Canucks' Markstrom reassigned to Utica; Miller to backup Lack Thursday vs. Coyotes

Thomas Drance
April 09 2015 12:05PM

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller probably won't face down any NHL shooters on Thursday night when the Canucks host the Arizona Coyotes, but he will apparently be dressed and in uniform for the first time since spraining his knee on Feb. 22.

Canucks backup Jacob Markstrom was spotted leaving Rogers Arena on Thursday with his bags packed, apparently headed to rejoin the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. The team has since confirmed that Miller will don his ball cap on Thursday, as he prepares to get into a tune-up game on Sunday against the Edmonton Kingslayers Oilers.

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Canucks sign Derek Dorsett, Luca Sbisa to multi-year contract extensions

Thomas Drance
April 08 2015 02:43PM

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The Vancouver Canucks are celebrating their return for the postseason by locking up supporting pieces to longish-term contract extensions.

The club announced on Wednesday that they've agreed to terms on multi-year contract extensions for Luca Sbisa and Derek Dorsett. Dorsett's deal is a four-year deal that will carry a rather whopping $2.65 million annual average value, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. Sbisa's three-year extension is for $10.8 million in total, for an annual average value of $3.6 million, according to Sportsnet's Dan Murphy.

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Report: Jordan Subban's agent to hold contract talks with Canucks this week

Thomas Drance
April 08 2015 12:02PM

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Jordan Subban's Belleville Bulls were swept out of the playoffs earlier this week, which means the Subban watch is on.

A fourth-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Canucks only have until June 1 to get Subban under contract - lest he be re-entered in the draft pool for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. 

It would seem the negotiations are proceeding as planned. On Wednesday the News 1130 Sports twitter account reported that Subban's agent, Mark Guy of Newports Sports Agency, plans to discuss an entry-level deal with the Canucks this week.

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Ain't no holler Bachman - Canucks clinch playoff spot thanks to Oilers victory over Kings

Thomas Drance
April 07 2015 10:24PM

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Playoff hockey will return to Vancouver for the first time since 2013, and it's all thanks to the Edmonton Oilers and their goaltender Richard Bachman.

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VIDEO: Henrik Sedin's 700th career assist comes on a classic example of Sedinery

Thomas Drance
April 06 2015 10:35PM

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Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin and his brother Daniel Sedin were flying in Monday night's crucial tilt against the Los Angeles Kings.

Dominant throughout the contest, the twins combined on a milestone third period tally that tied the game. The goal was Daniel's - a hard, accurate slapshot that resulted from several give-and-go passes between him and his brother - and the assist was the 700th of Henrik's career.

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