Sep 122009
 
Canucks skate at UBC

Photo credit: canucks.nhl.com

If you can believe it, Canucks training camp opens today. The players will report to UBC for their medicals and then make themselves to available to the media.

Sep 112009
 

As Mike Gillis promised, he added some veteran presence to this year’s training camp, inviting Dave Scatchard, Mark Parrish, Ronald Petrovicky and Keith Carney. With the Canucks having a surplus of players right now who have realistic shots of making the opening day roster, what’s the point of inviting these additional players?

The answer is simple.

Mike Gillis wants this training camp to be competitive. And whether or not you believe that Scatchard, Parrish, Petrovicky and Carney still have the game to play in the NHL, these four veterans will work hard to try and scrape their way back into the NHL. I have no doubt that they’ll push the rest of the roster and add to the competitiveness of the camp.

But also, all four have had their share of successes as pros – Scatchard as a defensively-minded faceoff specialist, Parrish as a goal scorer, Petrovicky as a hard-nosed winger and Carney as a solid stay-at-home defenseman. Their presence at camp will give the younger Canucks the opportunity to learn from them. Even if they don’t make the team, they’ll have at least contributed something to the camp.

This is yet another subtle example of the culture change Gillis has brought to the Canucks organization. He wants his players to work hard, compete hard, and not to take their roster spots for granted. He’s more likely to accomplish that with guys like the four veterans he’s invited this week, than guys like, say, Patrick Yetman and Vladimir Kutny.

Sep 112009
 

After almost a week of prospects camp, the Canucks released the following players today:

  • Matthew Ford
  • Mitch McColm
  • Bobby Nadeau
  • Joe Plekaitis
  • James Reid
  • Justin Taylor
  • Michael Ward

That means the main training camp, which starts tomorrow, will include the following players:

DEFENSEMEN

  • Nolan Baumgartner
  • Kevin Bieksa
  • Keith Carney
  • Kevin Connauton
  • Alexander Edler
  • Christian Ehrhoff
  • Taylor Ellington
  • Michael Funk
  • Nathan McIver
  • Brad Lukowich
  • Willie Mitchell
  • Lawrence Nycholat
  • Shane O’Brien
  • Evan Oberg
  • Travis Ramsey
  • Aaron Rome
  • Sami Salo
  • Yann Sauve
  • Mathieu Schneider
  • Nolan Toigo

FORWARDS

  • Steven Anthony
  • Steve Bernier
  • Mario Bliznak
  • Alex Bolduc
  • Alex Burrows
  • Dusty Collins
  • Pavol Demitra
  • Guillame Desbiens
  • Dan Gendur
  • Tanner Glass
  • Michael Grabner
  • Jannik Hansen
  • Cody Hodgson
  • Darcy Hordichuk
  • Ryan Johnson
  • Ryan Kesler
  • Pierre-Cedric Labrie
  • Mark Parrish
  • Ronald Petrovicky
  • Matt Pope
  • Prab Rai
  • Mason Raymond
  • Marco Rosa
  • Rick Rypien
  • Mikael Samuelsson
  • Dave Scatchard
  • Daniel Sedin
  • Henrik Sedin
  • Sergei Shirokov
  • Kellan Tochkin
  • Eric Walsky
  • Kyle Wellwood

GOALTENDERS

  • Roberto Luongo
  • Daren MacHesney
  • Andrew Raycroft
  • Cory Schneider

Yes, that’s the same 39-year old Keith Carney who played 18 games for the Canucks in the 2005/2006 season (for the price of a second-round draft pick).

And no, I have no idea who Daren MacHesney and Marco Rosa are.

Sep 192008
 
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