March 19 2015 09:00AM
On the surface, the answer to the question posed in the headline is a simple "no way," but our thoughts and opinions on this aren't the ones that matter.
As fans, we've all seen the pizza deliveries, the blown coverages, and the own goals this year. In addition to the poor play, Luca Sbisa is on an inconveniently back-loaded contract and will be enormously expensive to qualify this summer. Just retaining his restricted free agents rights with a qualifying offer will force the Vancouver Canucks to commit $2.9 million on a one-year deal (that is unless they take him to arbitration and seek to cut back his salary), which should be a non-starter.
Or it would be a non-starter if stuff like "the Canucks like Sbisa" and "the Canucks see Sbisa as a future top-4 guy" wasn't being floated by those with more insider knowledge than we have. Vancouver, allegedly, believes Sbisa has taken a step forward and media speculation has him coming back next year, pricey RFA deal and all. But are the Canucks wise to think this way? We'll investigate on the other side of the jump.
March 18 2015 03:40PM
Every year coaches from the Ontario Hockey League's Eastern and Western Conference vote for the best players in their respective conferences as defined by a vast array of categories: from best offensive defenseman, to best face-off man; from best defensive forward, to best shootout player.
In past years Canucks prospects like Brendan Gaunce and Bo Horvat have shown rather well in this coaches poll and in the 2014-15 edition current Canucks prospects Jordan Subban and Cole Cassels cleaned up, as did late-round pick Kyle Pettit. Oddly enough though Jared McCann - Vancouver's first-round pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft - was left off of the list entirely, despite being easily the best prospect of the four.
Read on past the jump.
March 18 2015 12:38PM
Photo Credit: Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports
In the likely event that the Vancouver Canucks qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eddie Lack will reportedly be be their starting goaltender for Game 1.
Usual starter Ryan Miller, who sustained a knee injury in late February, is reportedly behind schedule in his recovery and will be unable to return prior to action before the NHL postseason, according to TSN's Farhan Lalji.
Read on past the jump.
March 18 2015 11:00AM
It's time again for a mid-week favourite: What Would You Do, where we put you in charge of the Vancouver Canucks and ask you to figure out how to solve a problem facing the team in the comments section. This week, we're going to look at a looming conundrum for Willie Desjardins: once every forward is healthy once again for the Canucks, just who would you sit in the pressbox?
So what would you do in Willie's shoes? Read past the jump to join the discussion!
March 18 2015 09:00AM
Courtesy: Sarah Hobday
We are back with another edition of the Canucks Weekly Prospect Report where I dig into all the latest stats, rumours, gossip, news, achievements, and even made up stories from around the different junior hockey leagues. We look into the play of all (non-AHL) Canucks prospects from the CHL, NCAA, Europe, and even the ECHL.
Without further ado, continue past the jump to see what went down!