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Wake With Elias: Reid Boucher Signs in KHL & 11th Time’s the Charm for Moginly?

The 26-year-old officially joins Avangard Omsk on a two-year contract.

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Reid Boucher played one NHL game over the last two seasons.
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It’s summertime, it’s hump day and it’s...cloudy in Vancity?

Here’s something else that’s slightly underwhelming: your daily Wake With Elias news roundup.

  • After rumours of Reid Boucher bolting to Russia last week, the news became official yesterday. [Utica Observer-Dispatch]

Despite looking very one-dimensional in the NHL, Boucher was an absolute for the Utica Comets. He won their Most Valuable Player award for every season he was down there, and finished with 175 points in 154 over three seasons in Utica.

Here’s what he had to say about his move to Russia, as quoted in the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

“It wasn’t really expected,” Boucher said. “When the offer came, it was interesting and it was something that my family and I didn’t take lightly. We talked about it for a long time. Finally, we thought it would be not only best for our family, but best for my career. We thought we’d take a chance and go over there.”

Boucher will be joined in Russia by his wife, two-year-old son and two-month-old daughter after signing a two-year contract.

  • With that July 10th date to open NHL training camps looming, Jim Benning is hoping that players return to Vancouver this week. [Sportsnet]

Currently, the Canucks have five players in British Columbia, three in Sweden, eight in the United States, and the rest are scattered across Canada, according to the article. It was also noted that Travis Green recently returned to Vancouver from Southern California.

  • Happy Hockey Hall of Fame Day! There will be an announcement at 1:30 pm Pacific Time on TSN and the NHL Network. You can read up on a list of candidates here [NBC Sports]

Jarome Iginla is considered to be the biggest lock in his first year of eligibility. However, one other former-Canuck is still in the running, after being passed on 10 times.

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Canucks forward Alexander Mogilny #89 lines up for the faceoff in a game at the Molson Centre during the 1996-97 season
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That man is Alexander Moginly. Despite a 76-goal season, a Stanley Cup, and 1,032 points in 990 NHL games, the native of Khabarovsk, Russia has yet to be selected.

Of course, one of his best seasons ever came with the Vancouver Canucks in 1995-96, when he registered 55 goals and 107 points.

He’s clearly one of the most talented players among eligible inductees, and I’d argue it’s time that he gets in.

More importantly, were now a year away from the Sedins becoming Hall of Famers.

  • Finally, happy birthday to this talented prospect!