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Tuesday, 05.03.2011 / 3:20 PM

By John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent / 2011 WCSF: Vancouver-Nashville Live Blog

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2011 WCSF: Vancouver-Nashville Live Blog
Salo close to return
Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo has not played since April 24, injured in Game 6 against Chicago in the first round, but on Monday he practiced with his team at Bridgestone Arena.

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault pronounced the 36-year-old Finn "day to day." Long after the Canucks had finished speaking to the media and after Vigneault also had done so, a throng of reporters waited to speak to Salo, fifth among the team's defensemen in time-on-ice per game during the regular season at 20:20.

But he didn't say much.

"I feel pretty good and I've been improving the last few days, which is a good sign," Salo said.

Asked if he could play on Tuesday, Salo said, "We'll decided tomorrow but day-to-day is a good assessment."

Salo would not parse his "day-to-day" statement, saying "it's not 51 or 49 percent."

However, as to whether he would play in one of the two games in Nashville, Salo said, "probably at some point" but that "it's tough to pinpoint when."

When Vigneault was asked to assess his third defense pair of Aaron Rome and Andrew Alberts, he did not give them roaring approval.

"I thought they had their moments where they looked all right," he said. "Some of their decisions put them in a little bit trouble."

Rome was on ice with Keith Ballard when Vancouver allowed the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 2.

Assistant coach Rick Bowness said following the team's optional skate that Salo would be a "game-time decision" and would not elaborate beyond that.
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