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Mon. Apr 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Alberts has been slow to progress from the concussion he suffered back on Dec. 29, ending his season after just 10 games, Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province reports.
Impact: Aside from being headache-free for the last few days, Alberts is still experiencing post-concussion symptoms, the second time in his career he's missed four-plus months due to a head injury. Alberts also experienced ligament damage in his neck in addition to the concussion. There's no guarantee he'll be ready to go by the time training camp rolls around.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Edler finished the season with the worst plus-minus rating (minus-39) in the entire NHL.
Impact: It was quite the disastrous season for Edler, who went minus-7 over the final four games of the season. He finished with seven goals and 22 points in 63 games -- his lowest full-season point total since the 2007-2008 campaign. Edler's power-play time dipped to 2:51 per game, which is the lowest it has ever been in his six NHL seasons thus far. Looking at the positives, his 178 shots on goal were the second-highest of his career, and he collected a somewhat fantasy-relevant 50 PIM.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sedin assisted on both of his brother Daniel's two goals in Sunday's season finale against Calgary.
Impact: Sedin finished the season strong, tallying nine points (one goal, eight assists) in his final nine games. Overall, it was a disappointing campaign for the Swedish center, who finished with only 11 goals and 50 points in 70 games. It was a down year for most Canucks players, but Sedin took quite a hit, producing his lowest full-season point total since the 2003-04 campaign. At least he finished on a good note.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Garrison racked up an assist in Sunday's season finale against Calgary. It was his first point in 13 games.
Impact: Garrison finished the season with seven goals and 33 points in 81 games. His point total matched a career high, but his seven goals were far off the 16 he potted in 2011-12 when he was with Florida. Garrison's minus-5 rating was the worst of his career, while his 3.9 shooting percentage was also the lowest it has ever been. Garrison's main value this season came on the man advantage, where he produced a career-high 15 points while averaging 2:44 of power-play time per game.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Sedin closed his season with two assists Sunday against Calgary.
Impact: Sedin was barely more productive this season, tallying 50 points after finishing with 45 in 2012-13 despite playing 22 fewer games.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Sedin scored his 15th and 16 goals of the season in Sunday's finale against Calgary.
Impact: Sedin's 16 goals are his fewest in a full season since he scored 14 in 2002-03. He clearly appears to be on the downswing of his career trajectory.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Kesler scored his 25th goal in Sunday's season finale against the Flames.
Impact: Kesler's 43 points are his fewest over a non-shortened season since he finished with 37 in 2007-08.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kesler scored an unassisted goal--his 25th tally of the season--in Sunday's season finale against Calgary.
Impact: Kesler finishes the year with 25 goals and 43 points in 77 games. In what a very disappointing season for the Canucks, Kesler received the team's MVP award. Though he may have been the best player on the Canucks this season, his production can be considered disappointing for fantasy owners. His 43 points are his lowest full-season point total since the 2007-2008 campaign, while his minus-15 rating is the worst of his career. Looking at the positives, Kesler's 81 PIM were 53rd in the NHL, while his five game-winning goals were tops on the team.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Canucks reassigned Jensen to AHL Utica on Monday.
Impact: Jensen collected three goals and three assists in 17 games with the Canucks, and will return to Utica now that Vancouver's season is over.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Canucks reassigned Corrado to AHL Utica on Monday.
Impact: With the Canucks' season officially over, Corrado will return to Utica where he has six goals and 11 assists through 56 games to date.
Mon. Apr 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sedin, who was hit from behind by Calgary's Paul Byron late in the second period of Sunday's season finale, appears to have escaped serious injury, TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Good news, given that Sedin was stretchered off the ice Sunday after hitting the glass with his head. "I was scared," Sedin acknowledged while addressing the media Monday. "I felt something wasn't right. I couldn't lift my head off the ice. It feels okay today."
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Markstrom stopped 21 of 22 shots for his first career win Sunday, a 5-1 trampling of the Flames.
Impact: Acquired in the trade for Roberto Luongo, Markstrom started three straight games down the stretch before notching his first win in the season finale. Touted as one of the best goalie prospects just a few years ago, Markstrom is getting a chance to establish himself at the NHL level. He'll split duties with Eddie Lack next year, at least to start out.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sedin took a hit from behind by Calgary's Paul Byron late in the second period and left the game on a stretcher with a neck brace.
Impact: Byron was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Sedin, who appeared to hit his head against the glass. Sedin was responsive on the ice but lay motionless for an extended period of time. He has a history of concussions and has battled a series of other injuries this season, so hopefully the upcoming offseason gives him plenty of time to sufficiently recover. Sedin had two goals in the first period before departing.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Corrado wired a slap shot from the right point past Karri Ramo on Sunday against Calgary for his first career goal.
Impact: It took 18 games for Corrado to score his first, but what a rocket of a shot it was. An unassisted goal scored in the second period, Corrado's howitzer put the Canucks up 3-0 in their season finale. After an uneven start to his NHL career, Corrado looks more comfortable by the game. He'll fight for a roster spot next year.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sedin notched two goals, his 15th and 16th of the season, in the first period Sunday against Calgary to snap a seven-game goal drought and notch his first multi-goal game of the season.
Impact: Sedin scored his 15th goal of the season after David Booth's wrist shot deflected off Sedin's body and into the net. Sedin also scored a power play goal on a give-and-go with twin brother Henrik for his 16th. It's his first multi-goal game of the season -- and it comes in the last game of the year. The Sedins have played with much more confidence near the end of the season and clearly play their best with one another. Whether their abysmal production is a one-year anomaly or the sign of a greater decline is up for debate, but given their playmaking ability, it's not inconceivable the Sedins have bounce-back seasons next year.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Markstrom will start Sunday's game against the Falmes, NHL.com reports.
Impact: Markstrom, who will start for the third straight game, is looking for his first NHL win since Oct. 11.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kassian collected a goal and an assist in Saturday's 5-2 loss at Edmonton.
Impact: With 14 goals and 15 assists, Kassian's one shy of the 30-point mark and will have one last opportunity to reach that benchmark when the Canucks close the season at home against Calgary on Sunday. We like his career development path so far, but next season's value will depend on his line assignment.
Apr 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Markstrom allowed five goals on just 22 shots in Saturday's loss at Edmonton.
Impact: He may eventually develop into a valuable fantasy asset; after all, he's just 24. But Markstrom's ruinous composite numbers (3.58, .867) this season suggest that he isn't a good investment yet.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Higgins is sick and will not play in Saturday's game against the Oilers.
Impact: Higgins wasn't previously known to be dealing with an illness, and he probably isn't a great bet to return for Sunday's season finale against the Flames. Unless he manages to play Sunday, Higgins will finish the season with 39 points (17 goals) in 78 games.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bieksa will not play in Saturday's game against the Oilers.
Impact: Canucks coach John Tortorella has rotated the team's healthy scratch on the blueline to keep 21-year-old Frank Corrado on the lineup. Expect Bieksa back for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Flames.
Sat. Apr 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Markstrom will start again on Saturday following his Canucks debut on Thursday.
Impact: Markstrom allowed three goals on 27 shots on Thursday. Although his Canucks debut wasn't overly impressive, he will look for a better outcome on Saturday when he takes the ice.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sedin opened the scoring at 13:52 of the first period Thursday, but the Canucks eventually fell 4-2 to the Avs.
Impact: It was his 11th goal and 48th point in 68 games this season. Brother Daniel grabbed an assist on the play, marking the first time since December 14 versus the Bruins that the twins have hooked up for a goal. It's hard to say at this point if age is finally playing a factor in the once-elite Swedish duo's performance, or if their lower point totals can be chalked up to injuries and the Canucks' offensive woes as a whole. No matter the reason, both Henrik and Daniel are destined to fall even more in next year's draft rankings.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: In his first start for Vancouver after being traded for Roberto Luongo at the deadline, Markstrom surrendered three goals on 27 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Avalanche. The fourth was an empty-netter by John Mitchell.
Impact: While it's too little, too late for the Orcas this season, Markstrom has every incentive to prove he's worthy of supplanting Eddie Lack for the starter's gig next year. The 6-6 Swede is hardly to blame for either of Paul Stastny's goals or Tyson Barrie's nifty toe-drag wrister that beat him for the game-winner, but owners certainly won't be happy with his .889 save percentage and loss in his Canucks' debut. Between Florida and Vancouver, Markstrom is now a horrendous 1-6-3 with a .874 save percentage and 3.52 GAA this season. He is slated to start the final two games of the campaign -- both against equally dismal opponents in the Oilers and Flames -- so look for Markstrom to show some resiliency and make the most of his auditions.
Fri. Apr 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamhuis grabbed two helpers Thursday -- his first points in five games -- in a 4-2 home loss to the Avalanche.
Impact: The assists bring his total to just 17 on the season, which is especially disappointing after he put up 20 in 31 fewer games last year. It's not all Hamhuis' fault, however, as the Canucks' lack of offense (last in the Western Conference and 28th overall with 2.30 goals per game) has been well documented. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the main accomplishment for the 31-year-old B.C. native this season is bringing home gold for Team Canada at the Olympics -- an achievement that doesn't impact fantasy stats. On the bright side, he leads the Canucks with a plus-14 rating and his shot total of 149 is his highest in 10 NHL seasons, so with a little puck luck next year, he could see a moderate uptick in goals.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Corrado will play in the final three games of the season, including Thursday's tilt with the Avalanche, TSN's Farhan Lalji reports.
Impact: The rookie is expected to see decent minutes for Vancouver, including power-play time. With the Canucks officially eliminated from playoff contention, this is a chance for the 21-year-old to gain more experience at the NHL level. He is yet to record a point in 12 games with the Canucks this season, going minus-4 in that span.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Garrison will sit out Thursday's game against the Avalanche, TSN's Farhan Lalji reports.
Impact: With the Canucks officially eliminated from playoff contention, the team wants rookie Frank Corrado to play in all three of the Canucks' remaining games. Garrison should get back into the lineup for the next two games, as it was noted that it will be a different Canucks' defenseman sitting out each of the final three games. Garrison has been slumping lately, going 11 straight games without tallying a point. He has seven goals and 32 points in 79 games on the season.
Thu. Apr 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Markstrom will be between the pipes Thursday against the Avalanche.
Impact: After watching Eddie Lack make the previous 20 starts for the Canucks, Markstrom will make his first start with his new club Thursday. He's expected to get the starting nod for the final two games as well, making him a good addition the rest of the way in leagues that start multiple goalies.