KUKLA’S KORNER: reports the Vancouver Canucks have announced the signing of forwards Owen Nolan and Todd Fedoruk to professional tryout contracts.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like we didn’t have to wait long to find out what moves the Canucks could make to bolster their forward line depth. Granted, there’s no guarantees either player will make the roster,  but it’s apparent Canucks management are willing to consider all options, starting with the most affordable ones, such as tryouts.

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5 Responses to Canucks sign Nolan, Fedoruk to tryout contracts.

  1. delvecchio says:

    Nolan’s name first surfaced at the trade deadline in that he wanted to return to the NHL after finishing the season with Zurich in the Swiss League

    interesting move by the canucks…..

    they needed veteran leadership desperately and this definitely fills that slot…

    but will he be able to keep up with the speed of the new NHL?

  2. Aj says:

    I think Nolan still has something to bring to the table, however it would be under a very specifically defined 4th line checking role. At his age your counting on more leadership and guidance than anything else. If he can find a bit of speed then I think this could work out nicely into a cheap, but effective signing. otherwise I can’t say i like his chances.

    Hopefully Nolan spent the summer working hard and preparing for camp since this could easily be his last one.

    As for Fedoruk,. he’s a solid serviceable player, who at 32 is certainly not over the hill yet. But he’s a gritty player, who typically burn out by 34, so he should have a few miles left. If he can stay healthy and in good shape I am confident he can find a home on a 4th line this year.

  3. Steve says:

    I think before I looked at Nolan I would have looked at John Madden. He brings experience, veteran leadership and has won a few (3) Stanley Cups. He also scored some goals and garnered 25 points in the NHL last year. Still has some legs. Also, they might want to take a chance on Drurey with his reconstructed knee.

  4. delvecchio says:

    Owen Nolan———- Regular Season 1200 GP 422 Goals 463 Assists 885 Points
    Playoffs 65 GP 21 Goals 19 Assists 40 Points

    John Madden——– Regular Season 867 GP 162 Goals 183 Assists 345 Points
    Playoffs 134 GP 21 Goals 22 Assists 43 Points

    Statistically Nolan is the better player.

    NEWS UPDATE

    Zherdev signed in the KHL.

  5. Alex says:

    I like the outside-the-box approach the Canucks are taking and have always respected Gillis for that. That said, if Brendan Morrison was let go after last year’s camp (where by all accounts he played well) I have difficulties believing either of the 2 make the team, let alone fill that elusive wing position on the Kessler line. Is it just me or do the Canucks look line they’ve signed too many forwards, possibly angling for a trade?

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