Vancouver Canucks General Manager Patrik Allvin brought a bit more defensive depth to the organization when he added Christian Wolanin to the fold on Thursday. The former 4th-round pick of the Ottawa Senators in 2015 signed a two-way deal for one season worth $750,000 at the NHL level and $350,000 while playing in the American Hockey League.
Wolanin played eight NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings last season and one more with the Buffalo Sabres. He spent most of the season with the AHL’s Ontario (California) Reign.
The 27-year-old lefty D-man is the son of Craig Wolanin, also a lefty D-man, who won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996.
The Vancouver Canucks have enough left-shot defencemen for feisty training camp battles for jobs as extras at the NHL level and as regulars with the Abbotsford Canucks.
NHL Trade Talk
Dave Molinari of Pittsburgh Hockey Now ponders which Pittsburgh Penguins D-men might be hitting the trade market. It sounds like someone’s gotta go.
Montreal Hockey Now: The Vancouver Canucks want a right-shot D-man but Jeff Petry is 34-years-old with a cap hit north of six million dollars, so that ain’t happening. Montreal GM Kent Hughes is holding firm on offers. Montreal Canadiens trade talk.
Brent Burns said goodbye to San Jose after his trade to Carolina. San Jose Sharks coverage.
Free Agency Fall-out
A double whammy east of here in the Pacific Division — After the departure of Johnny Gaudreau, what is Plan B for the Calgary Flames? While Flames fans are ticked off with the loss of Gaudreau. Calgary Flames reaction.
Washington Hockey Now: Sammi Silber called the Dylan Strome signing “a slam dunk,” but there are salary cap implications. Here’s the dealie — Washington Capitals analysis.
What’s the future for Nazem Kadri? Adrian Dater reported Kadri “wants” to stay in Colorado, but as of last night, everyone was still waiting. Colorado Avalanche analysis
Sportsnet: Take a look at the straight up NHL free agency winners and losers.
City of Brotherly … Oh Forget It
Philly Hockey Now: Don’t be afraid Sam Carchidi. San flatly calls GM Chuck Fletcher’s performance this week “a failure.” Hard-hitting Philadelphia Flyers column.
NYI Hockey Now: Bummer dudes. The Islanders were supposed to be a finalist for Gaudreau but lost out to Columbus. The Metro Division got stronger, but the Islanders did not. Stefen Rosner on the New York Islanders.
Cue the Zamboni
— With the conclusion of Development Camp, the Vancouver Canucks have gone quiet on the ice at all levels for now.
Have a great Friday and weekend!