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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Canucks' Kevin Bieksa penalized for rule 48 violation on Predators' Stalberg; suspension coming?

Thomas Drance
March 31 2015 06:52PM

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Early in the first period of the Vancouver Canucks' Tuesday night game against the Nashville Predators, Canucks defender Kevin Bieksa caught Predators forward Viktor Stalberg with an illegal check to the head. 

Bieksa was assessed a minor penalty on the play and Stalberg left the game rather woozily with an apparent head injury. The Swedish winger returned and took another shift within five minutes on the game clock though, and the Predators cashed in on the ensuring power-play opportunity. 

So will Bieksa be hearing from the league as a result of the hit? Let's discuss it on the other side of the jump.

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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. 

Read on past the jump for more.

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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.

Read on past the jump.

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