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Travis Green spoke to Vancouver Hockey Now this week and covers a variety of topics, including trades and the Covid disaster in our two previous posts right next door and below. I hate to bodycheck the Vancouver Canucks Head Coach to the side but it’s time to go for for a spin. Put on your brain blades and …

Let’s Skate …

-Outside of the ongoing Evander Kane marital-garbage-slings, she said-he said, gambling accusations and investigation, there was heartwarming news out of San Jose as well, as Sharks Assistant Coach John Madden reflected on the late goalie Matiss Kivlenieks, who died at age-24 in a fireworks malfunction this summer. (Trade talk also on the site.) Madden was his head coach in Cleveland of the AHL. Kivlenieks has also been honoured by his organization, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and yesterday by his former teammate Pierre-Luc Dubois.

Ron Hextall hated the Pittsburgh Penguins as a player, a GM, and an executive with the Philadelphia Flyers. Now he’s running the chilly bird’s organization. That’s not sitting well with some in western Pennsylvania, who are now going as far as to accuse Hextall of sabotage as his club mostly stands pat. Pittsburgh Hockey Now says ‘pending a trade, the Penguins off-season is in a holding pattern‘.

-Will Canucks fans ever tire of seeing the Bruins having issues; any kind of issues? You think Vancouver and Philly are tough on goalies? The ongoing dislike and criticism of Tuukka Rask over the years is remarkable. Boston Hockey Now sums up the latest this way … “For heaven’s sake, some people were put on this planet to whine about other people and live in a perpetual state of outrage. OUTRAGE! Tuukka Rask had the audacity and temerity and the unmitigated gall, gall, I tell you, to attend a Guns-N-Roses concert at Fenway.” Trade links included.

By the way, a lot of people love the old Vancouver Canucks skate emblem. Thoughts …

VHN Managing Editor Rob Simpson has been covering the NHL for three decades on live TV, radio, and as a journalist. He worked his first ever game getting postgame sound as a teenager; it was Vancouver vs. Detroit.

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