The Canucks reduced their preseason roster sending 10 players to the Manitoba Moose, who open their training camp today in Winnipeg.
Six defensemen and four forwards made their way to the Canucks farm team to check-in for testing and physicals. Blueliners Nolan Baumgartner, Kevin Connauton, Evan Oberg, Chris Tanev, Sean Zimmerman, and Travis Ramsey will report to Manitoba today. To join them are forwards Mario Bliznak, Prab Rai, Jordan Schroeder, and Aaron Volpatti.
The team will hold on-ice sessions from 10:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m on Tuesday, September 28th and Thursday, September 30th at MTS Centre. On Wednesday, September 29th, they will host the University of Manitoba Bisons in a “Prospects Game” at 7:30 p.m. at MTS Iceplex. Tickets for the game are $10 available at the Off The Rack Moose Pro Shop at MTS Iceplex, as well as on campus at both Answers in University Centre and at the Frank Kennedy Centre Customer Service desk and through Bison Sports office. More info can be found on the Manitoba Moose website.
The remaining players skated at Rogers Arena with three players noticeably missing. Roberto Luongo, Sergei Shirokov, and Peter Schaefer didn't participate in Monday's practice.
"Roberto [Luongo] had a mild tweak this morning from the game against Anaheim so it's just a precaution," said head coach, Alain Vigneault following the morning's on-ice session. "He might skate tomorrow but I'm not sure if he'll practice so it's looking like Wednesday or Thursday."
"Shirokov right now is doing extra work with our conditioning coach, Roger and our skill coach. On his test results he was a little bit below what was acceptable and it showed on the ice so we're spending some time off the ice and see what happens."
"Peter [Schaefer's] eye is slowly opening again. After that hit [Friday], it was completely shut down yesterday and it's half open today so we'll see how he is tomorrow. Hopefully he practices in the morning and play in one of those games coming up."
Luongo played in his first full game Friday against the Anaheim Ducks, where he made 28 saves on 29 shots. In two preseason appearances, he has a 1.80 GAA and 94.4 save percentage.
Cory Schneider will get the start tomorrow against the Sharks while standout rookie Eddie Lack gets his chance between the pipes Wednesday in San Jose.
Shirokov has played in two of the Canucks four exhibition games registering an assist in his first game Tuesday night in Vancouver.
Schaefer, who's been the talk of the media came into training camp on a professional tryout contract continues to be the talk of the town as he dressed for three games and has a goal and an assist in those outings.