The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - May 5th, 2014

Doug Pensinger

Nathan MacKinnon is heading to a tournament.

Like Sidney Crosby in 2006, Nathan MacKinnon will get a taste of Team Canada at the world championships at the age of 18.

MacKinnon was one of three players added to Canada's worlds roster Sunday, along with Brayden Schenn and Matt Read of the Philadelphia Flyers.

There will be a new head coach in Vancouver.

It is much too early to judge whether Trevor Linden is going to be the voice of wisdom and consensus that rallies the Vancouver Canucks organization, imbues it with a renewed sense of purpose and vision and re-engages a sour fan base.

He’s a good-looking guy, and wears a suit stylishly, but beyond the outer shell and his godlike reputation from a long, honest career as a player, no one can be sure of the new club president’s qualifications to lead a National Hockey League franchise.

But now, at least, there is something besides platitudes to hang a hat on. He has done the first thing, and done it right.

P.K. Subban has been receiving many racial-centered tweets.

P.K. Subban’s father, Karl, says he “forgives” the people in Boston who took to Twitter on Friday and posted racial slurs against his son, the Game 1 hero for the Canadiens against the Bruins.

“Obviously as a parent you don’t want to see things like that, but good always comes from bad,” Karl Subban said in a telephone interview.

“It’s not going to dampen P.K.’s spirit and it’s not going to dampen my spirit. P.K. knows who he is and I know who I am, and those people who are writing those things know who they are.”

The night before, Subban scored in double overtime to give Montreal a 4-3 victory, followed by a number of racially charged tweets targeting the defenceman.

Karl Subban, 55, in Boston to watch the first two games of the series with wife Maria, became aware of the issue when P.K. sent him a sampling on his smartphone.

“Montreal won and that brought certain emotions to the surface,” Karl said. “Hockey gets the best out of us, and sometimes the worst out of others.”

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