Player News - Canucks

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Ryan Kesler doesn't want to be traded over the summer.

"This has been my home since my adulthood," Kesler said. "This is really the only city I know besides Michigan. I love it here and hopefully I can stay." The Canucks shopped Kesler before the trade deadline, but ultimately weren't satisfied with the offers they got. Despite Kesler's wishes to the contrary, the team might end up moving him as they shift their gaze more towards the future.
Apr 16 - 11:06 AM

Daniel Sedin spoke to the media on Monday and said he was fine after he was stretchered off the ice Sunday night.

He was checked out at the hospital and released late Sunday night after he was hit into the end boards by Calgary's Paul Byron. "I was scared because I felt something wasn't right," he said. "I hit my head into the glass and fell down and when I tried to lift my head I couldn't get it off the ice. It was scary, but I went to the hospital and everything looked good. So it feels okay today." He isn't expecting any lingering issues.
Apr 14 - 6:07 PM

Alex Burrows finished the 2013-14 season with only 15 points.

It was a poor season for Burrows as he had four seasons of over 25 goals before the shortened 2012-13 season. He found the back of the net only five times this season. Burrows turned 33 on Friday and his best seasons could be behind him.
Apr 14 - 10:19 AM

Henrik Sedin ended the season with 50 points while twin brother Daniel had 47.

The Sedins were thought to each have a shot at 100 points before the start of the season so needless to say, the combined total of 97 is very disappointing to fantasy owners and their lack of production was a big reason why the Canucks are on the outside looking in at the playoffs. Look for a comeback season from the twins in 2014-15.
Apr 14 - 10:16 AM

Daniel Sedin was released from the hospital after he was taken off the ice on a stretcher due to a hit into the boards on Sunday.

Paul Byron hit Sedin from behind and there was some concern that he was injured severely as he was seen moving his fingers but nothing else at the time. The good news is that he was stable in hospital and then released. The Canucks season is over so Sedin will have all of the off-season to recover.
Apr 14 - 6:48 AM

Goalie Jacob Markstrom had a decent night Sunday to help the Vancouver Canucks trounce the visiting Calgary Flames 5-1 in the season finale for both teams.

Markstrom stopped 22 shots in the lopsided contest. This came after a forgettable night Saturday in which he could only make 17 saves in a 5-2 loss to the Oilers in Edmonton. Markstrom, obtained by the Canucks earlier in the season from the Florida Panthers, finishes the season with a record of 2-8-3, a GAA of 3.39 and a save percentage of .873.
Apr 13 - 11:42 PM

Vancouver forward Daniel Sedin was taken off the ice on a stretcher after an awkward hit into the side boards late in the second period in the Canucks' 5-1 rout of the visiting Calgary Flames Sunday night.

Sedin's head hit the glass after he was hit from behind by Flames forward Paul Byron, and he never got up on the ice. Sedin was moving his fingers but nothing else as medical trainer Mike Burnstein came off the bench and quickly called for a stretcher to take Sedin off the ice. Byron was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding. Sedin scored twice in the first period, his 15th and 16th goals of the season. Frank Corrado (first), Ryan Kesler (25th) and Yannick Weber (sixth) also scored for the Canucks, who ended their regular season with a nice win after a poor season in which they did not qualify for the playoffs.
Apr 13 - 11:35 PM

Kevin Bieksa was a healthy scratch Saturday.

Bieksa was replaced on the blueline by Frank Corrado. Bieksa has four goals and 24 points with 107 penalty minutes in 75 games this season.
Apr 13 - 9:52 AM

Alexander Edler was a minus-two on Saturday and is now a minus-38 on the season.

Edler is tied for the worst mark in the league with Steve Ott of the Blues who spent most of the season with Buffalo. Edler has a chance to move either way as the Canucks take on Calgary on Sunday in the final game of the season.
Apr 13 - 9:50 AM

Christopher Higgins missed Saturday's game with the flu.

Higgins could miss the finale on Sunday as well. Higgins has 17 goals and 39 points this season, one of only a few Canucks who played up to his level.
Apr 13 - 9:48 AM

Mike Zalewski played in his first NHL game on Saturday.

The former RPI star played 11:13 minutes on left wing and managed a couple of shots on goal in the 5-2 loss to the Oilers. Zalewski was signed by the Canucks to an entry-level deal on March 14 after he was overlooked by every NHL team in his draft years. Look for Zalewski to start the 2014-15 season in the minors.
Apr 13 - 2:42 AM

Goalie Jacob Markstrom, making his second start for the Vancouver Canucks, had a rough outing Saturday night in a 5-2 loss to the Oilers in Edmonton.

Markstrom could make only 17 saves. His season numbers don't look so hot, either. Markstrom, who was traded to the Oilers in March from the Florida Panthers, is 1-8-3, with a GAA of 3.58 and a save percentage of .867. He's likely done for the regular season now as Eddie Lack likely will draw the assignment of tending net for the Canucks in their regular-season finale against the Flames in Vancouver Sunday. This has, of course, been a terrible season for the Canucks in general. They were eliminated from playoff contention a while ago and there's strong speculation that John Tortorella will be fired as coach as early as Monday after only one year with the Canucks.
Apr 13 - 2:07 AM

Zack Kassian continued his hot pace for the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night, scoring a goal and adding an assist in his team's 5-2 loss in Edmonton.

With one game left in the Canucks' regular season, Sunday against Calgary in Vancouver, Kassian has 14 goals and 15 assists. He's been the Canucks' leading scorer in 16 games since the Olympic break with 12 points. The Canucks have not had a good season and won't be in the playoffs, but Kassian gives them some optimism for the future. The same is true for Shawn Matthias, who also had a goal (his 12th) and an assist (11th) for the Canucks in Edmonton.
Apr 13 - 1:29 AM

Jacob Markstrom will get his second start with Vancouver on Saturday.

He permitted three goals in a 4-2 loss to Colorado on Thursday in his last outing. The Canucks conclude a disappointing regular season with a game Sunday night against Calgary and Eddie Lack could be between the pipes for that contest.
Apr 12 - 2:32 PM

David Booth found the back of the net in Vancouver's 4-2 loss on Thursday.

Booth has just nine goals and 18 points in 64 games this season. It wouldn't be shocking if Vancouver opted to buy out the final season of his contract.
Apr 11 - 10:36 AM


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