Remarkable the number of clicks from fans checking out the ‘Vancouver Canucks of Tomorrow’ piece on Brady Keeper from four days ago, only reinforcing the last line in the story, ‘Keeper will have a lot of people pulling for him at camp’. He’s the first player from the Pimicikamak Cree Nation to play an NHL game and was signed by the Canucks last summer. He broke his leg the last day of 2021 training camp and missed the season.
Also of unique interest was our look back at Pat Quinn and the mutual love shared for him by rival fans of the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs.
That story came out waaay back on the holiday weekend, so now that we’re back to reality, let’s take an evening twirl …
Jesper Bratt agreed to a one-year, $5.45 million contract with the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. Bratt’s name had surfaced a few times before the 2022 NHL Draft as a possible inclusion in a deal for the Canucks JT Miller. Bratt’s off the books for now, but only for one season. He led the Devils in scoring last season with 73 points and 47 assists and finished tied with Jack Hughes for the team lead in goals with 26.
Late Wednesday afternoon the Edmonton Oilers announced that they had signed restricted free agent (RFA) Kailer Yamamoto, thus avoiding an arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for August 7th. The team’s 2017 1st-round draft pick, 22nd-overall, re-upped with a two-year, $6.2-million contract. Split that number in half and you have the annual cap hit.
The 23-year-old tallied 20 goals, 21 assists, for 41 points last season, all career highs. Yamamoto was a half-a-point-a-game player in the postseason for the OIlers.
Earlier Wednesday, VHN passed on the story about the Calgary Flames re-signing defenceman Oliver Kylington and forward Andrew Mangiapane.
Earlier when discussing the various preseason schedules, we neglected to mention the revival of the NHL’s Global Series. From NHL.com …
Across the Atlantic, the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks each will play one preseason game against European club team opposition ahead of their Oct. 7 regular-season opener in Prague, Czech Republic. The Predators will face SC Bern in Bern, Switzerland on Oct. 3, while the Sharks will take on Eisbaren Berlin in Berlin, Germany on Oct. 4.
I’m jealous. I had the good fortune of being involved with the ‘Premier Games’ in Prague to start the 2010 NHL season. How about the Vancouver Canucks hop the pond next fall??
See you Thursday. Cheers!