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Simmer’s AM Skate: ‘Great Hire By Canucks’, Division Rival Signs Players

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Oliver Kylington and Andrew Mangiapane will host the Vancouver Canucks on December 14th and 31st.

Adding to the praise for new Vancouver Canucks goalie development coach Marko Torenius, Vancouver Hockey Now heard from NHL Central Scouting Bureau chief European scout Janne Vuorinen on Tuesday. As Director of Player Personnel for Espoo Blues in Finland’s top SM-liiga a decade ago, Vuorinen worked with Torenius and referred to him as a ‘great hire by Canucks’.

“Hard working, smart and detailed coach with lots of experience,” Vuorinen told VHN. “Great personality and very respected by some Finnish NHL goalies who work with him during the summer.”

Besides working with Vancouver Canucks goaltending coach Ian Clark with the franchise’s goaltender development, Torenius will work directly with the AHL goalies in Abbotsford as their goaltending coach.

Other Canucks Hires

Bryan Marshall was retained in the strength and conditioning department for the Vancouver Canucks. In fact, head coach Bruce Boudreau mentioned “Marshy” to VHN last week when talking about already laying out plans and programs for players in training camp. While Marshall holds the official position of Director of Applied Sports Science, new hire Mark Cesari jumps on board as Strength & Conditioning Coach.

As for the Canucks medical staff, who knows, maybe you know one or two of these folks. Newly hired: Dr. Harry Sese is the Health & Performance Consultant, Josh Termeer, Athletic Therapist, and Dr. Erik Yuill, Performance Therapist. Retained: Graeme Poole, Rehab Therapist, Rebecca White, Wellness Therapist, and Alex Hodgins, Mental Performance Consultant. Hmm, I’m not sure if that’s what used to be known as a team psychologist or not.

Flames Flicker

After the somewhat traumatic departures of forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary Flames General Manager Brad Treliving took care of some business on Tuesday, signing a key defenceman in Oliver Kylington, inking for two years with an average annual value of $2.5-million, and forward Andrew Mangiapane for three-years and a total of $17.4-million.

The 25-year-old Swedish, left-shot defenceman had a career high 31 points including nine goals last season, while the 26-year-old left wing from Toronto had a career high 35 goals.

Young Un’s

Here’s a couple of our recent ‘Vancouver Canucks of Tomorrow’ if you’d like to peruse.

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Have a delightful Wednesday!

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