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Wake With Elias: Aug 11, 2021- Canucks re-sign Juolevi

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A one year deal and a chance to prove himself.

NHL: APR 26 Canucks at Senators Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As training camp for the 2021-22 season inches closer, the Vancouver Canucks locked another piece in place yesterday as they announced that they have re-signed D Olli Juolevi to a one year deal.

Juolevi appeared in 23 games for the Canucks last season, and struggled to stay in the lineup despite the absolute tire fire that was the Vancouver back end all year long. This deal will give him what is probably a final shot to prove himself worthy of his draft position by the Canucks.

Juolevi will battle against new free agency pickup Brad Hunt and another prospect in Jack Rathbone for the #6 slot on the left side for the Canucks this season, barring further changes. His rather affordable deal is going to work in his favour as the Canucks try to ice a lineup that doesn’t go over the cap this season.

A strong camp is certainly going to help his case, as the Canucks are looking to make an all out push to return to the playoffs this season. Rathbone and Hunt will get a long hard look, though as the Canucks try to put forth a better defensive effort this coming season after the embarrassment they iced last year.

The Canucks have 3 players unsigned still as September looms: Former Dallas Stars forward Jason Dickinson, Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes, and just $13,314,341 to spread between them.

The Abbotsford Canucks re-inked another piece yesterday as they signed Vincent Arseneau to a one year deal.

AROUND THE NHL

The AHL’s Toronto Marlies pulled an abrupt about-face as they backed away from the goaltending coach they had just signed when his rather horrid social media likes came into the spotlight. Former LA Kings goaltending consultant Dusty Imoo had been hired for the position, but after a number of Twitter users pointed out countless likes of tweets supporting the Jan 6th insurrection attempt in Washington along with a number of transphobic and white supremacist tweets, the Leafs announced that Imoo would not be joining the organization.

The NHL said goodbye to an absolute legend yesterday as Tony Esposito passed away from Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 79. Esposito won a Stanley Cup in 1969 as a backup for the Montreal Canadiens in his rookie season, but the next year he was claimed by the Chicago Blackhawks, and would be a fixture in goal for them for over a decade. The man known as Tony O got his pro career started in Vancouver with the WHL Canucks, before a year in the Central league en route to the NHL.

Former Canuck Anders Nilsson announced his retirement at age 31. Nilsson, who was Jacob Markstrom’s backup from 2017 to 2019 when they traded him to Ottawa. Nilsson had been struggling with concussion related symptoms. We wish him all the best.