The NHL announced two more sets of awards finalists yesterday, and for the 3rd consecutive season, the Vancouver Canucks have a player nominated for the Calder Trophy as Quinn Hughes joined Colorado Avalanche D Cale Makar and Chicago Blackhawks LW Dominik Kubalik as the trio up for the award. Hughes and Makar have been the front runners all season long, but Kubalik’s inclusion was a bit of a surprise. Not that his play didn’t warrant it, because a 30 goal season from a rookie is impressive in today’s game, but many felt New York Rangers D Adam Fox would be the 3rd nominee. It’s unlikely that Kubalik will win, especially given his age (he’s 24) compared to Hughes and Makar, and his extensive pro experience in his native Czech Republic.
Meanwhile, the Jack Adams nominees were also announced, and former Canucks bench bosses Alain Vigneault and John Tortorella were nominated along with Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy.
There were a couple significant absences from Day 3 of Canucks Camp yesterday, as Michael Ferland and Brandon Sutter were absent. Travis Green spoke about them after practice yesterday:
And the Canucks are going to have an exhibition game coming up at the end of the month, as they take on the Winnipeg Jets in Edmonton before heading into the best of 5 play-in series against the Minnesota Wild:
Here's the complete slate of NHL exhibition games: pic.twitter.com/I2qAFfYmmE— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 14, 2020
Meanwhile, one of the players most at risk in this pandemic scenario, Oscar Lindblom of the Philadelphia Flyers, spoke with Sports Illustrated about his ongoing cancer treatment:
"I probably shouldn’t complain when I’m healthy and ... can just be thankful for life.” Flyers winger Oskar Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in the middle of his third NHL season. Six months of chemo later, his cancer battle is all but finished: https://t.co/wYGfw0NZI5— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) July 15, 2020
And if you were hoping to see the BFG return, you’ll have to wait another season, as Nikita Tryamkin re-signed a one year deal with Avtomotobilist Ekaterinburg of the KHL:
Nikita Tryamkin (11 P, 58 GP, +10) is set to play 8th season with Avto. pic.twitter.com/z8WIV39bbN— KHL (@khl_eng) July 16, 2020
1-year deal for Nikita Tryamkin with Avtomobilist of the KHL.#Canucks were never going to be able to make a quick deal here. Don’t think the sides ever really talked contract.— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) July 16, 2020
Tryamkin - who hasn’t played since February - ultimately felt there was too much risk in waiting. https://t.co/SmAll8cBc1
The first NHL Playoffs hype commercial is out and... there’s no Canucks to be seen. We do see a Minnesota Wild player, though. Don’t get mad, just wait. The underdogs are coming.
And finally, a look at the measures that will be in place in Edmonton if the games go ahead: