Good news for Canucks veteran defenseman Sami Salo, as he’s listed as day-to-day after getting hit in the shoulder by a wrist shot during the first period of last night’s game against the Wild.
“Sami’s elbow is a little numb from that shot that he took yesterday but he’s feeling much better today and he’ll be a game time decision tomorrow,” said Coach Vigneault.
“We’ll see tomorrow morning how he feels and if he can go, great, if he can’t than we have plenty of time to call someone up from Manitoba and get him here in time”.
Salo has registered three goals and three assists in 16 games since returning from a torn Achilles tendon last month.
BIEKSA GETTING CLOSE
Kevin Bieksa practiced with the team today for the first time since sustaining a foot fracture on February 15th against the Minnesota Wild.
He’s a game time decision for tomorrow’s contest against the Avalanche, though, Friday’s game against the Coyotes is a more likely return date.
“It’s my first skate with the team, it went well, but there’s still a little ways to go,” said Bieksa.
“It felt okay, it felt better than I thought. I went out with the intention of lasting as long as I could and I lasted the whole practice, so that was good.”
“I got to do a lot of stops and starts and put pressure on it and it was encouraging the way it felt.”
Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that defenseman Yann Sauve has been recalled from the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.
Sauve, 21, has appeared in 31 games for the Moose this season, recording nine points (2-7-9) and 12 penalty minutes in his rookie AHL season. He has played in three games with the Canucks, registering an even plus/minus rating and six hits.
The 6’3”, 220 lbs., native of Montreal, Quebec was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks.
Injured defensemen Sami Salo and Kevin Bieksa are game time decisions for tomorrow night’s contest against the Avalanche. If both are unable to play, Sauve will suit up.
There are rumblings around the NHL that Cory Schneider might get some consideration for the Calder trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year. Among rookie goaltenders Schneider has the best Goals Against Average, Save Percentage and Winning Percentage, but he might fall shy of the minimum 25 games started that are required to qualify.
“There are goalies playing 40-50 games as rookies and forwards putting up 50-60 points and almost 30 goal,” said Schneider. “Maybe if I played a little more I might have a chance to put up some numbers, but I don’t think I’ll be in the consideration.”
With 12 games left in the season, and 20 games started so far, Schneider has an outside shot to meet the minimum 25 games played. Roberto Luongo, jokingly offered some help to get him there:
“Maybe I’ll pull myself out of a couple games or something."
“Obviously he is very deserving whether he gets there or not," said Luongo. “He’s proven that he can play in this league and he’s going to be a great starter one day. Whether he’s eligible or not there is no doubt in our minds that he’ll be elite in this league”.
Schneider will be one game closer after he starts tomorrow night against the Colorado Avalanche.
“These are some of the toughest games to play, guys are auditioning for next season, they don’t have a lot to lose, and they go out there and lay it out on the line and they’d love nothing more than to knock off the top team in the league, so we’ve gotta be ready,” said Schneider.