Canucks' camp ready to roll

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

The message Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault plans to deliver at the Vancouver Canucks' training camp is a simple one: There are jobs to be won.

"Part of the message in our orientation meeting to the group is that whoever deserves to be here and whoever helps us win games is going to be here," Vigneault said yesterday in a telephone interview with 24 hours news services.

"It's not about contract status, it's about performance on the ice. It's going to be up to us as the organization, management and coaches to find room for the ones who deserve to be here.

"I've said this many times: For me talent has no age."

- Meanwhile, the Canucks cut 10 players from their rookie camp Monday.

Everett Silvertips' right-winger Dan Gendur and Baie-Comeau Drakkar centre Charles-Antoine Messier were returned to major junior.

The eight players released were centres Alex Bolduc, Zack Smith and Martin Thibeault, right wingers Evan Fuller and Ash Goldie, left winger Garet Hunt, defenceman Dylan Yeo and goaltender Keyvan Hunt.

Veterans report to General Motors Place today. They'll train twice daily from Thursday to Saturday in Victoria's Bear Mountain Arena before Sunday morning's intrasquad game at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.

Vancouver's first exhibition game is Monday at GM Place against the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Meanwhile, the Canucks added ex-San Jose Sharks chief scout Ray Payne and Swedish former Canuck Lars Lindgren to the club's scouting staff yesterday.


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