• Canucks' Sbisa Out For Worlds

    News: Luca Sbisa will not play for Switzerland in May's World Championships due to knee soreness, Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province reports.
    Analysis: Rather than risk further injury in the showcase tournament, Luca Sbisa will take the summer off to recuperate after playing in 76 regular season and six postseason games for the Canucks in 2014-15. The blueliner contributed only 13 points across those contests, but his reliable play in his own zone earned him a three-year contract extension earlier this month. He should enter training camp in the fall at full health.
  • Canucks' Sbisa Inks Three-Year Deal

    News: Luca Sbisa signed a three-year, $10.8 million contract with the Canucks on Wednesday.
    Analysis: Luca Sbisa's contract will keep him with the team through the 2017-18 season. Although he's only accumulated 11 points through 74 games with the Canucks this season, the club seems committed to keep him part of their plans in the future with the contract.
  • Canucks' Sbisa Plays Monday

    News: Luca Sbisa (undisclosed) ended up playing in Monday's shootout win over the Kings, skating 18:03 on the night.
    Analysis: Luca Sbisa was questionable heading into the contest after he was hit into the boards during the Canucks' previous game. However, he ended up turning in a productive performance Monday, finishing with four shots on goal to go along with a plus-1 rating.
  • Canucks' Sbisa Banged Up

    News: Luca Sbisa suffered an injury during Saturday's game against the Jets, Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province reports.
    Analysis: Luca Sbisa was given a maintenance day Sunday after he collided with the end boards during Saturday's game. If the injury prevents Sbisa from playing in Monday's game against the Kings, Ryan Stanton would likely take his spot in the lineup.
  • Canucks' Sbisa Gathers Assist

    News: Luca Sbisa collected a secondary assist in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Flyers.
    Analysis: Luca Sbisa will show up on the scoresheet close to once every six games on average, and he remains a depth defenseman for the Canucks.
  • Canucks' Sbisa Assists Twice In Win

    News: Luca Sbisa gathered two assists over 18:09 of ice time in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Blackhawks.
    Analysis: It's the first multi-point game of the year for Luca Sbisa, who has only three goals and four helpers across 47 games. The absences of Kevin Bieksa (hand) and Frank Corrado (illness) have Sbisa's minutes on the rise, but he's unlikely to provide a dramatic uptick in scoring as a result of the increased ice time.
  • Canucks' Sbisa Ends Overtime Early

    News: Luca Sbisa made Tuesday's overtime session last just 36 seconds, putting the game-winner past Ondrej Pavelec for his third goal of the year.
    Analysis: There aren't many unlikelier heroes, as the 25-year-old blueliner skated just over 15 minutes in the game and hadn't recorded a point since Nov. 28, with his last goal having come more than three months ago on the first day of November.
  • Canucks' Sbisa Sees Plus/Minus Take A Hit

    News: Luca Sbisa went minus-4 over his 17:21 of ice time in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.
    Analysis: Yikes -- that puts Luca Sbisa at minus-8 over just his last four games, all of which have been losses for the Canucks. It probably has more to do with bad luck than any shortcomings he's shown defensively, but it certainly won't help his chances of becoming an attractive fantasy option from the blue line.
  • Canucks' Sbisa Struggles Defensively In Loss

    News: Luca Sbisa dished out three hits in 18:10 of ice time in Sunday's loss to Detroit.
    Analysis: It wasn't the best outing for Luca Sbisa, who collected a minus-2 rating in the loss. With Dan Hamhuis (lower body) out until after Christmas, Sbisa has seen increased ice time and is expected to take on a larger role on the blueline. After going pointless in his first seven games, Sbisa has since recorded two goals and four points in his last 12 games. He's a depth defenseman that could get notch around 20 points this season.
  • Canucks' Sbisa Deemed Healthy

    News: Luca Sbisa was cleared to return to the lineup in advance of Wednesday's victory over the Oilers, the Associated Press reports.
    Analysis: It appears coach Willie Desjardins simply chose to make Luca Sbisa a healthy scratch for the game, a move that paid off when his replacement, Yannick Weber, produced two points in the victory. Sbisa enjoyed a regular role for the Canucks prior to missing the previous three games with an undisclosed injury, but Weber's successes could force Sbisa to the press box with greater frequency.