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Wake With Elias- May 21, 2020: Restart Edges Closer To Reality, Comets All Stars and more

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They still don’t know the how or when or where they’re gonna do it, but they really want us to believe they’re gonna do it.

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CANUCKS NEWS: Accolades for a couple Utica Comets as the AHL announced their All Stars yesterday. Reid Boucher was named to the 1st team squad, while Brogan Rafferty was named to the 2nd squad as well as the All Rookie team, capping off a fantastic first pro season. Boucher finished 2nd in points and goals scored, while Rafferty finished 3rd in scoring for defencemen.

Let’s get up to date on things, shall we? The always informative Kevin Woodley was on TSN1040 yesterday to talk goalies, specifically Thatcher Demko and how much longer the Canucks might have goaltending coach Ian Clark...

Patrick Johnson of the Province joined Walker & Shah over at SN650 to talk prospects and the possibilities of the 24 team playoff proposal...

And The Globe and Mail’s Gary Mason on the hurdles Vancouver would have to overcome in order to be named the hub city...

For those who’ve hurdled their paywall, Drance and Harman Dayal look comparables for the Canucks top 10 prospects...

Harman also takes a deep dive on one of the most polarizing prospects: Nikita Tryamkin...

AROUND THE NHL: The league and the NHLPA will continue to discuss the 24 team playoff scenario as they try to come up with a plan that will allow them to at least salvage a playoff in this pandemic postponement.

As far as 1st round opponents go, I think that’s a matchup that would favour the Canucks well, though I have also seen that they’d meet Nashville in Round 1 (with the top 4 teams in each conference getting a 1st round bye) and let’s face it: Anything can happen when you get into the... oh, but naturally they’re gonna be concerned about that very thing because NHL

Look, I love Pierre. He’s as solid a MSM’er as there is, but this is a terrible idea. Also, the people who celebrate how “good for the game” Vegas making the finals in their 1st season of existence telling us they want to prevent a team that essentially gets on a hot run from a Cinderella story Cup win is a bit rich, don’t you think?

Someone who probably wants to get the playoffs going is Philip Pritchard aka The Keeper of the Cup, and he was on SN650 discussing how things might be affected down the road...

The league’s podcast The Rink takes a look at playoff scenarios and chats with NY Islanders legend Bryan Trottier on the 40th Anniversary of their 1st Stanley Cup win

Our pals over at Five For Howling look at the implications of a flattened salary cap on the Coyotes:

And Anaheim Calling looks at Gary Bettman’s efforts to deal with the Covid-19 crisis, which includes everything except actual cancellation...

And over at Broad Street Hockey, they got down to the meat of the matter as they explore a definitive ranking of Philadelphia Cheese Steak restaurants...

Friend of the blog Greg Wyshynski’s latest over at ESPN including a look at a KHL team who hired someone completely off the board as their new GM...