March 19 2015 03:05PM
Lets just get this out of the way: this might be a trap game. The 'Bus is coming off a win last night in Edmonton where the shootout decided it all, so they ended late and then had to travel to Vancouver. They're pooped! As for the Canucks, they've won two straight against, well, the Leafs and Flyers. They still count and so help me if they lose this one. I mean, IT'S COLUMBUS!!! They are the sixth worst team in the league.
Aside from a setback (Editor's note: a setback has happened since this writing. How fortuitous!), Zack Kassian should be in the lineup and then we all play "Who comes out of the lineup that isn't Ronny Kenins?" Maybe Linden Vey will get injured or something, because Kenins seems to just luck out when someone comes back.
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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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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March 19 2015 11:00AM
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:
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.