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Canucks Report: Mats Signs

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
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MATS SIGNS

“We are very excited to have Mats join the Vancouver Canucks,” said Mike Gillis, Vancouver Canucks General Manager. “Playing previously in two Canadian markets and consistently being among team and League leaders in scoring, Mats has proven that he can excel under pressure. He adds a wealth of experience, leadership and skill to the Canucks.”

Sundin narrowed down his decision to return to the NHL between Vancouver and New York Rangers in the past week, noting that his decision would come before the holiday roster freeze, which begins tomorrow until December 27th.

"I am truly excited to be joining the Canucks,” said Sundin. “Once I made the decision to return to play a few weeks ago, the Vancouver opportunity was simply the best overall fit. I want to thank Mike Gillis and the entire Canucks organization for their professionalism throughout this entire process."

Sundin, 37, joins the Canucks organization after playing over 1300 career NHL regular season games with Toronto and Quebec. In an additional 83 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he has recorded 74 points (35-39-74) and 72 penalty minutes. In 1305 regular season games, Sundin has recorded 555 goals, 766 assists, 1321 points and 1065 penalty minutes. At the conclusion of the 2007-08 season, he held the Maple Leafs franchise record for most goals (420) and points (987) in a Toronto sweater.

OUTLOOK: OPTIMISTIC

Shane O'Brien is the latest addition to the Canucks infirmary after last night's game against the Edmonton Oilers. O'Brien fell victim to a high impact hit from 6'3" enforcer, Zack Stortini.

"He went out of his way to get me and that's his job so you've got to give him credit," said O'Brien. "I don't think it was a dirty hit."

He left with just 40 seconds remaining in the first period and tried to skate in the second period but the pain prevented him from playing the rest of the game.

"At the time, I knew it was a charlie horse but it was kind like a shooting pain that was going up to the top of my inner groin and I didn't want to risk that. If the puck was turned over and I had to turn real quick, the next thing you know it's a pulled groin or something like that."

O'Brien came to rink Thursday morning to see the Canucks medical staff and is optimistic about the extent of the injury, despite walking with a visible limp.

"It feels really good today and I'll probably go to practice tomorrow and be ready for Saturday hopefully."

SALO ON HOLD

It's a double hit to the Canucks blueline, which finished last night's game with just four defencemen as they lost Sami Salo near the end of the middle frame.

Salo played 18:00 minutes in his first game back since suffering a groin injury. He will be evaluated by doctors today and the extent of his injury will be updated tomorrow.

Salo's missed seven games this year with a series of injuries that forced him on the sidelined three different times this year and had a scare with a bruised shoulder November 12th - November 14th but didn't miss any games during that span.

He's contributed two goals and eight assists in 25 games this year. Usually a big part of the Canucks powerplay with his rocket of a shot, half of Salo's points came with the man-advantage.

"I just feel bad for Sami, I mean he's kind of had some bumps and bruises along the way here and we all know how badly he wants to get in there and how big part of our team he is so I don't know exactly what happened," said O'Brien, who was also recieveing treatment in the medical room last night. "All I know is when he came in there to change, he was in a lot of discomfort so hopefully he can be back as quick as he can because we need him on the powerplay and five on five as well."
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