the latest on the health of Richardson and Kassian going into the playoffs?

Thomas Drance
April 11 2015 04:40PM

Injury Bug

The injury bug can be a Brad Marchand-level pest. 

Going into the playoffs the Vancouver Canucks' vaunted forward depth has taken a hit with inconsistent but unquestionably dynamic winger Zack Kassian and ace penalty killer Brad Richardson out of the lineup indefinitely with  a variety of injuries. 

In an appearance on TSN 1040 late on Friday night the Province's Canucks beat writer Jason Botchford shed some light on the respective health status of Kassian and Richardson. Let's recap after the jump.

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Canucks' Markstrom reassigned to Utica; Miller to backup Lack Thursday vs. Coyotes

Thomas Drance
April 09 2015 12:05PM

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller probably won't face down any NHL shooters on Thursday night when the Canucks host the Arizona Coyotes, but he will apparently be dressed and in uniform for the first time since spraining his knee on Feb. 22.

Canucks backup Jacob Markstrom was spotted leaving Rogers Arena on Thursday with his bags packed, apparently headed to rejoin the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. The team has since confirmed that Miller will don his ball cap on Thursday, as he prepares to get into a tune-up game on Sunday against the Edmonton Kingslayers Oilers.

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