The Canucks issued a few press releases yesterday adding new personnel for the upcoming season. The first was the hiring of a new goalkeeper coach for the Abbotsford AHL Canucks, Marko Torenius. More recently, SKA St Petersburg KHL goalkeeping coach Torenius, who will replace Curtis Sanford (now the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending coach) has plenty of experience with Canucks goaltending guru Ian Clark. Torenius’ best-known product is Igor Shesterkin from New York Rangers, who worked with him during his time at SKA, but he has worked with a number of current NHL players and is widely regarded as one of Finland’s finest goaltending coaches. He also worked with Tuukka Rask in his youth.
It’s certainly a good sign of the new approach to player development under Jim Rutherford and Patrik Allvin. He will focus on developing AHL Canucks goaltenders at home and watch prospects like Ty Smith (of the WHL’s Prince George Cougars) and Aku Koskenvuo (Harvard University) while the team is on the road. .
They also announced the club Human Performance Staff for 2022-23. Dr. Harry Sese joins the staff as a health and performance consultant and will oversee the strength and conditioning department. Considering the number of injuries this team has faced over the past decade, it could become one of the hardest working departments in the entire organization.
Yesterday, we told you about the salary arbitration hearings that were beginning in the NHL, and three of the twenty-four players avoided the process and signed agreements, including two of the biggest names. The Calgary Flames and Andrew Mangiapane agreed to a three-year, $17.4 million deal, and also re-signed D Oliver Kylington to a two-year, $5 million deal.
During this time, the New Jersey Devils and Jesper Bratt avoided a hearing with a one year $5.45 million deal that will leave him as RFA at the end of the 2022-23 season. Bratt was the Devils’ leading scorer last season.
And at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Red Deer, Team Canada moved to 2-0-0 with a 9-1 loss to Slovakia. Brayden Yager led the way with a two-goal and two-assist performance for Canada. Their final round robin match is tonight and will likely be their toughest as they take on Team Sweden on TSN at 6 p.m. PDT.