HODGSON TO BRAMPTON
Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced that the Canucks have re-assigned center Cody Hodgson to the Brampton Battalion of the OHL and now have 28 players on their pre-season roster.
“He just wasn’t ready,” said head coach Alain Vigneault. “We really believe that this young man has a tremendous amount of upside, but at the end of the day he didn’t show any signs that he was ready to play at this level. This is the National Hockey League. It’s the best league in the world. We felt that the best thing was for him to go back to junior, to his team. We’re confident we’re going to have a better player next year.”
The Canucks have also placed Brad Lukowich, Lawrence Nycholat and Michael Funk on waivers.
Shirokov is wearing #25 while Tanner Glass is wearing #15. Rick Rypien and Kevin Bieksa did not participate in practice Tuesday at UBC.
“Kevin tweaked his groin slightly in Edmonton,” said Alain Vigneault. “Ryp was just sick in Edmonton. He should be ready to practice tomorrow.”
Jannik Hansen, who dropped the gloves with Gilbert Brule Sunday night in Edmonton, broke three fingers on his right hand and is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.
The lines were as follows:
|D. Sedin ||H. Sedin ||Burrows |
|Shirokov ||Kesler ||Samuelsson |
|Raymond ||Wellwood ||Bernier |
|Hordichuk ||Johnson ||Glass |
Twenty-five-year-old Tanner Glass quietly flew into training camp under the radar, but after performing well this pre-season, he’s earned himself a spot on the Canucks roster.
“Never having heard about him or seeing him, he caught our attention right away by the energy he brought to the table and the physicality he brought to the table,” said Vigneault. “He seemed to be dependable at both ends of the rink. Sometimes certain players get unlucky, like Jannik did, and that opened a spot and he was the next guy that we all felt was deserving to start the season with us.”
“I’m here,” said Glass. “I think I belong here, and I hope the players and coaches do too. I came in played hard, finished my checks, and played with energy. I think that’s a role needed on most teams in this league and I’m happy I can fill that role here.”
“I achieved the goal of making the opening day roster; now the goal is to get into the lineup as much as I can [and] help the team win.”
Twenty-six-year-old defenseman Aaron Rome has also claimed a spot on the Canucks roster.
“It feels pretty good just to be part of the team [and] do whatever I can to help the guys out,” said Rome. “It was a tough camp, a lot of good players here, very, very competitive. I’m just happy to be part of the starting day roster.”
The Canucks are proud to announce that the four pre-season games broadcasted on Rogers Sportsnet Pacific brought in record numbers. The average minute audience for all four games was 234,000 breaking the previous record of 147,000 set in 2007.