Canucks sign Derek Dorsett, Luca Sbisa to multi-year contract extensions

Thomas Drance
April 08 2015 02:43PM

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The Vancouver Canucks are celebrating their return for the postseason by locking up supporting pieces to longish-term contract extensions.

The club announced on Wednesday that they've agreed to terms on multi-year contract extensions for Luca Sbisa and Derek Dorsett. Dorsett's deal is a four-year deal that will carry a rather whopping $2.65 million annual average value, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. Sbisa's three-year extension is for $10.8 million in total, for an annual average value of $3.6 million, according to Sportsnet's Dan Murphy.

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Report: Jordan Subban's agent to hold contract talks with Canucks this week

Thomas Drance
April 08 2015 12:02PM

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Jordan Subban's Belleville Bulls were swept out of the playoffs earlier this week, which means the Subban watch is on.

A fourth-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Canucks only have until June 1 to get Subban under contract - lest he be re-entered in the draft pool for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. 

It would seem the negotiations are proceeding as planned. On Wednesday the News 1130 Sports twitter account reported that Subban's agent, Mark Guy of Newports Sports Agency, plans to discuss an entry-level deal with the Canucks this week.

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HOW GOOD IS EVGENY SVECHNIKOV?

Lowetide
April 08 2015 07:00AM

Evgeny Svechnikov is a big, strong and skilled forward eligible for the 2015 draft. He is ranked No. 15 on the latest Craig Button list and he's rising in many quarters. The young Russian is absolutely a quality prospect.

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Ain't no holler Bachman - Canucks clinch playoff spot thanks to Oilers victory over Kings

Thomas Drance
April 07 2015 10:24PM

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Playoff hockey will return to Vancouver for the first time since 2013, and it's all thanks to the Edmonton Oilers and their goaltender Richard Bachman.

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Are Patrick McNally and Joe LaBate Worth Keeping in the Organization?

Josh W
April 07 2015 03:15PM

While Mike Mike Gillis is often criticized for experimenting with drafting thanks to his idea of spending late round picks on over-agers (an idea that works in baseball), but he does not get enough credit for the things he did well.  This is largely a result that draft picks take a while to truly show if they are good value or not.
One strategy that Gillis liked was to draft college bound kids in the mid to late rounds, as it would give them more time to develop. 

This idea seemed to work by finding Ben Hutton out of Maine, but it also might have worked on another two players, though time will still tell.  Those two players are Joseph LaBate and Patrick McNally – two players the Canucks need to sign this summer if they hope to retain their rights.

But are these two players worth keeping in the organization? Let’s take a look after the jump.

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