Luca Sbisa, Brandon Sutter approaching return to lineup

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 11 2016 12:36PM

The Vancouver Canucks are approaching the light at the end of the tunnel, at least as far as core injuries go. Forward Brandon Sutter and Defenceman Luca Sbisa, who have both been out of the lineup for a considerable length of time, appear to be closing in on returning to the team in the not-too-distant future.

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Chris Higgins is a useful forward, so expect nothing in return.

J.D. Burke
January 11 2016 09:00AM

News broke this morning that the Vancouver Canucks are actively shopping left winger, Chris Higgins, in the hopes of consummating a deal for the aging forward.

The situation has since escalated to the point that Higgins has been sent home for the time being, so as to not risk jeopardizing a trade by way of injury. Higgins has at no point requested a trade, although rumours have persisted since the off-season that the Canucks were shopping him. 

This has been a season to forget for Higgins, who has but three points to his credit in 25-games. Low boxcars aside, Higgins remains a versatile middle-six forward, with plus defensive abilities. Exactly the type of player contending teams should be lining up for.

History tells us that's likely not the case, though.

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Canucks announce that they are actively looking to trade Chris Higgins

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
January 10 2016 12:32PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have shocked the hockey world today, announcing their plans to trade winger Chris Higgins in the coming days as the NHL's trade deadline approaches.

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Canucks Army Postgame: Stam-close Enough

Grainne Downey
January 09 2016 11:34PM

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The Canucks took on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight in a contest that saw Jake Virtanen and Ryan Miller return to the line-up. Ryan Miller didn't actually play but he was there. His teammates took on [Potential Future Canuck] Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Canucks managed a point, largely due to another stellar game by Bo Horvat and his youthful pals.

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Honest Etem knows he has to work harder and play less on the perimeter to make it

Thomas Drance
January 09 2016 05:45PM

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The chasm between "former first-round draft pick" and journeyman tweener isn't a canyon. It's a fine line. 

New Vancouver Canucks forward Emerson Etem, a former first-round draft pick, is now on his third team. He was dealt on Friday for a modest price. At least one NHL team opted not to make the New York Rangers an offer largely because, at the age of 23, most forwards who go on to be difference makers have already established themselves at the NHL level.

Etem knows this might be his last shot, and he was extraordinarily honest and reflective about his NHL career to this point and what he needs to do to cement himself as a mainstay in the top hockey league in the world.

"This is my third kick at the can here, and I for sure want to make it my last," Etem told reporters on Saturday. "I want to make an impact and make it right away. I’m going to work hard and I think everything will come from there.”

The "work hard" part of the equation is key here because, to hear Etem tell it, that's something he's struggled to bring consistently in his two previous NHL stops.

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