Jim Benning on Ryan Miller: 'Hopefully he can get into a game or 2' before the playoffs

Thomas Drance
April 03 2015 12:56PM

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It wasn't too difficult to read the writing on the wall from the Vancouver Canucks' decision to have Ryan Miller fly out to Winnipeg to join the club for a Friday practice. Miller, 34, was Vancouver's workhorse starter prior to sustaining a knee strain in a late-February game against the New York Islanders, and it would seem that the club is intent on getting him back into the lineup in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

On Friday afternoon in an appearance on the Brady and Walker show on Sportsnet the Fan590, Canucks general manager Jim Benning addressed the topic of Miller's health status. During the course of the interview Benning confirmed that the team is hoping to get Miller a tuneup start or two prior to the end of the regular season.

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Canucks recall Sven Baertschi from Utica

Thomas Drance
April 03 2015 11:17AM

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On Friday morning the Vancouver Canucks announced the recall of recently acquired former Calgary Flames top prospect Sven Baertschi from the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. 

Since being acquired by the Canucks at the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline for a 2015 second-round draft pick, Baertschi has been on fire in Utica. The diminutive, skilled Swiss-born forward has scored seven goals while contributing 13 points in 12 games with the Comets. For the year he's managed 15 goals and 23 assists in 48 AHL games - a solid scoring clip for a 22-year-old.

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Canucks Deep Dive: March 2015

money puck
April 03 2015 11:00AM

In my February Deep Dive I stated that I had thought February may have been the Canuck's most impressive month of the season as they managed to go 8-6 despite injuries to numerous key personnel. In March, they faced multiple injury issues again, including going the entire month without their "number 1" goalie, but managed to improve upon February's results, going 10-4-2. 

They exited March with 95 points, which in many non-McEichel years, would be enough to squeak into the playoff. As it sits now, the Canucks may very well square off against the Calgary Flames in the first round of the playoffs. Hockey is fun again. 

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Comets Militia: Down on the Farm – April 3rd, 2015

Josh W
April 03 2015 09:00AM


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We are back with this week’s Comets Militia report, where we review all the latest in news, statistics, rumours, gossip and made up narratives regarding the Vancouver Canucks farm team: The Utica Comets.  Not only have the Comets continued their winning streak, they have earned their first ever playoff berth and clinched the AHL's North division banner!

Read past the jump to see how that went down.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
April 03 2015 06:30AM


The Oilers tank continues, Leafs draft plans, Flames luck and new arena plans, Byfuglien suspended for brutal cross-check, the Calder Trophy race, 2015 draft prospects and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Draftkings.

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