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It also needs to hit the upper limit to maximize long-term injury relief from concussion winger Micheal Ferland, who hits a cap of $ 3.5 million, to help calculate a deal for Hamonic.
Eriksson has been most effective in a defensive game role because he’s better without the puck than with it. The emergence of rookie Nils Hoglander at training camp as Bo Horvat’s final right-winger has reduced Eriksson to a deep player.
He had just 13 points (6-7) in 49 games last season and hasn’t scored more than 11 goals in any of his four seasons here, even though he had run with the Horvat wing. Then again, a compacted 56-game season will invite injuries and opportunities and we may not have seen Eriksson’s last.
“It’s difficult,” Horvat said. “Lou has been here with me for six years and we’ve played some good hockey together. When he stepped in to stop the guys, he did it right. He wants to win and be here, but it’s a business. Hope he will come back.
HOLTBY HONORS ITS GAME
Braden Holtby vowed to bounce back from a sub-par season.
The free agent acquisition fell short of Vezina Trophy and Stanley Cup Championship form with the Washington Capitals in 2019-20.
His 3.11 goals-against average, 0.897 save percentage and 2-5-0 post-season record make him feel much better and reward the Canucks’ faith. He signed a two-year, $ 8.6 million free agent deal to revive a stable game that landed a Vezina in 2018 with a sparkling 2.20 GAA and 0.922 percentage.
Nate Schmidt isn’t worried that his former Capitals teammate won’t rise to the challenge.
“However, he thinks the year before was gone, that’s not the Braden I know,” Schmidt said. “I know a guy who stole a series against us a few years ago. ”
If the Canucks coach Travis Green wants a more veteran presence on Wednesday for the season opener in Edmonton, he could nod to Holtby, 31, back-to-back front and have Thatcher Demko play the second encounter.
“Both goalies look sharp,” said Green. “Just like the players, they improve as the camp progresses.”
Holtby’s focus with goalie coach Ian Clark was to clean up areas of his game and quickly absorb technical and communication demands. He was lively in a camp scrum on Saturday.
“Instincts,” says Holtby. “Everything is repetition. To do something second nature you have to repeat it so that you forget about the old way and we are working on some things to make it happen naturally and organically. It’s playing the puck and getting used to the guys and the lingo. Each team has different terminology and voices.
“We had a good camp. The exercises and training involved many game situations. ”