Player News - Canucks

Date: Team: Pos:

Kevin Bieksa will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks after he underwent hand surgery.

He sustained a broken hand just before the All-Star break. Bieksa has nine points, 74 hits, 75 blocks and 63 penalty minutes in 45 games this campaign.
Jan 26 - 3:15 PM

Tom Sestito thinks that he will be back in the NHL next season.

Sestito led the NHL in penalty minutes with 213 last season but with fighting down, the Canucks rarely used the 27-year-old and put him on waivers three weeks ago. He was sent to Utica of the AHL when he passed through waivers as he had an assist and seven penalty minutes in three NHL games this season. "It’s changing but I’m not worried about it too much right now," Sestito said. "It’s pretty tough to get picked up off waivers because clubs have cap issues with roster spots and contracts. I’m pretty confident and I’ll be up in the NHL somewhere next year. I showed I can play and I’ve just got to get more confidence down here and there will be an NHL team that will want me — maybe by the (trade) deadline or maybe next year. I believe that. I’m sure I’ll be back."
Jan 25 - 8:58 AM

Canucks President of hockey operations Trevor Linden, says that Alexander Edler is a vital part of the Canucks franchise.

Edler's name has been mentioned in a possible trade for Ryan O'Reilly but Linden stopped those rumors. "Alex is a foundational player for us," Linden said. "He’s a 25-minute, all-situation defenseman that every team is looking for. We haven’t had any trade discussion involving Alex. He’s going to be a cornerstone for our organization moving forward. Alex is having a real good season. He’s a big, strong, physical guy who can match up against anybody’s top line. He’s good in his own end, he’s a good puck-mover, has a big shot. That’s the type of guy you look for. Having him bounce back has been critical to our success this year." Edler has five goals and 15 points this season but has made a huge improvement in plus/minus as he is plus-seven thus far after a minus-39 rating last season, the worst in the NHL.
Jan 24 - 9:03 AM

Vancouver Canuck Radim Vrbata is honored to be the Canucks lone All-Star this season.

Vrbata was low keyed about the berth as teammates Henrik and Daniel Sedin were not named. "It’s a big honor and even though the game itself is not the Stanley Cup final or anything, I’m sure once you’re done playing hockey, you can look back and said you played in that game," said Vrbata. "That is something special. Growing up, when I got a chance to see something like that, you want to see how the best players carry themselves and prepare themselves. And to be in company like that — there are a lot of other players who could go and didn't get selected. For me, I just feel like I’m the beneficiary of our line with Danny and Hank with the way we've played the first half of the season. If they got selected, nobody could say anything.
Jan 24 - 8:55 AM

Frank Corrado is expected to fill in for injured blueliner Kevin Bieksa.

Bieksa is out indefinitely after he underwent surgery on a broken hand Wednesday. "We don't have a timetable (for Kevin)," GM Jim Benning said. "But Frankie looks like he's ready to be a full-time NHL defenseman. Frankie has gotten a lot stronger. He's winning one-on-one battles now. He plays with his head up, looks confident and makes a good first pass." He has one goal, which came in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay, in four outings with the Canucks this season and he's skated in 22 matches during his NHL career.
Jan 22 - 4:27 PM

Kevin Bieksa underwent surgery on Wednesday due to a broken hand.

Bieksa is out indefinitely due to the injury. If there's a silver lining it's that the All-Star break just started, so the first week of his recovery won't involve him missing any contests. He has nine points and 63 penalty minutes in 45 contests in 2014-15.
Jan 22 - 9:27 AM

Alex Burrows recorded an assist in a 4-1 loss to Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

Burrows has recorded a point in three of his last four contests. That gives him 10 goals and 20 points in 40 games in 2014-15. He should more or less maintain his pace of 0.5 points per contest for the rest of the season.
Jan 21 - 11:27 AM

Ryan Miller saw his win streak get snapped at three Tuesday night as he suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Lightning.

Miller's prolonged shutout streak was ended on Monday evening, but it was just the beginning as he allowed three goals on 25 shots in this defeat against the Bolts. The loss drops his record to 23-10-1 while his GAA stands at 2.30 and his save percentage is .918.
Jan 21 - 12:19 AM

Frank Corrado scored the lone Vancouver goal Tuesday in a 4-1 loss to the Lightning.

Corrado's first goal of the season was far from enough for Vancouver, as they were soundly outplayed by the Lightning. The blueliner is not worth a look in fantasy leagues.
Jan 21 - 12:15 AM

Ryan Miller indeed will start Tueday night in Tampa Bay.

It's Miller's second consecutive attempt at playing both ends of a back-to-back. Last week, he shut out both Philadelphia and Carolina. Yesterday he made 24 saves in Vancouver's 2-1 victory over Florida. That's a lot of success, but Tampa is one of the five best teams in the NHL. Consider other options if they are available.
Jan 20 - 7:04 PM

Bo Horvat scored a goal in a 2-1 victory over Florida.

Horvat has three goals and eight points in 30 contests this season. He has the potential to become a productive top-six forward someday, but for now he doesn't have any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Jan 20 - 10:00 AM

Right winger Radim Vrbata, chosen as the Vancouver Canucks' lone representative for this weekend's NHL all-star game, scored his 18th goal of the season in his team's 2-1 victory over the Panthers in Florida Monday night.

The win was the Canucks' third in a row. Vrbata's goal was set up by his linemates, the Sedin twins. Henrik drew his 29th assist of the season. Daniel, his 30th. Vancouver's other goal was notched by Bo Horvat, his third of the season. The Canucks had a 2-0 lead after the first period and held it until 17:28 of the third period.
Jan 19 - 11:27 PM

Vancouver goaltender Ryan Miller continued his hot streak Monday night as he made 23 saves en route to the Canucks' 2-1 triumph over the Panthers in Florida.

Miller, in his first season with Vancouver, is a dazzling 23-9-1 this season. His goals-against average is 2.28 and his save percentage, .919. The Panthers' Brandon Pirri prevented Miller from earning his third straight shutout with a goal off a faceoff late in the third period. Miller's personal-best shutout streak ended at 200:45. If Miller has been your fantasy goalie in the first half, you've been quite fortunate. He's been an all-star in the past but, after some mediocrity in Buffalo last season, he's exceeded expectations with the Canucks.
Jan 19 - 11:16 PM

Zack Kassian is in the lineup for the Canucks Monday against the Panthers.

With Brad Richardson out with an injury, Kassian will be a part of the Canucks lineup Monday. In 22 games played this year, he has just two goals and three assists and has been mentioned in quite a few trade rumors recently. It wouldn't be surprising to see him in a new uniform in the upcoming days.
Jan 19 - 7:43 PM

Brad Richardson (LBI) will be held out of the lineup Monday night in Florida.

Richardson sustained a lower body injury on January 16th against the Hurricanes and is unable to dress Monday against the Panthers. He has eight goals and 11 assists in 43 games played and is considered day-to-day.
Jan 19 - 7:21 PM

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