April 09 2015 12:05PM
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller probably won't face down any NHL shooters on Thursday night when the Canucks host the Arizona Coyotes, but he will apparently be dressed and in uniform for the first time since spraining his knee on Feb. 22.
Canucks backup Jacob Markstrom was spotted leaving Rogers Arena on Thursday with his bags packed, apparently headed to rejoin the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. The team has since confirmed that Miller will don his ball cap on Thursday, as he prepares to get into a tune-up game on Sunday against the Edmonton
April 09 2015 09:27AM
It's nearly the end of the hockey season, and while we're starting to get excited at the prospect of the playoffs(!), we're also excited to announce the return of something we do every year at this time: the Nation Drafts playoff pool!
The Nation Drafts playoff pool is fun, inexpensive, proceeds benefit a worthy cause, and you could win prizes! What's not to love? Read on for more details.
April 09 2015 09:00AM
This week, Babych Please has been re-christened in honour of Jim Benning's work on Wednesday. Here are 8 things that are nicer to think about than Dorsett and Sbisa's contract extensions:
April 08 2015 06:56PM
The Vancouver Canucks signed two horrible contracts today, let's let that part out of the way since there's no sugar coating it.
With multi-year extensions for both Derek Dorsett and Luca Sbisa, they club elected to pay two bottom-of-the-lineup players middle-of-the-lineup money, and locked both up for the mid-term future too.
But both deals are bad in different ways. While Luca Sbisa may belong on the fringes of an NHL roster, Derek Dorsett has been a valuable 4th-line contributor, one that brings a plethora of off-ice benefits to the table as well. He's tough, he scores, he plays with his heart on his sleeve, and he's been an effective two-way guy in his career - you win with those types of players on your roster.
But Dorsett's extension is still poor asset management on behalf of Jim Benning. Find out why after the jump.
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.