What a week for the Vancouver Canucks, with the Hockey Hall of Fame announcements adding some flair and emotion to some other routine business.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin and goalie Roberto Luongo are in, former Canucks forward Alexander Mogilny, snubbed again.
Let’s review the Vancouver Canucks week in links before moving on to our first morning skate around the NHL in a few days.
Week of Intrigue
Will the Vancouver Canucks brass surprise us in the next eight days leading up to the 2022 NHL Draft in Montreal. Next Thursday night the first round unfolds with President of Hockey Operations Jim Rutherford and General Manager Patrik Allvin presently holding the 15th overall selection.
We know New Jersey Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald is open to trading the 2nd overall pick, he confirmed it with VHN last week. Do the Canucks take a leap, maybe giving up their leading scorer JT Miller. It’s a popular scenario, but just one of many that could unfold.
Vancouver might have more interest in snagging Devils forward Pavel Zacha at some point, an opportunity that exists with New Jersey focusing their attention on signing fellow restricted free agent (RFA) forward Jesper Bratt. Meanwhile, the Devils have nine total picks in this year’s draft.
NHL Coaching Carousel Continues …
It hasn’t come to a complete stop just yet. Two Original Six clubs, the Detroit Red Wings and the Boston Bruins still need a new bench boss. So do the Winnipeg Jets. Boston Hockey Now seems to think the latter position will be filled by former Boston University player David Quinn, who later coached his alma mater and then the New York Rangers for three seasons.
No one is quite sure what GM Steve Yzerman is thinking in Motown. One of his pals and a former wearer of the ‘Winged Wheel’ Lane Lambert took the head coaching job with the New York Islanders.
Just to refresh your memory, Pete DeBoer is now the head man with the Dallas Stars, Luke Richardson just took over the Chicago Blackhawks, Paul Maurice headed south to the Florida Panthers, and former Vancouver Canucks head coach, briefly, John Tortorella took over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Everyone Love a Parade?
Not sure if you’re into that type of thing, but if you’re interested in watching the Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup festivities, apparently the parade and all that fun stuff happens on Thursday morning in Denver.