Canucks Extend Chris Higgins for Four Years

Thomas Drance
April 02 2013 01:48PM

 

With a day still left before the trade deadline, the Canucks have also extended depth forward Chris Higgins. Per the team:

On the one hand, the cap-hit (reportedly it's a four year deal worth 10 million dollars) is excellent for a player of Higgins' not inconsiderable abilities, and we might fairly describe him as having taken a "hometown discount" on this deal. On the other hand, he'll be a 34 year old depth forward in the last year of the deal, so it's not without some risk over the medium-term.

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In the wake of the Derek Roy Acquisition Jordan Schroeder is Sent Down to Chicago

Thomas Drance
April 02 2013 12:36PM

With Mike Gillis and the Canucks making a splash ahead of tomorrow's trade deadline and acquiring Derek Roy from Dallas, it appears that rookie centreman Jordan Schroeder is lost in the shuffle and will be reassigned to the Chicago Wolves.

Per the Canucks themselves:

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Canucks Trade a 2nd Round Pick and Kevin Connauton to Dallas, Acquire Derek Roy

Thomas Drance
April 02 2013 11:05AM


Derek Roy battles new teammate Jason Garrison for the puck.

The Canucks have made a splash a day before the trade deadline, acquiring Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 2nd round pick and blueline prospect Kevin Connauton.

On first blush this trade is a very good one for Mike Gillis and the Canucks. Derek Roy is having himself a hell of a season in Dallas this year playing second line minutes at even-strength, and second unit minutes on both the penalty-kill and the power-play. Despite facing the second toughest minutes among all Stars centreman and sporting a cool 42% offensive zone start rate, Roy has driven play and offense for Dallas all season. 

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MIKE BABCOCK: IF YOU COACH, BE PREPARED

Jason Gregor
April 02 2013 10:17AM

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock has had a very successful career. He was a decent hockey player; suiting up for the  Saskatoon Blades in the WHL, the University of McGill and he spent one season playing pro hockey in England where he racked up 45 goals and 127 assists in 49 games.

But he wanted to be in the NHL, and he knew it wouldn't be as a player so he became a coach. If you want to learn about what makes a successful coach, keep reading.

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Too Little, Too Late, As Canucks Rally Falls Short: Recap and Chance Data

Dimitri Filipovic
April 02 2013 12:51AM


Cory Schneider, likely wondering what he has gotten himself into.
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On Monday night the Vancouver Canucks submitted their best impression of the Calgary Flames franchise, as they did just enough towards the end to give their fans a false sense of hope, before ultimately proving that the hole they dug themselves was too deep to overcome.

While it's easy to look at the 3 minute stretch in the 2nd period as the reason for the loss, the time leading up to it was really just as big a reason for their undoing. They came out of the gate flat, yet again, and there was only so much Cory Schneider could do before the flood gates opened. It's back to the drawing board for a team that may look drastically different the next time we see them take the ice.

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