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OPPOSING BLOG: MATCHSTICKS & GASOLINE
We’re barely into the preseason and the drama that this team is known for is clearly in mid-season form. With the team’s two best players still unsigned restricted free agents and not in camp, today we learned that one of the team’s veteran defencemen is contemplating retirement.
Travis Hamonic is currently away from the team for personal reasons, and there are reports that he may take use of the league’s opt-out clause and announce his retirement. You may remember that Hamonic opted out of the 2020 playoffs over health concerns with his family, and this is likely the driving force behind it. NM’s Trevor Beggs has more on this situation here.
Tonight’s game is at least going to be streamed at CDC, so Canucks fans can get their first real glimpse of Vasily Podkolzin in blue and green as they host the Flames in Abbotsford. And while last night’s lineup was a typical pre-season type roster, tonight is going to look let’s say, a little more NHL worthy?
Check out who is playing tonight at the @AbbyCentre against the @NHLFlames.— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) September 27, 2021
You'll want join us tonight for the first home game of the pre-season!
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Obviously there’s a lot of excitement for the debuts of Podkolzin, as well as Conor Garland and Oliver Ekman-Larsson in Canucks uniforms. We’ll also get some far more familiar names as Bo Horvat, J.T. Miller, Tyler Myers, Tanner Pearson and Zack MacEwan are in tonight.
Flames projected lineup
Andrew Mangiapane - Dillon Dube - Brett Ritchie
Jakob Pelletier - Adam Ruzicka - Matthew Phillips
Martin Pospisil - Glenn Gawdin - Luke Philp
Justin Kirkland - Byron Froese - Walker Duehr
Juuso Valimaki - Michael Stone
Oliver Kylington - Kevin Gravel
Connor Mackey - Nick DeSimone
Definitely more of an AHL kinda lineup for the Flames tonight, who lost 4-0 to the Oilers in their first preseason contest last night. One player to watch is Matthew Phillips, who was outstanding in the WHL with the Victoria Royals.
GAME DAY CHATTER
"I want to do it a couple times in pre-season so he's ready for it because it will happen during the season at some point."— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) September 27, 2021
Darryl Sutter on utilizing Dillon Dube at centre this evening. pic.twitter.com/N0C95D3kHZ
"I'm very excited to be in here tonight."— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) September 27, 2021
After having suffering an injury last spring, Luke Philp can't wait to hit the ice tonight in Abbotsford. pic.twitter.com/6Xj6pd0CaV
Bo Horvat speaks to the media ahead of tonight's pre-season game in Abbotsford. pic.twitter.com/S6aJIUOKJ8— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) September 27, 2021
"I think it's important we don't hide from it, that people are aware of it and we learn from it."— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) September 27, 2021
️ Travis Green on tonight's game recognizing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation pic.twitter.com/Od83UdvldO
Kudos to the Canucks for giving this some attention tonight.
GAME DAY BATTLE HYMN
Bay Area thrash metal legends EXODUS are back with a new album and sounding as ferocious as ever. Check out ‘The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)’ from ‘Persona Non Grata’, out now on Nuclear Blast Records.
Enjoy the game as the Podkolzin Era begins. Go Canucks Go!