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Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau addressed the media on Wednesday.

Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau’s long awaiting first training camp with the club begins today outside of Whistler.

“I just think every hockey person, hockey player, and coach this time of year, every day that goes by you wish it was here sooner, but now that it’s here we’re all excited about getting ready, and as coaches, things that we didn’t do well last year, getting off on the right foot,” Boudreau explained on Wednesday.

The Canucks will conduct three days of practices and scrimmages starting at 10 am Thursday, all open to the public at the Meadow Park Sports Centre.

Camps are open across the NHL.

So Let’s Skate!

We linked to a Larry Brooks article yesterday about the New York Rangers looking to acquire Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks. Another Hockey Hall of Fame honoured writer, Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now, surmises:

Both Kane and (Jonathan) Toews will be unrestricted free agents next summer and the Blackhawks are rebuilding. It would be irresponsible not to trade them at some point.

And when that happens, the New York Rangers will be in a position to be one of the favourites to land Kane. They are in that spot because they picked up another first-round pick from the Dallas Stars by sending them disgruntled prospect Nils Lundkvist. The young Swedish defenceman wanted out of New York because the Rangers have a good collection of younger defencemen ahead of him on the depth chart. He will get an opportunity to play in Dallas.

The Wild West

Calgary Hockey Now: Key defenseman Oliver Kylington (the one pronounced ‘Shillington’) will be missing from Flames training camp because of family issues and Andrew Mangiapane will be absent for what is considered a minor injury. Calgary Flames. 

Colorado Hockey Now: With no more Nazem Kadri, head coach Jared Bednar said the No. 2 centre job will come down to Alex Newhook vs. Evan Rodrigues. Colorado Avalanche.

See you up the mountain!

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