FORSBERG TO STAY WITH MODO
Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today former NHL player Peter Forsberg will stay in Sweden with MODO of the Swedish Elite League.
Media speculation suggested the Canucks were interested in pursuing the former Hart Trophy winner; however, Gillis revealed Forsberg had reservations due to his injured foot.
“It's more of a day to day thing with his foot as opposed to a situation where he's confident he can play,'' said Gillis. “I think it's a tribute to him that he didn't want to put himself in a position where he was taking a roster spot and not being an everyday player in the NHL."
After being outscored 11-3 in their last three outings, the Canucks snapped their three game losing streak and their offensive drought as 13 different players picked up points in their 8-2 blowout over the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night in Denver.
Leading the way was Henrik Sedin who notched his first career hat trick.
“It took me nearly 700 games, but it's nice to have,” said Henrik, who ranks 5th on the Canucks all time scoring list with 483 points in 667 games.
Henrik, playing without line mate and twin brother Daniel, has proven he can still put up points on his own notching 12 goals (12-11-23) in his last 17 games.
“[Henrik] has had some moments where he’s looked real good like he did in the last game,” said Alain Vigneault. “He’s doing more with the puck [but] he’s had some moments where he looked like he was looking for his bother. I think he’ll be real happy to have him back just like we’ll be happy to have him back.”
“I’ve felt good all along,” said Henrik. “There’s been games where I felt I could have played better but guys have stepped in, done a good job and it’s not a huge difference playing with others guys than Daniel.”
“If there’s one really positive thing, [its] after four years I can finally tell them apart now,” joked Vigneault.
HODGSON RETURNS TO PRACTICE
Canucks prospect Cody Hodgson, who injured his back during off-ice training this summer, has returned to practice with his junior team the Brampton Battalion.
After being cleared by Vancouver medical staff to play, Hodgson struggled to find his game during a pre-season stint with the Canucks. Upon returning to Ontario, Hodgson sought out a second opinion for his back and was restricted to off-ice rehabilitation with trainer Binne Brouwer.
Hodgson started skating alone early November and returned to practice last Wednesday as reported by the Brampton Battalion.
“It feels awesome to be back out there and be able to skate and pass with the guys,” said Hodgson.
“I’ve been looking forward to this all week. My back didn’t really tighten up much until the end of practice. Everything seems to be going in the right direction. I’m still a little rusty, and I have a lot to do before I can play again, but it’s a great first step.”
Meanwhile, Hodgson is set to return to Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic today for evaluation by Dr. Anthony Miniaci. After that, Hodgson will simply work on getting his legs back to where they need to be.
“It’s a matter of getting your muscles back,” explained Hodgson. “You build up the muscle memory through training and, if you’re off the ice for a while, you can lose that. You need to get that back and when I got back out there I felt like I was two years old and learning to skate. I had to rebuild my stride.”
Hodgson is expected to return in early December.