Babych Please - March 19th

Grainne Downey
March 19 2015 11:00AM

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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: 

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Should the Canucks Re-sign Luca Sbisa?

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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.

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Canucks prospects Subban, Cassels clean up in OHL Coaches Poll; McCann snubbed

Thomas Drance
March 18 2015 03:40PM

Every year coaches from the Ontario Hockey League's Eastern and Western Conference vote for the best players in their respective conferences as defined by a vast array of categories: from best offensive defenseman, to best face-off man; from best defensive forward, to best shootout player.

In past years Canucks prospects like Brendan Gaunce and Bo Horvat have shown rather well in this coaches poll and in the 2014-15 edition current Canucks prospects Jordan Subban and Cole Cassels cleaned up, as did late-round pick Kyle Pettit. Oddly enough though Jared McCann - Vancouver's first-round pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft - was left off of the list entirely, despite being easily the best prospect of the four.

Read on past the jump.

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Report: Canucks' Ryan Miller won't start skating until early April; will not return before playoffs

Thomas Drance
March 18 2015 12:38PM

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In the likely event that the Vancouver Canucks qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eddie Lack will reportedly be be their starting goaltender for Game 1.

Usual starter Ryan Miller, who sustained a knee injury in late February, is reportedly behind schedule in his recovery and will be unable to return prior to action before the NHL postseason, according to TSN's Farhan Lalji

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What Would You Do Wednesday: Who Should Willie Desjardins Scratch?

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March 18 2015 11:00AM

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It's time again for a mid-week favourite: What Would You Do, where we put you in charge of the Vancouver Canucks and ask you to figure out how to solve a problem facing the team in the comments section. This week, we're going to look at a looming conundrum for Willie Desjardins: once every forward is healthy once again for the Canucks, just who would you sit in the pressbox?

So what would you do in Willie's shoes? Read past the jump to join the discussion!

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