Report: Bruins 'seriously considering' Lucic deal, Canucks on his 15-team list

Thomas Drance
June 26 2015 08:46AM

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Even though his relationship with his hometown has been rocky since he hoisted the Stanley Cup on Vancouver ice wearing Boston Bruins laundry, Vancouver Giants great Milan Lucic in a Vancouver Canucks uniform has been a cherished pipe dream of many hockey fans in the lower mainland since, oh, about 2007.

Could this long-held fantasy be realized this weekend? Probably not, but it would seem to be as close to a realistic possibility as its ever been. Maybe Buccigross knew.

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Report: Canucks' Kevin Bieksa willing to facilitate trade to San Jose

Thomas Drance
June 26 2015 07:30AM

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The Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks appear to be getting close to a trade that would send veteran defender Kevin Bieksa to Northern California. 

Bieksa has agreed to waive his no-trade clause, according to a report from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, which would indicate that these trade talks have matured significantly in the 12 hours since the Sharks' interest was first reported

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Report: Sharks apparently 'very interested' in Kevin Bieksa

Thomas Drance
June 25 2015 07:41PM

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Kevin Bieksa's finest moment as a Vancouver Canucks defender came during the 2011 Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks, when he was hitting everything, fighting Patrick Marleau, and even scoring breakaway goals. The series winner, weird as it was, was just icing on the cake.

Since then Bieksa has publicly criticized the Sharks for diving, even going so far as to say the club lacked integrity.

And now? Well now the Sharks are reportedly keenly interested in acquiring the physical, 34-year-old Canucks blue liner who may or may not have been asked to waive his no-trade clause this week, according to a report from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

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Why the Talbot sweepstakes is holding up an expected Canucks goalie trade

Thomas Drance
June 25 2015 05:16PM

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The Vancouver Canucks are expected to trade a goaltender this weekend, one of either Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom. 

When that happens though may be dictated by outside factors, like when the New York Rangers ultimately move on backup Cam Talbot, who appears to be the belle of the goalie trade market ball, even though you could make a convincing argument that Eddie Lack is the better puck stopper.

"Around the league it seems like the goaltending position is dominating things right now," summarized Canucks president Trevor Linden on Thursday.

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Thomas Drance's NHL Awards Ballot

Thomas Drance
June 24 2015 08:00PM

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This was my first hockey season as a member of the PHWA, and I had the mixed blessing of casting an NHL Awards ballot. It was an honour, but it was also a heavy burden.

After years of slamming NHL awards voters for this, that and the other thing, actually having a ballot this season changed my perspective. I agonized for weeks over my selections, researched deserving candidates for each award heavily, re-streamed game video, and talked to a variety of industry people whom I trust before allowing my vote to be tallied. 

Some of these decisions were decided by a wafer thin margin. I'd wake up one day thinking that Erik Karlsson was my pick for the Norris, and I'd go to sleep that night thinking that 'really, P.K. Subban was the most valuable two-way defender in hockey this season.' Then I cast my first place Norris vote for neither player.

Anyway, in the interest of transparency and because these sorts of hockey conversations are pertinent and fun, I'd like to present my 2014-15 NHL Awards ballot for your scrutiny, consideration and entertainment. 

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