First of all, there’s been a lot of intrigue and information flowing through here the last few days and the weather’s been nice, so here’s a little Vancouver Canucks review for your leisurely catching-up if necessary.
— Sedins, other former Vancouver Canucks learn Hockey Hall of Fame fate on Monday.
— Vasily Podkolzin, the birthday boy today, has a bright future, with or without a Russian buddy in town.
— Trade rumours have been booming lately, including those involving JT Miller of the Vancouver Canucks.
— Canucks add to the hockey operations department, including Dale Tallon.
Otherwise, as we head to the weekend, in speaking to a couple of NHL general managers, the overarching thought seems to be “teams are trying to sign guys”.
Apparently that would include the Vancouver Canucks with JT Miller and Brock Boeser. The pressure will increase on everyone involved with free agents, league-wide, as we get closer to the NHL Draft on July 7th and the start of free agency. Signings can instead become trades once the offers roll in and/or when negotiations go south.
The Lord’s Bowl
Lord Stanley of Preston’s chalice is sitting in the bowels of Ball Arena in Denver as the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colorado Avalanche get started in Game-5 of the Stanley Cup Final. I have a feeling it’s going to be handed out this evening to Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog. Of course, that’s easier said than done.
He would be the second Swedish captain to hoist the Cup. Do you know who was first? Answer at the bottom of the page.
Tim Campbell of NHL.com had an exclusive interview with Barry Trotz, most recently the coach of the New York Islanders and of course a Stanley Cup winner with the Washington Capitals in 2018.
Trotz was naturally considered a leading candidate for any one of the NHL head coaching vacancies this off-season, but the man himself says no. He’s not ready to jump back in.
“I’ve got some things personally that I’ve got to take care of, family-wise that I’ve got to take care of,” Trotz told Campbell in the article. “I didn’t feel… if I’d said I’ll take the job, I think I would have done any team a little bit of a disservice and myself a disservice, because to be a coach in the NHL, it is demanding and it requires your all. It just does, emotionally it just does, mentally it just does. So I couldn’t go down that path.”
Trotz emphasized that it definitely does not mean that his NHL coaching career is over.
Game On !
Turbo-trivia answer: Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings was the first Swedish captain, first European for that matter, to hoist the Cup.
Enjoy the Hockey Action !!