Vancouver's PHWA chapter selects Henrik Sedin as Canucks' Masterton Trophy nominee

Thomas Drance
March 31 2015 11:25AM

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The Vancouver chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer's Association (PHWA) has nominated Henrik Sedin as for the 2015 Masterton Trophy.

The Masterton Trophy is awarded annually "to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." Unlike the other major NHL awards, which have just three finalists, each local PHWA chapter selects a team Masterton nominee. From there the entire PHWA then votes on the Masterton Trophy winner from among that group of 30, three finalists are named, and the winner is chosen at the NHL's annual Awards Gala.

Sedin has obviously been selected for bouncing back impressively from a depressing and injury plagued 2013-14 campaign. His nomination comes with a tinge of controversy though. 

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Why Chris Tanev's lack of offensive production doesn't matter

Thomas Drance
March 24 2015 02:15PM

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On Tuesday morning, the Vancouver Canucks signed defensive defenseman Chris Tanev to a lucrative five-year contract extension. No one doubts Tanev's ability to key the rush or block shots or disrupt the possession game of Vancouver's opponents, but the 25-year-old's offensive game has been non-existent throughout his career.

Does that matter? Nope, but we understand the confusion. Let's get into precisely why it doesn't matter on the other side of the jump.

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Canucks sign Chris Tanev to 5-year, $22.25 million contract extension

Thomas Drance
March 24 2015 11:01AM

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That contract negotiations between the Vancouver Canucks and Chris Tanev were moving in a positive direction, as Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported on Monday, would seem to have been an understatement.

On Tuesday morning, the Canucks announced that they've signed the 25-year-old defensive ace to a five-year contract extension worth a reported 22.25 million (for an annual average value of $4.45 million). That's pretty close to what we expected, and a solid deal for both sides.

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Report: Contract talks between Canucks, Tanev 'moving in a positive direction'

Thomas Drance
March 24 2015 09:40AM

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The Vancouver Canucks are reportedly making progress in contract talks with their best defensive defenseman Chris Tanev, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Tanev, 25, is a pending restricted free agent and is having a marvellous year. Though the production isn't there, one might reasonably argue that he's been among the best defensive defensemen in the NHL this season. 

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Ryan Miller's recovery isn't behind schedule says Desjardins, agent

Thomas Drance
March 19 2015 02:20PM

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The Vancouver Canucks and the agent for Ryan Miller gently disputed some of the details of a report that surfaced on Wednesday from TSN's Farhan Lalji, which suggested that the Canucks's starter was not going to return to action within his original four-to-six week recovery timeline, that he was several weeks away from even skating, and that the goaltender wouldn't return before the NHL playoffs.

It would appear that while Miller has taken part in some on-ice workouts, he's yet to skate with equipment, according to Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins. Also Miller's agent Mike Liut contended in a conversation with News 1130 Sports that Miller isn't behind schedule, he's on schedule, and a four week recovery timeline was always an optimistic fallacy. 

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