Friedman: Ryan Miller Not Going Anywhere

Rhys Jessop
June 14 2015 03:07PM

This isn't exactly a revelation if you've been following Vancouver's goaltending situation this year, but Elliotte Friedman might be the first person of his repute to report that the Vancouver Canucks will not be moving Ryan Miller this offseason.

Given Vancouver's tenuous cap situation and the fact that they had to move a goalie already, this is just confirmation that the writing is on the wall for one of Eddie Lack of Jacob Markstrom.

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Where the Canucks will be counting on Sven Baertschi to contribute next season

Thomas Drance
June 14 2015 11:00AM

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The Vancouver Canucks are likely to lose a pair of useful middle-six forwards this summer in Shawn Matthias and Brad Richardson.

Yesterday we looked at one area - the penalty kill - where Richardson is likely to prove tough to replace. Today let's turn our focus to Matthias, and the heir apparent to his spot in the lineup Sven Baertschi.

Acquired from the Calgary Flames at the trade deadline in exchange for a second-round draft pick, Baertschi lit up the AHL (and the Calder Cup playoffs) upon joining the Canucks organization. He played decently well in a small handful of regular season and playoff games for the big league club also. The skilled, Swiss-born forward will be counted on next season to provide crucial secondary scoring, and he's got big skates to fill in a second- or third-line role. 

Will he be up to it?

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Comets Drop Deciding Game 5; Close Fantastic Season with Disappointing Loss

Rhys Jessop
June 13 2015 08:23PM

One final salute.

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For the Vancouver Canucks organization, the 2014-2015 season is now completely over and done with. 

After getting blown out 6-3 at home in a critical game 4, the Calder Cup was in the building as the Comets needed to win tonight to send the series back to Manchester. Unfortunately, they fell behind early in the first period and weren't able to crack Monarchs goalie Patrik Bartosak until the last fifteen seconds of the third, losing the deciding game 5 on home ice by a 2-1 score.

It was a disappointing end to what was an otherwise fantastic season for Vancouver's farm club.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #40 Paul Bittner

Rhys Jessop
June 13 2015 04:56PM

From a couple of Finns flying under the radar, we go to a pretty well-known WHL kid in our #40 profile: towering Portland Winterhawks winger Paul Bittner. We've covered Bittner at Canucks Army before, and admittedly, it hasn't been an overly glowing evaluation. But that doesn't change the fact that he's a very good prospect with a lot to like his game.

There's a place in the draft where Bittner will likely be the best bet left on the draft board, and we think that place will be somewhere in the early to mid second round.

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #41 Veeti Vainio

Rhys Jessop
June 13 2015 01:56PM

I don't blame you if you've never heard of Veeti Vainio, as the lanky Finnish defender is currently flying way under the radar. Defensive issues and questions about his overall game have kept him well down many draft lists, but elite level production in Finland's top junior league has vaulted him rather high on ours. Quite simply, he's a point producing monster on the blueline for one of Finland's best U-20 teams.

Join us after the break as we take a look at the 2015 draft's biggest statistical sleeper.

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