Myers, Toffoli, Tryamkin & Hoglander


Although the NHL regular season has been suspended, hockey news still emerges regularly from the Vancouver Canucks organization. Although little of this news involves players on the ice, it does involve players within the organization and those who are at home during the COVID-19 disruption.

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In this article, I will try to keep Canucks fans up to date on the news
emerging from the team.

Point One: Canucks Remind Tyler Myers of Old Winnipeg Jets

As Sportsnet reported earlier this week, Tyler Myers is encouraged by the progress of his new team this season. He made a direct comparison to the Winnipeg Jets in a videoconference from his off-season home in Kelowna, British Columbia, earlier this week.

Myers noted, “I’m looking at this year in Winnipeg where we almost reached the final – had a tough streak against Vegas – [and] there are many similarities that I can draw from my experience with my first year here in Vancouver with this team. ”

Tyler Myers Vancouver Canucks
Tyler Myers, Vancouver Canucks (Jess Starr / The Hockey Writers)

Myers listed some of these similarities: “One of them was a strong and dynamic core in Winnipeg. I think we have a good group of strong and solid guys [in Vancouver]. You add a piece here and there to continue developing your team. I guess what I’m trying to say is that we’re close. We are on the verge of becoming a winning team. It’s just a matter of experience and feeling what it takes to win. And part of it is getting that playoff experience. “

Second, Myers also praised the Canucks young skaters’ game and noted that they have become key drivers of the game.

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In the first season of his Canucks $ 30 million five-year contract before the NHL suspension, Myers had six goals and 21 points in 68 games. It took him a little while (until December) to get his score, but when he did, he added great value to the team.

Point two: Tyler Toffoli loves Vancouver – will he come back, maybe?

Earlier last week, Tyler Toffoli reported that, although the Canucks made a good impression on him, he did not know if he would return with them next season.

On a personal level, he shared that his teammates called him “awesome” and the fans and coaching staff were great. In a recent interview from his home in the Manhattan-Hermosa Beach area of ​​Los Angeles where he has lived since playing for the LA Kings, he said, “I had a lot of fun. Then he repeated “awesome” once or twice more.

Tyler Toffoli Canucks of Vancouver
Tyler Toffoli, Vancouver Canucks (photo by Minas Panagiotakis / Getty Images)

Although Toffoli admitted that he hadn’t really thought about where he would go after this season, he admitted: “The only conversation we’ve really had is to see where this season is going to go. It’s not my decision where the ceiling is going to go. Like I said, no one could have imagined this and this scenario. ”

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As Canucks fans know, Toffoli will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. After joining the team, he scored six goals and 10 points in 10 games. It was partly because head coach Travis Green played it alongside tall youngster Elias Pettersson and hit JT Miller (for whom I voted as the Canucks’ most exciting player this season in a poll ). Toffoli also saved a lot of time on the team’s first power play unit.

Point three: Will Nikita Tryamkin stay in the KHL?

In his column 31 Thoughts a few days ago, Elliotte Friedman noted that although two Russian players have signed with NHL teams – Alexander Barabanov (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Ilya Sorokin (with New York Islanders ), many KHL players have decided to stay at home in Russia instead of moving to the NHL. Friedman specifically noted that, with the uncertainty of the NHL response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential flexibility of the salary cap, Konstantin Okulov has decided to play another season in the KHL.

Where does that leave Nikita Tryamkin of the Canucks? As Friedman rightly points out, the team’s cap situation is tight and no one knows where it will go. As a result, it is unclear whether Tryamkin will play in the NHL or KHL next season. At the end of March, Tryamkin agent Todd Diamond announced that his client’s game was better suited for the NHL than for the KHL. At the time, it seemed like an invitation to Canucks general manager Jim Benning to sign it; now who knows?

Point four: Nils Hoglander scores the Swedish Hockey League goal

In a goal you have to see to believe, Nils Hoglander won the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) goal of the year award for the second consecutive season. The “lacrosse style” goal was one of Hoglander’s nine goals and 16 points in 41 games this season with Rogle BK. The Canucks picked Hoglander in the second round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (40th overall). Whether or not he succeeds in the NHL, he is obviously a master of lacrosse style goals.

What’s the next step with the

In another brief news, the enigmatic young and talented Russian striker Nikolay Goldobin signed a two-year contract with the KHL last week. Unfortunately, it didn’t work with the Canucks; however, it wasn’t really a surprise to the team that tried to trade it on the deadline.

The big news – and there is plenty of time to figure this out – will be what happens to Toffoli. He looked good with the team; and, if the upper limit of the salary cap does not deviate too far, Benning should be able to move money to sign it. It would be a great decision from the team.


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