Canucks: Owen Nolan making serious push to make the team at age 39
Is Owen Nolan about to make a triumphant return to the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks?
The 39-year-old and former first overall NHL draft pick has signed a tryout contract with Vancouver. Last season, Nolan was better than a point-per-game player with Zurich of the Swiss League, tallying seven goals, 19 assists and 26 points in 24 games.
In his last NHL go-round, Nolan totalled 16 goals and 33 points in 73 games. He has mostly delivered on the promise of his draft status as an NHLer, notching 422 goals and 885 points in 1,200 career games.
His best season came in 1999-2000 with the San Jose Sharks, when he hit career highs with 44 goals and 84 points.
While he naturally won’t be counted on as a 40-goal man anymore, Nolan could fill the void left by Raffi Torres as a physical checker.
With his famous mean streak, the Belfast-born Nolan could be a protector for players like the Sedins.
Also signing a tryout contract with the Canucks: tough guy Todd Fedoruk. The 32-year-old didn’t play pro hockey at all last season. His last NHL stint was with Tampa Bay in 2009-10. He had six points and 54 penalty minutes in 50 games.
Will these veteran additions help, a-la-Mark Recchi in Boston? Or are Nolan and Fedoruk over the hill, a-la Bill Guerin in Philadelphia?
Time will tell. But Nolan at least still has the fire.
“One of the main reasons I’m still playing is I want to win and I think Vancouver has great chance of that,” he said. “My goal is to just make the team. I’m not focused on where I’m going to play or how much. I’m just going to come in with a positive attitude and give it my all and hopefully they’re impressed with what they see.”
We’re rooting for ya, Owen.
How long before he and Ryan Kesler fight each other at practice?