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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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #9 Ivan Provorov

Thomas Drance
June 24 2015 03:00PM

It would have been unbelievable a few months ago, but it just a few days out, it's very possible that Russian-born defenseman Ivan Provorov may be the first defenseman off of the board at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

The well-rounded, if somewhat undersized defender possess a solid two-way game and high-end offensive instincts. Though he's a choppy skater, there's no denying his speed and his dynamic ability to rush the puck. One wonders if he might be able to add an additional gear with the right skating coach, and that's a frightening thought indeed.

Provorov checks in at #9 on our list, read on past the jump!

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Report: Canucks have received multiple trade offers for Eddie Lack, Sabres believed to be interested

Thomas Drance
June 24 2015 10:12AM

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This shouldn't come as a surprise to anybody, but the Vancouver Canucks have fielded multiple offers for goaltender Eddie Lack, according to TSN's Aaron Ward. Ward's report also singles out one team as being among the most interested:

With the spectre of being sent to Buffalo now lingering in the shadows, we might expect Lack to share that 'Don't trade Lack' petition on Twitter any minute...

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles #16: Timo Meier

Thomas Drance
June 22 2015 11:00AM

Swiss-born Halifax Mooseheads power forward Timo Meier had a nondescript age-16 season, and wasn't generating much of any buzz as a prospect nine months ago. What a change a 90 point season can make.

The thick winger exploded onto the scene this season, scoring 44 goals and adding 90 points in 61 games. He continued to pummel opponents in the postseason, adding 21 points in 14 games on the Mooseheads run in the QMJHL playoffs. Meier's production and his heavy physical game have captured the attention of the hockey world, and it's a near certainty that he'll become the third Swiss-born forward to be drafted in the top-half of the first round since 2010 (joining Nino Niederreiter and Kevin Fiala).

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