Alexandre Bolduc joined the Canucks as they practiced at GM Place this morning following last night's 3-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Bolduc was recalled from the Manitoba Moose following Taylor Pyatt's recent injury. The centre will add some depth to the Canucks lineup as they get set for a tough week, which includes two back to back road games.
“We’ve got one of our most interesting road trips coming up here, five hour flight, five hour flight back, four games in six nights, going out east," said head coach Alain Vigneault. "Obviously with these four games in six nights coming up, we need at least an extra forward and an extra defenceman and that’s why we called up Bolduc.”
Bolduc, 23, has appeared in two NHL games with the Canucks this season, recording two penalty minutes. Through 24 games with the Moose this season, he has posted 13 points (4-9-13), including one short-handed goal, and a rating of +8.
Last season, Bolduc played in 70 games for the Manitoba Moose recording a career high 37 points (18-19-37). A graduate of the QMJHL, Bolduc split time between the Moose and the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL prior to joining the team full time in 2007-08.
The 6’3”, 200 lbs. native of Montreal, Quebec was originally drafted by St. Louis Blues in the fourth round, 127th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and signed as a free agent with Vancouver on July 2, 2008.PREPARING FOR SUNDIN
For the players it was business as usual today, preparing to host the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow night. However, the media at GM Place was buzzing with interest as Mats Sundin is set to skate with the team tomorrow.
The players are looking forward to meeting their new teammate, but are more focused on their upcoming battles.
“It’s going to fun to see him and watch him practice,” said Henrik Sedin
. “So we’re really excited here, it’s fun to get him here, but we need to focus on the game.”
The power forward and former captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs will make his first appearance as a Canuck during Tuesday's game day skate although it has not been decided when his game debut will be.
“The plan is to meet him tomorrow morning and from there I’m going to find out how he feels, what he’s been doing on and off the ice," said Vigneault. "Until I sit down with him and talk to him and go through a normal process on where a player stands, I have no idea what’s coming up here.
“Once I’ve sat down with him and talked to him and figured out where he stands and what we’re going to do here in the next little while to get him ready, we’re going to make that decision [when he will play].
“For us it’s been normal routine, normal day to day preparation and activity. Now he's coming in, I understand the excitement within our dressing room, the excitement within the fans of the Canucks and we’ll do what’s right as far as getting him ready to come in and play. If it takes a week, it takes a week, if it takes longer, it takes longer."