Power forward Owen Nolan believed he was prepared to physically ready to make the Canucks roster and led the defending Western Conference champs a hand.
“I know I'm not 20, but the willingness to compete and still do that is there and playing physical has been part of my career and I'm not going to stop,” Nolan told the Vancouver Province. “Sometimes you lose a step, but the longer you play the smarter you get. You learn to read certain situations and how to react to them so you don't get caught out of position.”
Alas, it wasn’t to be. After scoring 26 points in 24 games for a Swiss team last season, Nolan didn’t do enough to impress the Canucks in training camp.
Noted the Vancouver Province: “Being slowed by a groin strain that kept him out of a practice didn't help. That first strong stride wasn't there. It hurt him in battles and getting to the net and has two points in three games.”
Other veterans not making their team:
Jonathan Cheechoo, W, Blues: The former 56-goal scorer was sent to Peoria the AHL. He scored 18 goals and added 29 assists in 55 games with Worcester last season.
Alex Kotalik, W, Sabres: Buffalo took his $3 million contract as part of the deal that brought Robyn Reghr. Not surprisingly, he didn’t make the big team.
Shaone Morrisonn, D, Sabres: The good news: He will make $2.075 million this season. The bad news: He will make it in Rochester, barring a deal.