June 03 2015 11:00AM
The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?
We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the puck set to drop on the 2015 Stanley Cup Final this evening, let's, look back at rounds one, two and three, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!
June 03 2015 09:00AM
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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!
If you're looking for a veteran presence that Chicago might be inclined to let walk, especially from that blue line, Johnny Oduya seems as likely a candidate as anyone. While he is part of the four-headed beast that arose in these playoffs because Joel Quenneville literally doesn't trust anyone else to patrol the blue line, Oduya best matches the description of a guy who will probably be allowed to walk.
The reasons why should be clear enough: He'll be 34 on Oct. 1, he probably wants one last multi-year deal, he probably wants a raise from his current $3.375 cap hit per NHLNumbers.com, and he's wrapping up a season in which he was vilified for much of the year by his own fans.
Stan Bowman is a smart general manager and while it's not totally clear how he's going to address his blue line's depth problems, giving a 34-year-old coming off a bad year multiple seasons and a raise doesn't seem like part of the plan. So in other words, it's very likely that Oduya is available to the highest bidder come July 1.
June 02 2015 03:04PM
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Former Vancouver Canucks forward Mike Santorelli - a pending unrestricted free agent - would have some interest in returning to his hometown this summer, his agent JP Barry told News 1130 Sports on Tuesday.
"I'm sure he would," Barry responded when asked if Santorelli would re-sign with the Canucks. "He loved playing for his hometown team."
June 02 2015 01:12PM
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The Vancouver Canucks have opened up contract talks with Yannick Weber, a pending restricted free agent and the club's most prolific goal scoring defender from the 2014-15 season, according to his agent JP Barry.
Barry told News 1130 Sports on Tuesday that talks have been preliminary in nature, and will continue in earnest following the conclusion of the NHL scouting combine and the Canucks' professional meetings.
June 02 2015 10:55AM
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With a massive 3-2 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday evening the Vancouver Canucks' AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, are one win away from the Calder Cup final.
Though the team has largely been powered by a variety of career AHLers including Bobby Sanguinetti and Cal O'Reilly, there are a variety of Canucks prospects who have played very well and have made a strong case for inclusion on Vancouver's 2015-16 roster.
Here are the five Canucks prospects who have strengthened their case the most over the past six weeks.