April 02 2015 08:21PM
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Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller is set to parachute into Winnipeg this week where he's scheduled to practice with the club on Friday, according to Sportsnet's Dan Murphy.
Miller, 34, hasn't appeared in a game since February 22 when he sprained his knee in a collision with Jannik Hansen. It was reported by TSN's Farhan Lalji several weeks ago that Miller was unlikely to begin skating before early April and surely wouldn't see any game action prior to the conclusion of the regular season. That report was eventually repudiated softly by Miller's agent and the Canucks.
Though the team has told TSN's Jon Abbott that Miller's timeline remains the same as it ever has, it certainly seems a bit odd that Miller is flying out to Winnipeg to practice with the team if he isn't preparing to get into a game before the end of the regular season. Perhaps he's very committed to 'just having fun.'
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April 02 2015 02:52PM
These games just aren't as anticipated as they used to be. That's a shame. Thankfully, the Canucks and Hawks still play some really great games. The intense rivalry has subsided a bit, but the Canucks aren't going to play down what this game means: another playoff team they may have to play later.
Being that this tilt is in Chi-town this evening, you get the nutty Madhouse on Madison crowd and the way games are starting lately, Chelsea Dagger is on cue. Chicago hasn't played since Monday when they crowned the Kings 4-1. They're rested. The Canucks are coming off a HUGE 5-4 win via shootout over the Predators on Tuesday and keeping this thing going is job number one. This will be a playoff game.
April 02 2015 01:32PM
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The Vancouver Canucks have engaged Luca Sbisa's representatives in contract extension talks, according to News 1130 Sports.
"Preliminary talks underway," Sbisa's Swiss based agent Andre Rufener of Rufener Hockey LLC told News 1130 sports, "the team first expressed interest in early February."
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April 02 2015 12:19PM
As Dustin Byfuglien awaits a suspension and John Scott is mocked by his teammates for scoring an actual real NHL goal, let's all hold hands and be thankful that the most talked about ex-Blackhawk on the Canucks' roster is Radim "The Dream" Vrbata.
April 01 2015 06:30PM
When the Vancouver Canucks signed blue-line prospect Ben Hutton out of the University of Maine, they did so with visions of seeing the smooth skating 6-foot-3 defenseman develop into an offensive force from the back-end.
Hutton, a converted forward, scored 24 goals between his junior and sophomore seasons with the Black Bears, but despite his obvious offensive potential, its taken him two weeks and change to get into a game with the American Hockey League's Utica Comets.
On Wednesday, the 21-year-old defender made his professional debut and it didn't take long for his impressive combination of speed, offensive awareness and sick shooting ability to show through.
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