Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #30 Pavel Zacha

Rhys Jessop
June 18 2015 03:30PM

To be completely honest and up front, I think we've underrated Pavel Zacha fairly significantly. The massive Czech centreman fell well short of lofty expectations in his first full season in North America, but has still garnered enough recognition within the scouting community to get top-10 consideration in 2015.

Join us after the jump to explore one of 2014-15's biggest statistical disappointments that could still turn out to be very, very good.

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Canucks sign minor-league goaltender Joe Cannata

Thomas Drance
June 18 2015 02:54PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have reached an agreement with goaltender Joe Cannata, the club announced on Thursday. The deal is a one-year, two-way deal, according to Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province.

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Report: Comets' Cory Conacher signs in Switzerland with SC Bern

Thomas Drance
June 18 2015 12:21PM

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Journeyman forward Cory Conacher, who could most recently been seen playing for the Vancouver Canucks' AHL affiliate the Utica Comets in the Calder Cup final, has signed with SC Bern of the National League-A, a Swiss-based club that is coached by his former Tampa Bay Lightning bench boss and Bond villain Guy Boucher. 

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Why a hot market for Rangers' Cam Talbot could result in the Canucks trading Eddie Lack

Thomas Drance
June 18 2015 11:17AM

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The Vancouver Canucks discussed their goaltending situation at pro-meetings last week, and it would seem that they've decided to keep Ryan Miller and deal one of their two less experienced netminders Jacob Markstrom or Eddie Lack.

"Markstrom is ready to be an NHL goalie now," Benning said in a radio appearance on TSN 1040 on Wednesday, via Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province. "I want to keep Ryan and we'll decide on either Lack or Markstrom."

You'll notice a key formulation from that quote is that "we'll decide" is in the present tense, as if a decision hasn't been made yet. It makes sense: why would you decide to trade one goaltender instead of the other if you haven't explored specifically what the market will look like? When you're looking to decide between which of two assets to liquidate, it's tough to do a cost-benefit analysis without knowing the precise market value of what you're holding. 

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Top-10 UFA Countdown: #5 Paul Martin

Thomas Drance
June 18 2015 11:00AM

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This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy!

Paul Martin, 34, is getting a bit long in the tooth, but he remains a sturdy defensive defender with the ability to transition the puck and win the territorial matchup against top-of-the-roster competition. If you're sensing that the theme of our unrestricted free agent countdown is "he's useful, but kind of old!" then you're catching on.

The American-born Martin will be among the best blue liners available on July 1, and has the ability to significant improve the complexion of a club in need of an upgrade on the back end in the short-term. He's 34 though, and we might reasonably expect him to begin to incur diminishing returns going forward (and there's reason to believe he might already be on the down swing).

Read on past the jump for more.

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