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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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #4 Mitch Marner

money puck
June 25 2015 04:45PM

Mitch Marner has been one of the biggest risers in this year's draft rankings thanks to a jaw-dropping offensive season with the OHL's London Knights where he demonstrated an elite offensive skillset. 

Let's dig a bit more into Marner's impressive draft year. 

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #5 Zach Werenski

Garret Hohl
June 25 2015 03:55PM

The common opinion goes that there are two tiers of defenders in the first two rounds. There is Noah Hanafin, Ivan Provorov, and Zach Werenski, and then there is the rest of the bunch.

Zach Werenski is a pretty special player. What he has done in the NCAA for his age is not only special, but essentially unprecedented.

This is why Werenski sits at number five for our Nation Network prospect rankings.

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Report: Canucks Have Asked Bieksa to Waive NTC... Or Have They?

Rhys Jessop
June 25 2015 01:43PM

It's the day before the NHL Entry Draft, so you and I both know that we're in the doldrums of silly season today. Rumours, reports, and trade chatter are all flying around completely unchecked and haphazardly.

Earlier this morning, Kevin Bieksa was asked to waive his no-trade clause. Thirty minutes later, Canucks management had never asked him to waive his no-trade clause. Confused? So are we. Let's try to make sense of this mess after the jump.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #6 Noah Hanifin

Rhys Jessop
June 25 2015 12:00PM

At this point in the draft, we're really splitting hairs about who's better than whom. Noah Hanifin is a great player. The guy we have at #5 is a great player. The guys sitting at 4th and 3rd  are also great players. After McDavid and Eichel, there's really no "wrong" way to order these next four players. Still, we have to prefer some guy, and perhaps a little controversially, that guy isn't Noah Hanifin.

And that's the most negative thing you'll read in this profile because the kid is one hell of a hockey player.

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