Canucks' Sbisa penalized for rule 48 violation; could supplemental discipline be forthcoming?

Thomas Drance
November 18 2015 06:27PM

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Vancouver Canucks defenseman Luca Sbisa returned to the lineup after an eight-game absence on Wednesday night.

Vancouver's physical third-pairing defender was obviously eager to make his impact felt in his return, but he may have been a bit too eager. 

Early in the contest, Sbisa hit Jets rookie Nikolaj Ehlers with what the referees ruled was an illegal check to the head. Could Sbisa's rule 48 violation warrant a call from the NHL's Department of Player Safety?

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Report: Islanders looking to deal Travis Hamonic to Western Canadian club

Thomas Drance
November 18 2015 03:58PM

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Travis Hamonic is a very good hockey player, and by all accounts an excellent guy.

For family reasons, the New York Islanders are trying to trade Hamonic, a very good defenseman, to a Western Canadian club, according to an original report from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman with TSN's Darren Dreger filling in some crucial blanks. Before we proceed, let's say that we hope for a favourable resolution for Hamonic and his family and wish them all the best, whatever the issue may be. 

While we won't speculate on the situation itself, we will delve into what sort of player Hamonic is, and whether the Vancouver Canucks might be a team that makes sense as a trading partner for the Islanders. 

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Luca Sbisa will return to lineup Wednesday vs. Jets

Thomas Drance
November 18 2015 03:00PM

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The Vancouver Canucks will get their most physical defenseman back in the lineup on Wednesday night.

Luca Sbisa, 25, is due to return to the lineup to play his first game in the month of November, the club announced. Though the stay-at-home defender's performance is often ridiculed in the Vancouver market, some of it is fair and more of it isn't, the club has performed poorly in his absence.

Sbisa's return to the lineup will send his countryman Yannick Weber to the press box, and will scramble up Vancouver's power-play combinations, which may be a good thing at this point.

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10 Ways to Look Good While Tanking and Why the Canucks Are Doing It Wrong

Jeremy Davis
November 18 2015 02:06PM

There was no shortage of debate in the off-season about what path the Canucks should be taking this season. Should they build for the future, or push for wins in the present? The Canucks chose to try to do both at the same time, to the chagrin of many of their most vocal fans. It can’t be done, they said, either throw in the towel and tank or go all in.

Instead, the Canucks found what appeared to be a happy medium. They cut loose a number of veterans and infused the team with youth and lo and behold, they saw immediate results. The Canucks, without ever using the term, were rebuilding, and they were winning at the same time.

This is Vancouver though, so naturally it’s all gone horribly wrong. The Canucks seem to have lost the ability to win, which is super for the draftist crowd. Unfortunately, they aren’t tanking properly either.

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November 18 2015 12:00PM

A new day, a new opponent. Will the Canucks strategically piece together a 60-minute effort or will we fall victim to "moral victories, building and frustration" yet again? The Canucks face the Jets in Winnipeg and they will get back some key minutes in Burrows. Winnipeg is a fun team to play and their fans will most definitely bring it. It would be great to pull a win out tonight.

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