While the Vancouver Canucks coaching staff is already in town putting in full days of work, the remaining player personnel should all be present and accounted for by the start of next week. “Captain’s practices” will pick up in their intensity while the the growing population and camaraderie should be lively.
There are no more salary cap adjustments that must be made for this season, but there are one or two future Canucks contracts to be signed in advance, with long-term planning always in the works. In a little more than a week the Young Stars Tournament fires up in Penticton between the Canucks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton OIlers and Winnipeg Jets.
You can taste it. In the meantime …
Pittsburgh Hockey Now has the conclusion of Dave Molinari’s chat with former Canucks GM and current Penguins President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke. Not only does ‘Burkie’ think the team will be better than last year, he’s expecting a few players to have bounce-back years. Pittsburgh Penguins news.
Philly Hockey Now: Plenty lately from what many consider the Metro Division doormat; here’s the top-10 Philadelphia Flyers prospects.
Washington Hockey Now: ‘Ovie’ and the grinders are showing up for captain’s practices and the intensity is heating for the Washington Capitals season.
NHL.com: Boston Bruins goalie Keith Kinkaid is busting out a new “Happy Gilmour” mask, a movie much of which was shot at golf courses around the Fraser Valley.
North of the Border
Sportsnet: While waiting for a new rink and after sitting through what feels like an endless rebuild, the Ottawa Senators fans are gobbling up season tickets as their team starts to turn the corner.
Montreal Hockey Now: The Canadiens went ahead and announced the re-signing of Kirby Dach to a four-year deal on Wednesday morning. Sources say they’re still in the trade market, too.
Calgary Hockey Now: We’ve talked before about the Flames still being the team to beat in the Pacific Division with the multi-faceted swap out of Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk for Nazem Kadri, Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar. If the season started today, here’s what the Flames lines could look like, it’s a team considered by many to once again be a Stanley Cup contender.
Say what?! Should the Flames be the team to give Joe Thornton a PTO?
Happy hump day!