Dimco, Hughes, Boudreau and more

In this edition of Vancouver Canucks News & Rumors, Thatcher Demko has reportedly ended the season. while, Queen Hughes She set two records for the Canucks and the organization is expected to sign Bruce Boudreau on a contract extension.

Demko finished for the season

Demko did not play against the Seattle Kraken Tuesday due to an injury, Rick Daliwall reported. Elliot Friedman joins Donnie and Daly To add the goalkeeper is likely to miss the rest of the season.

Thatcher Demco Vancouver Canucks
Thatcher Demko, Vancouver Canucks (Jess Star/ hockey book)

Friedman noted that he believes Demko is one of the number one super goalkeepers in the National Hockey League, and with the Canucks season mostly over, the club should exercise caution. Demko has played 64 games this season, scoring 33-22-7, scoring 2.72 goals against average, 0.915 savings and one closing. Demko is in the first year of his five-year deal with an annual average of $5 million, which sounds like a great deal for the team.

Hughes breaks the record

In his third season in the National Hockey League, Hughes broke the record For the most points by a Canucks defender in a season. He scored three points in the club’s 5-2 win over Kraken on Tuesday to give him 66 points this season. He surpassed Doug Leedster’s record by 63 points, which he set in the 1986-87 season.

Hughes also surpassed Dennis Kearns’ 55th nursing record, which he set in 1976-1977. With two games remaining, Hughes had 58 assists and 66 points on the season. He has proven to be the best offensive defense in Canucks history throughout his three seasons with the club. If the 22-year-old continues to produce at his current rate, he will overtake Alex Edler (409) for the most points in franchise history as he tied him 163 points in 12th place with Doug Halward.

Canucks to keep Boudreau

Friedman believes the Canucks will keep Boudreaux unless negotiations go as expected. He adds that a three-year deal is the ideal length for both sides. Over the past few weeks, there have been rumors that the Canucks may be looking to add a new coach to replace Boudreaux, but it appears the club has decided not to.

Bruce Boudreaux, Vancouver Canucks, Head Coach
Bruce Boudreaux, Vancouver Canucks coach (Photo by Jeff Finnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Bringing Boudreau back seems like a no-brainer based on how the Canucks performed with him behind the bench. He turned the team upside down after his poor start to the season. After an 8-15-2 start under Travis Green, Boudreaux made the club play meaningful matches in April. The club set a record 31-15-9 under a coach. His leadership also led to the return of Elias Peterson, who scored four goals and 12 points to start the season. The Swedish striker scored 28 goals and 54 points in 53 games under Boudreau.

Canucks interest in Kuzmenko

Dhaliwal reported a free Russian agent Striker Andrei Kuzmenko will start meeting NHL teams next week. He adds that the Canucks are among those teams and are high on his list. General Manager Patrick loves Alvin Kuzmenko and has been in touch with his agent. The 26-year-old played eight seasons in the Continental Hockey League, scoring 20 goals and 53 points in 45 games this past season.

Shane was nominated for a Bill Masterton Award

Luke Schenn is a Canucks nominee for the Bill Masteron Award in the 2021-22 season (from “Luke Schenn Had to Reinvent Himself on the Way to a Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy Nomination,” boycott, 25 April 2022). The trophy is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication in ice hockey. A player is selected from each NHL organization.

Related: Canucks Shane fully deserves the 2022 Masterton Cup nomination

Shane deserves to be nominated for reinventing himself while playing alongside Hughes on the team’s blue line this season. After a stint in the American Hockey League with the San Diego Gulls, he joined the Canucks for the 2018-19 season. He then won the Stanley Cup twice with the Tampa Bay Lightning before rejoining the Canucks that season. He proved he stole for the club with the minutes he played. He has also emerged as the captain of the team’s locker room this season and will look to continue his success with the organization next season.