April 02 2015 02:52PM

These games just aren't as anticipated as they used to be. That's a shame. Thankfully, the Canucks and Hawks still play some really great games. The intense rivalry has subsided a bit, but the Canucks aren't going to play down what this game means: another playoff team they may have to play later.

Being that this tilt is in Chi-town this evening, you get the nutty Madhouse on Madison crowd and the way games are starting lately, Chelsea Dagger is on cue. Chicago hasn't played since Monday when they crowned the Kings 4-1. They're rested. The Canucks are coming off a HUGE 5-4 win via shootout over the Predators on Tuesday and keeping this thing going is job number one. This will be a playoff game.

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Report: Canucks have engaged in preliminary contract talks with Luca Sbisa

Thomas Drance
April 02 2015 01:32PM

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The Vancouver Canucks have engaged Luca Sbisa's representatives in contract extension talks, according to News 1130 Sports

"Preliminary talks underway," Sbisa's Swiss based agent Andre Rufener of Rufener Hockey LLC told News 1130 sports, "the team first expressed interest in early February."

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Babych Please - April 2nd

Grainne Downey
April 02 2015 12:19PM


As Dustin Byfuglien awaits a suspension and John Scott is mocked by his teammates for scoring an actual real NHL goal, let's all hold hands and be thankful that the most talked about ex-Blackhawk on the Canucks' roster is Radim "The Dream" Vrbata.

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GIF: Canucks prospect Ben Hutton scores sweet goal in 1st professional game

Thomas Drance
April 01 2015 06:30PM

When the Vancouver Canucks signed blue-line prospect Ben Hutton out of the University of Maine, they did so with visions of seeing the smooth skating 6-foot-3 defenseman develop into an offensive force from the back-end.

Hutton, a converted forward, scored 24 goals between his junior and sophomore seasons with the Black Bears, but despite his obvious offensive potential, its taken him two weeks and change to get into a game with the American Hockey League's Utica Comets. 

On Wednesday, the 21-year-old defender made his professional debut and it didn't take long for his impressive combination of speed, offensive awareness and sick shooting ability to show through.

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Report: Alex Burrows will not be suspended for hit on Gaustad

Thomas Drance
April 01 2015 09:06AM

It's a rare example of Alex Burrows receiving the benefit of the doubt.

The hand of the NHL's Department of Player Safety has reportedly been stayed and the pesky Vancouver Canucks winger will not be facing a disciplinary hearing for interfering with Nashville Predators checker Paul Gaustad on Tuesday night, according to TVA's Renaud Lavoie.

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