After his introductory news conference with his lockout club, the struggling Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss A league, Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider spoke with Vancouver’s CKWX, who relayed the export’s comments through a series of tweets Thursday morning.
Schneider said leaving Vancouver has nothing to do with the possibility of an NHL season; he just needed to play games. He explained that his game wasn’t at a level he wanted it to be while practicing at the University of British Columbia and that the desperation and intensity of pro games should help him be ready when the NHL does start.
Schneider says he’s not worried about playing on a weak team – wants to make a difference. Has requested jersey #35.
(P.S. Alcen was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 2007.) You can watch video of Ryan’s two-goal debut here.
Positive news out of Atlanta, where Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux was undergoing tests from the same concussion specialist that treated Sidney Crosby. Giroux was injured from a high hit while playing in the German league:
While much has been made about Crosby inching closer to a European vocation, another young champion captain who missed a portion of 2011-12 with a head injury told CSNChicago that he’s waiting for “something to push me over the edge in that direction.”
Said Jonathan Toews after Wednesday’s practice, “Maybe if it’s at the point where the NHL has the nerve to cancel the season, then that would be the tipping point right there … Until then, it’s still an uncertainty.”
NHL legend Jari Kurri squashes speculation that he’ll be taking a job in the K:
There were some rumours Jari Kurri will be as. coach in SKA St. Petersburg. Not true. “I won’t work in KHL,” said Kurri to russian media.