Troy Alexander sends in the following on the Canucks: "Noticed a couple of players listed on the Canucks roster that weren't reported anywhere. 1. Alexei Smirnov - 1st round pick of the Mighty Ducks in 2000 - last played in the NHL in 2003-04 - spent last season with Omsk in Russia. 2. Steve Gainey - 3 round pick of the Dallas Stars in 1997 - spent last season in with Phoenix / San Antonio after a year in France. Smirnov could be interesting as he was highly touted, going number 12 overall, but he never lived up to expectations...maybe a year in Russia straightened him out."
I got this here http://spectorshockey.tripod.com/default.html at spector's hockey. I heard about the Steve Gainey invite but Smirnov?? anybody know about this? I didn't see it on the training camp roster thread, is it BS?
His offense seems limited but I guess at one point he was highly regarded. At first, I had him mized up with Chistov so I was excited....aaah well. Couldn't hurt to give him a try.