Ryan Miller's recovery isn't behind schedule says Desjardins, agent

Thomas Drance
March 19 2015 02:20PM

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The Vancouver Canucks and the agent for Ryan Miller gently disputed some of the details of a report that surfaced on Wednesday from TSN's Farhan Lalji, which suggested that the Canucks's starter was not going to return to action within his original four-to-six week recovery timeline, that he was several weeks away from even skating, and that the goaltender wouldn't return before the NHL playoffs.

It would appear that while Miller has taken part in some on-ice workouts, he's yet to skate with equipment, according to Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins. Also Miller's agent Mike Liut contended in a conversation with News 1130 Sports that Miller isn't behind schedule, he's on schedule, and a four week recovery timeline was always an optimistic fallacy. 

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Canucks' Frank Corrado yo-yoed back to Utica

Thomas Drance
March 19 2015 12:07PM

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Frank Corrado's timing has been brutal this season.

The talented 21-year-old defender, a pending restricted free agent, was reassigned once again to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League on Thursday. It's the fifth time this season that he's been reassigned, and the second time this month. 

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Babych Please - March 19th

Grainne Downey
March 19 2015 11:00AM

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From Boston College to the NHL, the Canucks' goaltenders brought all their A-games this week, both on the ice and, more importantly, on Twitter: 

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Should the Canucks Re-sign Luca Sbisa?

Rhys Jessop
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.

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Canucks prospects Subban, Cassels clean up in OHL Coaches Poll; McCann snubbed

Thomas Drance
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.

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