Nation Drafts 2015 charity playoff pool update

Thomas Drance
May 02 2015 12:35PM

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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 second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition! 

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Canucks sign forward Joseph LaBate to entry-level contract

Thomas Drance
April 30 2015 03:09PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have come to terms on a contract with forward Joseph LaBate, a fourth-round pick of the club back in 2011, the club announced on Thursday.

LaBate, 22, has played the past four seasons for the Wisconsin Badgers of the NCAA. Though contract details haven't been released by virtue of LaBate's age we can confidently assert that LaBate's signed a two-year contract.

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Canucks reassign Baertschi to Utica for Calder Cup playoffs

Thomas Drance
April 27 2015 10:41AM

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Now that the Vancouver Canucks' season is over, Sven Baertschi will have an opportunity to help the Utica Comets win the Calder Cup.

Baertschi, who dressed for Vancouver in Games 5 and 6 of the club's first-round playoff series loss to the Calgary Flames this passed week, was reassigned to Vancouver's top AHL affiliate on Monday, the club announced.

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Report: Sedin twins decline World Championship invite due to injury

Thomas Drance
April 27 2015 01:26AM

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Though the Vancouver Canucks have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs prior to the beginning of the tournament, star first-line forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin won't be heading over to Europe to dominate on the international ice surface at the World Championships.

"Both me and Henrik (have) declined World Championship (invites) due to injury," Daniel is quoted as telling Expressen (via google translate). "We have informed (Team Sweden's head coach) Pär Mårts."

That the twins were battling through injury should come as a surprise to anyone who watched them play with the puck on a string in Vancouver's ill-fated first round series against the Calgary Flames.

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Canucks' Brad Richardson expected to return to lineup for Game 5

Thomas Drance
April 23 2015 07:46PM

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After a one game absence Vancouver Canucks forward Brad Richardson is expected to play in Tuesday's night's crucial elimination tilt against the Calgary Flames.

The depth centreman, a crucial part of Vancouver's penalty kill, has been in and out of the lineup over the past month with an ankle injury that everyone in the organization has reportedly found "frustrating" (Richardson included).

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