Canucks defenseman Alex Edler returns to action tonight against the Minnesota Wild for the first time in over three months.
“Being away for so long, it’s kind of like coming back after summer, you need a couple of practices and games to get back the timing and get comfortable in different game situations,” said Edler.
“We’ll see how it feels but I’d like to get as much ice time as I can.”
“We’re going to give him a regular shift and get him out there on the 2nd power play unit, and let him find his timing and rhythm a little bit,” said Coach Vigneault.
Fellow injured defenseman Dan Hamhuis skated with the team this morning, and hopes to dress for the Canucks last game of the season, this Saturday against the Calgary Flames.
“Things have been going really well, and obviously if they continue to go that way it would be great to get a game in before the playoffs start,” said Hamhuis. “I’ve been feeling good for a while.”
If Hamhuis is able to return Saturday, barring another Canucks injury, it will mark the first time that the team’s top six defenseman have played together in the same game this season.
“He’s been following the protocol, he skated with us for the first time with us today, and will skate again with us tomorrow and we’ll see what happens,” said Coach Vigneault.
Alain Vigneault also confirmed that Andrew Alberts would not be available to the team before the playoffs.
“Andrew is still feeling some discomfort, so I don’t foresee him playing (before the playoffs) at this time,” said Vigneault.
The Canucks announced today that they have signed 2010 5th round draft pick Adam Polasek to an entry level contract.
Polasek, 19, recorded 39 points (7-32-39) in 61 games with the QMJHL PEI Rocket in 2010.11 to finish second in team scoring among defencemen. He led all defencemen in scoring in 2009.10 with 41 points (13-28-41) and added 91 penalty minutes.
The 6’3” defenceman dressed for the Czech Republic U18 team at the 2009 U18 World Junior Championships, recording five points (2-3-5) in six games.
The Ostrava, CZE, native was originally selected 145th overall by Vancouver in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Polasek was recently signed by the Manitoba Moose to an amateur tryout contract, and will join the team for their final two regular season games and playoffs.
In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not released.
CANUCKS ASSIGN TWO
The Canucks announced today that rookie defensemen Yann Sauve and Chris Tanev have been re-assigned to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.
Sauve, 21, has appeared in 37 games for the Moose this season, recording 12 points (3-9-12) and 19 penalty minutes in his rookie AHL season. He has played in five games with the Canucks, registering nine hits. The 6’3”, 220 lbs., native of Montreal, Quebec was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks.
Tanev, 21, has been with the Canucks since early January, playing in 29 games, collecting an assist, 10 hits and 32 blocked shots. In 39 games with Manitoba this season, Tanev has nine points (1-8-9).
The Moose have two games left in the regular season before they open the Calder Cup Playoffs in mid-April.