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Dater’s Daily: Will Canucks fire Travis Green?; Philipp Grubauer has worst saves percentage in NHL (more than 5 games)



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Good Tuesday to you all. Mild day here in Denver, slightly overcast, windy. Avs finishing up practice right about now, then they’ll board a plane bound for Vancouver, in Beautiful British Columbia. A wondrous place, if you haven’t been there. If you do go, you must go to the Salmon House on the Hill – probably my favorite restaurant of any on the road. I’m pretty sure it’s Joe Sakic’s all-time favorite restaurant too. We’ve talked about it a lot. Not only incredible salmon on grilled cedar planks, but amazing views of the harbor below. Also, bring your wallet. A bit pricey, but you won’t regret it.

I mean, check out this view:

Speaking of Vancouver, the Canucks lead off our sampling of hockey links, notes and observations:

  • Elliotte Friedman tweeted today that the Canucks’ owner and GM will meet to discuss what’s been going wrong with the team. Could Travis Green lose his job soon? (Friedman Twitter)
  • The natives are definitely growing restless in Vancouver (Vancouver Hockey Now)
  • My NHL three best bets for tonight (
  • Sidney Crosby spoke out about what needs to change in with the Penguins (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
  • Barry Trotz ripped into his New York Islanders team, and that was BEFORE last night’s third-period meltdown in Tampa Bay (NYI Hockey Now)
  • After a good start, the San Jose Sharks are quickly sinking–fading away from their identity.
  • Dion Phaneuf calls it quits (I thought he already had) (Hockey News)
  • A Covid outbreak with the Ottawa Senators has postponed three games (Hockey News)
  • Why the Maple Leafs’ new dress code is no big deal (Toronto Hockey Now)
  • Book recommendation: Wish it Lasted Forever; Life with the Larry Bird Celtics (Amazon)
  • I’m still trying to figure out why the Avs got Nicolas Aube-Kubel off waivers. I guess we’ll start to see why it might or might not have made sense with the game in Vancouver tomorrow.
  • For those who are wondering: No, the Avs can’t call Oskar Olausson (10 goals, 18 points in 14 games) up from the Barrie Colts. Not for as long as the Colts’ regular season lasts anyway. They could then play him up to 10 games, but anything beyond that and the Avs would have to count this full season on his entry-level contract status.
  • Breaking news from Wall Street Journal: The Fenway Group, the company that owns the Red Sox, may be buying the Pittsburgh Penguins (
  • Who has the worst saves percentage of any goalie in the NHL, with more than five games played?
  • You know he’ll have a great first game back against the Avs though. Because that’s what ex-Avs do.
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Luke Waggoner

Hey AD, think Olausson could be a black knight for the Avs in the playoffs? Also, any practice notes?

Joshua Canfield

That would be interesting. I’d love to see Justin Barron and Olausson both get shots later in the season. Barron looked really good in the Rookie Faceoff and the Preseason (the games I could watch). This Avs team really does have one of the best prospect pools in the league.


Olausson is a stud and better than Megna and a lot of other players that have been up and down from the Avs recently. I can understand not wanting to burn his first year of his entry level contract status. But he can play. Wasting him with the Barrie Colts isn’t doing anything for his game outside of being on the ice every night. It was clear to see from the pre-season that Olausson can hang in the NHL and has the size and shot to succeed – now.

Joshua Canfield

AD, didn’t Marion Gaborik also “just” retire? lol


Dater – any word on Mac and his recovery?


Aube-Kubel is no Matt Nieto, but there were at least 5 teams putting claims on him. There must be something of interest there.

Also, watching Greedy Grubby’s downward spiral brings to mind a great German term: Schadenfreude.


So Groob, it was a no brainer to sign with Seattle, How is that working for you now. It was a no brainer for Sakic to move on from you last summer. If anyone needs a reminder why we are going to be better off with DK, just remember the first goal of game six in Vegas.

Charlie Anderson

I do remember friend, I do.


We’ll see if Aube-Kubel can play or if it’s just another one of the endless, revolving, “Flotsam & Jetsam” Sakic deals. Spin the wheel and see what worthless player the Avs have picked up and place your bets on how long he stays with the organization. Sorry to be so negative but I’ve seen this picture before.


Dude, relax. If he sucks he just ends up on waivers again. It’s fairly risk free, almost zero commitment on the Avs part.

Anyway, watch this little clip:

Gordies are always fun to see.

Last edited 1 year ago by dk
Bob Neal

Play Olausson.

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