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The Vancouver Canucks have shown no signs of wanting to sign or trade centre and leading scorer JT Miller at this point.

In case you missed it, here are the two most recent stories in support of that topic: The logic behind not signing Miller, and Miller’s agent says there have been no talks since the NHL Draft.

Otherwise, all’s quiet in the Vancouver Canucks transactions department at this juncture, so let’s go for a Simmer’s Morning Skate …

New Shark Boss

Former New York Rangers head coach David Quinn was named the new head coach of the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, hired by new franchise general manager Mike Grier. Both played college hockey at Boston University eight years apart. The coach is age 55, the GM 47. Call it the Terrier connection. San Jose Hockey Now was all over the hiring.

Quinn actually worked at B.U. as an associate coach for five seasons and later in his career as head coach of his alma mater just before taking over the Rangers head job in 2018. Part of the reason he landed that gig: then New York assistant GM Chris Drury, now the team’s president and GM, also played at Boston University. Oddly enough, he and Grier were teammates.

Holy smokes boys, cut the cord.

Quinn went 96-87-and-25 while running the Rangers.

Go Nino

Nino Niederreiter signed a two-year contract with the Nashville Predators on Thursday worth $4-million per season.

The 29-year-old forward had 44 points, 24 of them goals in 75 games for the Carolina Hurricanes last season, plus five points, including four goals in the playoffs.

Niederreiter joins his Swiss countryman, Predators team captain Roman Josi.

Selected by the New York Islanders in the 1st-round, 5th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, Niederreiter has 368 points over his career with the Hurricanes, Minnesota Wild and Islanders.

Can KK be OK?

How about way better than OK? Kasperi Kapanen has been a bit of an enigma over his career. Spoiled son of a former NHL’er, perhaps?

Regardless, besides just reporting on the breaking news of him signing a new deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday, veteran writer Dave Molinari breaks down what it will take for the speedy winger to finally live up to his potential. Pittsburgh Hockey Now.

More to come. Have a great Friday and weekend folks!

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