Somehow this passes for news these days…
After enduring a turbulent season in the Buffalo Sabres system, Michael Funk couldn’t be happier to land with the Vancouver Canucks.
The 22-year-old from Abbotsford inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Canucks this week, and he’ll challenge for a job at the NHL club’s training camp this fall.
“I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Funk told The News in an interview on Tuesday. “It took a couple of days to sink in, and even now, it’s kind of weird. It’s definitely an opportunity that I didn’t think would be coming my way.”
This really isn’t news considering that the Sabres’ lack of an offer sheet made this possible. Funk was going nowhere on the depth chart and was unimpressive when healthy both in the minors and with the Sabres.
It is unfortunate that he didn’t spend more time with the big club, as the end of his career in Buffalo spells the end for a number of possible signs at HSBC Arena. My favorite sign which will never see the light of day: “Renegades of Funk.”
Oh, what could have been…