CANUCKS NEWS: It was a pretty tumultuous day in Canucks Nation yesterday with the news that Sven Baertschi, Nikolay Goldobin and Alex Biega were placed on waivers to be sent down to Utica. There was anger from some, confusion from others and of course, a lot of water carrying to justify all this.
"I was a little shocked as Sven has more offense than some of the guys they kept. You don't really know what's going on behind closed doors."— Sportsnet 650 (@Sportsnet650) October 1, 2019
Bert on the waiver moves.
LISTEN ️: https://t.co/mDLZc4njsd pic.twitter.com/Qekl5t194k
At the end of the day, the real issue is we’re still looking at a team that makes personnel decisions that don’t appear to make the team better, and it leaves you wondering why the Canucks re-signed Jim Benning before this season and not after. If the Canucks were able to make the playoffs at the end of this season, I could wrap my head around this move. But coming off a 4th straight year with no post-season hockey, and a roster laden with untradable assets filling space that seem to be getting in the way of the development of some of their prospects, it’s hard to see what earned Benning his new deal.
In the meantime, we await the all-clear signal that they’ve made it through, and one more move that will need to be made in advance of tomorrow night’s season opener in Edmonton: the placement of Antoine Roussel on LTIR while he continues to rehab from his knee injury last season.
In other Canucks news:
Canuck 1st rd pick in the '19 NHL draft, Vasily Podkolzin has been sent from the KHL to the Russian equivalent of the AHL ( VHL) for what has been termed a "string of games"— Sportsnet 650 (@Sportsnet650) October 1, 2019
He racked up 18:59 in ice time Monday and should be in the SKA-Neva lineup again Wednesday pic.twitter.com/YAEyFbq0TP
Ray Ferraro was on TSN1040 this morning with his thoughts on the 2019-20 Canucks and how they’ll fare:
.@rayferrarotsn tells @HalfordTSN @JasonBroughTSN how the #Canucks will score more this year, and who will do it, but also says defending better is the way forward— TSN Radio Vancouver (@TSN1040) October 1, 2019
Full interview: https://t.co/Gy6uMzgZg6 pic.twitter.com/Xtr5ciVMaV
There is some good news heading into tomorrow night, as you have probably heard by now that Brock Boeser has been given the green light to return to the lineup after being placed in concussion protocol following a hit from behind in a preseason game against Ottawa. As far as the incident goes, Boeser wasn’t happy with the hit:
It’s still utterly baffling that there was not even a fine from DoPS on that one, or the one that injured Oscar Fantenberg. There should be a Fantenberg update coming soon.
AROUND THE NHL: There were a lot of roster moves yesterday as teams placed players on waivers to get under the cap for the start of the season, but as of this moment no claims made. We’ll update anything that happens. Rule changes are coming for this season, and friend of the blog Greg Wyshinski has a nice rundown of the new rules that come into effect starting tomorrow:
The NHL radically changed its video review policy after last postseason's officiating embarrassments. Here's my FAQ on all the rules changes for this season. https://t.co/tanQ6CsIx0— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) October 1, 2019
Three teams in the Pacific Division. Where will they all land in the standings?@EmmySadler breaks down the best (and worst) case scenario for each team in the Pacific heading into the new season:https://t.co/tUi85SxFGB— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 1, 2019
Evander Kane will likely be sitting out the first part of the season after being ejected from the Sharks preseason game Sunday in Las Vegas. He was given two ‘abuse of officials’ penalties.
Evander Kane gets ejected in his last preseason game for "abuse of officials." pic.twitter.com/OAKcqPWf2I— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) September 30, 2019
And for those of you who subscribe (not sure if this one’s been put outside the paywall), a beautiful tribute to Jason Botchford by his father, The Athletic Blue Jays writer John Lott.