Sunday, June 21, 2009

NHL news and notes

- Vancouver forward Mats Sundin announced today he will not be participating in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The 38-year old veteran spent the majority of his career as a Toronto Maple Leaf while averaging 75 points per season. He played 41 games this season with the Vancouver Canucks registering 28 points. Age is finally catching up to Mats, as he was slowed down by several injuries this year and his game suffered as a result.

- Per TSN, Brent Sutter looks to be the top candidate to become the head coach of the Calgary Flames. Brent's brother Darryl is the GM of the Flames. Brent stepped down last week as the head coach of the New Jersey Devils, where he had a 97-56-11 record, leading the team to two straight postseason births. But they failed to get out of the first round in both.

- The NY Islanders apparently aren't 100% set on drafting John Tavares with the #1 pick in the draft (next weekend in Montreal). There are rumors flying around that GM Garth Snow is very interested in Brampton forward Matt Duchene as well as Swedish defenseman Victor Hedman. Tavares is clearly the best player in the draft skill-set wise so it will be interesting to see what really goes down a week from now.

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