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Wake With Elias: Andrei Kuzmenko & Mike Yeo Updates

A Russian winger and a former Canadian NHL coach are both rumoured to potentially join the Canucks.

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Head Coach of the Philadelphia Flyers Mike Yeo looks on from his bench during the first period against the Nashville Predators at the Wells Fargo Center on March 17, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Coaches are wearing lapel pins in celebration of Claude Giroux 1000th NHL game.
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Okay, so that’s not happening.

As the Edmonton Oilers were officially eliminated from playoff contention last night, Canucks fans can take solace in the fact that they won’t have to watch their rivals from the North lift the Stanley Cup this season.

Now, can Mark Messier’s other former squad, the New York Rangers, choke away their lead against Tampa Bay and follow suit?

With that possibility is still a few days away, let’s check-in and see what’s going on with those Vancouver Canucks.

  • Rick Dhaliwal mentioned yesterday that winger Andrei Kuzmenko will have a second interview with the Canucks. [Donnie and Dhali]

Kuzmenko’s decision could reportedly come in the next week to 10 days.

  • In case you want to dig a bit more into Kuzmenko’s strengths and weaknesses, there’s a good scouting report here. [Elite Prospects]
  • Also on Donnie and Dhali this week, Elliotte Friedman reported that Mike Yeo could join the Canucks bench as an assistant coach. [Donnie and Dhali]

Yeo replaced Alain Vigneault last year as the Philadelphia Flyers head coach midseason. The Flyers were no better under Yeo, as they slumped to the fourth-worst record in the NHL.

However, Yeo is an experienced coach who has a connection to Canucks’ general manager Patrik Allvin. Both Yeo and Allvin were in Pittsburgh’s organization from 2006 to 2010, when Allvin was a scout and Yeo was an assistant coach.

  • Kevin Bieksa hopes to sign a one-day deal and retire as a Canuck. [Vancouver is Awesome]
  • The Abbotsford Canucks have announced their home opener date for next season. [Abbotsford News]
  • Finally, the Sedins shed some insight into their new roles. [The Province]