Legendary Canucks color commentator Tom Larscheid retires

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Sometimes the most iconic people in an organization are the ones that bring the game to you over the radio and for Vancouver Canucks fans, Tom Larscheid is the guy who described the action on the ice with all the passion and excitement you’d want from a hometown guy. With the Canucks heading into their 40th anniversary season, Larscheid is retiring but he’ll be sticking around to call one more game.

An era has ended in the Vancouver sports scene.

The TEAM 1040 will replace Tommy Larscheid with analyst Dave Tomlinson as the Canucks colour commentator this season.

Larscheid will broadcast one final game, the season-opener against the L.A. Kings, with John Shorthouse (HNIC has the TV broadcast) as the Canucks kick off their 40th anniversary season.

Lots of fans will miss Tommy, as he’s invariably called. Lots, also, criticized his boosterism, but he never hid the fact he bled Canucks blue and green _ or yellow and orange, or black and silver, because he was there for most of the club’s frequent jersey switches.

In fact, probably the only thing the 70-year-old regrets is he never will call a Canucks Stanley Cup victory.

Tommy is passion personnified, with or without the mike on. You heard it in his voice when he’d roast a Pavol Demitra no-show or when he held Mike Gillis’s feet to the fire after Dave Nonis had been deposed.

It’s great that Larscheid will get to call one more game, a one-man victory tour if you will. It’s always tough for the home fans to adjust from a iconic voice to the “new” guy on the scene. Here’s to hoping the Canucks fans will give Dave Tomlinson a bit of break as he learns the ropes on the radio mic.

Already without Eberle, the Oilers could also be missing Hall tonight

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Taylor Hall is sick and reportedly “doubtful” for tonight’s game in Dallas.

Hall did not skate with the Oilers this morning. If he can’t play, Edmonton’s top two lines against the Stars could feature Ryan Nugent-Hopkins between wingers Teddy Purcell and Benoit Pouliot, followed by Connor McDavid centering Lauri Korpikoski and Nail Yakupov.

The Oilers — forced to start the season without top-six winger Jordan Eberle — have scored just once in their first two games, losing 3-1 in St. Louis and 2-0 in Nashville.

Edmonton returns home after tonight’s contest to play St. Louis on Thursday. Then it’s back out on the road for games against Calgary and Vancouver.

Sabres waive d-man Donovan

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Buffalo has put blueliner Matt Donovan on waivers, per Sportsnet.

Donovan, 25, signed a one-year deal with the Sabres on the opening day of free agency after spending his entire professional career with the Isles organization.

The fact he’s being waived isn’t a huge shock. Donovan failed to draw into a single Sabres game this year despite a whittled-down blueline; Jake McCabe, recently called up from AHL Rochester, drew into the lineup for Monday’s win over Columbus at the expense of Carlo Colaiacovo, who played the first two games of the year.

The fact both McCabe and Colaiacovo were ahead on the depth chart didn’t bode well for Donovan. Today’s move could also suggest that Zach Bogosian, who hasn’t played this year due to injury, is ready to return.