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NHL notes: Ol' Nolan gets shot with Canucks

Owen Nolan takes a faceoff against the Devils on at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., March...

Owen Nolan takes a faceoff against the Devils on at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., March 20, 2009. (BRUCE BENNETT/Getty Images/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 10:53 PM ET

Owen Nolan has been granted a shot at a comeback in the NHL.

The 39-year-old right winger has signed a tryout contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Veteran forward Todd Fedoruk, 32, also has signed a tryout contract, the Canucks announced Thursday.

They will battle for roster spots at training camp.

The Canucks could be thin at forward to start the 2011-12 season as centre Ryan Kesler (hip labral surgery) and winger Mason Raymond (fractured vertebrae) will still be rehabbing.

Nolan played last season with Zurich in the Swiss League.

He has 422 goals and 463 assists in 18 NHL seasons with Quebec/Colorado, San Jose, Toronto, Phoenix, Calgary and Minnesota.

Schwartz plays for his sister

Jaden Schwartz says his late sister is weighing on his mind as he works out at the national junior camp in Edmonton, aiming to earn a roster spot for the world championship in December.

"From here on out, this tournament, this camp -- everything is for (my sister)," Schwartz said. "While I'm obviously trying to do this for me, my family and for Canada, most of all, it's for her."

Mandi Schwartz, 23, died four months ago of acute myeloid leukemia.

"She was everything to me," Schwartz said. "She was a huge inspiration in every aspect of life, whether it was hockey or the way she treated people. She kind of touched everybody, especially when she got sick; she never complained about a thing and kept fighting."

Mandi Schwartz played hockey with the Yale Bulldogs until diagnosed with leukemia in December 2008.

Take of two countries

Defenceman Jamieson Oleksiak, drafted 14th overall by Dallas this year, had a tough decision to make: Try out for the Canadian junior team ... or the U.S. junior team.

Oleksiak, who holds dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship, was invited to USA Hockey's evaluation camp Aug. 6-13 in Lake Placid, N.Y., but instead opted for the Hockey Canada camp.

"Sure, it was probably tough at the dinner table having an American mom and Canadian dad," Canada head scout Kevin Prendergast told NHL.com. "But this is his first attempt at being a part of the Team Canada scenario. We had to do a lot of selling to get him here and play, and I'm glad he made the decision to play for Canada."

Oleksiak will play for the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL in 2011-12, having decided to leave Northeastern University.

Briefly

Former Sabre Michael Peca has been named general manager of the Buffalo Junior Sabres of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. "I want all our best players from western New York and the surrounding area to look at our program as their undisputed first choice," Peca said ... Brad Marchand said contract talks are picking up with the Boston Bruins. After a strong playoff run, Marchand says he is determined to work hard this summer to avoid a dropoff next season.


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