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Main Camp - Day Four

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
The Canucks re-assigned or released eight players following Monday's workout:
The following players were released:
Fortunus, Maxime Defense Manitoba AHL
Gainey, Steve Left Wing San Antonio ECHL
Ray, Chris Right Wing Kelowna WHL
The following players were re-assigned:
Heshka, Shaun Defense Manitoba AHL
Rahimi, Daniel Defense Bjorkloven SWE
Simek, Juraj Right Wing Brandon WHL
Smith, Nathan Centre Manitoba AHL
Vincent, Alexandre Goal Val-d'Or QMJHL

Coaches split the remaining players into two groups. Team 'C' flew to Calgary immediately following dryland training and will face the Flames in Vancouver's first pre-season game tomorrow night.

The following players will dress against the Flames Tuesday:
Bernier, M-A Right Wing Columbia/Manitoba ECHL-AHL
Bieksa, Kevin Defense Manitoba/Vancouver NHL-AHL
Bourdon, Luc Defense Moncton/Val-d'Or QMJHL
Brown, Mike Right Wing Manitoba AHL
Chouinard, Marc Right Wing Minnesota NHL
Cooke, Matt Left Wing Vancouver Canucks NHL
Dwyer, Gordie Left Wing Lowell AHL
Goren, Lee Right Wing Vancouver/Manitoba NHL-AHL
Green, Josh Left Wing Vancouver/Manitoba NHL-AHL
Fitzpatrick, Rory Defense Buffalo NHL
Flaherty, Wade Goal Manitoba AHL
Kutny, Vladimir Left Wing Trencin CZE
MacIntyre, Drew Goal Grand Rapids AHL
McIver, Nathan Defense Manitoba AHL
Reid, Brandon Centre Rapperswil SWISS
Rullier, Joe Defense Hartford AHL
Rypien, Rick Centre Manitoba/Vancouver NHL-AHL
Santala, Tommi Centre Jokerit FIN
Schultz, Jesse Right Wing Manitoba AHL
Tremblay, Yannick Defense Mannheim GER



Canuck general manager Dave Nonis' camp began his 2006 training looking out from inside the eye of a media storm as he addressed reporters for the first time since matching Philadelphia's offer for Ryan Kesler.

By comparision, watching the rest of camp from the broadcast booth above the Vernon Multiplex was serene.

"So far so good," said Nonis, after the final workouts wound up. "Everyone came to camp in very good condition and put a good effort in so far here in Vernon."

"I think we still have a long way to go in terms of seeing how everyone fits in. I think you'll know a lot more about that through the pre-season schedule."

There are always a few young players who step up at camp. This year was no different.

"There were lot's of guys like that," said Nonis. "Rick Rypien's had an excellent camp, so did Jannik Hansen, and Alexander Edler has made some big steps. I'd say a lot of young guys have moved up the ladder. Whether or not they'll be some guys pushed out of the box - like I say - a lot of that will be determined in the pre-season."

In that vein, Nonis will use tomorrow night's game in Calgary to evaluate some of the younger talent in the organization.

"Wins and losses become important in October. Right now you want to see how players perform at the next level in a more intense environment, and with different line mates. I think that's what we want to see in all eight pre-season games."


Following a short tussle with Nathan Smith in yesterday's scrimmage, veteran Matt Cooke will lead a green group into Calgary for the team's first pre-season match-up.

Cooke is one of just three regulars from last year's team to make the trip.

"It gives me an opportunity to be a leader on the team and bring my experience to the young guys who haven't played yet - that's the thinking for me."

Cooke only played a handful of games last season after a pair of freak injuries, and says he's eager to log some competitive ice-time.

"They [Calgary] have played a game already and we're learning a new system. It will be our first experience with our system against another team. But it's been a long time, and just to play against guys other than your own team will be nice."


Veteran forward Josh Green signed a new contract with the Canucks at camp, but says it won't alter anything in his game.

"It's good to have, but obviously nothing changes for me,"said Green. "I still want to try and earn a spot. There are still 13 forwards on one-way [contracts] so someone's got to be out of the lineup opening day."

Green says he'll likely fill the same roster spot he did in 2005-06 when he shuttled back and forth between Vancouver and Manitoba.

"It'll be a checking defensive role I'm sure, on the third or fourth line. It'll be whatever I can do. I just go out work hard, provide energy, and basically do the same thing I did last year."

Along with Kevin Bieksa and Matt Cooke, Green is the only other Canuck veteran heading to Calgary for tomorrow's game.

"We've got a really hard-working bunch - not a lot of experience - but a lot of hungry guys who want to earn a spot. That's always a good thing."


New head coach Alain Vigneault talked about the cuts, assignments, and goaltending at camp.

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