The Nation Drafts Playoff Pool: Play for Charity, Fun, and Glory

Ryan Pike
April 09 2015 09:27AM

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It's nearly the end of the hockey season, and while we're starting to get excited at the prospect of the playoffs(!), we're also excited to announce the return of something we do every year at this time: the Nation Drafts playoff pool!

The Nation Drafts playoff pool is fun, inexpensive, proceeds benefit a worthy cause, and you could win prizes! What's not to love? Read on for more details.

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8 Things That Are Nicer To Think About Than The Sbisa and Dorsett Extensions

Grainne Downey
April 09 2015 09:00AM

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This week, Babych Please has been re-christened in honour of Jim Benning's work on Wednesday. Here are 8 things that are nicer to think about than Dorsett and Sbisa's contract extensions:

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Why You Can Win With Derek Dorsett, But Not His New Contract

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April 08 2015 06:56PM

The Vancouver Canucks signed two horrible contracts today, let's let that part out of the way since there's no sugar coating it. 

With multi-year extensions for both Derek Dorsett and Luca Sbisa, they club elected to pay two bottom-of-the-lineup players middle-of-the-lineup money, and locked both up for the mid-term future too.

But both deals are bad in different ways. While Luca Sbisa may belong on the fringes of an NHL roster, Derek Dorsett has been a valuable 4th-line contributor, one that brings a plethora of off-ice benefits to the table as well. He's tough, he scores, he plays with his heart on his sleeve, and he's been an effective two-way guy in his career - you win with those types of players on your roster.

But Dorsett's extension is still poor asset management on behalf of Jim Benning. Find out why after the jump.

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Canucks sign Derek Dorsett, Luca Sbisa to multi-year contract extensions

Thomas Drance
April 08 2015 02:43PM

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The Vancouver Canucks are celebrating their return for the postseason by locking up supporting pieces to longish-term contract extensions.

The club announced on Wednesday that they've agreed to terms on multi-year contract extensions for Luca Sbisa and Derek Dorsett. Dorsett's deal is a four-year deal that will carry a rather whopping $2.65 million annual average value, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. Sbisa's three-year extension is for $10.8 million in total, for an annual average value of $3.6 million, according to Sportsnet's Dan Murphy.

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Report: Jordan Subban's agent to hold contract talks with Canucks this week

Thomas Drance
April 08 2015 12:02PM

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Jordan Subban's Belleville Bulls were swept out of the playoffs earlier this week, which means the Subban watch is on.

A fourth-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Canucks only have until June 1 to get Subban under contract - lest he be re-entered in the draft pool for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. 

It would seem the negotiations are proceeding as planned. On Wednesday the News 1130 Sports twitter account reported that Subban's agent, Mark Guy of Newports Sports Agency, plans to discuss an entry-level deal with the Canucks this week.

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