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AM Skate: Canucks Contract, Team Canada, Hart, Kane Saga

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Goalie Carter Hart of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers will face the Vancouver Canucks early on in the schedule; October 15th.

The Vancouver Canucks signed defenceman Olli Juolevi Monday to a one-year deal worth $750,000. Much more on that shortly but first …

Let’s Skate …

The Evander Kane “scandal” lingers for the San Jose Sharks forward and for the National Hockey League as that entity investigates gambling accusations by Kane’s estranged wife. Is this all just bad-relationship based – relying on Kane’s reputation as a wagerer as a starting point. That’s one theory. Writer Adam Proteau updates the scene.

A quick hitter from TSN’s Mike Johnson on Jon Cooper coaching the Canadian Olympic Team, that is if the NHL goes … TBD on that. He also includes a fantasy line scenario involving Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon.

The Philadelphia Flyers re-signed their young netminder Carter Hart yesterday to a contract that was one of the highest AAV’s (average annual salary) ever for a goalie’s second contract. He was quickly overshadowed however, by Igor Shesterkin’s four-year, $22.666 million ($5.65 million AAV) deal with the New York Rangers. Shesterkin is limited in overall NHL game action while Hart last season was limited in his success. That’s was a scary development in Philly where goaltenders have provided fans trauma for decades.

Speaking of goalies, in case you missed it, we recently discussed the new face down the road with the Seattle Kraken. Just how will netminder Philipp Grubauer do in his new environs with an expansion roster. It’s an unfair comparison, but one that will probably occur over and over again as the season progresses, and that would be the 2021-’22 Seattle Kraken in comparison to the 2017-’18 Vegas Golden Knights. Yikes!

I’m not going out on a limb to suggest that we will not be seeing lightning in a bottle again, or pick any number of metaphors, like we did with the expansion team on the strip five years ago.

The Vancouver Canucks provide the opponent for the Seattle Kraken’s franchise home opener on October 23rd.

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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