Canucks commerce for Sam Lafferty, Akito Hirose is opener choice, Soucy's standing

‘He is sort of a heavier and grittier man. A very good skater, who can scored some objectives and it was an opportunity to amass extra of a stickier man.’ — Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet on Sam Lafferty.

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The Vancouver Canucks proceed to tinker prematurely of Monday’s deadline to set their 2023-24 roster.

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On Sunday morning, the NHL membership acquired veteran ahead Sam Lafferty from the Toronto Maple Leafs in change for a fifth-round draft decide within the 2024 Entry Draft.

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The Canucks have additionally recalled defenceman Akito Hirose from their AHL affiliate in Abbotsford with Carson Soucy and Guilliaume Brisebois injured. He could possibly be a roster choice when the Canucks open their common season on Wednesday in opposition to the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Area.

Soucy acquired twisted up in a collision with ahead Yegor Sharangovich throughout within the second interval Friday of a 3-1 preseason victory over the Calgary Flames and didn’t return. He appeared to twist his knee or ankle because the fell to the ice at Rogers Area.

“I’d say week-to-week,” Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet stated of the anticipated absence. “I don’t suppose it’s going to be too lengthy.”

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Brisebois was injured Wednesday in a collision with Seattle Kraken ahead Brandon Tanev throughout a 2-1 preseason loss in Abbotsford.

At Sunday apply, centre Teddy Blueger, who was banged up and in some discomfort Friday, left the session at UBC, which might additionally play in to the Lafferty acquisition, however Tocchet didn’t suppose Blueger’s standing was of a critical nature and referred to as it extra of a “bruise”.

“He wished to intestine out apply at present and I kicked him off,” stated Tocchet.

Winger Ilya Mikeyhev was doing a little contact drills Sunday in his ongoing rehab from February knee surgical procedure.

“It’s one other step ahead,” stated Tocchet. “I assumed he appeared good in apply.”

Soucy, 29, who signed a three-year, $US9.75 million free-agent contract on July 1, could possibly be destined for long-term damage aid — and unable to play for 10 video games or 24 days — if his ailment is deemed that extreme.

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The previous towering 6-foot-5 Seattle Kraken defender agreed to a three-year, US$9.75 million contract to supply measurement, depth and flexibility. He was third amongst Kraken defenders final season in hits and shot blocks. His 52.1. per cent Corsi-For score for puck management when deployed in 16:18 of common ice time, was fourth amongst group blueliners.

Soucy doesn’t scream offence with 16 factors (3-13) final season, however he did have 10 objectives in 2021-22 after being claimed within the growth draft from the Minnesota Wild. That’s the place he operated in third pairing with Ian Cole.

In the meantime, defenceman Christian Wolanin and winger Jack Studnicka had been positioned on waivers Sunday for the aim of being assigned to Abbotsford.

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“Studs had a extremely good camp,” stated Tocchet. “Once you lose two derencemen (damage) it turns into a cap factor and that’s the factor that sucks.”

Winger Nils Aman, who’s waiver exempt, was assigned Abbotsford.

“For us to hold six defencemen, we had to do this and Aman will likely be again,” stated Tocchet.

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Defenceman Akito Hirose was recalled Sunday from Abbotsford. He turned a nice shock together with his velocity, playmaking and calm, cool method. Photograph by Wealthy Lam /Getty Photographs

As for Lafferty, there’s a hockey operations connection to the transaction for Canucks president of hockey operations Jim Rutherford and common supervisor Patrik Allvin, who toiled in Pittsburgh when he was drafted.

“He’s sort of a heavier and grittier man,” Tocchet stated of the 6-foot-1, 195 pound Hollidaysburg, Penn. native. “A very good skater, who can scored some objectives and is was an opportunity to amass extra of a stickier man.”

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Lafferty, 28, was chosen 113th general by the Penguins within the 2014 draft and was within the group for six seasons earlier than being dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan, 5 2002 for Alexander Nylander. The rebuilding Blackhawks then shipped Lafferty and Jake McCabe, plus two future draft picks, in change for 2 picks, plus Joey Anderson and Pavel Gogolev to the Leafs final February.

Lafferty is on the ultimate 12 months of one-way, two-year extension that has a $US1.5 million wage cap hit. He has performed 210 video games on the NHL stage and has 59 profession factors (23-36).

From a Leafs perspective, it is going to be cheaper to signal Noah Gregor off his skilled tryout at a minimal wage because the membership offers with its cap challenges.

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