MORE CUTS TO COME
Head Coach Alain Vigneault revealed more cuts are to be made by Friday before the team heads to Calgary.
“We’ll probably be down to 32-32 players,” said Vigneault.
“I’m not going to cut the players; players are going to cut themselves. Watch the games and figure out who’s playing well, who’s playing themselves on the team and who’s playing themselves off the team. We’re starting to form opinions on that and players still have four more games to play.”
Nineteen-year-old Cody Hodgson is hopeful he’ll make the roster.
“Skating-wise and mentally I feel a lot sharper,” said Hodgson.“I feel a lot more into the game. I can come up to this level and start to excel at it.”
Speedy right-winger Michael Grabner is also aiming to make the team.
“I don’t think I’ve played by best game yet,” said the Austria native. “I think I’ve played pretty good defensively but I haven’t created any offense yet.”
Player’s battling for spots have 4 pre-season games to impress the coaching staff before the regular season starts.
Forty year-old Mathieu Schneider, who injured his right shoulder during the playoffs last season with Montreal, spent the summer recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.
Schneider is hopeful he will be ready at the seasons start on October 1. Yet, medical staff and Vigneault don’t want to rush Schneider back when he’s not fully ready.
“There is a difference here from what he’s telling me and what the doctors are telling me,” said Vigneault. “There is sort of a gap there. I think he thinks that he’s real close and our doctors don’t think he’s as close as that.”
UNDEFEATED IN THE PRE-SEASON
The Canucks keep their streak alive as they remain 5-0 in the pre-season. After being hooked from behind, Kyle Wellwood got the offense rolling early at 3:06 of the first period on a penalty shot. Daniel Sedin and Mason Raymond each netted a goal putting the Canucks up 3-0 in the second, but the Flames came back fighting.
After a few quick goals the Canucks found themselves scrambling and down 4-3 with less than a minute left in regulation. After Mason Raymond’s second goal at 19:50 is waved off, Daniel Sedin forces overtime, netting his second of the game, with .02 left on the clock. Daniel, the games first star, finished off the Flames with the shootout winner.
Cory Schneider, who faced 17 shots, will likely get another opportunity in goal before the pre-season is over.
"They bailed me out there at the end with a big goal," said Schneider. “"I felt a little tentative; I didn't quite feel loose or in the flow of the game as much as I wanted to be. Overall, [I’m] not too happy, but I'll take the win. Obviously, if I do get another chance I am going to have to play better."
Twenty-three-year-old Schneider recorded 21 wins in 36 games for a .916 save % and a 2.28 goals-against average last season with the Manitoba Moose.
The Canucks host the San Jose Sharks Wednesday night at GM Place. Puck drops at 7 PST. Catch the game live on Canucks.com.