By Elizabeth Moffat, Canucks.com
The Vancouver Canucks recalled Joel Perrault from Manitoba and reassigned Mario Bliznak back to the AHL's Manitoba Moose.
Bliznak played in four games with the Canucks this season. He scored his first NHL goal in his first appearance this season.
Perrault signed with Vancouver at the open of free agency on July 1 but started the year in Manitoba. He has 26 career points (12-14-26) in 89 NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes and the St. Louis Blues.
"I only played nine games in the NHL last year and I didn't expect anything and I didn't want to take a two-way deal,” Perrault told Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press. “I had signed in Switzerland for two years but I put that clause in my contract that if I had a one-way, I had until July 5 to take it. I'm happy I did that."
In 15 games with the Manitoba Moose, he has 10 points (2-8-10).
“I was not 100% happy with the way I played down there,” Perrault said. “But sometimes you have to take your chance when it happens.”
Perrault was a late cut to the Vancouver roster, staying with the team until the final week of the preseason. In four preseason games he assisted on one goal.
“I think I had an average camp,” he said. “Playing the fourth line sometimes it’s hard to validate yourself, it was a new role for me, I played four games, so I had a good chance. Every time you go down there it doesn’t mean you’re not going to finish here, so I went there with that mind set, and I’m pretty happy I’m back.”
“We’re looking for a fourth line that can give us between seven to ten minutes,” said coach Alain Vigneault. “Joel’s got experience, and hopefully he’ll be a good fit for us. He’ll get an opportunity anyway.”
Alex Bolduc participated in his second on-ice session this morning since injuring his ankle in the first game of the season, a 2-1 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings on October 9th. He took to the ice by himself with Canucks skills coach, Glenn Carnegie following the team practice.
Bolduc has missed seventeen games this season. Head coach Alain Vigneault expects the fourth liner to return to team practice in a week to ten days.
“Once he’s cleared then we have the option of sending him to Manitoba or we can keep him here if we feel he’s shown enough in practice,” Coach V told media after practice.
Mikael Samuelsson skated with Henrik and Daniel Sedin this morning, while Alex Burrows skated with Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond, which is the way they finished Wednesday’s game in Pittsburgh.
Coach Vigneault did not confirm if Burrows will start on the first or second line against rivals the Chicago Blackhawks.