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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Report: Alex Burrows will not be suspended for hit on Gaustad

Thomas Drance
April 01 2015 09:06AM

It's a rare example of Alex Burrows receiving the benefit of the doubt.

The hand of the NHL's Department of Player Safety has reportedly been stayed and the pesky Vancouver Canucks winger will not be facing a disciplinary hearing for interfering with Nashville Predators checker Paul Gaustad on Tuesday night, according to TVA's Renaud Lavoie.

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Burrows, Bieksa tossed from game vs. Predators

Thomas Drance
March 31 2015 08:57PM

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Following a very strange series of events Vancouver Canucks veterans Kevin Bieksa and Alex Burrows were both assessed a game misconduct late in Tuesday night's game oddly officiated game against the Nashville Predators. 

We'll try and unpack what occurred after the jump.

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