Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that right winger, Guillaume Desbiens has been reassigned to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL. Twenty-four year-old Desbiens made his NHL debut Sunday night at GM place against the Dallas Stars playing alongside Kyle Wellwood and Tanner Glass.
Last season, the 6’2”, 205lbs. Alma, Quebec native recorded 21 goals and 26 assists in 47 games (21-26-47) with the Moose.
At 6’3” and 204lbs. 35 year-old Sami Salo, when healthy, is a force to be wrecking with on the blueline. Salo has sustained 38 injuries in his 11 year NHL career, the latest one occurring Sunday night against the Dallas Stars.
Early in the first period Salo tweaked his knee. He returned for one more shift before heading to the dressing room. Salo’s injury riddled career has forced him to miss 223 NHL games thus far.
“Sammy hurt his knee and will be re-evaluated [today],” said head coach Alain Vigneault. “I think he got hit in the corner and he sort of jammed himself a little bit there.”
The Turku, Finland native recorded five goals and 20 assists in 60 games (5-20-25) during the 2008.09 season.
Defenceman Aaron Rome is likely to lace up his skates and fill Salo’s spot on the blueline Friday night when the team heads to Calgary.
“You don’t want to get in with a guy having an injury but you try to go in and fill in the best you can,” said Rome. “I’m just going to do what got me here and hopefully that’s enough.”
“Aaron Rome is ready to go,” said Associate Coach Rick Bowness. “Aaron had a very good training camp. He’s been working very hard and the plan was to get Aaron into a game quickly anyway. It’s not fair to a player to have a good training camp then sit then him for three weeks and then throw him into a game and say ‘ok perform’. He was going to get a game relatively soon it came in a different circumstance then we would have preferred but that’s what it is.”
“Unfortunately injuries are part of the game,” said Roberto Luongo post practice. “We’ve got some guys that can step in. Romer had a great training camp and was a beast back there. We won’t have any problems filling that hole.”
Rome, 26, split his time between the NHL and the AHL last season finishing 0-1-1 in eight games with the Columbus Blue Jackets and 7-21-28 in 48 games with the Syracuse Crunch.
Today the Canucks took to the ice in groups of three for a light, skill orientated, back to basics workout. Group one consisted of Rick Rypien, Ryan Johnson, Darcy Hordichuk, Kyle Wellwood, and Tanner Glass.
Group two saw forwards Mason Raymond, Steve Bernier, Ryan Kesler, Henrik Sedin, Alex Burrows and goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Andrew Raycroft join the ice. And, group three consisted of Defencemen Shane O’Brien, Aaron Rome, Willie Mitchell, Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler and Christian Ehrhoff.
“I think it’s good to try and work on your skills,” said Henrik. “It’s nothing you really get a chance to do during the season; it’s more about systems, power-plays, and PK’s. So, it’s nice to do it once and a while.”
HENRIK NAMED NHL’S THIRD STAR
Henrik Sedin, 29, was named the NHL’s third star of the week for his stellar performance in his past three games. Sedin notched three goals and four assists (3-4-7) in three games.
San Jose forward Dany Heatly was named the NHL’s first star followed by Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick.
Sedin has cracked the top 20 in league scoring, ranking 13th for the 2009.10 season. In five games the 6’2” 183lbs. Sweden Native, has recorded three goals and five assists (3-5-8).