Canucks Army Player Previews: Radim Vrbata

J.D. Burke
October 10 2014 05:00PM

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As dominant as the Sedins have been for the better part of this last decade, the same cannot be said of their right flank. Players with varying degrees of talent and ability have come and gone on that line, with about half of them never panning out elsewhere. Everyone from Trent Klatt, Anson Carter, Markus Naslund, Taylor Pyatt, Mikael Samuelsson and Alex Burrows all got their shot with the twins. Some stays being longer than others.

The closest that the Sedins have ever been to a permanent fixture on the right side is none other than Alex Burrows. Last season saw the Canucks take a step away from that trio, though. A series of injuries to Burrows and the concept of front-loading the Canucks offence with Ryan Kesler as their right-winger and trigger-man spelled the beginning of that end.

This off-season, the Canucks did their best to make that switch from Burrows the rule, not the exception. They did so by signing Radim Vrbata, formerly of the Arizona Coyotes. At  33 years old, it seems highly unlikely that the Canucks see Vrbata as the long-term fixture on that line. It's evident in the contract they signed Vrbata to, which runs for just two-years at $5 million per season.

What are the Canucks getting in Vrbata, though? Can he help resuscitate the Sedins offense? I'll try to answer both these questions, on the other side of the jump.

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Cheers and Jeers - Oct. 10, 2014

Thomas Drance
October 10 2014 02:34PM

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It's Friday, hockey season is underway (thank goodness), and now it's time for: "Cheers and Jeers!"

This regular feature was originally started by Canucks Army forefather Cam Davie during the 2011-12 hockey season. Now that I'm the old hand at this here Canucks hockey blog (that happened... quickly), I figure it's my turn to carry on tradition.

This week, on the other side of the jump, I give a high-five to some great bloggers getting paid and to Luca Sbisa; while I toss some shade at the NHL's continued inability to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest in player discipline and the inability to Canucks centermen to win a damn draw.

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Comets Militia Weekly Prospect Report - October 10th, 2014

Josh W
October 10 2014 10:00AM

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Much like the weekly prospects report, the Comets Militia weekly report is back too!  So far the Utica Comets have been busy with their pre-season games and training camp.  A number of players have been invited to training camp, a few players have already been cut, and I even went and scouted a game.

Read past the jump for everything that hasn’t been covered with the Utica Comets so far!

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THE ROUNDUP

Nation World HQ
October 10 2014 08:38AM

The 2014-15 season is officially underway. We’re talking Phil Kessel, John Tortorella, Pacific war room, season predictions and more in this week's Roundup.

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Canucks Army Player Previews: Ryan Miller

That's Offside!
October 09 2014 06:00PM

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At one point last season, it looked like the situation in Vancouver's crease was finally going to be clear. Cory Schneider had been dealt to the New Jersey Devils, and the reins had been handed once more to Roberto Luongo. After being jerked around for 2012-2013, it was Lu's team again. No more goalie controversy.

Oh how foolish we were.

We should have known that just one year without some kind of nonsense drama was too much to ask. Eddie Lack was a fantastic backup, but he was too fantastic. A 0.925 save percentage convinced John Tortorella starting Lack in the marquee event in the season, alienating Roberto Luongo one final time, leading to a string of events that eventually saw Ryan Miller end up with a 3-year, $18 million contract to be the starting goalie for the Vancouver Canucks in 2014-2015.

So, how will Miller fare after a stellar career in Buffalo and a brutal half season in St. Louis? Read past the jump to find out.

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